A Trip to Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck (“bridge over the inn”) is the capital of Tyrol and is located in the Inn Valley between high mountains: the Nordkette (North) and Patscherkofel and Serles (South). It can be found at the junction with the Wipptal (Sill River), providing access to the Brener Pass.

Innsbruck is an internationally renowned winter sports center. Winter here is snowy and colder than those of most major European cities. The 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics, the 1984 and 1988 Winter Paralympics, and the first Winter Youth Olympics in 2012 are just among the many notable events held in the city. Due to its location between high mountains, Innsbruck serves as an ideal place for skiing in winter, and mountaineering in summer. There are several ski resorts  around Innsbruck, with the Nordkette served by a cable car and additional chair lifts further up.          

A ski resort in Innsbruck

Aside from winter sports, Innsbruck is famous for its local universities and colleges and is often referred to as a university city. It is also the economic and cultural center of Western Austria. Because of the beautiful town center, the historic buildings, the friendly ambience, and the extensive sport facilities both in winter and summer; tourism is the most important source of income for the city authority.

On our way to the historic district of the city, we passed by several landmarks including the Imperial Court of Innsbruck (Kaiserliche Hofburg), which is located near the east entrance. It is one of the major cultural buildings in Austria. It was originally a medieval castle built in the 15th century and then rebuilt in Viennese Rococo style in the 18th century. The latter design was maintained until today.
Below are photos of the Imperial Court of Innsbruck (Kaiserliche Hofburg):

You can visit the halls of the Imperial Court as well as the restored Imperial apartments.

Schedule and ticket price:

The museum is open daily from 9am – 5pm (last admission 4:30 pm). From March until August it is open until 7 pm on Wednesdays. 

Tickets (adults) cost € 8.00.

A short walk opposite the Imperial court, you can see the Innsbruck Garden (Hofgarten), which is also open to public for free. We actually parked near the garden’s entrance. From the garden facing the streets, you can see horse carriages for rent lined on the streetside.

The Innsbruck Garden is a protected park and is managed by the Austrian Federal Gardens, a subordinate department of the Ministry of the Environment. There are still plants in the park that were personally planted by the Austrian Empress, Maria Theresa. Chess tournaments are also held in the garden, as well as concerts which are performed at the historic pavillion in the middle of the park. There is also a palm house containing a comprehensive collection of around 1700 species of plant. There is a lawn allotted for sunbathing and there is also a children's playground. Walking on the ornate lawn is not permitted.

Below are a few photos taken inside the garden:

The following can be found at the garden entrance:

Map of Innsbruck

Information about the Hungerburgbahn

Hungerburgbahn Station Congress, walking distance from the garden, is a hybrid funicular (inclined plane or cliff) railway. Hungerburgbahn has 4 stations: Congress (underground station), Löwenhaus, Alpenzoo, and Hungerburg.

Hungerburgbahn Station Congress

A funicular viewed from our parking space

Another landmark near the historic town area and opposite the Imperial Court is the Tiroler Landestheater. It is the State Theater of Innsbruck. The main theater has 800 seats and the basement theater has around 250. Plays, operas, dance performances, and musicals are played in the Landestheater.

The Landestheater

Inside the historic district; you will be welcomed by beautifully painted buildings, al fresco cafes, and a lot of shops. 

There is the City Tower (Stadtturm) which stands 51 meters high in the historic heart of Innsbruck, Heraog-Friedrich-Strasse 21. It has a massive square base above which is a platform with iron railings. Next to the platform is an octagonal structure which rises with semicircular bay windows and a dome with a lantern. 

The City Tower (Stadtturm) viewed from the end
of a narrow street

A very important attraction is the Golden Roof which is already very noticeable from afar the square it is located. The Golden Roof was built in the 15th and completed in the 16th century. It is made up of 2657 fire-gilded copper tiles and is actually a 3-storey balcony. It was constructed for the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, to serve as a royal box where he could sit and enjoy the tournaments being held in the plaza or square below. The Golden Roof was built in honor of Maximilian’s second marriage. However, in order not to alienate the allies gained by his first marriage, he had an image of himself between the two women painted on his balcony.
Since 2003, the Golden Roof has been housing the office of the International Alpine Convention (dedicated to sustainable development in the European Alps), the Maximilianum Museum, and the Innsbruck City Archives.

The Golden Roof

A distinctive hotel, the Goldener Adler, is also located in the ancient district. It is one of Europe's oldest and time-honored inns. It was established in the 14th century and is run by a hospitable family.

Goldener Adler sign

The hotel's side entrance

Marble panels that display the names of famous personalities who stayed in the inn; a few of them are
Emperor Joseph II, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Souvenir stalls and shops sell Tyrolean dresses and hats aside from other Austrian products:

We had our lunch at Zipfer, a Greek Restaurant beautifully decorated with pillars, vines, and statues of Greek gods and godesses. 

