Innsbruck City Guide

Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck, the largest ski resort in the Alps, is the fifth largest city in Austria and the capital of the Tyrol province. Most recently it hosted the 2008 European Football Championships and it also played host twice to the Winter Olympics. Because of its location in the middle of two very large mountains, Innsbruck is used as a ski resort in the winter and a hiking and mountaineering mecca in the summer time. The most popular ski resort is Nordkette, but a few other good ones are Azamer Lizum, Patscherkofel, Igls, Tulfes, and Stubai Valley. In Stubai Valley you can even ski through the summer because of the glaciated terrain. As a popular tourist destination, there are a number of cultural events and festivals organized in Innsbruck throughout the year, such as Innsbrucket Tanzsommer, Bergsilvester (New Year’s Eve), Festwochem der Alten Musik (Ancient Music Festival), and Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Festival). Insbruck’s two large lakes, Baggersee and Lansersee, are popular places to hang out during the summer months.