Historic Innsbruck is the capital city of the Austrian state of Tyrol. Literally nestled right into the heart of the Alps, Innsbruck is a breathtaking city, behind which the mountains rise like tall, dramatic fortress walls. Innsbruck has an illustrious history that goes back centuries, perhaps most prevalently as part of the Hapsburg Empire. It’s a major destination for skiing and snow sports, and the city itself is full of beautiful old buildings like the 16th century Hofkirche, and the stunning Golden Roof. Visitors to Innsbruck will enjoy strolling along the Inn River, riding the Nordkette funicular for some amazing views, and spending their free time in the mountains, whether it’s for a hike or climbing trip in the summer, or on skis in the winter.
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The Hofkirche is a beautiful church that was built in the mid 16th century as a memorial to Emperor Maximilian I, by his grandson, Emperor Ferdinand I. The church, and Emperor Maximilian I’s tomb, is one of the most important (if not the most important) monuments in the Tyrol region of Austria, and is one of the most popular attractions in Innsbruck. The Hofkirche contains a pipe organ called the Ebert Organ which is almost five hundred years old, 28 massive bronze statues depicting Maximilian I, his ancestors, and legendary figures from Austrian history, and the Silver Chapel, which contains the sarcophagus of Phillippine Welser, the wife of Ferdinand II.
Universitätsstraße 2, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, Phone: +43-5-12-59-48-95-14
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One of the most iconic features of Innsbruck, by far, are the Alps, so when visiting the city, it’s almost imperative to get a great view. The Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen, otherwise known as the Nordkette Cable Car, is a gondola which runs from Seegrube Station in Innsbruck up to Hafelekelar at the top, which is part of Karwendel Nature Park and resides at nearly 7500 feet elevation. The ride to the top does not take long at all, but the 360 degree views offered from the gondola are absolutely breathtaking and the memories of it will last a lifetime.
Rennweg 3, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, Phone: +43-5-12-29-33-44
In a city full of picturesque and Instagram-worthy locations, Maria-Theresia Street still places high on the list of scenic attractions. This beautiful street serves as the entryway into Innsbruck’s medieval Old Town district, and looking down the street will provide a view of historic buildings framed by steep mountains. The street is packed with shops and restaurants, and it is extremely popular with tourists looking for souvenirs or a delicious meal of knödel, wiener schnitzel, or kasspatzln, though visitors should be warned that prices along Maria-Theresia Street tend to be higher than elsewhere in the city.
This funicular railway takes guests up the very steep slope of the Alps, from Innsbruck to Hungerberg. At the top, visitors will find an incredible view of Innsbruck, the Inn River, and the mountains that rise up to tower above the city. In Hungerberg, there is a viewing platform with binoculars that can be used to see far away details in the city and the Nordkette Mountain Range up close, and the small town of Hungerberg is a skiers paradise. Along the ride on the Funicular, there are several stops, and riders can get off at any of them to access the Alpine Zoo, some hiking trails, and more.
Höhenstraße 151, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, Phone: +43-5-12-29-33-44
Helbling Haus is a famous Baroque style building located in Innsbruck’s gorgeous Old Town. It is right across the street from the Golden Roof, and was originally built in the fifteenth century, though it has changed a lot with time. It’s elaborately designed and decorated exterior is a breathtaking example of master artistry and architecture, with Rococo-style decorations all bordering the windows and walls of the facade, which were added during the eighteenth century. Helblinghaus is an iconic part of Innsbruck, and its beautiful architecture is not to be missed.
Herzog-Friedrich-Straße 10, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
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This Innsbruck landmark is located in the Old Town Square, and the name “Goldenes Dachl,” which translates to “Golden Roof,” is a very apt name. Built in the year 1500 to celebrate the wedding of famous Emperor Maximilian I to Bianca Maria Sforza, the Golden Roof is built from over twenty five hundred gilded copper tiles, and has served for hundreds of years as a symbol of the wealth and power of the Hapsburg Empire. Today, the Goldenes Dachl is home to a museum, which is open December through October, and closed during the month of November.
Herzog-Friedrich-Straße 15, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
7.Bergisel Ski Jump
Every year, the annual FIS Ski Jumping World Cup, which is part of the Four Hills Tournament, takes place at the Bergisel Ski Jump, a massive jump that has room for twenty six thousand spectators. Bergisel Ski Jump was part of two separate Olympic Games, and has a flight of 455 steps to get to the top of the main tower. For those who aren’t up for the stairs, there’s also a funicular which can take them to the top of the tower, where there is a cafe and restaurant called Restaurant SKY, and an outdoor viewing platform which has amazing 360 degree views of the mountains and the city of Innsbruck.
