Innsbruck is the capital of the stat of Tyrol in western Austrian, located in in a valley of high mountains. The city is a blend of cultures, a mix of history and contemporary which is evident everywhere, from the spectacular views of the Nordkette Alps to the urban sprawl. This historical city is quite the cultural hub, with an array of museums, art galleries and theatres there are plenty of ways to learn about this city’s fascinating history and soak up the arts and culture scene. Innsbruck is also known for having hosted the Winter Olympics twice before, and with the excellent winter sports facilities amongst the snowy peaks, it comes as little surprise why. Outdoorsy types will revel in the sheer amount of active opportunities on offer.
A rugged yet smooth 4x4 would be able to cope with going up the many steep mountainous roads and for driving in snowy or icy conditions. It would also be well-equipped for the highways.
Driving in Innsbruck
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Important things to note
Innsbruck has a solid road infrastructure with the A12 and A13 motorways leading directly into the city.
Parking can be a problem in the city. While there are many designated parking areas throughout the city, many are on a short term basis.
It’s recommended to park outside of the city in a long-stay car park and travel the rest of the way by public transport.
Highlights & Hotspots
Innsbruck is home to the popular Swarovski crystals, with the Swarovski Kristallwelten being one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. There a range of glittering sights inside, including the late Alexander McQueen’s impressive crystal tree and the world’s biggest crystal.
Take a trip to the Alpine Club Museum, where you’ll learn a great deal about the history of the stunning Alpine mountains. The Winter Olympics have been hosted here.
Those who like to splurge their cash while they’re away should head to old town to indulge in a little retail therapy in one of the gorgeous boutiques.
Outdoor enthusiasts should make time in their schedules for a trip to Bergisel – a glass and steel ski jump which rises over the city below. It’s quite the climb to the top (455 steps to be exact) where you’ll be able to observe the jump and stunning views of the city from the viewing platform.
Innsbruck Airport is located approximately three miles from the centre of Innsbruck and is accessible via the A12 motorway. Flights come here from across Central and Western Europe.