Cowbells or Baroque tunes? Hiking boots or high heels? Making the right decision could be a bit of a struggle, as Innsbruck and its holiday villages offer you the best of both worlds with modern city flair AND serene mountain scenery. One minute you relax in one of the many street cafés surrounded by magnificent medieval buildings in Innsbruck’s historical old town - and less than thirty minutes later you enjoy the most magnificent panoramic views from a mountain restaurant terrace located at 2,000 metres above sea level. This truly amazing experience is the result of the recent reconstruction of Inns-bruck’s Nordkettenbahnen cable railways, which allows you to board the stunning new funicular in the very heart of the city. Designed by star architect Zaha Hadid, who has passed away in 2016, the unique construction of its four station buildings and cable-stayed bridge across the river Inn not only set new standards in international architecture but are also striking landmarks reflecting the organic shapes of nature. A mere twenty-minute ride whisks you up to high-alpine terrain, where great starting points for glorious hikes and thrilling mountain-climbing adventures await you at See-grube and the Hafelekar summit station. Also ‘après-hike’ entertainment options are many and varied in the capital of the Alps. Why not start with a relaxing stroll along Maria Theresien Street with its modern ur-ban design, stop for an aperitif in one of the many charming bars before moving on to the culinary heights of Innsbruck's gourmet dining scene. While we can warmly recommend the tender and succulent Tyrolean mountain lamb, the tempting offer includes also a rich variety of internationally inspired dishes created by several award-winning chefs. While the renowned Innsbruck Festival of Early Music celebrates the masters of music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras, the diverse programme of the annual Tanzsommer Innsbruck dance festival takes you on an artistic journey around the world. And as the popular Innsbruck Promenade Concerts fill the air of the Imperial Palace’s inner courtyard with beautiful waltz melodies full of nostalgia, the square by the Tyrolean State Government plays host to the New Orleans Festival, offering the happy crowd popular jazz and swing tunes as well as intoxicating soul music in a convivial atmosphere.
The glistening snowy landscapes, boldly coloured in brilliant winter white and bright sky blue, are a veritable dream come true for skiers and freeriders, snowboarders and winter hikers alike. The nine ski areas of Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck - including Kühtai, at 2,020m altitude Austria’s highest ski resort - offer everything a snow sport enthusiast’s heart can possibly desire. This in itself, of course, doesn’t distinguish the three-time Olympic host city from other major winter sports destinations. What makes Innsbruck truly unique is its exceptional location, offering a variety of urban delights after a glorious day on the nearby slopes. Vibrant and full of joie de vivre, the city is ringed by stunning mountain landscapes. Here you can enjoy an early-morning cappuccino at a cosy inner-city coffee house, preferably already in skiing attire, before catching the first gondola to the slopes just above town. With 300 km of snow sure pistes, perfectly groomed slopes and a vast range of lifts and cable cars, Innsbruck’s Olympia SkiWorld ticks all the boxes and offers ideal conditions for carefree winter fun. Looking for a twist of adventure? Why not tear down the ice channel of the Olympic bobsleigh and luge track – either in a racing bob, or even better, in a four-man wok for a maximum adrenaline rush.