As I stand on top of the mighty Alps, I can feel the wind whipping my hair and the sound of distant cow bells. It’s a peaceful place that I have always loved, and I find myself regularly coming back. Saying Austria is beautiful is an understatement. It’s people, culture and nature fill my heart with joy every time I visit. When you make your visit, you have several beautiful towns to explore and hiking to do. It’s hard to make Austria into just a day trip, and I highly suggest you explore this country in length. When you visit Innsbruck, this is your quick guide.
The capital town of the Tirol region, Innsbruck sits in the heart of the Alps on the far western side of Austria. It is a major point between Italy and Germany serving Munich to the north and Verona to the south. It is truly a gateway.
You can explore the region of Tirol and Austria for a week, but the town of Innsbruck is very accessible. It can be easily explored in 24 hours or 48 hours. Check out this quick guide:
1 // Alte Innbrücke
This is a beautiful place to walk and enjoy the Austrian sunlight. It is also one of the most photographed areas in Innsbruck, and I’ve seen this bridge on more travel blogger websites than you can imagine. The colored Austrian buildings make it scenic and a perfect glimpse into the architecture of Austria.
2 // Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof)
The Golden Roof holds a rich history of the area and the Hofburg family. It is incredibly beautiful to photograph, and it can be found in the old town. If you are interested, the Golden Roof also has a museum that will give you much information about its dedication to the city and its significance to the royal family.
3 // Hofburg Imperial Palace
It was absolutely gorgeous and a small glimpse into the beautiful imperial palace of Vienna. This was the residence of several members of the royal family, and it can be seen in the royal paintings, marble floor and bright colored rooms. This is an Innsbruck MUST.
4 // Hofkirche
Hofkirche, or the church of the royal family, is beautiful and rich in history. Built in the Gothic architecture, the church is lined with several outstanding statues and Emperor Maximilian’s cenotaph.
5 // Hofgarten
This is a perfect place to sit on a warm day and have a beer. The Hofgarten is the imperial family’s personal garden. Rich in landscape, this was the perfect place to escape for a afternoon and soak in the sun.
6 // Altstadt
Rich in color and architectural decoration, the old part of town is blooming in Austrian architecture. It is the perfect place to walk with an ice cream cone in hand, while listening to street performers. The Dom Cafe was my absolute favorite, because it was a perfect place to sit in the sun, have a wine spritzer and people watch. From the old town, walk down Maria Theresien Straße for more fantastic views of the Alps and colorful Tyrolean buildings. At the end of the street, you will find the Triumphpforte.
7 // Nordkette
The Nordkette towers over Innsbruck from the north and offers an outstanding view of the town and beyond. It is a beautiful place to hike and enjoy Austrian nature. If you don’t want to take out the hiking shoes, you may take the Nordkette bahn from the Congress building and extend the thousands of feet to the top. I highly suggest this fantastic view.
Read a quick guide to hiking in Innsbruck.
Innsbruck holds a special place in my heart, and it is hard to imagine it doable in one day. It is possible with the Innsbruck card, and I suggest to purchase the card at the tourist shop. This card will give you access to (almost) all the museums, the Nordkette bahn and more. It is well worth the price, because the Nordkette bahn alone is 35 euro. Take this quick guide with you, and I hope it guides you through this beautiful town.