Bergiselweg 3, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
From December through October, Schloss Ambras, a beautiful Renaissance castle, is open to public visitors. This gorgeous landmark is nestled into the hills and mountainous slopes above Innsbruck. The original structure was built in 1133, and while nothing remains of the original building, what is there now in its place through renovation and reconstruction throughout the centuries is stunningly beautiful and bears amazing cultural and historical value, like the bathing chamber or the 14th century Chapel of St. Nicholas. Other features include the breathtaking Spanish Hall, which is a 16th century ballroom dominated by elaborate sunken windows on one side and massive portraits on the other, and the upper castle’s courtyard, which has some of the best-preserved existing examples of frescoes from the 16th century.
Schloßstraße 20, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, Phone: +43-15-25-24-48-02
Since the year 1599, Glockengiesserei Grassmayr has been the forefront of the industry when it comes to making bells. This ancient bell foundry is the oldest family business in Austria, and the giant, beautiful bells made here can be found today in more than 100 countries across the globe. Visitors can check out the Glockengiesserei Grassmayr Museum for a look at how bells have been made throughout history, and is perfect for families or guests of all ages. The museum prides itself on being part foundry, part educational museum, and part sound studio, with plenty of bells for visitors to try out, and also has a shop.
Leopoldstraße 53, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, Phone: +43-51-25-94-16-37
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History buffs visiting Innsbruck will not want to miss the Stadtmuseum, a major museum residing in a Gothic style building that was once an arsenal and stable. The Stadtmuseum has been teaching locals and visitors about innsbruck’s history since it was first founded in 1888, and provides some incredible insights into the way of life in historical Innsbruck. Through authentic artifacts ranging from paintings, photographs, documents, armor, clothing, musical instruments, tools, furniture, and much more, visitors will be able to learn about Innsbruck and the people who lived there all the way back to the 12th century.
Sankt-Jakobs-Platz 1, 80331 München, Germany, Phone: +49-89-23-32-23-70
11.The Christmas Market
European Christmas markets are a quintessential winter experience, but Austrian Christkindlmarkts are in a league of their own. With a mug of hot spiced glühwein in one hand and a piping hot kiachln in the other, visitors can stroll through hundreds of market stalls where vendors sell ornaments, handmade gifts, and other amazing products, all under the light of a massive Christmas tree lit with golden lights in the center of Innsbruck’s Old Town, with the glorious Alps rising high above the historic Golden Roof that is the iconic centerpiece of the square and of Innsbruck itself. The Old Town Christmas Market runs annually from mid November until just before Christmas.
The bell tower of Stift Wilten towers over the surrounding buildings. This grand abbey was originally founded all the way back in 878 AD, when it was a monastery. Through the centuries that followed, Wilten Abbey has changed and grown, with much of the current abbey having been built in the 12th century and the 17th/18th centuries. The baroque architecture and interior design is grand and beautiful, and contains many large and elaborate painted murals as well as other art. Tours, which are only available in German, must be pre-booked but anyone can see the abbey on their own.
Klostergasse 7, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, Phone: +43-5-12-58-30-48
Up in the Alps above Innsbruck is Höttinger Alm, a small restaurant and inn that is only accessible by a hike or a bike up the mountainside. This adorable little chalet takes about two hours to hike to from Innsbruck’s city centre, and is surrounded by gorgeous rolling hills and meadows that feel like a scene right out of The Sound of Music. In the restaurant, visitors can sate their appetites after the long hike with some traditional Austrian dishes and desserts, and rest for the night in a simple shared bunk space (sleeping bags and sheets are available for rent).
Roßfallweg 30, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, Phone: +43-67-63-05-62-28
This classic Innsbruck Museum is named for its most famous centerpiece: the Innsbruck Giant Panorama Painting. This massive piece of art is huge, at over 1000 square meters, and constructed in a unique circular format. The piece itself tells the visual story of the struggle for freedom in Tyrol during the 18th and 19th centuries. The Tirol Panorama Museum also has a number of other exhibits pertaining to history and culture in Tyrol and Innsbruck throughout the ages, and there is also a small cafe and gift shop for guests to enjoy during their visit.
