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Summer in Innsbruck - Alpine, Urban and Imperial

Anyone who comes to visit Innsbruck, the capital of the Tyrol region, will immediately notice the close co-existence of culture and nature. This union and alpine character is visible all around: the view down the Maria-Theresien-Street towards the 800-year-old medieval Old Town is always crowned by the majestic Nordkette mountain chain. The Nordkettenbahnen cable cars take you directly from the Old Town to 2000m in 20 minutes. 

Visitors to Innsbruck and its 25 holiday villages can also use the hiker’s bus with their guest card, as well as take part in a mountain hiking programme, rent equipment and are accompanied by a guide – all for free.

Innsbruck is also home to the highest altitude zoo of Europe – the Alpine Zoo, one of the main family attractions.

Innsbruck’s urban character is among other things reflected by the numerous summer festivals. The free Promenade Concerts every evening in July in the courtyard of the Hofburg Imperial Palace, the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music in July and August at the Ambras Castle or the New Orleans Jazz Festival in July. 

 

Winter in Innsbruck – Active and Romantic

Innsbruck is the only city in the world that has hosted the Winter Olympic Games three times so far and shows the reputation the city has in regard to winter activities. 

The ski season is from December until mid-April. At that time nine ski areas with 300km of slopes are spread on the mountains surrounding Innsbruck and each caters to different needs and abilities. On top, the Stubai Glacier offers skiing and snow adventures the entire year through. 

Additionally there is cross-country skiing, ski touring, snow-shoe hiking, tobogganing, ice skating, horse sledge riding, winter hiking and, for the brave, Olympic Bobsleigh all year around. 

From mid-Novemeber until January, six different Christmas Markets can be found across the town. Hot wine, the smell of freshly made cookies, handcrafted souvenirs and the sound of brass bands compose the atmosphere you get at that time. 

 

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