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What are tourist attractions in Innsbruck in Austria?

Innsbruck is the capital city of the federal state of Tyrol in western Austria. It is located in the Inn Valley at the junction with the Wipptal (Sill River).

About Main Attractions of Innsbruck

1. Alpenzoo (Alpine Zoo)
• Alpenzoo is located on the southern slope of the Hungerburg plateau.
• It is the biggest zoo in Europe.
• It is a home to around 2000 different species.
• These include eagles, ibexes, bears, otters, bison, bearded vultures and rare species.
• A visit to the Alpenzoo is special at any time of year – even in winter.
• Almost all animals are active in winter.
• The exception is of Marmots, reptiles and amphibians who spend the season in hibernation.
• In spring (March – May) most of the birds begin mating and start to build nests.
• Most of the young animals are born in late spring (May – June).
• The Alps are not just high mountains but you will also find deep gorges, cultivated valleys and gently rolling hills.
• There are lakes, rivers with wetlands, thermally favoured spots, bogs and swamps, deciduous and coniferous forests, alpine meadows and glaciers.
• There are at least 30 000 different animal species (mostly insects) are estimated to inhabit the region and about 4500 plant species grow in the area.
• The Alpenzoo has about 2000 animals in all, mainly vertebrates: 20 of the 80 alpine mammal species, 60 bird, 11 reptile and 6 amphibian species as well as nearly all alpine fish species.

Essential Information

Address: Weiherburggasse 37, Innsbruck, AT-6020, Austria, AT
Tel. No: +43 512 292 323
Opening times:
9.00 – 17.00 (November-March)
9.00 – 18.00 (April-October)

2. Hofkirche Innsbruck
• Hofkirche was built in between 1553 and 1563 by Ferdinand I.
• It was constructed as a memorial to Maximailian I, grandfather of Ferdinand I.
• The church also contains a tomb of Andreas Hofer, Tyrol’s national hero.
• The Hofkirche (Court Church) Innsbruck, Austria, is a Gothic church.
• The cenotaph within boasts a remarkable collection of German Renaissance sculpture.
The statues inside are as follows:
1. Queen Juana of Spain
2. King Ferdinand the Catholic of Spain
3. Duke Philip the Good of Burgundy
4. Duke Charles the Bold of Burgundy
5. Duchess Cymburgis of Masovia
6. Archduchess Margarethe of Austria
7. Empress Maria Bianca Sforza
8. Sigismund, Archduke of Austria (Sigismund with the Many Coins)
9. King Arthur
10. King Ferdinand of Portugal
11. Ernest, Duke of Austria
12. Theoderic the Great
13. Duke Albrecht II the Wise of Austria
14. King Rudolf I
15. King Philip the Fair of Castile
16. Clovis the King of the Franks
17. King Albrecht II
18. Emperor Frederick III
19. Saint Leopold III
20. Count Albrecht IV of Habsburg
21. Leopold III, Duke of Austria
22. Frederick IV, Duke of Austria (Frederick with the Empty Pockets)
23. Albert I of Germany
24. Godfrey of Bouillon, King of Jerusalem
25. Queen Elisabeth of Hungary
26. Queen Maria of Burgundy
27. Queen Elisabeth of Tirol (Görz-Tyrol)
28. Kunigunde of Austria

Address: Universität str. 2, Innsbruck, A 6020
Tel. No: + 43 512 584 302

3. Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof)
• The Golden Roof is a landmark in Innsbruck, Austria built in 1500.
• Goldenes Dachl is Covered with 2657 fire-gilded copper tiles.
• The roof was constructed for the Holy Roman Emperor, Maximilian I so that he could watch and enjoy the events and tournaments happening in the square below.
• The reliefs on the balcony show coats of arms, symbols and other figures in his life.
Address: Herzog Friedrich-Strasse 21, Innsbruck, Austria
Tel. No: + 43 512 581111

4. Triumphal Arch (Triumphpforte)
• Triumphpforte is situated on the southern end of the Maria Theresien Strasse.
• One side of the Arch expresses happiness through a series of detailed marble reliefs and the joy of marriage.
• The other side grieves over the death of Emperor Franz Stephan, husband of Empress Maria Theresia, who died during the wedding celebrations.
• The south end of Innsbruck´s main artery, Maria-Theresien Street, is spanned by a Triumphal Arch, modeled after those in Rome.
• Empress Maria Theresa ordered it built in 1765 with a twofold purpose. First, to honor the marriage of her son, the Duke of Tuscany, later Emperor Leopold II, to Maria Ludovica from Spain, and second to mourn the death of her beloved husband, Francis I Stephen of Lothringen.
• The marble friezes were created by Balthasar Moll in 1744.
• One side of the Arch symbolizes the joyful aspect of the event, the other side the sadness.
Address: Maria Theresien Strasse, Innsbruck, AT-6020, Austria, AT

