Innsbruck is a dream for a lifelong snowboarder like me. The nine ski resorts that surround the city are among the best, and the free ski bus that takes you from Old Town to all of the resorts makes getting there a breeze.
It would be a shame to visit Innsbruck and spend all your time on the slopes, though, since the city has so much else to offer. When you need a break from shredding powder, or if you’re there in the summer months, here are seven of Journy’s favorite experiences to have in Innsbruck.
1. Stand Out On The Slopes With Your Own Custom Skis
Want to take your winter sports game to the next level? Get a pair of custom-designed skis from SPURart. This local company designs a couple hundred skis and snowboards each year: everything from shape to color to graphics is made to your exact specifications using the highest-quality wood and fiberglass. You can even have a hand in crafting them yourself in the workshop!
2. Tour The History Of Architecture, From Habsburgs To Hadid
Innsbruck has a tremendous amount of iconic architecture spanning the 1400’s to the present—and because the city is compact, you can experience both historic and modern in the same afternoon. A walk through Old Town will take you past the Golden Roof, commissioned by Emperor Maximilian I in 1500 to celebrate his wedding; just minutes later, you can be riding on the ultra-sleek Hungerburgbahn, designed by the late star architect Zaha Hadid.
3. Get Up Close With The Alps’ Most Magnificent Wildlife
You won’t find your run-of-the-mill squirrels and chipmunks here. The Alpenzoo, one of the highest-elevation zoos in Europe, specializes in Alpine species like ibexes and lynxes that are difficult to spot elsewhere. Built on the mountain slopes, the zoo gives the impression of being surrounded by nature.
4. Dig In To Hearty Tirolean Fare—Then Ask For Seconds
The Journy team never travels without having a hit list of local specialties to try, and Innsbruck doesn’t disappoint. The Tirolean dishes that Innsbruck excels at are pretty much the best comfort food Austria has to offer: think luscious cheese dumplings and Tiroler Gröstl, a hearty dish of roasted bacon, egg, and potato dish. If you eat at the Alpenlounge Seegrube, you’ll get to experience another can’t-miss: a stunning view of the Alps. The restaurant soars on top of the Nordkette mountain range and can be reached via cable car.
5. Take In The Flora Along The Sillschlucht Gorge
It goes without saying that Innsbruck offers stunning natural scenery, but the scenery isn’t limited to just the mountains. Take a hike along the Sill River to Sillschlucht Gorge and watch the water cascade down the rocks. In winter, when the entire area is shrouded in snow and icicles, the view is equally breathtaking. While you’re there, check out the nearby Bergisel Olympic ski jump, a Zaha Hadid-designed tower that’s become an architectural icon. From May to October, you can watch ski jumpers train at Bergisel.
6. Party In An Igloo, literally
You’ll win every conversation with your friends when you tell them you’ve partied inside an igloo. Cloud 9 is also perched high up on the Nordkette mountain range and offers the experience of dancing with DJ’s in a space I’ll bet you never envisioned dancing in before. Check out the party every Friday evening.
7. Unwind At A Bar With Unbeatable Views
Rooftop bars can be found everywhere, but how many can boast both city panoramas and an up-close look at the Alps in the background? Some of the best views of Innsbruck can be had from the bar at the aDLERS Hotel, which offers outdoor seating in the warmer months. Come night, the city’s lights twinkle below.
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