5 Reasons to Head to Innsbruck for your Summer Break in 2024

5 Reasons Why You Should Head to Innsbruck for your Summer Break

Innsbruck offers a unique opportunity for travellers looking to experience unrivalled variety in an alpine destination this summer. Surrounded by mountains, the region includes scenic landscapes, picturesque villages and a wealth of cultural and historic attractions in the city.

Below, we highlight five of the best things to do when you visit Innsbruck in the summer:

Stretch Your Legs with Some Hiking in the Innsbruck region
The Innsbruck region is blessed with a wealth of hiking trails through all types of terrain, from alpine meadows and mountainsides to the centuries-old stone pine forests of the Zirbenweg trail between Patscherkofel and Tulfes or the larch forests of the Obsteiger Larchsteig trail.

Three people hiking up a hill

With the free Innsbruck Welcome Card, guided hikes are available to explore the region in all its glory. Provided with a stay of at least two nights at selected partner hotels and accommodation, the Welcome Card also includes free public transport in the region and discounts on cultural highlights.

Become a History Buff
Innsbruck contains many historical attractions, and summer is a great time to explore its vibrant history.

People admiring the architecture inside the Court Church

With its title of Capital of the Alps comes a wealth of grand European history and cultural gems such as the Hofkirche Court Church (above), the Hofburg Imperial Palace and Ambras Castle, plus the world-renowned Golden Roof, which Emperor Maximillian built for his wedding around 1500 AD.

Children enjoying one of the many natural lakes

Cool off in the Natural Swimming Lakes
The Innsbruck region’s stunning natural lakes provide the perfect opportunity for outdoor swimming fans to enjoy their sport. Offering the perfect environment to swim in the sight of picturesque mountains, the areas are purpose-built with changing facilities and easily accessible from the city centre. Three popular locations include Lake Lans (Lanser See), Natters Lake (Nattersee), and Lake Mieming (Mieminger Badesee).

Swarovski in Summer
Immerse yourself in the heart of Swarovski, where ‘The Giant’ greets you at the entrance before visiting the 18 Chambers of Wonder, displaying some of Swarovski’s grand jewels and memorabilia. Perfect for fans of the brand or a family day out, the gardens have a children’s play tower, playground and even a carousel. More information on Swarovski World can be found here.

Ladies enjoying some lunch outdoors

Enjoy the Culinary Delights
Innsbruck is heaven for food fans; maria-theresien-strasse is lined with cafés, and when venturing further into the old town, visitors will be able to experience an array of Tyrolean specialities and international flavours.

Visit the bustling Markthalle for fresh produce, local delicacies, and artisanal treats.

For the active ‘eat on the go’ type, the Nordkette picnic also promises something to savour at literally the highest level. A pre-packed rucksack awaits you on the Seegrube at an altitude of almost 2,000 metres. Containing treats such as smoked ham and mountain cheese, it’s the perfect way to enjoy a hearty snack in the mountains.

You can find more information about a summer break in the Innsbruck region at https://www.innsbruck.info/en/l/summer.html.

Photography by Christian Vorhofer and Kathrin Baumann.

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