As the hills are alive with potential in Austria’s fifth-largest city, there’s plenty to do in Innsbruck during summer, both in the great outdoors, as well as in the city itself. It’s the ideal place to offer you the best of both worlds.
When the temperatures can reach the mid-twenties, this part of Austria is dreamy in the rays too. So, trade in your salopettes and ski goggles for shorts and comfy shoes, and you’ll be in your element in this enchanting emerald wilderness. Come on, we’ll show you around…
Walk this way
While most hit the mountains to go skiing in Innsbruck, these peaks offer plenty when they aren’t blanketed in thick snow. In fact, their flower-filled Alpine meadows are just as welcoming as they look in films. The walking offering in Innsbruck can be split between gentle family strolls and calf-testing mountain hikes. Take a cable car up to Karwendel Alpine Park or Patscherkofel to conquer the top routes of the area – and earn your dinner in doing so. Don’t miss a mosey around the lakes or a visit to the incredible Bergisel Ski Jump too.
Avid mountain bikers might be well aware of the endurance-testing off-road routes around Innsbruck, but if you’re a leisurely pedaller or not the most regular cyclist, there are some gems for two-wheeled exploration.
The BikePark in Mutteralm is hailed as the biking mecca of the northern Alps, offering jumps, trails and obstacles to tackle during the rugged-terrain journey. But the list doesn’t start and stop there – the main Inn Cycle Path starts from Martina in the Swiss Engadine Valley and runs for a whopping 225km. Anyone for a tour? You’ll be able to catch some from central Innsbruck in the direction of Stams.
Think Austria, think golf? Okay, that doesn’t ring a bell to us either, but Innsbruck is actually a great choice for a round or two! It’s in both Igls and Seefeld in particular that you’ll be spoilt for immaculate fairways and vast greens with a view.
A total of 36 holes make up the two courses of Golfclub Innsbruck-Igls, while the modest nine-holer at Olympia Golf Igls treats you to a short game but mighty mountainous scenery to boot. If that’s not enough, head in the direction of Seefeld for the idyllic 18 holes of Golfclub Seefeld-Wildmoos or nine over at Golfclub Seefeld Reith.
Stick to the outskirts of Innsbruck and you’ll be treated to attractions such as the Alpenzoo. From eagles to buzzards, wild pigs to moose, you’ll get to wave hello to loads of different animals.
But head back into the city centre and Innsbruck Old Town will put on a show. Be prepared for the dazzling Golden Roof and learn about its history before bobbing in and out of the shops along Maria Theresien Street. Gothic and imperial architecture adorns the city too. For something quirkier, how about the Grassmayr Bell Foundry of the Audioversum?
It doesn’t get much more quintessentially Austrian than schnitzel and strudel. Together, they make the dream main and dessert combo, and they aren’t just winter warmers – they’re must-eats, no matter the time of year.
Traditional Tyrolean cuisine is served at Ottoburg in a wood-panelled dining room. By contrast, Lichtblick is an ultra-modern venue that’s all glass windows. It incorporates local produce into its innovative, contemporary menu. And that’s not all for surprises – Innsbruck’s actually scattered with vegan restaurants if you’re after plant-based meals.
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Posted: 27th Nov 2019.