20 Unmissable Attractions in Innsbruck

<a href = ""> Austria-01450 - Wilten Basilica | © Dennis Jarvis/Flickr
<a href = ""> Austria-01450 - Wilten Basilica | © Dennis Jarvis/Flickr

The capital of Tyrol, Innsbruck offers a great destination for people on holiday year round. Particularly beautiful during Christmastime when it becomes a supreme-winter wonderland, here are some of the many places visitors of this sleepy and picturesque Austrian town should see while visiting this Alps village.


Built in 1553 as a memorial to the Emporer’s grandfather, Maximillian I, this Gothic-designed church can be found in the old town of Innsbruck.

Hofkirche, Universitätsstraße 2, 6020 Innsbruck, +43 512 594 89

Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen
Sports Center

Ibk14_0332 | © Reisender1701/Flickr

A favourite among snow-sports lovers, the Nordkette Skyline Park boasts some incredible views of Innsbruck and the jagged distant mountains.

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Maria-Theresia Street

Take a stroll down the idyllic Maria-Theresia Street (Maria-Theresien-Straße). Always bustling with activity and with the picturesque buildings to admire from either side, it is also one of Innsbruck’s most popular shopping stretches.

Maria-Theresien-Straße, Innsbruck

Hungerburg Funicular

Accessible by cable car (or by hike for those feeling energetic), the views from the Hungerburg Funicular are absolutely breathtaking.

Hungerburg Funicular Höhenstraße 151, 6020 Innsbruck

Helblinghaus Haus

One of the main attractions of the Old Town, this decorative townhouse was built in the 15th century. The embellished facade has both Gothic and Baroque influences, giving it a unique architectural style.

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Goldenes Dachl (The Golden Roof)

The shimmering tiles of the Goldenes Dachl is considered one of the central landmarks of Innsbruck. The mural on the structure’s façade tells stories of the town’s Imperial past.

Goldenes Dachl, Herzog-Friedrich-Straße 15, 6020 Innsbruck, +43 512 5360 1441

Bergisel Ski Jump
Ski Resort
Bergisel Ski-Jump

Bergisel Ski-Jump | © Andrew Bone/Flickr

The Bergisel Stadium has hosted two Winter Olympic games, and this epic ski jump was designed by Zaha Hadid in 2001. Four hundred and fifty five steps will take skiers up to a restaurant boasting panoramic views of the spectacular surroundings.

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Schloss Ambras
Exterior of the Schloss Ambras

Exterior of the Schloss Ambras | © Luca Galli / Flickr

This museum inside the Ambras Castle houses a collection of artifacts relating to the history of Innsbruck from the 1500s. Located atop of the hills, there are some lovely views of the surrounding countryside.

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Glockengiesserei Grassmayr

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‘The Bell Factory’ is a quaint and charming museum with extensive collections and exhibitions about the craftsmanship of the Grassmayr family.

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Although on the small side, the town museum is a fascinating insight into the history and culture of Innsbruck.

Stadtmuseum, Badgasse 2, 6020 Innsbruck, +43 512 5360 1400

The Christmas Market

Innsbruck really comes into its own during the festive period. The Christmas Market takes place in front of the famous Golden Roof, and it has a perfect atmosphere—wonderfully cosy and quaint.

Stift Wilten
Church, Monastery
Innsbruck. Sur le parvis de la Wilten Stiftskirche

Innsbruck. Sur le parvis de la Wilten Stiftskirche | © Guillaume Baviere/Flickr

The sunny façade of this 16th-century abbey looks striking against a bright blue sky. The interior impresses as well—lavishly decked out with various statues, frescos, and intricate carvings.

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Höttinger Alm

Those who take a hike up to the peak of Höttinger Alm will be dutifully rewarded with spectacular views at the top. There are few different routes hikers can take—all scenic and satisfyingly challenging.

Tirol Panorama
IMG_2718 - Innsbruck - Tiroler Landesmuseum

IMG_2718 - Innsbruck - Tiroler Landesmuseum | © thisisbossi/Flickr

Learn about the history of the region of Tyrol and enjoy a 360-degree awe-inspiring portrait of Innsbruck at the Tiroler Landesmuseum.

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Culinarium in der Altstadt
Bar, Austrian$$

Wine | © Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr

This delightfully-kitsch shop in the old town stocks some of the areas best food and drink, including locally-crafted Schnapps, Grappa, and wine.

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The Alps

The hike up the Alps around Innsbruck isn’t for the faint-hearted, but those with the stamina will feel deserving of the stunning view. A cable car is on standby for those who don’t fancy the arduous amble.

Café Sacher
Cafe, Coffee Shop, Bar, Restaurant, Austrian, Tea , $$$$

Sachertorte | © Francisco Antunes/Flickr

Austria is world-famous for creating delicious sweet treats. Café Sacher, in the imperial Hofburg zu Innsbruck, is a traditional venue serving all the national favourites, including Apple Strudel and, of course, Sachertorte.
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Bar Kir Royal
Bar, Austrian, $$$

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The best place in town to have a relaxed drink in a cosy atmosphere. The cocktails include some original creations and some local beers.

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This gorgeous park in the Old Town has its roots in Imperial times when it was the elaborate gardens belonging to the employer. Rumour has it, Empress Maria Theresa planted a few of the plants personally on one of her visits.

Innsbrucker Hofgarten, 6020 Innsbruck

Basilica di Wilten
Church, Building
Austria-01450 - Wilten Basilica

Austria-01450 - Wilten Basilica | © Dennis Jarvis/Flickr

The interior of this Basilica Abbey drips with splendor from head to toe. Often considered to be the most beautiful Rococo-styled church in Austria, it attracts hundreds of visitors through its doors each year.

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