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Home to just over 120,000 people, Innsbruck is Austria’s fifth largest city and the provincial capital of Tyrol. As the largest ski resort in the Alps, it’s hosted the Winter Olympics not once but twice, and it is one of the most popular alpine destinations.
However, there’s more to Innsbruck than skiing. It’s also hosted the World University Games, and played host to several matches as part of the EURO 2008 European Football Championship, plus it also has a thriving snowboarding scene.
As you can imagine, when winter comes in Innsbruck, the city sees a massive influx of visitors who come to take advantage of the snow. Furthermore, as home to two universities and several colleges, the 25,000 or so students swell the population considerably during term time, so it’s hardly surprising that Innsbruck has a reputation for having a vibrant and lively nightlife.
Many people choose to arrive in Innsbruck by air, and so Innsbruck Kranebitten Airport can get very busy, especially during the winter months. One of the easiest and most convenient ways to get to your Innsbruck accommodation is by taking one of our airport transfers or shuttle buses in Innsbruck.
You’ll be met at the airport by one of our rental coaches or minibuses and taken to your accommodation in style. It’s far easier than getting the bus, especially if you have skiing or snowboarding equipment to transport.
While most people come to Innsbruck for the winter sports, there’s also plenty to see and do here all year-round that doesn’t involve snow. There’s a wonderfully picturesque Alstadt for starters, with its magnificent Habsburg palace and equally awe-inspiring baroque cathedral, while the Olympic ski jump has to be seen to be believed.
Perhaps one sight you shouldn’t miss is Schloss Ambras, perched high on a hill amongst beautiful gardens. Once the home of Archduke Ferdinand II, it’s home to original artwork from Van Dyck and Velázquez.
As the Schloss is around 5 kilometres from the centre of Innsbruck, if you’re planning to visit in a group, why not contact RentABus Innsbruck for some of the best minibus rental and sightseeing tours in Innsbruck?
Closer to home you’ll find the Gothic Hofkirche, one of the finest royal court churches in Europe. Commissioned by Ferdinand I in 1553, it now contains the empty sarcophagus of Emperor Maximilian I.
Also worth a visit is the unmistakable white Hofburg which was originally built for Archduke Sigmund the Rich way back in the 15th century, although it has been added to and transformed since then.
If you love exploring museums, Innsbruck has a good selection including the Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum on Museumstrasse, which includes artefacts from the Bronze age together with art from the likes of Klimt and Kokoschka, while the Goldenes Dachl Museum is probably the most distinctive landmark in the city with its 2657 copper tiles and eye-catching murals.