“Innsbruck? Where is that?” was the usual reply when I told anyone where I was off to for Easter break! Well, it’s definitely not the typical long weekend destination but I have visited 4 times over the past few years! Innsbruck is the capital of Austria’s western state of Tyrol and is about 3 hours, by train, from Munich and about 90 minutes from Salzburg. My brother lives and works in Innsbruck so that’s always our main reason to visit! Always handy to have a local tour guide!
For this blog post I put together a list of my favourite things to do in Innsbruck….its not just about the skiing!
If you’re spending 24 hours or more in the city the Innsbruck card offer discounts on many services and attractions. It’s available for 24, 48 or 72 hours.
Hitting the slopes
Innsbruck is the location of the Channel 4 show ‘The Jump’ . I have tried my hand at skiing (falling over…a lot) and sledging (less falling over) over the past few visits but am a long way from competing in the next winter olympics! There is no end to the amount of winter sport activities available in Innsbruck and the surrounding area so is a great destination for an active holiday on the slopes. Loads more info here.
Strolling around the old town
Innsbruck has a beautiful old town in the heart of the city. From beautiful old buildings to the famous golden roof, it’s an ideal spot to stroll, have an Aperol spritz and people watch. During our visit there was a beautiful Easter market, with lots of food and craft stalls, in the centre of the old town.
A visit to Bar 360
Bar 360 is a panoramic bar on the 7th floor of the Rathausgalerien shopping centre. The views are spectacular by day or night and its the perfect spot for a coffee or a hugo (so refreshing!) There are couches along the outside of the bar…though trying to nab one is nearly impossible!
Chilling out at Seegrube
If you want to enjoy an afternoon on the slopes without having to do any actual skiing then Seegrube is the place to go! Accessible by funicular from Innsbruck, it takes about 20 minutes to get to Seegrube. Its positioned at 1,905 metres and the views are spectacular! There is a restaurant and a bar on site. So sit back, chill on a deck chair and watch the skiers and snowboarders fly by! The Igloo Bar, which is actually a bar made of ice, is open from December to April and is a great place to relax and chill…literally!
A sunny afternoon in Adlers Hotel
On the 12th floor of the Adlers hotel is an amazing panoramic terrace. Great views , great drinks. Enough said!
Afternoon treats in Strudel-cafe Kroell
My favourite spot for a strudel and a coffee! They have a great selection of sweet and savoury strudel! When in Austria….
Bergisel ski jump tower
The Bergisel has held two Olympic Winter games and has to be seen from the top! If you feel fit you can climb the 455 steps to the main tower or more comfortably in just a few minutes by funicular (we favoured the latter!) which takes you up the tower to the café and restaurant and the panoramic viewing platform, which offers a 360 degree view of the Tirol’s mountain scenery. The photographs of the Ski Jumpers on the Bergisel are brilliant and just show how amazing (crazy) this sport is!
Eating and drinking
My favourite pastime on any holiday is eating and drinking! It’s a holiday after all! Innsbruck has loads of great restaurants and bars, to cater for every taste!
Some of the best restaurants we’ve visited:
Stiftskeller- Traditional Austrian food and huge beers, serves by waiters in traditional Austrian dress in a beautiful building! Big portions so order wisely!
Himal Nepalese Restaurant– Delicious Nepalese curries and mains, I’ve been twice!
Breakfast club– For breakfast and prosecco…obviously!
Thai Li- Thai food at its finest. The duck, in particular, was amazing!
L’Osteria- Delicious pizzas and pastas. The pizzas here are enormous, but they provide a doggy bag! Equally as delicious the next day!
Soul Kitchen Really good burgers and a huge craft beer selection.
Some of our favourite bars:
Well I’ve mentioned a few of the bars i love already but also on the list:
The Penz hotel bar- The rooftop bar on the top floor of the Penz hotel is exudes glamour! The outdoor terrace is great on a sunny day!
Moustache– Ultra cool and hip. Also serve great lunchtime sandwiches!
The Galway Bay- Great drinks menu, great atmosphere and the nicest staff! Open mic night on a Thursday and quiz night on a Monday…..if you’re feeling brave!
Hope you enjoyed this blog post! If visiting Innsbruck for a ski trip or just passing through, I hope this will help you make the most of your time in this beautiful city.
Let me know if you visit!
Until next time,