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Innsbruck | Explore the great outdoors

If you’re the type of traveller who loves to get outdoors and be active during a trip, Innsbruck could be the perfect destination for you. The city is the capital of the state of Tyrol in western Austria, and attracts people from around the world to its ski slopes in the winter and to explore the mountains on foot in summer.

Get to know Innsbruck

Innsbruck is an incredibly picturesque and beautiful city that visitors can’t help but fall in love with. Located within a valley between steep mountains in the Alps, everywhere you look there is a gorgeous view. To get the best views in Innsbruck head to the top of Bergisel, a modernist glass and steel ski jump with a fantastic panoramic viewing platform. Choose to climb the 455 steps to the top, or take the easy option and ascend by funicular. Either way it’s worth it for the view from the top.

There are many architectural gems to see in Innsbruck, especially in the Old Town, which dates back around 800 years. Be sure not to miss Goldenes Dachl Museum, 16th century Ambras Castle, Hofburg and the wonderful Gothic Hofkirche, one of the best royal court churches in Europe.

Snow sports

Thanks to its position between high mountains, Innsbruck is the ideal place to indulge in some winter snow sports. Visitors can take part in all different types of winter activities, such as skiing, snowboarding, ski jumping and snow shoeing. There are slopes to suit people of all abilities and great facilities for all.

Innsbruck has been the location of two Winter Olympic Games, in 1964 and 1976, and also plays host to one of the four ski-jumping competitions that make up the 4 Hills Tournament each year.

Summer activities

In the summer months the majority of the snow melts (apart from in heavily glaciated areas). The green mountains then become the perfect place for many different outdoor activities that simply aren’t possible in winter. Try your hand at mountain biking, mountaineering, hiking, walking and paragliding, to name just a few. There’s an activity to suit everyone in Innsbruck.

Christmas market

If you visit Innsbruck between mid-November and the beginning of January you’ll be able to visit the enchanting Christkindlmarkt, the Christmas markets that pop up in the Old Town and Market Square. Innsbruck’s Christmas markets are something out of a fairy-tale, given their location within the winter wonderland that the city transforms into at this time of year. Both adults and children alike will adore the chance to browse the stalls and get into the festive spirit.

If you wish to travel to Innsbruck by private jet charter our expert team would be delighted to provide you with a personalised quote. Innsbruck Airport is located less than four miles from the city, making it extremely well connected to begin your Austrian adventure.