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Highlights from the region of Innsbruck and surroundings

Olympic city, cultural metropolis, university location - surrounded by beautiful nature

With its 127,000 inhabitants, Innsbruck is considered the capital of the Alps par excellence. The landscape of the Tyrolean state capital is characterized by its location in the broad Inn valley, between the strikingly towering north chain of the Karwendel mountain range and the Stubai and Tux Alps in the south.

Bergisel Ski Jump Innsbruck
The Olympic Ski Jump

The Olympic Ski Jump on the Bergisel is one of four venues for the International Four Hills Tournament. In 2002, the renovated Olympic ski jump was inaugurated to designs by star architect Zaha Hadid and has become both a sporting and a tourist attraction.

An inclined lift takes visitors up to 250 meters above Innsbruck in just 2 minutes - here, in addition to a panorama restaurant, there is also a panoramic terrace with a magnificent 360-degree panorama of the state capital and the surrounding mountains. In the stadium itself, 13 panels provide information about the hill and its history as well as about ski jumping.

Hofkirche Innsbruck
which lies on the edge of the old town of Innsbruck

The Hofkirche, which lies on the edge of the old town of Innsbruck, was built in the years 1553 to 1563 as a church of the Holy Sepulcher for the 1519 deceased Emperor Maximilian I. Even though the coffin is empty - Maximilian was buried in the castle of Wiener Neustadt - the Hofkirche in Innsbruck is the most important monument in Tyrol and the greatest of all imperial tombs in Europe.

Particularly impressive are the 28 larger-than-life bronze statues flanking the high grave. They show the relationship of Emperor Maximilian and his role models. From these figures comes the name "Schwarz-Mander-Kirche", as the Hofkirche is popularly called. Tip: When visiting the Hofkirche, you should also visit the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum next door.

Kaiserliche Hofburg Innsbruck
The Hofburg in Innsbruck, built by Duke Sigmund the Coin Rich

The Hofburg in Innsbruck, built by Duke Sigmund the Coin Rich, is one of the three most important cultural buildings in Austria besides the Vienna Hofburg and Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna. After a successful refurbishment, the state rooms are again as grand as they were in the 18th century: Giant Hall, Gardesaal, Lorraine Room and Chapel impressively testify to the power and wealth of past epochs of rulers.

A special attraction is the Empress Elisabeth apartment, which was faithfully reconstructed with lavishly produced fabrics and wallpapers. Hundreds of exhibits give the museum an insight into the life on the farm. The ancestral gallery in the grand staircase shows portraits of the Habsburgs and brings the regency of this family to life in Tyrol.

Schloss Ambras Innsbruck
Schloss Ambras hoch über Innsbruck

Umgeben von einem idyllischen Schlossgarten liegt Schloss Ambras hoch über Innsbruck. Es wurde erstmals im 11. Jahrhundert erwähnt und fiel 1363 an die Habsburger, die es später zum Prunkschloss ausbauten. Die prachtvollen Ambraser Kunstsammlungen mit der Wunderkammer, den Rüstkammern und dem Antiquarium, die von Erzherzog Ferdinand II. gegründet wurden, sind noch heute im Schloss untergebracht.
In der Habsburger Porträtgalerie sind über 200 Bilder ausgestellt, darunter auch Arbeiten bekannter Künstler wie Lukas Cranach, Peter Paul Rubens, Anthonis van Dyck oder Diego Velásquez. Das Erdgeschoss des Hochschlosses beherbergt eine Sammlung spätmittelalterlicher Bildwerke sowie den Georgsaltar Kaiser Maximilians I.

Tirol Panorama with Kaiserjägermuseum
the original scene of the battles of the Tyrolean freedom struggle

At the Bergisel, the original scene of the battles of the Tyrolean freedom struggle, stands the Tyrol Panorama, which is both architecturally and culturally thrilled. At the heart of the museum is a 1,000-square-meter giant circular painting: in a fascinating 360-degree perspective, it shows the historical drama of the third Battle of Bergisel during the Tyrolean freedom fights. Not only the dimension, but also the execution is impressive and thrills big and small.

The permanent exhibition hall "Schauplatz Tirol" treats the topics of religion, nature, politics and people with exciting, surprising and sometimes bizarre exhibits. Underground with the Tirol Panorama the Kaiserjägermuseum is connected. Visitors can see a historical collection about the military history of Tyrol in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen
From Innsbruck's Old Town, the modern Hungerburgbahn

From Innsbruck's Old Town, the modern Hungerburgbahn takes just a few minutes to Hungerburg. A few meters from there is the valley station of the Seegrubenbahn. The Seegrube, at an altitude of 1,905 meters, is a popular excursion destination for mountaineers, mountain bikers, climbing enthusiasts and connoisseurs.

Directly next to the top station Seegrube adventurous people will find the necessary adrenaline kick with the new Flying Fox. It also goes high with the panoramic gondola lift Hafelekar. This brings guests to 2,556 meters above sea level and guarantees a unique view of the Tyrolean capital and the beautiful natural landscape of the Alpenpark Karwendel.

Historic Old Town Innsbruck
Tradition and modernity, culture and sports

Tradition and modernity, culture and sports, imposing mountains and vibrant city life - Innsbruck offers variety and variety: the beautiful old town with the famous Golden Roof and the magnificent Hofburg, boutiques, countless cafes and restaurants, well-kept parks, the architecturally unique Bergisel ski jump or the futuristic Nordkettenbahn.

This connects the old town with the Nordkette and brings you in just 20 minutes in the middle of high alpine terrain at 2,256 meters. Depending on the season, you can enjoy the beautiful nature on foot, by bike or on skis - the breathtaking view of Innsbruck is always included!

Hall in Tirol near Innsbruck
Historic Old Town Hall
The former salt city on the banks of the Inn

The former salt city on the banks of the Inn was in the Middle Ages, the most important economic place in North Tyrol. Today, the charming town of Hall in Tyrol boasts one of the largest and most beautiful medieval towns in Austria.

The romantic streets of the old town offer locals and guests plenty of opportunities for shopping and dining. Visit Hasegg Castle and Hall's landmark, the Mint Tower, built in the 15th century as a princely mint. Discover the history of Hall here and shape your own commemorative coin. The climb to the top of the tower over 185 steps is rewarded with an unforgettable view over Hall, the Inn Valley and the Karwendel Mountains.

Wattens near Innsbruck
Swarovski Crystal Worlds
the mighty giant, which guards the entrance of the Crystal Worlds

On the occasion of his 100th anniversary in 1995, Swarovski created the internationally famous Crystal Worlds in Wattens by multimedia artist André Heller. Since then, this extraordinary place of fantasy, art and joy of playing has become an integral part of the Inn Valley. Around the mighty giant, which guards the entrance of the Crystal Worlds, extends a 7.5-acre garden landscape with numerous attractions.

For example, there is the surreal crystal cloud over the black mirrored water, a large installation consisting of 800,000 hand-set crystals. There is the year-round play tower for children with its four thematic levels, which can only be reached via a vertical climbing net. And last but not least the heart of the plant: the interior of the giant with its 16 mystical chambers of wonder. Conceptually, they are based on the Wunderkammern of Ambras Castle, which were designed as a universal knowledge collection.