Innsbruck is the fifth biggest city in Austria, and has over 130,000 inhabitants. The city is enclosed by the Nordkette in the north and by the foothills of the Alpine central chain in the south, which also includes Innsbruck’s local mountain, the Patscherkofel. Life here unfolds at between 574 and 2350 metres altitude. The impressive mountains are just a few minutes away from the city and provide a place for recreation for all locals and visitors. Yet in the city there is plenty of urban activities happening too. Over 30,000 students keep the city vibrant and awake right into the early hours of the morning.
Sport is the preferred past-time of the people of Innsbruck - in all its guises; from spring through to winter. In one area you might come across mountain bikers and downhillers scaling the alpine pastures in the low mountain ranges to then venture back into the valley via selective trails. While in another you will find skiers and ski tourers looking for unspoilt slopes and celebrating conquering one summit after another.
Those of you who enjoy culinary treats will be pampered in Innsbruck. Traditional Tyrolean fare tastes best in traditional inns. As is traditional for cities in Austria, there is a brisk coffee house culture in Innsbruck and a wonderful selection of pastry shops.
Innsbruck provides a variety of shopping opportunities. There are little towns in the Old Town and craft shops in the idyllic little streets. The shopping area in the Rathausgalerie, Sillpark and in Kaufhaus Tyrol leave you wanting for nothing.
Innsbruck also has architecturally appealing sights. As well as the historic buildings in the Old Town such as the Goldenes Dachl and the Hofburg, contemporary buildings also have their place. Star architect Zaha Hadid has made a contemporary mark with the Hungerburgbahn and the Bergisel ski jump.