Anyone who comes to visit Innsbruck, the capital of the Tyrol region, will immediately notice the close coexistence of culture and nature. Located at the crossroads of Europe’s most important transport lines and nestled in the mountain ranges of the northern ‘Limestone’ Alps’ and the Central Alps, Innsbruck always was - and continues to be – a meeting point and platform for cultural exchange, commerce and science. In more recent times the city has also gained international reputation as an important sports venue.
Innsbruck all inclusive – with the Innsbruck Card the city is all yours. This great value pass is your key to all the city sights, including numerous interesting museums and galleries such as the Imperial Palace, Tyrolean State Museum Ferdinandeum, splendid Ambras Castle, the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum and the Tirol Panorama Museum with its unique giant panoramic painting.
With the Innsbruck Card you enjoy free travel on all public transport in the city and as far as Igls and Hall. Furthermore, you are entitled to one return trip on each of the seven cable cars (according to the season) in Innsbruck and the surrounding holiday villages. Also included in the price of your Innsbruck Card is access to the Bergisel ski jump, an unmistakable city landmark well worth visiting all year round. A free shuttle bus service takes you to the glittering Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens. Exploring the town on two wheels is just your thing? Simply pick up a zippy city bike from DIE BÖRSE, a friendly inner city sports store and equipment rental, and you are free to roam the streets of Innsbruck for the next three hours.
In addition to all this, you travel free of charge on the ‘Sightseer’ hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus which takes you to Innsbruck’s main points of interest in all comfort. Make sure to take an informative walk through the medieval lanes of the historic Old Town with a knowledgable ‘Per Pedes’ city guide (tours available in English). Starting at a cost of 39 Euro, Innsbruck Cards are available for a duration of 24, 48 or 72 hours. Children below the age of 15 receive a half price discount.
Simply stroll through the city centre and you learn a lot about the town’s history. Habsburg emperor Maximilian I (1459–1519), in particular, shaped the image of Innsbruck during its transition from medieval times to the Renaissance era. He made the city the centre of an empire that stretched from Spain to Burgundy and Hungary. It was under Maximilian’s reign that Innsbruck’s glittering landmark – the Golden Roof - was constructed.
The old city is enclosed by Marktgraben, Burggraben and Rennweg, marking the boundary along which the city wall once ran. The somewhat younger baroque and classical part of Innsbruck is located outside its perimeter. Here you find Maria-Theresien-Strasse with the Annasäule column at its centre, a statue that was erected as a token of gratitude for the victory of the Tyrolean people’s contingent over the Bavarian troupes in 1703.
Wilten Abbey Basilica is the most beautiful Rococo church in Austria with a rich history. It is home to the famous Wilten Boys’ Choir. The historic church was restored in the mid-18th century and now offers festive gold, delicate colours and elegant stucco. It is open for visitors anytime.
While the view down the splendid Maria-Theresien-Strasse towards the medieval old town is crowned by the majestic Nordkette mountain chain; the baroque Triumphal Arch is set off by the Bergisel ski jump, Innsbruck’s spectacular new icon designed by top architect Zaha Hadid.
First mentioned im 1180 the St James Cathedral hosts the famous „Maria Hilf“ painting – a masterpiece by Lucas Cranach the Elder, that is copied all around the world. Each day at noon the Innsbruck peace bells, with over 57 bells the largest in Austria, rings out. The cathedral’s large doors can be reached via a metallic ramp, which has a gradient of a bit more than 6 percent.
This original 15th century Gothic mansion is an outstanding example of bourgeois grandeur in the Old Town, in later years richly decorated with stuccos.
The house is named for Sebastian Helbling, who operated a small Café in there in 1833. The historic structure was completely refurbished in the years 1979 and 1980.
The court church is situated on the east side of the old town next to the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Habsburg emperor Maximilian I (1459–1519) planned an escort of life-size bronze figures, which were designed by prominent artists of his time. The twenty-eight so-called “Schwarze Mander“ (black men) were worked on by painter Albrecht Dürer as well as casters Stefan Godl, Peter Vischer and Peter Löffler, among others. The statues were not completed, however, until Maximilian’s grandson Ferdinand I took over and had this significant piece of Renaissance art displayed in Innsbruck’s Hofkirche.