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Welcome to Innsbruck

Perhaps most famous for playing host to the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics, the town of Innsbruck is the perfect base from which to explore the pistes and valleys of the Austrian Alps—St. Anton, St. Christoph, and Solden are all within easy reach. Inside the city, though, there’s no shortage of ways to amuse yourself year round, with a diverse range of tours suited to travelers of all ages, and guides on hand to bring the city’s colorful history to life. In Innsbruck itself, top attractions include the Hofkirche (a Gothic church); the Hofburg (a former Habsburg palace); 16th-century Goldenes Dachl (the famous Golden roof); and Ambras Castle, widely considered a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. And while diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, you can't miss the famous Swarovski Crystal World, which showcases the dazzling beauty of these sought-after sparklers. For some of Innsbruck’s most scenic views, stroll along the banks of the Inn River or take one of the cable cars to Hafelekar, Hungerburg, or Seegrube—where you can gaze out over the rooftops of Innsbruck to the mighty peaks of the Swiss Alps beyond. From up there, bold travelers can experience the best of the Nordkette mountains, which form part of Austria's largest natural park.

Top 10 attractions in Innsbruck

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Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)

Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)

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Amid the brightly painted buildings and historic monuments of Innsbruck’s Old Town, one landmark shines brighter than all the others. Standing proud over Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse, the Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) is the dramatic focal point of the 15th-century New Court (Neuhof) building and glitters with 2,657 gilded copper tiles.More
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Swarovski Crystal Worlds (Swarovski Kristallwelten)

Swarovski Crystal Worlds (Swarovski Kristallwelten)

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Themed around one of Austria’s best-known exports, Swarovski Crystal Worlds (Swarovski Kristallwelten) is a dazzling attraction devoted to sparkling crystals. Twinkling exhibitions created by contemporary artists and designers, together with a playground, play tower, and hand-shaped hedge maze, make for a family-friendly day out.More
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Hungerburg Railway (Hungerburgbahn)

Hungerburg Railway (Hungerburgbahn)

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The state-of-the-art Hungerburg Railway (Hungerburgbahn) is a hybrid funicular connecting Innsbruck to the mountain suburb of Hungerburg. More than just a transport link, it’s also an architectural landmark—the Zaha Hadid–designed stations are space-age masterpieces that draw as many visitors as the railway itself.More
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Hafelekar Mountain (Hafelekarspitze)

Hafelekar Mountain (Hafelekarspitze)

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Framing the northern horizon of Innsbruck, the jagged peaks of the North Chain (Nordkette) range are a natural playground for hikers, climbers, and adventurers. The central Hafelekar Mountain (Hafelekarspitze), accessible by cable car, is the gateway to the mountains, with views that expand over the Innsbruck valley and the surrounding Austrian Alps.More
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Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

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Dating back to the 15th century, the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) was among the lavish imperial residences of the Hapsburg dynasty. Redesigned by Empress Maria Theresa in the 18th century, it’s a feast of baroque and rococo style, adorned with gleaming marble, glittering gold, and elaborate frescoes.More
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Bergisel Ski Jump

Bergisel Ski Jump

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An architectural landmark, legendary sporting venue, and tourist attraction all rolled into one, the Bergisel Ski Jump is one of Innsbruck’s most visited sites. As well as hosting international winter sports events, the ski-jump tower affords a spectacular panoramic view of Innsbruck and the surrounding Tyrolean mountains.More
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Court Church (Hofkirche)

Court Church (Hofkirche)

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Built by Ferdinand I in 1553 and part of the grand Hofburg Imperial Palace, the magnificent Court Church (Hofkirche) is among the highlights of Innsbruck Old Town. The star attraction of the church, an impressive example of Gothic architecture, is the elaborate cenotaph of Maximilian I, which dominates the main aisle.More
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Maria Theresien Street (Maria-Theresien-Strasse)

Maria Theresien Street (Maria-Theresien-Strasse)

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Named for the much-revered Empress Maria Theresa, Maria Theresien Street (Maria-Theresien-Strasse) is Innsbruck’s pedestrianized main street, running through the heart of the Old Town. Lined with architectural treasures, a stroll down the street reveals pastel-painted facades, elaborately carved balconies, and beautiful baroque palaces.More
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Ambras Castle (Schloss Ambras Innsbruck)

Ambras Castle (Schloss Ambras Innsbruck)

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Perched in the foothills of the Alps just south of Innsbruck, the 16th-century Ambras Palace (Schloss Ambras) was the onetime residence of Archduke Ferdinand II. Today, the striking Renaissance palace and impeccably manicured gardens play host to one of Innsbruck’s most impressive museums and portrait galleries.More
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Innsbruck City Tower (Stadtturm)

Innsbruck City Tower (Stadtturm)

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Towering 167 feet (51 meters) over the northern mouth of Maria Theresien Strasse, Innsbruck City Tower (Stadtturm) is one of the city’s most recognizable monuments. Built in 1450 and topped with a striking green dome, the historic clock tower is best known for its open-air observation deck, affording views over the Old Town.More

Recent reviews from experiences in Innsbruck

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Nice custom tour
Pioneer63681814684, Jul 2019
Innsbruck Like a Local: Customized Private Tour
We had time to hit the primary attractions in Old Town, as well as visit the park (my son loves walking through parks and seeing the locals relax), and a neighborhood.
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