A ski resort capital with culture to boot, Innsbruck is much more than just its world famous skiing and snowboarding. Rich in history and cultural events, this capital city has hosted Winter Olympics, won awards for food and wine survived wars and welcomed millions of travelers from around the world. Island Trader Vacations invites you to come with us and learn more about this Alpine Capital and more.
Capital city of Tirol Austria, Innsbruck is located about halfway between Munich and Verona in a valley between two massive mountains. Dating back to the 4th century, Innsbruck was first a Pre-roman settlement. Its location at an important crossing point over the Inn river and the entry to a mountain pass has played an important part in the settlement of the area. Today this town remains an important part of the region as a popular destination for thousands of skiers, snowboarders and history lovers throughout the year.
For obvious reasons, the most popular activities in Innsbruck are mountain sports. From the Nordpark ski area to numerous ski resorts, tobogganing, skiing, snowboarding, glacier skiing, ice sports, bobsledding and cross country skiing are just a few of the many amazing ways to spend your time in this alpine capital. One of its most unique features in terms of winter sports is the Stubai Glacier. Located directly south of the town of Innsbruck, it is rated one of the top glacier skiing areas in the world. Factor in a convenient snow-busing system, passes throughout the region and its long history of tourism and this is a winter destination that is hard to beat.
Any time of the year there are hundreds of other attractions, events and destinations to see and explore in Innsbruck and throughout what is known as the “holiday villages”. From its 15th century architecture to significant monuments, statues, castles and festivals dating back decades, there is truly something for everyone. Visitors will not want to miss the Golden Roof, Imperial Palace and Ambras Castle while during the summer, spending time here during the Festival of Ancient Music is sure to create lasting memories.
After exploring Innsbruck, those looking to explore more of the region can easily pick up a regularly scheduled sightseeing tour bus to Salzburg, Munich and the ever popular castles of the infamous Mad King Ludwig.
Whether traveling in summer or winter, you are sure to find the vacation of your dreams in this beautiful, historic and welcoming alpine destination. Find out what you have been missing.