Flight and hotel Innsbruck
Innsbruck: Panoramic mountain views
Overlooked by the dramatic Nordkette mountain range, Innsbruck makes for the perfect winter getaway. Its sheltered location has long protected its citizens from harsh winter weather, and because of this, the city was an important military settlement in Roman times. In the 6th century, the Bavarians took control, but in 1027, feudal German princes took over, and the town became a cultural hub.
Finally restored to the Austrians in the 19th century, Innsbruck remains a place of social and cultural importance. Book a flight to and hotel in Innsbruck to discover this gem of Europe: ski in the Alps, hike, ride a zip line or simply enjoy some of the continent’s most stunning scenery. Visitors looking for alpine charm alongside urban chic often opt for package holidays in Innsbruck.
Know before you go to Innsbruck
Take a flight from London or Manchester to Innsbruck, and you’ll arrive at Kranebitten Airport (INN), just two and a half miles from the city centre. Whereas UK citizens won’t need a visa to enter Austria, they will need to exchange their sterling for euros. Standard German is the national language, but English is widely spoken areas.
When to go to Innsbruck?
Visitors opting for package holidays in Innsbruck usually choose to come during winter, when the nearby Karwendel Nature Park offers a host of winter sports. However, you can also take a city break to Innsbruck during summer to enjoy the pretty Old Town and sunny streets. Fly to Innsbruck in spring to experience the best of both worlds: soft snow, warm sunshine and popular Tirol resorts.
What should you do in Innsbruck?
What you do in Innsbruck depends on the time of year you visit. Hit the slopes in winter or take to the hiking trails in summer.
- Ski or snowboard on some of Europe’s best-value winter slopes.
- Take a cable car to the top of Nordkette for stunning views of the city and beyond.
- Hike the craggy Goethe Trail.
- Visit Karwendel, the Tyrol’s oldest nature reserve.
- Like climbing? Try the Nordkette Fixed Rope Climbing Route or the Nordkette Climbing Arena.
- Drive over the Europa Bridge for more fabulous views.
Where should you visit in Innsbruck?
Visitors taking city breaks in Innsbruck won’t be short of things to see. A weekend in Innsbruck is enough time for you to get a feeling for the city’s unique heritage and fall in love with the views and charm, though you could easily spend a longer time there.
- Be awed by the crystal sculptures at Swavorski Crystal Worlds.
- Enjoy the views from 16th-century Ambras Castle.
- Learn about the history of ski jumping at Bergisel.
- Stroll around the Old Town for a journey back in time.
- Shop for sausage and schnapps in Speckschwemme, a tiny shop.
- See ancient and modern art at the Tyrolean State Museum.
- Visit the gothic Hofkirche (Court Church) and see its black marble cenotaph.
What should you eat in Innsbruck?
Visitors taking city breaks in Innsbruck are in for a gastronomical treat. Sample Austria’s national dish, schnitzel: veal, pork and turkey are the most popular of these breaded delights. You’ll find clear soups of all flavours and a variety of things to eat with bread, including cream cheese spreads and chopped pickles. Don’t miss the chance for a home-baked apple strudel or delicious Sachertorte, a chocolate cake. In fact, if you have a sweet tooth, you’re going to love the local cuisine in Innsbruck – from pastries to sweet jams, the city has it all.
If Austrian food is not for you, don’t worry. As a modern city, Innsbruck offers food from around the world, including Thailand, China, Italy and India. You’ll also find a selection of vegetarian and vegan choices, meaning a flight to and hotel in Innsbruck are great holiday options for everyone.
Shopping in Innsbruck
Even if you're just taking a weekend break in Innsbruck, you'll want to take a souvenir home. Buy a bottle of Austrian wine, schnapps or some alpine-inspired perfume. Regional cured meats, local honey, pickled vegetables and fruit preserves all travel well, and your friends will be impressed by your Swarovski crystal pieces. Shop for charming handmade carvings or Tyrolean folk CDs in one of the city’s many gift shops, or bag yourself some designer clothing at Kaufhaus Tyrol.