Summer in the city - and in the mountains
Access a mountain summer directly from the city
Located in the very heart of the Alps, Innsbruck and the surrounding region offer a tremendous range of summer experiences in the smallest of areas: such as the delightful mountain summer that you can enjoy right outside the city. Down in the city, it's all hustle and bustle in the shopping streets and alleyways, cafés and restaurants, while up in the mountains you can enjoy the fresh air of summer in perfect peace - and all just a few minutes apart. It's a combination of urban and alpine that you won't find anywhere else in the world.
Just twenty minutes from the pedestrian mall to a height of 2,300 metres
The North Chain railway valley station is quite close to Innsbruck's historic old town, just ten minutes' walk from Hotel Zach. The railway will take you up onto the North Chain in a mere twenty minutes. One moment you are in the middle of the bustling shopping district, the next you are being buffeted by the winds of the high Alpine landscape! At an altitude of 2,300 metres, the Hafelekar is the highest station on the funicular railway. What a breath-taking view: the Alpine capital on one side and the majestic peaks of the Karwendel Nature Park on the other.
On one side: a breath-taking view over the rooftops of Innsbruck
From the mountain station it's just ten minutes along a secure path to the Hafelekarspitze (2,334 m). As you can tell from the name, the "Innsbruck View" viewing platform provides a breath-taking view across the rooftops of this city with its 120,000 inhabitants.
On the other side: a view of the Karwendel Nature Park
Just a few metres behind the Hafelekar station building is the so-called Karwendel View. This vantage point offers an unobstructed view of the Karwendel Nature Park, the largest nature park in Austria, which covers an area of 727 km². The Karwendel is not just an impressive natural paradise, but also home to a tremendous range of wildlife. If you're lucky, you might catch a glimpse of golden eagles, ibex, marmots, chamois or bearded vultures. At an altitude of 2,300 metres, high above the rooftops of Innsbruck, you are so close to nature that you could almost entirely forget about the city at the foot of the North Chain mountains for a few minutes.
Find out more tips for your summer nature experience near the city at reception.