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The very best destinations around Innsbruck
If you venture a little way out of the city, you will find plenty of Alpine romance and mountain peak adventures, as well as interesting sights and exciting excursion destinations in the area around Innsbruck. We have compiled a short list of the most superb destinations here for your convenience:
Schloss Ambras – the oldest museum in the world
High above the city, on the southern edge of Innsbruck, lies Schloss Ambras in its idyllic garden setting. This magnificent building was first mentioned as early as the 11th century. In the year 1363 it came into the possession of the Habsburg Archduke Ferdinand II - known as the emperor's son, an art collector and a lover of rarities and oddities - who housed his collection in Schloss Ambras and thus founded the world's oldest museum. These days, the magnificent Ambras collections astonish visitors to the chamber of wonders, the armouries and the antiquarium. The Habsburg portrait gallery contains more than 200 paintings, including works by well-known artists such as Lukas Cranach, Peter Paul Rubens, Anthonis van Dyck and Diego Velásquez.
Rating: an absolute must-see! And just 12 minutes from Innsbruck by car or public transport.
Schwaz silver mine – once the largest silver mine in the world
The mine railway leads 800 metres down into the mountain - into the dark, medieval past of the Schwaz silver mine. There, inside the belly of the mountain giant, you and your guide can explore the old tunnels and find out exciting facts about copper and the particularly valuable silver that was found here. In the late Middle Ages, Schwaz was actually the largest silver mine in the world! Around 7,400 miners used to spend their days toiling here under life-threatening conditions. These days, visitors to the mine exhibit have nothing to fear. Quite the contrary, especially in the middle of summer when the temperature in the tunnels stays at a pleasant 12 degrees. And another positive side effect: if you suffer from pollen allergies, you will be able to breathe deep inside the mountain - the mine shafts are a completely pollen-free zone.
An adventure for young & old! Just half an hour away from Innsbruck.
Highline 179: the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world
114 metres high, 406 metres long and just 1.2 metres wide – these are the bare facts of Highline 179, the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world, which spans the chasm between the ruins of Ehrenberg and Fort Claudia in the Tibetan style! And when it comes to feelings rather than the facts and figures, that queasy feeling in your stomach is part of the deal! However, the view from the swaying bridge to the south of Reutte is truly priceless. You should plan a day trip when you visit the swaying footbridge, as the drive from Innsbruck to Reutte takes around one and a half hours.
007 Elements: the unique James Bond installation on the top of Gaislachkogel
Fans of the most famous and charming secret agent on the planet, the man with the license to kill, absolutely must visit "007 Elements", the spectacular James Bond installation on the peak of Gaislachkogel. This well-concealed underground construction, designed by Tyrolean architect Johann Obermoser, has crowned the mountain at an altitude of 3,050 metres since July 2018. Visitors can enjoy a world composed of equal parts Bond fiction and Ötztaler Alpine reality across 1,300 square metres. It is the only attraction of its kind in the world.
Are you a genuine fan of 007? Then you should definitely make the hour-and-three-quarter drive - you won't regret it!
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