Sightseeing opportunities in Innsbruck and surrounding areas
Ten things you simply must see and do in Innsbruck!
Innsbruck – there's no other city like it! Only in Innsbruck can you travel a mere 20 minutes from the city centre and find yourself at an altitude of 2,300 metres in the middle of the North Chain mountains - with breath-taking city views thrown in. Only in Innsbruck would a former emperor have roofed his oriel with fire-gilt copper shingles. And only in Innsbruck can you admire a ski jump and cable stations created by an internationally-renowned architect. These are just a few of the many highlights waiting to be discovered in the city on the Inn river. We have compiled a list of the ten most exciting, cool or beautiful must-sees for you to check out at a glance:
The Golden Roof: a clear leader in our rankings is the Golden Roof in the heart of the historic old town. The most distinctive landmark in the city of Innsbruck, the 2,657 fire-gilt roof shingles and grotesque statuettes along the balcony of this structure attract tourists from all over the world. Our challenge for the experts: find the exposed backside! From the hotel, it only takes eight minutes to walk to our number one sightseeing point!
Maria-Theresien Strasse and the Kaufhaus Tyrol department store: this popular shopping strip enthralls shopping enthusiasts with two ultra-modern shopping centres as well as numerous small, enchanting specialty shops. All just a minute's walk from the hotel!
The Hungerburgbahn stations: the valley station of the Hungerburg railway is located near Innsbruck's historic old town at an altitude of 560 m above sea level. The valley station and all other stations along this funicular railway were planned and designed by leading architect Zaha Hadid. Well worth a look - and just ten minutes on foot from the hotel.
A trip on the Hungerburgbahn: and while you're there, you might as well buy a ticket to travel on the funicular railway. A unique experience in which you will be whisked right up the mountain in a matter of minutes.
A visit to Innsbruck's Alpine Zoo: more than 2,000 animals of 150 different species invite you to enjoy the experience of a visit to the animal world of the Alps. The zoo is unique in that its enclosures and aviaries, aquariums and outdoor landscape house such a complete collection of animals from the European Alpine area.
Cloud 9 on the North Chain: cloud seven was yesterday - today you can enjoy life on "Cloud 9". From January to April, the Iglu Bar and Innsbruck's highest sun terrace, at 1,905 m, invite you to relax high above the city. Get off at Seegruben station.
Up the Stadtturm: If you are not keen to climb quite so high, then Innsbruck's Stadtturm watchtower is the right attraction for you. Near the Golden Roof, you can climb 133 steps skywards above Innsbruck and enjoy a unique view of the city's squares and alleys.
The Bergisel Ski Jump: if you just can't get enough of the elegant curves of leading architect Zaha Hadid's creations, you should definitely include a detour past the world-famous stadium of the Bergisel Ski Jump in your plans. It's just 12 minutes away by public transport.
The Tyrol Panorama: if you'd like to see a few more monuments, we recommend a visit to the Tyrol Panorama in the Kaiserjäger Museum. The museum at Bergisel houses an enormous 1,000 m² circular painting depicting the Tyrolean fight for freedom in the year 1809 in a breathtaking 360-degree panorama.
The famous multi-coloured houses of Innsbruck: get yourself a coffee-to-go from the market square, find a nice spot alongside the Inn and enjoy marvelling in peace at the often-photographed, famous multi-coloured row houses of the Mariahilf district. A classic photo opportunity! Just ten minutes' walk from Hotel Zach…