The top 10 Best Things to do in Innsbruck, Austria
Innsbruck was one of my favorite places that I visited on my solo trip to Austria.
It’s a small, charming town which has many very interesting things to offer to visitors. It’s the capital of Tyrol and the fifth-largest city in the country.
Surrounded by breathtaking mountains, the views from the city are just stunning. With its colorful buildings set against the white backdrop, it’s a magical city to visit, especially during Christmas time.
You will be spoilt for choice with things to do here, and here are my top 10 must-see sights in the city. I hope this will help inspire you to add Innsbruck to your next trip to Austria.
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1- VISIT THE AMBRAS CASTLE
Located high on the hills above the city, Ambras Castle is one of the most visited attractions in Innsbruck.
This Renaissance castle was built in the 16th Century and was home to Archduke Ferdinand II and his family from 1567 to 1595. Today visitors can enjoy seeing his collections of artwork in the Lower Castle’s museum.
The best part of my visit was the Chamber of Art and Wonders, however, I also enjoyed seeing the portraits in the very impressive Spanish Hall. In the Upper Castle, you will see the Habsburg Portrait Gallery, which features paintings of many rulers from the past. You can visit the site by bus, which will be about a ten-minute ride from the city center.
2- DISCOVER THE SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL WORLDS
Catch a shuttle from the city center and head out to see the Swarovski Crystal Worlds.
I’ve always admired their stunning world-famous jewelry and figurines, and so it was incredible to visit this museum.
The highlight of the center is of course the Chambers of Wonder. Even if you have visited before, you’ll be pleased to know they regularly update their displays and designs.
The artworks here are created by artists from around the world, and you’ll be amazed by the sheer scale of the displays in the museum.
Make sure to check out the gardens as well.
3- TAKE THE NORDLETTE CABLE CAR TO GET TO THE TOP OF INNSBRUCK
This gondola lift travels right from the city center straight to the top of the mountain. There are two different sections to the ride, but you’ll want to head all the way to the top station, called Hafelekar which is 7,400 ft (2256 m) above sea level.
You’ll be astonished by the views from the Top of Innsbruck. Especially if you’re visiting during the winter months, standing at the top of the mountain surrounded by white snow is indescribable and it’s simply a must-do!
The cable car ride itself is also a lot of fun, and an amazing way to appreciate the sheer scale of the mountains!
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4- WATCH THE TYROLEAN EVENING SHOW WITH THE GUDOLF FAMILY
Enjoy an evening immersed in the Tyrolean culture at the Gundolf Family’s show.
This show has been taking place since 1967 and features traditional music, folk dancing, and yodeling.
Performances take place between April and October, and they also put on some dates in Winter. The venue is easy to reach from the old town with a ten-minute walk or by tram line no. 1.
You can visit here for more information.
5- VISIT THE GOLDEN ROOF MUSEUM
One of the most famous landmarks of Innsbruck is the Golden Roof Museum.
Here you will learn about the history of the city of Innsbruck, in this museum that was created by Emperor Maximilian I.
It’s a small but interactive museum that’s great for visitors of any age. Make sure you take some time to admire the building and its roof from the outside.
6- GO ON TOP OF THE STADTTURM
The Stadtturm is the city tower, and it was built back in the 1400s.
I recommend heading to the top of the building for the observation deck, which will amaze you with its stunning views of the city. You’ll need to take 133 steps to reach the top, but the views will be well worth the climb!
7- SPEND TIME IN THE MOUNTAINS
Take one of the many lifts available and spend some time up in the mountains in nature.
If you are an active traveler like I am, I’d recommend hiking to one of the many peaks. There are so many lifts and trails you can choose from.
The main cable car routes to start your adventure on are Patscherkofelbahn, Muttereralmbahn, or Glungezerbahn.
After your ride, you can start your hike or simply enjoy some time in the mountain air.
8- HAVE FUN AT AUDIOVERSUM
This is an interesting interactive science center, where you can learn how our hearing works.
If you are visiting with children, this would be one of my most recommended attractions, as they’ll love exploring inside an ear.
They have many “ears-on” exhibits to help you understand more about our hearing and some great audio installations. I had a lot of fun exploring it even by myself.
9- RIDE THE MOUNTAIN CARTS AT MUTTERERALM
If you’re visiting Innsbruck in the summer months, Muttereralm offers a unique attraction.
Here you can slide down the 3 miles (5 km) long Mountain Cart track, which starts up at the mountain station and ends all the way down in the valley station.
The carts are equipped with a dual circuit brake system and offer a safe but thrilling experience for all ages. Under 16s will need to be accompanied by an adult for the ride.
10- TAKE A WALKING OR SEGWAY TOUR AROUND THE CITY
If you are interested in learning more about the culture and history of Innsbruck, I’d highly recommend signing up for a walking or a Segway tour of Innsbruck.
You will pick up so many interesting facts from your local guide and will get a detailed insight into what life is like here. Segway tours are a really fun alternative to walking tours, and you’ll glide your way around on these unique vehicles. It is also a great way to meet more people.
If you don’t fancy joining a group tour, look online at free walking tour routes and take yourself on a self-guided tour.
I’d recommend doing this on one of your first days in the city, to get acquainted with the layout of the area. It will also help you find other attractions you may want to visit later on your trip.
Final thoughts on Things to do in Innsbruck
And the list of best things to do in Innsbruck goes on…
There are so many wonderful things that you can do in Innsbruck. Even simply admiring its colorful architecture and mountain landscapes, your whole stay will be well worth it.
There are so many delicious foods that you can try while in Austria and so many more cities and villages that you could visit.
I hope I was able to inspire you with this list to visit Innsbruck on your trip to Austria. Safe travels!
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