Bergisel 1-2, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, Phone: +43-5-12-59-48-96-11
15.Culinarium in der Altstadt
For more than thirty years, the Culinarium in der Altstadt (the Culinarium in Old Town) has been a family run business operated by father and son. Here, visitors can stop by for a taste of amazing schnapps, which come in three hundred distinct flavors. Customers can try any of these flavors before they decide to buy any to take with them. The Culinarium also has a fine selection of Austrian wines in their cellar, including Ice Wine, which they refer to as liquid gold. Customers can also purchase delicious balsamic vinegar, a selection of olive oils, and even pumpkin seed oil.
Pfarrgasse 1, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
It’s literally impossible to get to Innsbruck without passing through the Alps—the city is tucked right into them, and the huge, jagged mountains rise up from around the city like a towering, imposing wall of breathtaking natural beauty. There’s a reason, after all, that Innsbruck is sometimes called the Capital of the Alps. Visitors to Innsbruck would be absolutely remiss if they went their entire visit without getting up into the mountains. Year round, there are outdoor activities for people of all ages and abilities, from hiking and mountain biking in the summer to skiing in the winter, with plenty of cable cars and funicular options for those who are less mobile but still want to feel that fresh mountain air.
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Hotel Sacher is a historic destination and accommodation in Innsbruck, which has been offering a luxury experience to its guests since its opening, and has hosted many famous and illustrious names including the famous artist Gustav Klimt. The hotel is home to Cafe Sacher, which extends that luxury experience to food and drink. At Cafe Sacher, guests can enjoy a caffeinated beverage, a glass of fine wine from their extensively curated wine list, or a delicious meal of quintessential Austrian food, prepared with elegance and taste in mind. Cafe Sacher is especially known as the home of Sacher-Torte, Austria’s signature chocolate cake.
Rennweg 1, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, Phone: +43-5-12-56-56-26
18.Basilica di Wilten
The Basilica di Wilten is part of Stift Wilten, but more specifically, it is a Rococo-style church with an incredibly elaborate and beautiful interior that must be seen to be believed, with many amazing details like colorful frescoes painted on the ceilings and gleaming gold columns. Basilica di Wilten was built in the mid 18th century and is often considered the most beautiful Rococo style church in all of Austria. The basilica is open to visitors seven days a week, from 7:30am until 6pm, and services are offered there regularly for those who wish to attend.
Pastorstraße 694, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, Phone: +43-5-12-58-33-85
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With vaulted ceilings to make customers feel like they are in a medieval pub, incredible beers by Augustiner Brau, and a hearty menu with offerings like sauerkraut, dumplings, and pork roast, Stiftskeller is the kind of beer garden experience you won’t want to miss during your visit to Innsbruck. Stiftskeller has several distinct dining areas so guests can choose whether they want to enjoy a casual drink with a group of friends, a cozy dinner with family or loved ones, or even rent a hall for a large group gathering. Their outdoor beer garden is one of the largest in Innsbruck, and adds to already-unforgettable experience.
Stiftgasse 1-7, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, Phone: +43-5-12-57-07-06
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With historic dining rooms that range from dark wood panelled walls with tables inset in private alcoves to bright and airy spaces with mountain views or views overlooking the Goldenes Dachl from the decoratively leaded windows, Ottoburg is a restaurant that can set the mood for any occasion, be it a casual family affair or an intimate night of candlelit romance. The food on Ottoburg’s menu is primarily Tyrolean, so there’s certainly a taste of authentic Austria in every bite, but many dishes also have a bit of a Mediterranean-inspired flair to them, and the wine cellar has a recommendation for every palate.
Herzog-Friedrich-Straße 1, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, Phone: +43-5-12-58-43-38
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Sure, Austria has a very well-known and established food culture, but sometimes it feels good to eat something different for a change, especially if you’ve been chowing down on wiener schnitzel nonstop for the past week or so. At Himal, diners can enjoy a taste of Nepal during their trip to Innsbruck, and for one meal, the Alps will be transformed into the vast Himalayas, and the cozy ambiance of Himal will serve as the vessel for a lot of delicious, authentic Nepalese food, made with local Austrian ingredients. Food can be eaten in the restaurant with table service or ordered for takeaway.
