Innsbruck, the heart of the Alps

Innsbruck is located in western Austria and is the capital of Tyrol as well as the heart of the Austrian Alps. The combination of mountains and river create the ultimate winter landscape for the winter holidays.

How to get to Innsbruck

Innsbruck is the biggest airport in Tyrol and is also characterized by many as a dangerous one since it is in the middle of the mountains. Therefore not a lot of airlines choose to fly there. If you can’t find a flight from where you are departing then take the airplane to Munich and from there by bus such as Flixbus.

Although the route by bus is long, it will fascinate you. It is a picturesque route through mountains with several stops in the villages. It takes about 3 hours and the best time to enjoy Innsbruck is with snow.

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Where to stay

Innsbruck is a city that you will love in winter and many prefer it for winter tourism. There are numerous hotels to choose from at relatively affordable prices.

Of course, if you want to experience something more traditional, you can choose one of the many Airbnb with colorful facades or one of the traditional chalets.

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See also: “Traveling for one day in Vienna

Entertainment in Innsbruck

In addition to the winter tourism it offers, Innsbruck is also a city with many students. So, having fun is a part of this city.

As in any other Austrian city, here you will find several bars and pubs. One of them is Limerick Bill’s which has many floors and small spaces for you and your friends. Another great choice is The Galway Bay where in the basement you can enjoy one of their free live concerts open to the public, and enjoy 2-3 songs with your buddies.

Another bar I suggest you visit is the Cloud 9 – Iglu Bar at the top of Hafelekar. As the name implies, this is a bar that is a real igloo, made entirely of ice. To get there you need 20 minutes and around 25 €. First, you will take the Hungerburgbahn (hold on tight!), something like a train going up the mountain and then you will take the cable car from the Nordkette. In addition to the architecture of the bar, the view will also amaze you.

For ski lovers

In and around Innsbruck, there are about 13 Ski Resorts to visit. They have a variety of slopes of various difficulties. Depending on your needs, there are also tickets-pass that you can buy. After all, this is why it is a famous destination for lovers of this sport. More information on costs and entrance can be found here.

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Where to eat

It is not possible to go to Innsbruck and not taste its traditional cuisine, especially Strudel. So you can go to Strudel-Cafe Kroell which specializes in them. From there you can try other traditional dishes at Lowenhaus Restaurant. Apart from that, I suggest eating brunch at Soulkitchen, while restaurants like D-Werk and Machete Burrito Kartell offer both nice food and atmosphere.

Finally, although we are talking about a big city, it is still friendly to bicycles and the environment, since many choose them for their daily transport. So this is another way to get around the city.

All in all, Innsbruck is a city quite different from the others, with a strong traditional element, youth, and full of activities for all tastes so that you never get bored.

By Giorgos Boznos

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