Top 10 FAQ’s for your holiday in Innsbruck
1. What should I see absolutely if I have only 1 day in Innsbruck?
The view from the top of the Nordkette mountains above Innsbruck is a must, even if you spend only one day in Innsbruck. If you start in the afternoon until 3 pm, there is still enough time to enjoy the fantastic mountain scenery. The ride up from the city centre to the mountain peak lasts about 30 minutes (one way), the last ride down to the city is at 5 pm.
Another “must” is the lovely Old Town of Innsbruck with its famous Golden Roof. Within short walking distance you should visit the beautiful cathedral, the Imperial Palace, the museum of folk arts and the impressing Court Church with the black statues. In Maria-Theresien-Street you will find perfect shopping possibilities.
2. And apart from the mountains or in case of bad weather?
In this case we suggest a ride with the hop-on-hop-off Sightseer bus. The tour lasts about 40 minutes and will take you to the Bergisel Ski Jump and to Ambras Castle. You can get on or off at all stops and take the next bus then. Explanations in the bus are done in all languages.
Another tip: take the shuttle bus to Wattens and visit the wonderful Swarovski Crystal Worlds, the ride to get there takes only 30 minutes!
3. What can I do after 5 pm, all sights close at this time!
No, not all of them! The Swarovski Crystal Worlds close at 7:30 pm (last entrance 6:30 pm) and in summer even at 10:00 pm! The last shuttle from Innsbruck starts at 4:40 pm (summer 6:20 pm) and gives you plenty of time to explore everything.
Also the City Tower in Old Town is open daily from June to September until 8:00 pm.
4. Where do I have the best views of the city?
- from the Nordkette mountains: the view from 2.300 metres above sea level is gorgeous
- from Hungerburg: the first stop of the cablecar offers also beautiful views
- from the Bergisel Ski Jump: enjoy wonderful views of the city from there
- from the City Tower in Old Town: nice view of the Old Town, but first over 300 steps have to be climbed up;-)
- from the 360° Bar on top of the new city hall: best panorama view especially in the evening
5. Where can I have the best food in town?
You should absolutely try the Tyrolean local kitchen: dumplings, schnitzel, venison, trouts and of course sweets as Kaiserschmarren and Apple Strudel! We recommend Ottoburg, the cozy Weinhaus Happ and Stiftskeller and for sweets Café Munding or Café Katzung.
6. Where can I buy typical Tyrolean specialities?
The largest selection of Tyrolean bacon, cheese and other delicacies is available at the Farmers' Market at the market hall, daily from 7 am to noon. Good Tyrolean bacon is also available at the "Speckeria" in Old Town, the best strudel at "Strudel-Café Kröll", Tyrolean brandy at "Culinarium".
7. How do I get around in Innsbruck?
Many places in Innsbruck are within easy walking distance. The Sightseer bus is a perfect way to get around the city and to reach interesting places also away from the center, such as the Bergisel Ski Jump and Ambras Castle.
If you want to visit the Swarovski Crystal Worlds, there is a comfortable shuttle bus several times a day. Cycling is also very popular in Innsbruck, the cycle track network is well developed and bicycles can be rented (www.dieboerse.at). And there is public transportation (bus and tram) which takes you everywhere! With our guest card (available at our reception) some public busses going out of Innsbruck are free.
8. Innsbruck Card, Welcome Card - it is worth for me?
The Innsbruck Card is a must for every Innsbruck visitor. Once purchased, virtually all attractions can be visited free of charge: the Innsbrucker Nordketten cable cars (Top of Innsbruck) and also other mountain cable cars, the hop-on hop-off bus "The Sightseer", busses and tram within the city, museums, Bergisel Stadium, Swarovski Crystal Worlds and much more. The card is available for 24, 48 and 72 hours.
The Welcome Card invites you to explore in particular the surroundings of Innsbruck. Either just to enjoy the landscape and mountains or to take advantage of the sporting opportunities. It includes the bus lines within the city and several from Innsbruck to surrounding villages and towns, the ski busses (winter), up from 3 overnight stays a free ride on different cable cars (summer) and free access to the guided hiking program. You get the Welcome Card FREE OF CHARGE at our reception desk!
9. What can I do in Innsbruck travelling with children?
All children love to go to the Alpenzoo. The Alpenzoo is located just above Innsbruck, you will see typical alpine animals, such as wolves, bears, capricorns, minks, eagles and so on. There is also a really beautiful playground for children.
If you take the cable car up to the top of Seegrube - especially in winter - there are great offers for children f. ex. tobogganing and skiing. And in summer we have 2 big public outdoor swimming pools and 2 indoor swimming pools.
A huge playtower offering varied activities from climbing, rocking, and swinging to sliding is available to children in the garden of Swarovski crystal Worlds.
10. What about cultural events in Innsbruck?
If you are interested in all types of cultural events, Innsbruck is a perfect place to go. You can go and watch an opera at Tiroler Landestheater, listen to a classical concert or traditional folk music at a Tyrolean evening show. In July there are beautiful brass concerts (free entrance) every evening at the court of the Imperial palace. Go and visit the New Orleans Jazz Festival (free entrance) or go and see the Treibhaus with international musicians playing there. Every Wednesday there is live jazz music at Café Gritsch.