Dream holiday in Innsbruck and it is the capital of the Alps. And the Tyrol is a city where there is no need to choose between urban and mountain activities since it is only 20 minutes from downtown. In this sense, it is really a pleasure to be sitting in an outdoor cafe overlooking the medieval monuments of the historic center of Innsbruck. And, in just half an hour, is on the terrace of a high mountain restaurant at 2,000 meters altitude.
And since the construction of the Nordkettenbahn funiculars, designed by architect Zaha Hadid. You can travel from the city to the Alpine world in just 20 minutes on an impressive tour of tunnels and suspension bridges. The Seegrube and Hafelekar stations are the most frequented places of departure for hiking. Hiking, or rock climbing in breathtaking surroundings.
After mountain activities, you can return to the city and take a walk along the remodeled Maria-Theresien-Strasse street. For dinner, it is highly recommended to enjoy a delicious suckling lamb raised in Tyrol in one of the restaurants awarded by the gastronomic critic.
To finish off the evening you can attend one of the famous music competitions that are organized in Innsbruck. Such as the Festival of Ancient Music. Where works by the best Renaissance and Baroque composers or the Dance Festival “Tanzsommer Innsbruck” are performed, which invites to an artistic journey around the world. Outdoor concerts take place in the inner courtyard of the Imperial Palace. And jazz, swing and soul themes sound during the New Orleans Festival.
Innsbruck Card and the city is yours
The Innsbruck Card brings it all together into one card. With it you can visit places of interest in the capital such as museums and galleries as well as other sites such as the Imperial Palace, the Museum of Popular Art of Tyrol, the National Museum of Tyrol Ferdinandeum, the castle of Ambras, and the Tyrol Panorama with the Famous giant panoramic painting of the Battle of Bergisel.
Using the Innsbruck Card, the public transport of the city to Igls and Hall is free and also includes a trip of ascent. And another of descent in the seven funiculars of Innsbruck and its towns, according to season. With the purchase of the card, the visitor has free admission to the Bergisel jump trampoline. And the Swarovski Crystal World of Wattens, bus transport included. The card also provides 3 hours of free bike rental at the “BOERSE” store located in the center of Innsbruck and the use of the tourist bus “The Sightseer”. It also includes a guided tour of the historic streets of the city (in English and German). The Innsbruck Card It has three modes: 24, 48 and 72 hours.
Spend vacations on a Tyrolean farm
More and more families and nature lovers are choosing Tyrolean farms to spend their vacations. And intensely enjoy the Austrian mountains and valleys. All products are nearby: milk and fresh butter, free-range eggs, or apple juice from the garden, make breakfast a great start to the day. Dream holiday in Innsbruck can not be fulfilled without visiting this place.
Tyrolean farms are especially appreciated by children who can be with the animals, pet them and help feed them. In addition, the so-called “bio ” farms, dedicated to the health care of its visitors, are an oasis of well-being in Tyrol: massages, hay baths, saunas, and hydrotherapy “Kneipp” are some of the moments of pleasure they provide.
Thanks to the Guest Card, visitors to Innsbruck and its villages can use the free hiking program bus that includes the following services. Transportation from the hotel to the chosen area to start the excursion, rental of mountain boots and backpack. And a professional guide from the Alpine School of Innsbruck. The hiking program with daily excursions of between 3 and 5 hours is organized from June to the end of October. It has different degrees of difficulty that allow you to choose between quiet excursions. And more difficult ones that require physical fitness. There are also night outings with flashlights and music.
One of the places where these routes can be done is the Alpinpark Karwendel alpine park. One of the most extensive protected natural areas in Europe with more than 730km 2, located partly within the metropolitan area of Innsbruck. The Alpine Route, of more than 5,000 km of total length that crosses all the alpine countries reaching. Its final stretch to the Mediterranean runs through the Karwendel alpine park.
Live nature in the mountaineering villages of the Sellraintal valley
The populations of Sellrain, Gries and St. Sigmund, and some of their villages, long recognized the great value of nature. And the importance of protecting and treating it with respect. These villages belong to the exclusive circle of the Mountaineering Peoples of the Austrian Alpine Association. Of which there are only 20 in all of Austria that are committed to sustainable tourism. Dream holiday in Innsbruck is not complete without this place.
The Mountaineering Villages of the Sellraintal valley, of which the highest is located at an altitude of 1,700 meters, offer tranquility, sports activities, and an incomparable landscape. These towns have been part of the Stubai Alps region and the Kalkkögel mountains for more than 30 years. Here you can make long excursions through the alpine meadows, walks around the villages or climbing to the 3,000-meter peaks of the Stubai Alps. It is hard to believe that this region, in turn, romantic and wild is only half an hour from Innsbruck.
Bonus track: Acqua Alpes perfumes
An ideal gift to take home after visiting Innsbruck. And its surroundings is the Acqua Alpes product line, where the essence of this region is bottled.
The store is located in the central Hofgasse street where perfumes, bath gels, body creams, and home fresheners are sold. It is made with spring water, alpine flowers and a touch of lavender. This aroma evokes the best memories of a dream holiday in Innsbruck, the capital of the Alps.