Things to do in Innsbruck

DSC00194Breakfast Club

Definitely the best place to start the day in Innsbruck! Breakfast Club is a cool little cafe with a range of great breakfasts. There’s a good mix of sweet and savoury dishes, some great bread, and each breakfast comes with a glass of elderflower juice. There are actually two rooms so if it looks busy try walking to the other side of the building.

The Nordkette

The mountain at the heart of the city! From downtown Innsbruck you can take a funicular the Hungerberg. After this the Seegrube chairlift takes you up to 6250 feet, and finally the Hafelkar runs up to 7401 feet.

When we were there early snowfall put paid to the high altitude hiking opportunities but made for spectacular views and an exciting preview of winter.

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View from the Hungerburg Funicular

Hiking

A city at the heart of the Alps obviously has a lot of opportunities for hiking. A network of trails covers the slopes of the Nordkette and there are lots of options from the Hungerberg station. There are plenty of mountain refuges around for when you are ready for a break and a snack.

Swarovski Museum

This was a real surprise and is a great option for a rainy day. More of an art gallery than a museum there are works by Salvador Dali, Keith Haring, Brian Eno, and many others. The  museum is made up of sixteen chambers. My favourites were the crystal replicas of famous buildings in FAMOS and the mysterious Ice Passage.

The museum is a way out of the town but free buses run from the Hofburg.

Go for coffee

Vienna is the home of Austrian coffee culture but some of that style has made its way into the mountains. Coffee is served in the Viennese style on a silver platter and always comes with glasses of water. Café Murauer and Munding are my recommendations.

Sightseeing

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The streets of Innsbruck

There’s lots to see in Innsbruck and the best way to do it is with an Innsbruck Card. The cards come in 24, 48, and 72 hour versions and give you free access to many of the attractions in the city (including the Nordkette lifts and the Swarovski Museum). The town has a range of buildings dating back as far as eight hundred years. There are imperial palaces,  watchtowers, churches and more. More recently the town has hosted two Winter Olympics and you can visit the ski jump tower which stands over the South side of the city.

Eating

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Austrian food and German beer!

Austrian food is typically simple and hearty. We had good traditional dishes at Stiftskeller and Goldenes Dachl. For a more sophisticated take on Austrian classics try Die Wilderin on Seilergasse.

Of course, Italy isn’t far away so there are also some great Italian options. Try Solo Vino for upmarket Italian dishes.

If you have a sweet tooth there are plenty of options – Most cafes sell the famous Austrian desserts of Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel. For a whole range of strudels try Strudelcafe Kroll on Hofgase.

Drinking

Drinking culture in Innsbruck is heavily influenced by nearby Bavaria, and lots of the bars sell the famous German beers. My favourite was the drinking hall Stiftskeller, which sold great beers from the Augustiner Brewery in Munich.

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