Innsbruck is located in the Tirol region of Austria and is surrounded by mountains! A weekend trip is plenty of time to explore the city as it’s only 10 minutes from the airport! Here’s my 48 hour adventure with the Innsbruck Card!
12pm – 5pm – City Tour
I started off my walk of the city at the Triumphpforte and went down Maria-Theresien Street which is one of the main shopping streets. You’ll pass the column of St Anne, The Town Hall and the Town Square. As you continue into the old town you’ll see the CityTower before reaching the Golden Roof! The City Tower is well worth the 133 step climb for a view of the city! Turning right at the Golden Roof leads you to the Hofberg District. You’ll pass the impressive looking theater on the way to Congress and a stroll through Hofgarten is very relaxing!
Jumping on the sightseer bus is a good way to get to the outskirts and learn about the city! The route passed the University Church, Basilika Wiktern and Stift Wiltern. I stopped at Bergisel and took some photos at the Pavillon and visited the Tirol Panorama which houses an impressive 360 degree painting of historic Innsbruck! I then got off back in the town to continue my walk by the river Inn to visit the Mariahilf district of the city with the iconic colourful houses!
Evening – Christmas Markets
Visiting during Christmas is incredibly festive! The streets are decorated with lights and Christmas Trees and Innsbruck has many Christmas Markets! Its the perfect atmosphere to get into the festive spirit and buy some unique gifts! The choir sing Christmas Carols in the early evening and there’s plenty of food and drink stalls too! Key markets at: Marketplatze, Golden Roof and Maria-Theresien Street.
8am -12pm – Nordkette Mountains
An early start to the day but absolutely worth it! A trip to The Nordkette mountains was undoubtedly the highlight of my trip and an unforgettable experience! Within 20 minutes from central Innsbruck you can be 2256 meters high in the maintains! It’s so easy to access via cable car so I wholeheartedly recommend you do this 3 part cable car trip if you get the chance. I went all the way to the top and visited the attractions on my way back down.
The first journey is from Congress to Hungerburg which passes alongside the river and gives a great view of Innsbruck! On the way I stopped off at Alpenzoo to spot some mountain wildlife such as: wolves, bears and wild cats!
Next I caught the 2nd cable car to Seegrube which was definitely my favourite stop! Here you can enjoy a great aerial view of Innsbruck whilst relaxing in a deck chair! (Pretty cool) Also there is a nice restaurant where you can sit outside and soak up the mountain view/air/sun!
The final cable car is to Hafelekar which is 2256 meters above sea level. Stepping off here at 9am in the morning was breathtaking! Not only was the view of the mountains remarkable but it was incredibly serene and peaceful! I don’t think I’ve ever experienced silence quite like it! Its remoteness is such a contrast from the hustle and bustle of the city below!
12pm – 2pm – Bergisel Ski Jump
Next on the list was Bergisel Ski Jump – well worth visiting for the view! It’s easy to access via tram line 1, taking 10 minutes from the city centre, and stops outside Stift Wilten Monetary.
The entrance can be reached by following the signs to Bergesi which is a 10-15 minute uphill walk with plenty of photo opportunities of colourful Innsbruck!
The tower is 70m high and provides a spectacular view of The city and surrounding areas! A great spot for lunch is in the Sky Restaurant where you can enjoy good food with a view! It’s also cool to wonder round the stadium and see the rings up close!
2:45 – 5:45 – Swarovski Crystal World
Crystal World was never originally on my list but was a cool place to visit. There are lots of sculptures/models made from tiny Swarovski crystals! After viewing the gallery wonder round gardens, go up the observation tower, step on the frozen lake and if you are up for being a big kid you can even bounce on the indoor trampolines while taking in the mountain view! It was very festive with lots of Christmas models in the courtyard!
6- 8:30 – Shopping and Dinner
I finished off the day by wondering through the streets and Christmas Markets in search of gifts/souvenirs ! The final stop of my trip was visiting the bar/restaurant at Adler Hotel which is 12 floors high and you can see the nighttime view!
It was a jam packed 48 hours covering the main sights and spending a good amount of time in both the mountains as well as the city! A very festive trip and I am very much looking forward to the holidays!
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