Sightseeing in Innsbruck

While the capital city of Tyrol excites us with a vivid ski, snowboard scene and romantic Christmas markets in winter, the historic alleys are filled with an almost Mediterranean flair during the summer months. No surprise here, as Italy is just around the corner beyond the Brennerpass. The special charm of Innsbruck casts a spell over you. Those wanting to explore this historical city by the Inn face the agony of choice as there is simply so much to see. The Fritz family loves sharing their favourite spots with you.


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There is no other place where city and mountains are as close to each other as in Innsbruck. Embedded in the breathtaking setting of the rugged mountaintops of Nordkette on one side and the green hilly landscape of the sunny plateau on the other, Innsbruck provides a refreshing blend of culture, history, shopping, and nightlife.

Up Hafelekar by Nordketten Funicular. It takes only 20 minutes to get from the city to the tops of alpine mountains! And the trip is easily possible when you go sightseeing in Innsbruck! The stops of the so-called Hungerburg funicular designed by Zaha Hadid take you from the city centre up to 2256 meters above sea level in no time. The view from up there is spectacular, you literally have the city at your feet, while the mighty stone desert of the Karwendel mountains hulk up behind you. Not to be missed: a stop-over at the world-famous Alpenzoo where you can gain exciting insights into the fauna of the Alps.

Around the golden roof - following the footsteps of the Habsburg family. Strolling through the allies around the Golden Roof, you can feel the imperial flair of the past centuries. Innsbruck’s landmark was built in 1500 at the behest of emperor Maximilian.  In the premises of the imperial Hofburg you can learn about the gloss and splendour of the Habsburg dynasty during interesting guided tours and exhibitions. In the immediate vicinity is the Hofkirche with its famous “Schwarze Mander”. For those free from giddiness: a climb up the 51-meter high city tower built in 1450 is highly recommended and the ascent is rewarded with an amazing view.

Historic sports site - Bergisel. Where athletes competing in the Vier-Schwanzen-Tournee meet for the annual ski jump competition today, the epic battle of Andreas Hofer took place in Tyrol’s fateful year of 1809. Built on soil steeped in history, visitors dive deep into Tyrol’s past at the “Tyrol Panorama”. Aside from exciting exhibits depicting former alpine everyday life, the innovative museum accommodates the famous circular painting that impressively displays battle scenes on a 1000m² canvas in minute detail.

Swarovski Innsbruck and Wattens. Visitors are taken to glittering worlds of wonder and sparkling chambers of adventure by Swarovski - Tyrol’s crystal dynasty. In Wattens, roughly 20 minutes from Innsbruck by car, “the giant” welcomes guests from across the globe and shows the exciting world of crystals in all their facets. Alternating exhibitions, guided tours, and programmes for children turn Swarovski Kristallwelten into one of the most frequently visited places in Austria. Not any less impressive is the showroom in Innsbruck’s old town, where you can certainly find one or two souvenirs for your friends back home.

Ambras castle. The magical grounds of Ambras castle are located halfway between Hotel Seppl and the old town of Innsbruck. The extensive gardens induce wonderful feelings of relaxation with shady spots underneath ancient trees, fragrant flower beds, and lovely ponds. On the inside, the castle that was originally built by the Andechs in 1133 amazes with an abundance of historico-cultural rarities, such as the Spanish hall and the bath of Philippine Welser. On various guided tours for adults and children the history of this extraordinary place and its former residents are brought back to life.

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