The capital of the west Austrian region of Tyrol, Innsbruck has long been a popular destination for active individuals who come to explore the city’s stunning Alpine surroundings. It doesn’t matter if you decide to stay in one of Innsbruck’s many unique hotels during summer or winter, as the city offers access to various activities all year round. Plus, Innsbruck itself enjoys an exciting blend of traditional Austrian culture alongside an exciting modern city with all the amenities, restaurants and nightlife you might expect from Austria’s fifth largest city.
Hotels in Innsbruck: Our picks for the best hotels in the Tyrolean Capital
Discover the Gothic City of Innsbruck
Located the heart of western state of Tyrol, the Austrian city of Innsbruck is located in a valley high above sea level, in the heart of the sprawling western Alps. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks, Innsbruck is a truly picturesque city, famous for its blend of modern and Gothic buildings. The city is also the perfect place for a hotel, as Innsbruck is famed for having some of the best winter sports facilities in Austria. Before venturing into the mountains, don’t forget to check out some of the city’s other stunning attractions. Located on a hill overlooking the city, the ornate 16th century Ambras Castle is one of Innsbruck’s most popular sites. An armory and gallery housed in attractive grounds, the castle also features sweeping views over the city and mountains beyond. Another of Innsbruck’s famous attractions is the Goldenes Dachl – or Golden Roof – decorated with over 2,000 golden-looking copper tiles, and is now home to the Tyrolean State Museum. The mighty Gothic Hofkirche should also not be missed as you explore the city. A hotel close Innsbruck’s grand Maria-Theresien-Straße places you in the heart of a bustling metropolis, close to a wide pedestrian street lined with traditional Austrian buildings, cozy cafes and stores. The street leads into the old town, which is particularly captivating over the Holidays, as the cobbled streets hum with visitors bustling about the Christmas markets, which serve up traditional treats like Gluhwein and bratwurst. The atmosphere at this time of year makes it one of the most romantic times to book a cozy hotel in Innsbruck.
Tyrol: Traditional Austria at its Finest
It would be hard to talk about Tyrol and Innsbruck without mentioning the exceptional outdoor activities available. The west Austrian region of Tyrol is one of the country’s most stunning beauty spots. Miles of snow-capped peaks, frozen glaciers, lush valleys and medieval mountain towns make Tyrol spectacular, and it’s all on your doorstep with a hotel in Innsbruck. Daytrips from the city are easy, and a great way to witness some of the stunning Alpine countryside that surrounds the city. The romantic, picture-postcard town of Kitzbühel – only an hour from Innsbruck by train – is home to one of the best ski resorts in Austria. This exceptional resort is also a great place to enjoy away from the chairlifts, with a high street of cool bars, designer stores and restaurants serving hearty Austrian cuisine. With easy accessibility in and out of Innsbruck, a hotel in the city is ideal for trying out other nearby ski resorts such as Schwarz, Sölden and Seefeld – all offering an abundance of downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tobogganing and various other winter activities. While the colder months see visitors swarm to Tyrol for the snow, a summer break with a hotel in Innsbruck can be equally active. The mountains bloom with life as the snow melts, creating stunning hiking routes all over the region. Just outside Innsbruck is the Karwendel Nature Park, a spectacular spot ideal for exploring Tyrol’s natural wonders only minutes from the city center. The park also features the Nordkette Cable Car, a gondola which takes you high up into the Karwendel mountain chain with gorgeous views over Innsbruck. Hiking routes for all abilities can be explored in Karwendel, and in summer you can spend days exploring the lush valleys, rocky outcrops and stunning Tyrolean vistas all a short distance from your hotel in Innsbruck.