Have you ever been to a city that is surrounded by high mountain peaks of the Alps? If not then Innsbruck should be on your bucket list!
Innsbruck is the capital of the state Tyrol (Tirol) in the country of Austria (Österreich). This reasonably small city has a small center and from almost every position you can see the high mountain range the Nordkette or at the other side the mountain Patscherkofel.
The city has a long history since it’s situated on an important trade route junction from center Europe to Italy. The Brenner Pass is nowadays one of the busiest highways that go through the Alps to Italy.
Currently Innsbruck has about 130,000 inhabitants of which 28,000 are either students or working for the University of Innsbruck. Having such a large amount of young students, the city is very lively and sport-minded. Many bars and cafes can be found in the center and around the University buildings. Many public sport areas attract a lot of people during the day for their workouts. You can have a nice stroll along the Inn or take the many running paths through Innsbruck and its nearby forests. Rent a mountainbike and exhaust yourself on the numerous trails or take the cable car up and go downhill!
In winter you can find several ski areas around Innsbruck. From the center you can take the cable car to the Nordkette, a small but cool ski area where you can have a beautiful view over Innsbruck and all the mountains around it. A little bit further you can ski in Axamer Lizum or the Patscherkofel and of course the nearby Stubaier gletcher should not be forgotten. Within an hour drive you can even ski in the famous ski areas of Sankt Anton in Tirol, Ischl or Sölden.
The beauty of Innsbruck is that you can combine a city trip with great outdoor activities! What else do you want?
Innsbruck has also a lot of architecture to offer. In the center you can find many of traditional buildings that are being kept in a good condition.