Innsbruck Travel Guide-What to expect from Innsbruck?

Innsbruck is a colorful city with 132,000 inhabitants in western Austria and the capital of the federal state of Tyrol. It is considered one of the most beautiful areas in all of Austria and is the fifth largest city in the Austrian state. It is also one of the most beloved winter resorts in Central Europe.

It is located about half an hour from the bordes of Italy and Germany and very close to one of the most famous streets in Europe for travelers, the Brenner Pass. Innsbruck is considered the best destination for exploring the magical world of the Alps!

The 10 best things to do and see in Innsbruck

Walk in the Old Town
Golden Roof
Bergisel ski jump
Ascent to Nordkette
Swarovski Park
Ambras Castle
Stadtturm Tower
Hofburg Palace
Sacher torte cake at Sacher Hotel
Colored houses on the river Inn


The colorful houses on the Inn River

The Golden Roof

The Spanish Hall of Ambras Castle 

My basic recommendations for Innsbruck

Διαμονή – At Adlers Design Hotel Innsbruck, a luxury hotel at an affordable price. At Hotel Zach, which is located in a quiet location, on a side street just a 5-minute walk from the Old Town and Central Railway Station. At 4-star Gasthof Walzl, 2 km outside of Innsbruck, in Lans. In front of the hotel there is a ski bus that offers transportation to the Patscherkofel ski area in Igls. You can also observe wild animals in the woods or even feed them during winter.


  • At Weisses Roessl, two steps from the Golden Roof with a chalet ambience chalet. Try schnitzel with jam. (Kiebachgasse 8)
  • At Stiftskeller in the center of the old town for a taste of Tyrolean cuisine. In addition to the classic Austrian dishes, try the local specialty dumplings (pasta) with bacon. (Stiftgasse 1-7)
  • At Gasthaus Anich with traditional decoration for simple Tyrolean cuisine. (Anichstraße 15)

TransportationInnsbruck is not a small town, but the majority of the interesting sights are around the old town and the Inn River, except for Ambras Castle. So for the main attractions and a taste of the city, you can just walk on foot.

However, the city’s public transport system includes buses and two tram lines for the city and also a train and two other tram lines to the suburbs and nearby villages.

The simple ticket for the city costs 3 € if you buy it from the driver and 2.40 € if you buy it in advance (machines, tabak shops, Tourist Information Offices). There is also a daily ticket for € 5.60 which you can find in special machines on some buses and at some tram stops. There is a bus line (TS) that connects all the main attractions of the city, but the ticket costs more than a simple ticket and is only worth it if you have a few hours at your disposal and want to see as many attractions as possible.

Beyond that, there is the Innsbruck Card, which is only useful if you use it for three days and includes unlimited routes on all public transport, a transition (return) to nearby ski resorts and entry to most of the city’s attractions.

How to get there

By plane: Innsbruck Airport is just 4 km from the city center and is very easily accessible by car (10 minutes) or bus (35 minutes).

Alternatively: The most economical way is to travel to Munich and from there you can take either train (which takes approximatelly 2 hours with one stop), or Flixbus, with the ticket starting at € 18.90. If you rent a car, notice that the distance is 205 km.

Innsbruck Travel Tips

Days needed: 2-3

Best Season: Around Christmas (November-DecemberΝοέμβριος) & Spring

Country: Austria (capital city Vienna)

Currency: Euro (Most credit cards accept most)

Language: German

Political system: Federal Presidency

*The Innsbruck Card for 24, 48 or 72 hours, for 49 €, 55 € and 66 €, provides transportation by means of transport within the city and entrance to the following attractions: City Tower, Nordkette, Alpenzoo, hop on-hop off bus, museums and stadium jump Bergisell, Swarovski Kristallwelten.

*Innsbruck is an ideal starting point for Austrian ski excursions in the region of Arlberg.

*If you have time, take the tram to the outskirts of Innsbruck and specifically to the village of Igls. The tram of line 6 passes through mountains and forests with wonderful views. The STB line will also take you to many nearby villages around the city.

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