Innsbruck, the capital of Austria’s Tyrol region is a true fusion of history, natural beauty and modernity. From elaborate architecture to its Nordkette mountain chain, to a contemporary and vibrant urban spirit. The city’s glittering 15th-century landmark, The Golden Roof stands proud in Innsbruck’s centre and has shaped the majestic skyline ever since. Look even higher and you’ll note the breathtaking mountains that are so integral to everyday life in the city. The Nordkettenbahn Cable Car goes up to an altitude of 2000m in just 20 minutes, where a bounty of skiing and hiking awaits the active traveller. For those with a real zest for life, it is also an all-year-round destination, home to music festivals in summer, not to mention great shopping, dining and café culture.
Boasting nine ski and snowboard regions with excellent slopes and perfect infrastructure, Innsbruck is famous for its winter pursuits – and has hosted the winter games a record three times. You’ll be spoilt for choice, and there’s something to suit everyone from virgin skiers to seasoned pros.
From your cosy bed in the UK, you’ll be able to hit the slopes in just four hours. With a total flight time of around two hours (plus some stunning alpine views coming into land), you could have a fry-up in London in the morning and be on the slopes in the snow-covered Alps just after lunchtime. The Innsbruck Card offers visitors countless benefits – entry to 18 city sights, free public transport, tour buses and guided walks, plus one return trip on each of the seven cable cars in Innsbruck and its surrounding holiday villages. Choose a 24-, 48- or 72-hour pass and the city is yours to explore.