A weekend in Innsbruck, Austria

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Innsbruck hosted the Winter Olympic games in 1964 and 1976 and is therefore well known for its skiing. However, there is so much more to Innsbruck than just snowsports; it’s a wonderful winter luxury escape in its own right. This beautiful Austrian town offers stunning landscapes, great outdoor excursions, history, heritage and lots more. To plan your winter escape to Austria, we’ve put together some of the top things you should see and do!

1. The Nordkettenbahan: Innsbruck’s cable car

If you want stunning views above the mountains, this is something you cannot miss. This cable car will take you 2,000 meters high in 20 minutes. Once you reach the top, you’ll be greeted with a restaurant and bar, as well as an igloo. You can even indulge in a cocktail at the igloo, which transforms into a nightclub when night falls.

2. The Old Town

A town of beautiful architecture and stunning beauty, you can explore the old town of Innsbruck in just a morning. As the capital of the Tyrol, the city has a rich historic past. You can’t miss a visit to the goldnes dach (golden roof) at the main square. It’s covered with 2657 fire-gilded copper tiles and was actually constructed for the Holy Roman emperor Maximilian I. Don’t forget to wander the narrow streets and ‘get lost’ in this beautiful area. After a morning of exploring, you can stop at one of the many wonderful quaint coffee shops and cafes for a bite to eat.

3. Take a train to the Seefeld village

Often regarded as one of the most beautiful train rides in Europe, this train will take you to the mountain tops of Seefeld Village in around 30 minutes. Seefeld is a beautiful farming village and a popular ski resort. You can try your hand at skiing or simply walk around the countryside. There are also many typical delicious coffees to choose from, as well many authentic Tyrolean restaurants to dine in.

Don’t forget to pack your European Health Insurance Card in case of emergency, or, if you haven’t applied yet, then we can help! For more winter break inspiration, check out our top winter breaks in Europe.

Photo: Innsbruck by Debarshi Ray licensed under Creative commons 2