City view of Innsbruck with the Nordkette © Fabio Lotti/
City view of Innsbruck with the Nordkette © Fabio Lotti/

Innsbruck – At the Heart of the Tyrolean Mountains

Published: 30 November 2023, 14:00

Situated against an impressive mountain backdrop, Innsbruck is an ideal base for winter sports. No other major European city is located as directly in the high mountains as the Tyrolean capital. It’s the perfect place for combining a city trip and winter holiday in the mountains. You can reach the lofty heights of the Nordkette mountain range in just 20 minutes from the city centre and enjoy the panoramic view over Innsbruck and the surrounding mountains. The Nordkette is the gateway to the Karwendel Nature Park. A varied and large selection of ski resorts, hiking trails and toboggan runs are right on the doorstep. Innsbruck enchants visitors with its pretty, old-town atmosphere, modern architecture and baroque churches. The city centre is easy to get around and classic sights, such as the Golden Roof, the Hofburg and the cathedral are easy to explore on foot.

Numbers, data, facts

  • Time difference: none
  • Population: 131.000
  • Official Language: German
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

A city stroll through Innsbruck

Winter paradise Tyrol: ski resorts around Innsbruck

From the runway to the slopes: those flying from BER Airport to Innsbruck will be able to take part in many winter sports activities from there. Alpine highlights such as the Karwendel Mountains and the Tux Alps are within reach from the “capital of the Alps”. There are a total of 13 ski resorts in the region around Innsbruck, including Axamer Lizum, known as the “Weißes Dachl” (white roof), Rangger Köpfl, which is popular with families, and the 3,210-metre-high Stubai Glacier. The Seegrube ski resort is only 20 minutes away from the city centre. There is a wide range of varied slopes with varying degrees of difficulty. For those who want a bit of variety, it’s worth buying the “Ski plus City Pass Stubai Innsbruck”, which is valid in all 13 ski resorts and offers further discounts and access to many activities, such as swimming, wellness and culture. 

To the slopes: discover five ski resorts around Innsbruck

Innsbruck from BER

Five travel tips for ...

1. Walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof

2. Enjoy the glorious view of the Nordkette on Maria-Theresien-Straße

3. Walk by the colourful, medieval houses on the River Inn

4. Take the Hungerburgbahn funicular from the city up the mountain

5. Visit the immense and magnificent Cathedral of St. James 

1. At the restaurant at the top of the Bergisel Ski Jump

2. At the City Tower in the heart of the Old Town

3. The viewing platform on the Hungerburg

4. From the Muttereralmbahn cable car’s summit station

5. Look out over the Sill Gorge from the Drachenfels viewing platform

1. Visit the alpine zoo and hike with alpacas

2. Take the funicular railway to the Hungerburg

3. Look over the Karwendel from the Hafelekarspitze peak

4. Drink a hot chocolate at the Bergisel Ski Jump

5. Let off steam on the playground at the Hofgarten park

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