Innsbruck Airport is located in Tyrol, western Austria. It is also referred to as Kranebitten Airport, and serves both domestic and international travelers. The airport is the main aviation hub for Tyrolean Airways, and also manages regional flights around the Alps. Presently, carriers like Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa operate scheduled flights to Innsbruck Airport from Vienna and Frankfurt respectively. Seasonal international flights to destinations including Helsinki, Birmingham, Manchester, Copenhagen and more are also available from Innsbruck Airport.
The airport is found at the heart of the Alps, making it highly accessible due to its central location. The comprehensive public transport system connects the airport to the city centre. Take the bus or train services to reach the main station, Hauptbahnhof. From there, take a leisurely 10 to 15 minute walk to the city centre. Otherwise, queue for a cab at the taxi ranks, outside the airport building, for a quick way to reach the city. Car rental services are also available, should you decide to drive on your own down the motorways to downtown Innsbruck.
Within the city centre, explore Innsbruck on foot. There are designated pedestrian zones for travelers choosing this classic way of travel. Alternatively, take public transport that comprises a dense bus, tram and train network to your destinations. Tourists would be delighted to discover “The Sightseer”, a “TS” bus line that specially caters to those visiting the main attractions in the city. This bus takes passengers to Schloss Ambras, Bergisel and Alpenzoo from downtown Innsbruck. The S-Bahn train also transports travelers to villages and towns in the vicinity. You can also rent a bicycle, and immerse yourself in the lovely sights of Innsbruck as you cycle along biking lanes that run through the city.
What to See & Do
Innsbruck, the capital of Tyrol, was the host of the Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976. Naturally, Innsbruck is well known as hub for alpine sports. Its favorable location in the Alps has played a part in building its stellar reputation. Tourists from across the globe are drawn to Innsbruck for its ski resorts and exciting outdoor sporting activities.
The city boasts historic sites with a backdrop of nature’s splendor – explore the city’s quaint old town and shift your gaze upwards to marvel at the snowy peaks of the impressive Nordkette Mountains. Despite the town’s medieval appearance, the city actually has a strong youthful vibe, thanks to the large student population residing here. In the city’s old town, visit the impressive Hofburg Imperial Palace. Beautiful Renaissance paintings adorn the walls of the central ballroom, the Giant Hall, complete with life-size portraits of the royal Habsburg family.
Flanking the sides of the Imperial Palace are the Cathedral of St. James and The Golden Roof. The Cathedral of St. James also offers beautiful sights. Admire the fine Baroque architecture and numerous oversized clocks on the church building. The interior features pink marble columns leading up to exquisitely painted ceilings. On the other end, The Golden Roof, also known as Goldenes Dachl, is another commonly visited site not to be missed.
No trip to Innsbruck is complete without trying your hand at skiing, or snowboarding, at Olympia SkiWorld. Night skiing is also available here. Speed down steep slopes and conquer challenging, snowy terrains in Innsbruck Nordpark, suitable for experienced skiers and snowboarders. First-timers can opt for Seefeld, which has easier runs catering to the uninitiated.
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