INNSBRUCK IN 24 HOURS

10.00 am: The best way to warm up for your winter tour of Innsbruck is by taking a walk through the history of the Alpine town. The Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum (Regional Heritage Museum) brings everyday life, beliefs and myths of the past back to life, and make sure you see the amazing nativity scene exhibition. The perfect way to complete your tour (even if you don’t visit the museum) is to pop into the adjoining Hofkirche (Court Church) and marvel at the “Schwarze Mander” (Black Men), a series of extraordinary bronze statues,.

11.30 am: No matter how long you’ve spent visiting the museum, there’s still time to enjoy a cappuccino in one of the charming cafés in the Old Town. Then we climb aboard the Nordkettenbahnen train in the centre of Innsbruck, look down as the city becomes a model village beneath us and reach the Seegrube at 1,900 m or continue to the Hafelekar 400 metres higher, from where you have breathtaking views of the beautiful mountains as far as the eye can see! You can also enjoy an all-day breakfast in the panoramic Seegrube restaurant or a drink in the Igloo Bar Cloud 9 and squint into the winter sun on the highest sun terrace in Innsbruck.

2.00 pm: Sadly, one day is not long enough to allow more time at this wonderful location. So we have to take the 20-minute ride on the Nordkettenbahnen back to the city centre because the Per-Pedes city tour is not to be missed.

3.30 pm: We take the Sightseer Bus to the Bergisel ski jump, an architectural landmark (designed by Zaha Hadid) and a place full of history, as documented in the most stunning way by the remarkable Giant Panoramic Painting in the Museum Tirol Panorama. This is definitely a place where you could spend a long time. But since our one-day tour to Innsbruck is sadly coming to an end, we have to leave.

Around 5.00 pm we visit one of Innsbruck's six Christmas markets. A magnificent Christmas tree rises majestically outside the Golden Roof, from the tower of which the sound of brass band music resounds. We walk along the Kiebachgasse, transformed into a street of fairy tales, to the glittering Swarovski Christmas tree in the market square, or to the Christmas market in the Maria-Theresien-Strasse. You can take in the shopping atmosphere, stroll through brightly lit streets, warm up in the Town Hall Galleries and Kaufhaus Tyrol shopping malls or have a cup of tea.

7.00 pm: If you still have the time - and energy! - you can round off your Innsbruck trip with an evening of delightful food - from gourmet to "typically Tyrolean" to "casual dining" and ...

... then visit Casino Innsbruck, where the Innsbruck Card entitles you to a cocktail as a welcome drink.

INNSBRUCK IN 48 HOURS

DAY 1

10.00 am: The short break starts with a journey through Innsbruck's history. We visit the Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum (Regional Heritage Museum) to see costumes, traditions and nativity scenes and then pop into the adjoining Hofkirche (Court Church) to marvel at the larger than life bronze figures - a unique Renaissance monument.

Alternatively: State rooms, imperial apartments, ever-changing exhibitions, special tours - Innsbruck‘s Kaiserliche Hofburg (Imperial Palace) bears magnificent witness to the city’s imperial past.

11.30 am: With their bold sweeping design (architect: Zaha Hadid), the stations of the Nordkettenbahnen in the heart of Innsbruck's centre are an irresistible invitation to travel heavenwards up to the glittering snowy heights of the Seegrube and Hafelekar, with an elevation gain of no less than 2,300 metres. Mountain climbing for dummies! You can then enjoy lunch in the panoramic restaurant, absorb the radiant power of the winter sun and gaze in wonder at the snow-covered peaks all around.

2.00 pm: On the way back to town we call in at the Alpine Zoo, the world's largest themed zoo

or take a historical ramble with the Per-Pedes city tour guides.

3.30 pm: Fancy some window shopping? If so, this is a good time to explore the small shops in the Old Town and the beautiful shops in the Maria-Theresien-Strasse and its side streets. Enjoy contemporary architecture and fine shopping in the “Rathausgalerien” Town Hall Galleries and Kaufhaus Tyrol shopping malls.

5.00 pm: After a cappuccino and tasty apple strudel in one of the lovely coffee houses, it’s already dark outside and the lights on the Christmas tree outside the Golden Roof are shining as we stroll through one of the six Christmas markets.

From 7. 00 pm: With concerts, opera, dance theatre, drama, special Advent events, the evening is far from over.

