10 Things to Do in Innsbruck That You Shouldn't Miss

November 17, 2017 Nobuko Falco

Coveted by empires and republics throughout its history, Innsbruck was the seat of the imperial court of Maximilian I by the end of the 15th century. Trams make getting around the city quick, efficient and cheap. Explore the Tyrolean capital's history at Archduke Ferdinand II's 10th-century Schloss Ambras, the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum, the grand 15th-century Imperial Palace and Maximilian I's famous Golden Roof. One of Europe's most idyllic cities, Innsbruck is nestled in the heart of the Alps.
Restaurants in Innsbruck

1. Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen

Hoehenstrasse 145, Innsbruck 6020, Austria +43 512 293344
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen

Nirgendwo sonst liegt die Grenze zwischen urbanem Raum und rauer Bergwelt so nah zusammen: Mit den Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen gelangt man in nur 20 Minuten vom Stadtzentrum in hochalpines Gelande. Der Besuch auf der Innsbrucker Nordkette lasst in Sachen Aussicht keine Wunsche offen. Bereits an der Bergstation der Hungerburgbahn erscheint den Besuchern die Landeshauptstadt Innsbruck aus einem vollig neuen Blickwinkel: 300 Meter uber der Stadt geniesst man den traumhaften Ausblick auf die Hauptstadt der Alpen. Mit der Seegrubenbahn erreicht man kurz darauf die 1905 Meter hoch gelegene Seegrube. Von dort offnet sich der Blick auf das gesamte mittlere Inntal, die Stubaier und Zillertaler Alpen und uber das Wipptal bis zur nahe gelegenen italienischen Landesgrenze. Fur den Aussichtshohepunkt geht es mit der Hafelekarbahn weiter auf das 2256 Meter hohe Hafelekar: Dort steht die dicht besiedelte Inntalfurche auf der einen Seite im Kontrast zur unbesiedelten Wildnis des Alpenparks Karwendel auf der anderen Seite. Im Spannungsfeld zwischen Stadt und Berg werden die Eindrucke hoch uber Innsbruck zum einzigartigen Erlebnis

Reviewed By Hema P - Birmingham, United Kingdom

Highly recommend this ride, you get great views of the city. Be sure to go right to the top. there are 3 stops along the ride. However, if the weather is bad, they will not go further than the 2nd stop. The ride is easy and comfortable. there is a restaurant one of the stop.
sensational trip and very picturesque.

2. Hungerburg Funicular

Hoehenstrasse 145, Innsbruck 6020, Austria +43 4351 2293344
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Hungerburg Funicular

A new way to climb a mountain: not far from Innsbruck’s famed “Goldenes Dachl”, an amorphous ice formation glitters in the sun. Upon closer inspection, however, it reveals itself as the lower terminus of the Hungerburgbahn hybrid funicular railway, whose striking appearance sprung from the imagination of star architect Zaha Hadid.

Reviewed By Margaret B - St Martin / St Maarten

This is an easy trip - even if the cable car going higher is closed due to weather, you can still likely take this and get a feel for life in the Mountains around Innsbruck. Moderately priced and nice cafe once you arrive.

Innsbruck, Austria +43 4351 2587040
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Altstadt von Innsbruck

Reviewed By pingaroo - Chicago, Illinois

We've seen so many European old towns that one has to be really special to be memorable. The old town of Innsbruck is really something special. The Alps provide a magnificent backdrop, while the architecture is beautiful and well-preserved. Although we visited in July during peak tourist season, it didn't feel overcrowded because the tourist attractions are quite spread out. We really enjoyed strolling in the old town during the day and at night, and it felt very safe at all times.

Universitaetsstrasse 2, Innsbruck 6020, Austria 43 0 512 584302
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Hofkirche

Reviewed By Beeba1 - Winthrop, Massachusetts

With the Innsbruck card you will receive admission to this historic place of worship. Well worth the time if just to admire the bronze statues and the tomb inside.

5. Patscherkofelbahnen

Bilgeristrasse 24, Innsbruck 6080, Austria +43 512 377234
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Patscherkofelbahnen

The Patscherkofel has always played a big part in sports history: Olympic Winter Games in 1964 and 1976 with the legendary race of Franz Klammer, in the season 1998/99 the greatest team success in the history of the world cup with 9 racers of the ÖSV Super G team in the lead. The winner was Hermann Maier. In 2003 Michaela Dorfmeister won the wom-en’s downhill race, the two Super G races were won by Renate Götschl and Brigitte Obermoser.Ski along the tracks of the stars via the Olympic Run and enjoy the wide Family Run. The Patscherkofel offers slopes for all levels of ability and also an out-standing view over Innsbruck, the Stubai Valley, the Wipp Valley and Inn valley. The numerous moun-tains higher than 3.000 m will make a lasting im-pression on you

Reviewed By Sophie A - Cambridge, United Kingdom

Great slopes and found it really good for beginners. Plenty of space for children to bobsled and a bar/restaurant that serves good food at reasonable prices. Food is tasty and portions are big. Easy to access via buses, which are free with a Welcome Card. Stayed here for lessons for 3 days, which were brilliant, before moving on to try other Mountains in the Innsbruck area.

