Though endowed with intense cultural and religious heritage, Innsbruck, which has hosted the Winter Olympics twice, is above all the meeting place for fans of winter sports. The city centre is organised around the Herzog-Friedrfichstrasse, whose arcades hold a number of enticing shops. Further away, the Saint-Jacques cathedral pays homage to baroque architecture, like the Hofburg castle. Walk along the banks of the Inn and finish by visiting the museum of popular Tyrolean art.
You can go shopping in the shops on the Herzog-Friedrichstrasse, walk along the banks of the Inn or take the 20 minute cable car ride from the Medieval city centre to a restaurant 2,000 metres above sea level, before putting on your skis, of course!
The Cathedral of St. James, the Hofburg Palace and the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum.
Surface area : 83860.0 km2
Population : 8263000 inhabitants
Time difference : +1hr
Remember to take your skiing equipment, but for a short cultural trip, the slopes are only a 20-minute cable car ride from the city centre.
Be careful when skiing off-piste: the Alpinarium in Galtür commemorates the victims of the avalanche that occurred there in the winter of 1999 and is a stark reminder that the mountain can be a cruel and dangerous place.
The various soups, cold cuts such as speck (smoked ham), the many types of wurst (sausage), spreads, the crispy Wiener schnitzel (escalope coated in breadcrumbs), paprika goulash, all sorts of spätzle (pasta), game dishes (deer, saddle of venison with blueberries), mountain trout, käsekrainerwurst (sausage stuffed with cheese), rollmops, käsenudeln (cheesy pasta), brathendel (roast chicken), and, of course, the inevitable and delicious Apfelstrudel (local apple tart) for dessert! Before heading back down the slopes, why not stop off for a quick schnapps or mulled wine break at one of the many mountain bars and restaurants? Although gourmands and the more sensible will probably prefer a hot chocolate.
Table linen, porcelain dolls, beer mugs, t-shirts, Austrian cuckoo clocks, Tyrolean specialities (spirits, chocolates, jams, smoked ham, artisanal cheeses, etc), glassware, glasses, glass paintings, blown glass and much more.