DAY 2

10.00 am: In Innsbruck, the city and mountains are just a heartbeat apart. So, even if you’re only here on a short break, you should also factor in a bit of sporting activity. The Sightseer Bus takes us to one of the slopes of the Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck, which has plenty to offer both beginners and experts.

2.00 pm: After so much exercise, it’s now all about "amazement". A 20-minute ride on the free shuttle bus whisks us off to Swarovski Crystal Worlds where a giant guards the underground crystal worlds. It’s a sparkling and glittering world, a firework display for the senses, and the enchantment extends into the park. The attraction is also great for families!

5.00 pm: Back in the city, we seek to bring the day to an end in a quiet, reflective way, and the Christkindl markets, a pleasant escape from all the hustle and bustle, are the perfect way to do so. St. Nikolaus Parish Church on the northern bank of the Inn is a tranquil retreat, and the true magic of Christmas can be experienced at Wilten Abbey.

7.00 pm: If you’re not pressed for time to get home, your short break could be rounded off with a cosy evening meal in a lovely typical Tyrolean wood-panelled room. There are lots of traditional inns and restaurants in Innsbruck that combine great food with a delightful ambience.

INNSBRUCK IN 72 HOURS

DAY 1 as for INNSBRUCK IN 48 HOURS.

DAY 2

10.00 am: Fancy a bit of sport in the fresh air? Well, you could go skiing or snowboarding in one of the ski areas of the Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck. Or go for a lovely hike and enjoy the sunshine and tingling winter air. There are plenty of delightful mountain inns around Innsbruck open in winter where you can call in for a refreshment stop.

Weather alternative: Take the Sightseer Bus up to the Bergisel in the south of the city and have a look at the bold silhouette of the Bergisel ski jump. You must also pop into the Museum Tirol Panorama to see "Tyrol from the inside". You will be astonished by the Giant Panoramic Painting and experience history in a breathtaking way. On the way there you could also pay a visit to a traditional business: the Grassmayr bell foundry with Bell Museum.

2.00 pm: Please be back on time for the Per-Pedes city tour.

3.15 pm: The shuttle bus then takes us to the sparkling adventure of the Swarovski Crystal Worlds, where we also have time to appreciate the magic of the garden with its crystal cloud and the Wonder Worlds’ current winter programme.

From 5.00 pm: Winter is a time full of traditions in the Innsbruck region. In the evening you can often enjoy carol singing, fancy dress parades around the St. Nicholas Day (6 December), and also watch lots of fabulous figures driving winter out at Carnival time. Have a look at the current events calendar.

DAY 3

10.00 am: We take the Sightseer Bus to Ambras Castle. The magical Chambers of Wonder dating from the Renaissance, the magnificent suits of armour and the castle rooms are all well worth a visit, not to forget the park in its winter costume.

At midday we set off once more to explore the mountains around Innsbruck. We take the Patscherkofelbahn cable car up to 1965 m, have a relaxed lunch, marvelling at the panoramic views of the snow-covered mountains, go for a short winter hike and enjoy the sun and the tingling air. Alternative tips: take a trip on the Muttereralmbahn or Bergbahnen Oberperfuss cable cars.

3.00 pm: Exploring the world with all your senses is what the Audioversum ScienceCenter is all about.

Alternatively you could visit Innsbruck Cathedral where Baroque piety found its most glorious expression.

5.30 pm: We raise our glasses to these three most enjoyable days in Innsbruck and have a drink in a chic bar. You can choose from the 360o on top of the Town Hall Galleries, Erlkönig, aDLERS bar on the roof of the hotel of the same name - or something more rustic in the Stiftskeller, Theresienbräu, Elferhaus ...

INNSBRUCK CARD

The Innsbruck Card is available for 24, 48 and 72 hours. It is valid from the time the first service is used. It includes one visit to each of the museums and sights in the region of Innsbruck and Hasegg Castle Münze Hall; one ascent and descent on each of the cable cars in the Innsbruck region (Glungezerbahn and Drei-Seen-Bahn Kühtai only in summer); travel on the "Sightseer Bus” to all attractions; a visit to the Swarovski Crystal Worlds and Crystal Worlds shuttle; free travel on the trams and IVB buses; one guided city walk; city bike rental for 3 hours; a welcome token and drink at Casino Innsbruck’ and Natterer See lake swimming holiday paradise and Olympia World ice skating. It also entitles the holder to discounts on many other tourist attractions.

Prices: 24 Hours - €43.00; 48 Hours - €50.00; 72 Hours - €59.00. 50% reduction for children aged 6 to 15.

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