Universitätsstraße 13, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, Phone: +43-5-12-58-85-88
There’s nothing like a good burger, especially after a day of heavy sightseeing. Ludwig is a burger restaurant in Innsbruck that has perfected the art of this classic comfort food, ad uses top grade organic beef and fresh made Brioche buns on all of their dishes. (Veggie and vegan options are also available.) The menu at Ludwig is burger-centric, with their house special, The Ludwig, taking center stage as a burger topped with pulled pork and coleslaw, but they also sell some delicious salads and side dishes like mac and cheese, fries, onion rings, and baked cheese. Their drinks list has domestic and craft beer as well as wine, cider, and soft drinks.
Museumstraße 3, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, Phone: +43-5-12-31-92-22
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23.Goldenes Dachl Restaurant
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“When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” It’s a classic idiom and a useful piece of advice, and in Innsbruck, that means eating as the Austrians do. At Goldenes Dachl Restaurant, the chef carefully and lovingly prepares traditional Austrian dishes, and not just the favorites you’ll find all over Innsbruck. Some of the more authentic items on the menu include baked calf’s head, and traditional Tyrolean bacon dumplings, which of course diners will want to try served with authentic Tyrolean brandy, served in a traditional red Stamperl glass. Goldenes Dachl Restaurant is easy to find, located just steps away from the iconic landmark of the same name.
Hofgasse 1, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, Phone: +43-5-12-58-93-70
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There’s something a little silly and something very delicious about eating Mexican food in a high mountain city in Austria, but at Machete, burritos are no joking matter. It can be difficult to find good Mexican food in Europe, but Machete does everything in their power to make amazing burritos from local ingredients, including growing their own avocado trees. Burritos, tacos, desserts, and drinks are the name of the game at Machete, which has an extensive drink list that spans from beer and margaritas to craft cocktails and Moscow Mules. At Machete, they take presentation and taste to another level, and the quality is clear from the very first bite.
Anichstraße 29, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, Phone: +43-65-09-26-67-56
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Victoria’s Sushi Bar in Innsbruck offers its guests a taste of Asia, half a world away, right in the center of Austria. The restaurant specializes in sushi, but the menu also contains plenty of other options, with dishes from countries like Japan, China, Thailand, and more. Food is available for dine-in or takeaway, and there’s even an all you can eat option. Seating is in an indoor dining room or an outdoor garden during the nicer months. Furthermore, vegetarians will love Victoria’s because any of their dishes can be prepared with or without meat. Victoria’s is located in Old Town Innsbruck, just steps from the Hofgarten.
Kaiserjägerstraße 4a, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, Phone: +43-5-12-56-24-76
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- Hofkirche, Photo: Anibal Trejo/stock.adobe.com
- Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen, Photo: Anibal Trejo/stock.adobe.com
- Maria-Theresia Street, Photo: mikecleggphoto/stock.adobe.com
- Hungerburg Funicular, Photo: suthon/stock.adobe.com
- Helblinghaus, Photo: LAURA/stock.adobe.com
- Goldenes Dachl, Photo: Sergii Figurnyi/stock.adobe.com
- Bergisel Ski Jump, Photo: saiko3p/stock.adobe.com
- Schloss Ambras, Photo: saiko3p/stock.adobe.com
- Glockengiesserei Grassmayr, Photo: OkFoto.it/stock.adobe.com
- Stadtmuseum, Photo: Seventyfour/stock.adobe.com
- The Christmas Market, Photo: william87/stock.adobe.com
- Stift Wilten, Photo: Waldteufel/stock.adobe.com
- Höttinger Alm, Photo: kab-vision/stock.adobe.com
- Tirol Panorama, Photo: stock.adobe.com
- Culinarium in der Altstadt, Photo: Igor/stock.adobe.com
- The Alps, Photo: Lukas/stock.adobe.com
- Cafe Sacher, Photo: Café Sacher
- Basilica di Wilten, Photo: Waldteufel/stock.adobe.com
- Stiftskeller, Photo: Stiftskeller
- Ottoburg, Photo: Ottoburg
- Himal, Photo: Thomas Dutour/stock.adobe.com
- Ludwig, Photo: Ludwig
- Goldenes Dachl Restaurant, Photo: Bernd Jürgens/stock.adobe.com
- Machete, Photo: Joshua Resnick/stock.adobe.com
- Victoria's, Photo: Ryzhkov/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: saiko3p/stock.adobe.com