The unique location of the city, embedded in the broad Inntal, surrounded by high mountain chains, opens up a splendid panorama, which seems to unify architecture and nature in a brilliant work of art.
Would you like to visit the Golden Roof, Innsbruck's landmark in the heart of the historic old town built by Emperor Maximilian? Or the Imperial Palace, Court Church and Imperial Gardens? Whatever you choose, you can enjoy the impressive backdrop of the Nordkette mountain range, the gateway to the Karwendel mountains. You're sure to love this amazing sight, just like we do. The mountains and the city are closer together here in Innsbruck than anywhere else and this means that the Alps are all around you wherever you go: whether on a walk through the historic old town, strolling under shady arcades or admiring the colourful rows of buildings.
the Nordkette mountain range
You can ride the Nordkettenbahnen lifts all the way from the Congress lift station in the city centre and be up at the Seegrube at 2,000 metres above sea level in no time. It is even possible to take another lift from there up to the Hafelekar, which is located over 2,200 metres above sea level. City streets and high alpine terrain: these two worlds couldn't be more different. Yet in Innsbruck they are so closely bound together.
You can stop at one of the many sidewalk cafes or guesthouses and simply let this historic setting work its magic. At the heart of it all shines the Golden Roof, built by Emperor Maximilian I. The old town also features a City Tower that watches over the colourful hustle and bustle in the narrow streets and an Imperial Palace that bears witness to Innsbruck's Habsburg heritage. You can visit the sights and attractions on a sightseeing tour.
Star architect Zaha Hadid designed several buildings in Innsbruck, including the Bergisel Ski Jump and the lift stations for the Hungerburgbahn funicular. The city also features many other modern architectural highlights that blend harmoniously into the cityscape. This combination of historic and contemporary features give Innsbruck a very special charm.
Innsbruck's history of hosting major sporting events continues today: in 2018, the city hosted the Climbing World Championships and the UCI Road World Championships. The local facilities for cycling, biking and climbing are world class. Speaking of biking: mountain biking is particularly popular in Innsbruck and the various trails and mountain bike routes are sure to conquer every biker's heart.