The morning sun bathes the grey peaks of the Nordkette in a golden light, a sight that brings a sparkle to the eyes of visitors and locals alike. In Innsbruck, the mountains are our constant companions, even when we are standing at the heart of the city. They surround us on all sides and we are always stealing glances at them–capturing the essence of a holiday while at work, on a walk through the city, from classroom windows or during a hike, bike ride or ski day. Innsbruck is more; more than just a city, more than the mountains and more than a simple holiday destination. Innsbruck is an alpine-urban experience.
The Nordkette mountains are a part of Austria’s largest nature park, the Karwendel Nature Park, and can be reached directly from Innsbruck city centre in just a few minutes. The breathtaking 360° view leaves a lasting impression, Innsbruck on one side and Tirol’s most extensive conservation area on the other. The Hungerburg funicular’s stations, designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid, have become an integral part of Innsbruck’s cityscape and represent the most modern architecture in the alpine region. The funicular enables visitors to reach the Hungerburg in just 8 minutes. There are several stops along the way including the Alpine Zoo, which is a favourite among families. After reaching the Hungerburg station, a short walk across Hermann Buhl Square, named after the world-famous Austrian mountaineer, leads visitors to the cable car station.
The Nordkette mountains can be reached directly from the Innsbruck city centre.
The Seegrube, at an altitude of 6,250 ft and surrounded by the beauty of Austria’s largest national park, invites visitors and locals alike to relax, unwind and take in nature at its very best. Whether summer or winter, visitors can watch in awe as local daredevils race down Europe’s steepest ski route or do their best on the trickiest downhill trail. The rocky face of the Karwendel has always lured climbing enthusiasts and is also where renowned mountaineer Hermann Buhl trained before his first ascents of the 26,246 ft Nanga Parbat and Broad Peak summits.
Standing at an impressive 7,401 ft, the Hafelekar offers the most spectacular viewing experience. Thanks to a direct connection from the city, everybody can enjoy this unique experience within minutes. The alpine park, which borders Hafelekar, has over 3,000 species of wildlife and more than 1,305 species of plants and fauna and is an absolute must for nature lovers. Visitors can often catch a glimpse of the normally shy wildlife, but the real highlight is the unique panorama of city and mountains which leaves nothing to be desired.
The Innsbruck region is much more than its city alone. It also includes 40 towns and villages that fulfil your every want and need. You can stay in the alpine countryside, in an idyllic village, in the city centre or at 2,000 metres above sea level.
The sunny Mieming Plateau west of Innsbruck, for example lies on a high mountain plateau with green alpine meadows and secluded groves. It is ideal for golf, leisurely cycling, walking and cross-country skiing. Plus the impressive Mieming Range is also right on the doorstep for long hikes and challenging summit tours.
If you stay in the city, you have sights, shops and restaurants right on your doorstep.
If you stay in the city, you have sights, shops and restaurants right on your doorstep. Plus you can enjoy the nightlife of this student town. During an evening walk through the historic old town, you practically have the narrow streets to yourself. Or would you rather stay outside the city? There are many well-connected places to stay along the Inn Valley that are excellent starting points for a variety of activities from hiking and biking to countless winter sports. These towns and villages are also ideal if you are just making a short stop in Innsbruck before continuing your journey elsewhere. The towns and villages south and southwest of Innsbruck are also well-worth a visit. They are located up in the mountains overlooking the valley and make it possible to walk right out of your accommodation and directly into holiday experiences surrounded by nature.
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