One of the great things about Innsbruck is that almost every corner you turn affords spectacular views of the Nordkette Alps, the city’s natural skyscrapers. Urban meets outdoors in the relaxed Tyrolean capital, where Zaha Hadid’s space-age funicular speeds you from the centre to alpine pastures clanging with cowbells in a matter of minutes.
Innsbruck is a one-off. Where else can you spend the morning browsing Old Master paintings in Habsburg palaces, the afternoon skiing and the evening in a rollicking brewpub? With a late-medieval Altstadt (old town), vibrant cultural scene and adrenalin-fuelled pursuits of Olympic fame, Innsbruck is one of those rare places that really can say it has something for everyone without sounding clichéd.
Best places to stay in Innsbruck
Castle hunting in Austria: ten of the best
Though other countries hog all the fairytale glory, Austria does not lack for castles. In fact, for the intrepid traveller, there are many castles to explore filled with trick fountains, curious art collections, dizzying architecture and centuries of history.
Innsbruck destination guides
Swarovski Crystal Worlds and Innsbruck Day Trip from Munich
The Olympic town of Innsbruck is the only major city in the European Alps, and offers its visitors a combination of culture, history and nature. See the world's largest crystal at Swarovski's Crystal World and pass by the venues of the Winter Olympic Games of 1964 and 1976.
Trans Tyrol - Garmisch to Innsbruck
An exhilarating hike from Bavaria through the Wetterstein and Karwendel Mountain ranges to Innsbruck