Our restaurant of choice for lunch

Our good Greek lunch

The interior of Zipfer

A lot of other hotels, shops and restaurants can be found at the heart of the district. There is even a branch of Amorino, a gelateria common in Italy. To try other varieties, I bought one chocolate-flavored at Tomaselli before leaving the city.
Elaborately designed buildings

A glassblowing shop

Hotel and restaurant signs

The streets of Innsbruck's historic district are lined with different stores and cafes

Amorino Gelateria

Tomaselli Gelateria


  1. Innsbruck is a nice city! Thanks for sharing all the information of it!

  2. Innsbruck looks like a lovely place and somewhere I would like to visit. Thanks for sharing your photos. :)

  3. The photos look tempting! I hope I can visit Innsbruck one day! the historic district looks beautiful<3

  4. Lea you keep me so entertained with the photos. They are spectacular. I loved the very old gardens. Your Greek food looks very good. It is just so much fun and so interesting to see all of those wonderful photo's. I am so glad you posted on my blog so I got to know you. Thank you for the encouragement on my little Christopher. I agree, he will be fine however he grows. I just love him with all my heart.

  5. Innsbruck is a nice city with many beautiful buildings.
    Beautiful series Lea, well photographed.

  6. Love your photographs, Lea. Many moons ago my young son and I walked up the ski run and back down again. Phew, it was steep! I'll have to hunt out the picture of the lad when he was half way up, he looks minute. Of course, it was summer time so the run wasn't in use. Hubs and I went there some time later but I didn't feel the same yen to run up the slope.

  7. Hi Lea, magical trip! Big hugs.

  8. This post is truly a feast for the eyes. The name, "Innsbruck," is familiar to me, mainly as a winter sports place. But you made it really live and brought the entire place to life. It is a beautiful city with gorgeous buildings and some wonderful traditions. Love the horses and carriages.

  9. That's what I love most about the old towns in our german-speaking countries, those, intricate looking house & buildings. :) I like the last few photographs in this entry, typical for these places!

  10. Maravilloso Paseo con el que nos has hecho disfrutar por esta bella Ciudad de Innsbruck.
    Cuando pueda, la visitaré.
    Un abrazo.

  11. Hello Lea!
    What a wonderful tour of Austria with many beautiful monuments. Thank you for sharing your photos. Continue to enjoy!

  12. Fabulous tour. Always informative and the view of the mountainside and the stunning scene in the foreground all viewed from your parking spot is amazing. I also always love seeing narrow old streets too. You sure do make your way to some beautiful places.

  13. Leo dziękuję Ci za wspaniałą wycieczkę po tym grodzie i pyszny poczęstunek w greckiej restauracji, oraz historię związaną ze złotym dachem. Wszystko pięknie przekazałaś i poczułam się tak, jakbym i ja tam była ...
    Pozdrawiam serdecznie.

  14. Zapraszam Cię także na podróż kulinarną do Chin ...

  15. Wonderful pictures !!!

    Kisses from Barcelona ! :)

  16. Hi Lea, and that was exactly why I stopped in was to say hi to my very brilliant friend. Take care.

  17. Thoroughly enjoyed your lovely photos and commentary, Lea. Thanks for sharing.

  18. I meant to tell you how much I like your Mateo ... a Bichon Frise, right? So sweet!

  19. The photographs are so life-like. You have a gift, Lea. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you have a great day.

  20. Hi Lea okay?
    I love seeing your posts, beautiful pictures
    I travel without leaving home.
    Thanks for always visiting my works.
    you're special!
    strong hugs

  21. Beautiful pics!! Just stopped over from WholeHearted Home for a visit.

  22. Gracious -- you have had a marvelous time, seeing the sights, haven't you?! How lucky for me (us) that you choose to share this way. Thanks, Lea! :)

  23. Mais uma viagem maravilhosa. Lugares lindo. Queria poder conhecê-los pessoalmente. Você quem tira as fotos? São fantásticas.

    Obrigada pelo carinho no meu blog. Se cuide ;)

    Another wonderful trip. Beautiful places. I wish I could meet them in person. You take those photos? They are fantastic.

    Thanks for the love on my blog. Take care;)

  24. Hi Lea,
    thankyou for the lovely trip to Austria, it was as if I was there myself, and I thouroughly enjoyed the Greek lunch. We passed through Austria years ago on a coach tour to somewhere, probably an eastern block country. It was really beautiful, the snows were melting and the rivers flowing down from the mountains were an amazing jade colour.
    Thankyou for sharing, I must log in for more of your travels.

  25. I wondered where you gone ... while I took a break from blogging. Here you're!!! Never been to Innsbruk - but I love Vienna. Great shots - this is typical for Austria cities and towns ... clean and tidy - nice signage and well kept all buildings. Love it. Thanks for taking me there.

  26. Hello Lea,
    I see you still continuous in Austria charming by their architecture and music.
    Shops fantastic for winter fashion.
    Enjoy and live those wonderful days.

  27. What beautiful pictures! I hope someday I have a chance to go to Innsbruck. It seems to be a very nice place to visit.

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