5 must-sees in Innsbruck and the surrounding area
Which places and sights do you just have to have seen
The Innsbruck region has always had much more to offer than just the Olympic Games and fascinating mountains. Set off on a voyage of discovery to the most famous places steeped in history in and around the Tyrolean regional capital: we present the Top places most worth seeing in Innsbruck and the surrounding area to you.
You cannot miss it as it already glistens from afar through the pedestrian zone: the Goldenes Dachl. It was Maximilian I who once had the oriel built and decorated with no less than 2,657 fire gilded copper tiles. Today the Goldenes Dachl is Innsbruck's most famous landmark and the site of a museum about the life of Emperor Maximilian and Tyrol in the Late Middle Ages. Find out more about one of the most glamorous Habsburg rulers, who turned Innsbruck into a rich and urban centre for Tyrol and the whole of the Holy Roman Empire. On your tour through the museum you must take a look at the view from the beautiful bay window onto the hustle and bustle of the old town, just as Emperor Maximilian once liked to do.
Seegrube – over the Alps
The nearest ski resort to the city, a day trip destination and attraction for athletes as well as gourmets: the Nordkette with Seegrube and Hafelekar embodies Innsbruck's unique linking up of alpine outdoor adventures and urban life. The Nordkette cable car, whose stations were designed by Zaha Hadid, takes you up to 2,000 metres directly from the city centre in just 20 minutes. From there it's just a short walk to the Hafelekar peak, where leisurely hikers and people looking for relaxation all get their money's worth. The Alpenlounge is a great place to meet up and chill out, concerts and other events on its stunning sun terrace often make the view over Innsbruck even more beautiful.
Swarovski Crystal Worlds
Since they opened in 1995, the Swarovski Crystal Worlds designed by André Heller have been captivating millions of visitors in Wattens in Tyrol. As a result they rank second in the list of most popular sights in the whole of Austria. Guarded by a huge, water spouting botanical giant, the inside hides sparkling chambers of wonder that entice you into a realm between fantasy and reality. Different exhibition and interactive rooms create a sparkling world that shows off crystals in a whole variety of different interpretations. One of the highlights that awaits you in the artificially created park is the Crystal Cloud whose 800,000 hand-mounted crystals are magically reflected in the water.
The chambers of wonder are complemented by a visitors' shop where you can buy glass art in a whole variety of different forms as a souvenir. There is another Swarovski Shop in Innsbruck old town.
Zaha Hadid's ski jump
The new ski jump has been sitting atop the historical Bergisel, which was the site of several battles led by Andreas Hofer in 1809, as the city of Innsbruck's architectural landmark since 2002. The first ski jump was already built there in 1925, another building followed after the Second World War. The striking design of the brand new ski jump originates from the creative mind of the Iraqi star architect Zaha Hadid. Besides the ski jump experience, this facility also attracts panorama pleasure seekers. The café in the tower offers an amazing 360° panorama over the Tyrolean mountains around Innsbruck at 47 metres high.
Hall's old town
Situated just 10 kilometres to the east of Innsbruck, one of the most beautiful cities in Tyrol awaits you in Hall. Its medieval old town is one of the best preserved in Austria and is the second largest continuous historical old town centre in Central Europe. As a result, Hall has also been honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is a great deal that reveals the wealth of the past when Hall was one of the most important economic centres in Northern Tyrol thanks to salt production. Today's small town is just as inviting for a shopping trip as it is for a leisurely walk though the old town's lanes.
Innsbruck is full of gems just waiting to be discovered by you. Discover the modern style of living too at the central B(l)ackhome apartments that provide you with the best starting point for your activities in and around Innsbruck.