6. Dom zu St. Jakob

Domplatz 6, Innsbruck 6020, Austria +43 4351 2583902
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Dom zu St. Jakob

Reviewed By Bozeman-Dublin - Dublin, Ireland

The St Jakob Cathedral is really beautiful and well worth a visit if you are anywhere around Innsbruck. It is an 18th century baroque church but is built on the site of a much older one dating back I think to the 12th century. As is typical of baroque churches, the interior is absolutely lavish in its opulence, the ceiling is particular as captivating. It is amazing to see the photos of how badly damaged the Cathedral was during the war and to see its magnificence now, you just would never know it had been even scratched.
The Cathedral is most famed for two things, the painting Maria Hilf by Lucas Cranach the Elder is above the main altar and the tomb of Archduke Maximilian III of Austria,
It is right in the heart of the old town close to the Tower and the Hofkirche. But don't just make a beeline for those, wander around and just take the place in. It is really lovely. Definitely worth a stop.

7. AUDIOVERSUM - ScienceCenter

Wilhelm-Greil-Strasse 23, Innsbruck 6020, Austria +43 57 78899
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AUDIOVERSUM - ScienceCenter

The AUDIOVERSUM transports you to the wonderful world of hearing, where you can enjoy impressive listening experiences for the whole family. Unique in Austria and Europe. Get ready for captivating installations and exhibits, presented with exceptional technologies - on more than 1.500 m². Our motto is: join in, listen, be amazed and learn while playing.

Reviewed By JenC00 - Coffs Harbour, Australia

This is an exhibition which specialises in explaining in a lot of detail everything about sound, hearing, the mechanisms of hearing failure and the technology which can overcome this. The interactive nature of explaining everything was very good. My 9 year old loved it.

8. Tyrolean Folk Art Museum (Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum)

Universitaetsstrasse 2, Innsbruck 6020, Austria +43 4351 259489510
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Tyrolean Folk Art Museum (Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum)

Reviewed By Charleyhorse_9 - Derbyshire

Could have stayed in here all day...and nearly did so! Central location, near the Hoffburg palace. The ticket included entrance to the Court Church next door. Room after room, after room of all things Tyrolean, furniture, tools, cooking, clothing, insides of old buildings, birth, marriage and death. Far more than I was expecting to see. Great place for a rainy day. Cafe in museum near tickets. Locker storage for rucksacks etc.

9. Bergisel Ski Jump

Bergiselweg 3, Innsbruck 6020, Austria +43 512 589259
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Bergisel Ski Jump

Reviewed By Ibbo - London

Nice breakfast. Best thing is view. Can walk there from centre. Interesting place if you have a couple of hours.

10. Schloss Ambras Innsbruck (Ambras Castle)

Schlossstrasse 20 | 6020 Innsbruck, Innsbruck 6020, Austria +43 1 525244802
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Schloss Ambras Innsbruck (Ambras Castle)

The wonderful world of the Renaissance The provincial sovereign of Tyrol, Archduke Ferdinand II (1529-95), son of Emperor Ferdinand l, ordered that the mediaeval fortress at Ambras be turned into a Renaissance castle for his wife Philippine Welser. He also commissioned the building of a separately designed museum complex to house his world-famous collections. Constructed according to the most advanced ideas of its time, it is an eminent precursor of our modern-day museums and has been preserved at its original site to this day. The armouries comprise rare examples of 15th century jousting armour from the collections of Emperor Maximilian I, suits of armour of famous 16th century commanders, the Archduke’s private armour, the armour of the court of Innsbruck, and weapons from the Thirty Years’ War. In the Chamber of Arts and Curiosities this important patron of the Habsburg family collected all manner of exhibits both precious and curious, rare and singular. Nature and art were grouped together in one room, in keeping with the programme of encyclopaedic collections of the Renaissance. The Spanish Hall is one of the most important freestanding halls of the Renaissance. Ferdinand’s residential quarters were located in the Upper Castle. Today the following permanent Exhibitions are open to visitors: The History of Castle Ambras; The Post Is Here! Postmaster Portraits of the Taxis-Bordogna Family; and the Strasser Glass Collection. The Collection of Gothic Sculpture and the Habsburg Portrait Gallery are also open during the summer season. The paintings include works by famous painters such as Hans Burgkmair, Lucas Cranach the Younger, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Peter Paul Rubens, and others.

Reviewed By Amir S - Munich, Germany

Ambras Castle, located above Innsbruck in Tyrol, can be seen far and wide—and it is one of the provincial capital’s most important sites. Perched high above Innsbruck, it houses the magnificent collections of paintings, armor, and objets d’art assembled by Archduke Ferdinand II (1529-1595),

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