5. Stadtturm (Town Tower)
• Stadtturm was built in the mid of 15th century.
• It is 197 feet tall.
• The tower connects the Old Town hall (Rathaus).
• The castle gives beautiful views of Innsbruck and Nordkette mountains.
Address: Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse 21 City Tower
Phone: 0512561 15 00
Price: adult/child €2.50/1
Hours: 10am-8pm Jun-Sep, 10am-5pm Oct-May

6. Swarovski Kristallwelten
• The Swarovski Crystal Worlds was created by Andre Heller is only a 20 minutes drive away from Innsbruck, Wattens in Austria.
• This sparkling fantasy world is definitely worth a visit.
• For the 100 year anniversary of Swarovski, the multi-media artist Andre Heller created a place of true amazement with 14 subterranean Chambers of Wonder in 1995.
• In 2003 and 2007 the home of the crystals became extended with new chambers.
• More than 8 million people have been enchanted by this world of experiences.
• This encompasses the full spectrum of art, music, dance and literature.
Swarovski Kristallwelten
Kristallweltenstraße 1
A 6112 Wattens
Ph: 43 5224 51080
Fax 43 5224 51080-3831

7. Altes Landhaus
• Altes Landhaus was built in between 1725 and 172.
• It is located in the centre of Innsbruck.
• It consists of a two-floor regional parliamentary room, an ornate staircase, some statues and frescoes showcasing the landscapes of Tyrol.
• The historic Innsbruck Landhaus or country-house, is one of the most beautiful private buildings in Tyrol.
• In 1725-1728 it was constructed as the most representative baroque palace by Georg Anton Gumpp.
• The main facade is the most impressive part of the building, the coat of arms of Tyrol high on the gable.
• The two-floor regional parliamentary room along with its ornate staircase, statues and frescoes showing landscapes and rivers of Tyrol, is one of the most beautiful rooms in town.
• Remarkable are the ornate fireplaces.
• The country-house chapel, also ornately decorated is at the centre of the building-complex.
Address: Maria-Theresien-Strase 43, Innsbruck, Tirol, 6020
Tel. No: +43 512 59 8500

Best time to visit / climate

– Austria has a temperate continental climate.
– Summers last from early June to mid-September.
– It can be hot in some years and rainy in others.
– Winters are cold in the lowlands and very harsh in the Alpine region.
– In alpine region the temperatures often drop below -10° C (14° F).
– Winters last from December to March.
– In the Alpine region large temperature fluctuations occur all year round and nights are chilly even in high summer.
– The area around Vienna often experiences strong easterly winds.
– The high season is August.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get to Innsbruck?

1. By Bus/Car/Bike
• Innsbruck is located along the A12/A13 corridor, providing freeway access to Verona, Italy and Munich, Germany.
• The A12 and A13 converge near Innsbruck, at which point the A13 terminates.
2. By plane
Innsbruck Kranebitten Airport is the largest airport in Tyrol.
Currently regular scheduled flights are available from:
• Austrian Airlines from Vienna
• Lufthansa from Frankfurt
3. By Train
Regular (direct) trains operate from Venice, Bolzano/Bozen, Zurich, Munich, Graz, Vienna (via Linz andSalzburg) and many other destinations.

How to get to Austria?

1. By plane
• There are 6 airports in Austria with scheduled flights.
• The most important international airport is Vienna.
• This has connection to all major airports of the world.
• Other international airports include Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Linz, and Salzburg.
• They provide domestic flights as well as connections to some European countries.
• Those airports are particularly popular with cheap airlines such as Ryanair.
• For traveling to the western states it is recommended to use the very close Munich airport.
• The most common airports to visit Vorarlberg are Altenrhein (Austrian), Friedrichshafen (Ryanair, Intersky) and Zurich (Swiss).
• If visiting Austria for winter sports, choose airport considering cost and duration for the whole trip (plane+transfer).

2. By Bus
Eurolines Austria has bus schedules from Austria to all major European countries and back.

3. By Car
From Germany
– Motorway A8 from Munich to Salzburg.
– Motorway A93 from Rosenheim via Kufstein to Innsbruck, Tyrol.
– E43 (A96) from Leutkirch via Wangen to Bregenz, Vorarlberg.
– E56 from Regensburg via Passau to Linz, Upper Austria.
From Italy
– Motorway A23 to Villach, Carinthia.
– E54 via Brenner to Innsbruck, Tyrol.
From Slovenia
– E652 to Villach,Carinthia.
– E57 via Spielfeld to Graz, Styria.

4. By Train
• The OBB (Austrian Railways) operate high-speed ICE and RailJet trains from cities like Zurich,Munich,Frankfurt, Passau, and Budapest.
• Eurocity trains are the next fastest trains.
• Regional trains called EURegio and simplyRegionalzug are also avialible from all 8 of Austria’s neighbors.

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