The image presented by Innsbruck, with its historic places of interest and surrounding natural jewels, is alpine, yet cosmopolitan. There is something for everyone in Innsbruck city centre - shopping, cafés and culture to explore. Go on a journey of discovery - it’s definitely worth it.
Innsbruck airport is equally popular with Austrians and tourists. The informal airport is a stress-free environment, yet has international connections, so there’s nothing to prevent a holiday or business trip. Use public transport to get to the airport, or park your car in the convenient multi-storey car park. The Penz Hotel West is just three minutes’ walk from the airport.
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Innsbruck’s most famous symbol is the Golden Roof, with its 2,657 gilded copper tiles. For more than 500 years the bay window has looked down on the historic buildings in the Old Town and was built by Emperor Maximilian, also known as the “Last Knight”. There is a museum inside the Golden Roof.
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Innsbruck Old Town with the impressive Nordkette mountain range in the background makes the perfect holiday snapshot. The Nordkette can be reached from Congress underground station in the city centre. The Hungerburg-Bahn, or Hungerburg Funicular, designed by internationally renowned architect Zaha Hadid, will whisk you in comfort past the Alpine Zoo, to popular Hungerburg, from where you can take the Nordkettenbahnen cable cars to the Seegrube and/or Hafelekar peak.
In just 30 minutes you can leave the city behind and be in the mountains. The view is breathtaking, summer and winter alike. Promise!
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The Alpine Zoo is a popular destination for locals and tourists, young and old. This unique zoo houses the most comprehensive collection of wild, Alpine animals anywhere in the world. Around 2,000 Alpine animals from 150 species live at the foot of the Nordkette range. The zoo can be reached via the Hungerburgbahn funicular, bus, or on foot if you are feeling energetic.
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Bergisel ski jump is another impressive, famous symbol, also designed by Zaha Hadid. The cult sports venue hosts the Four Hills Tournament every year and has an interesting history. The TIROL PANORAMA Museum and Imperial Infantry Museum are located in the same area. The Panorama Museum houses a huge painting that shows the Battle of Bergisel, with rebel leader Andreas Hofer, as well as displays about the Tirolean people’s lives and traditions.
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Dive into an enchanted world and discover the mysterious and impressive Chambers of Wonder by André Heller and other international artists inside the giant in Wattens. Or take a walk through the Giant’s Garden for an encounter with contemporary art. Be mesmerized by the sparkling Crystal Clouds and Mirror Pool. For children there is a unique play tower, where children can experience climbing, swinging, sliding and swaying on four levels. Adults can have a go too.
The Swarovski Kristallwelten stores in Innsbruck’s Old Town and Wattens contain the world’s biggest variety of products and product lines.
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Advent is a very special and contemplative time of year in Tirol, during which Innsbruck offers wonderful Christmas markets in the Old Town, around the city centre and at Hungerburg, with a view over the rooftops of Innsbruck. There are culinary and traditional treats from Tirolean cuisine for you to discover, as well as crafts and unique souvenirs.
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