The very mention of ski jumping conjures up images of the "Bergisel". As part of the annual Four Hills Tournament, the legendary sports venue in the south of Innsbruck becomes a hotspot for ski jumping fans. This winter, the venue with its great Olympic tradition will see the ski jumping elite competing for the world title. Innsbruck along with Seefeld is one of the venues for the 52nd FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2019.
Goosebumps moments between mountain and city
The atmosphere on the Bergisel is unique. The striking architecture of the ski jump, designed by the award-winning architect Zaha Hadid, and the spectacular views of the city surrounded by mountains make the Bergisel one of the most impressive sports venues in Tyrol. If you fancy getting caught up in the incomparable atmosphere, you’ll have every opportunity to do so at the 2019 World Cup. A total of 15 training sessions, trial runs and competitions will be taking place in Innsbruck from 20 to 24 February.
Fingers crossed for the favourites
The ski jump stars from Poland and Germany are traditionally strong. All the same, it’s fingers crossed for the Pole Kamil Stoch, who last year won not only all four competitions in the Four Hills Tournament but also took home the individual Olympic gold medal and the overall World Cup. But the German team has also enjoyed a strong start to the season. So it’ll be very interesting indeed to see who deals best with the challenges the jump poses. Due to the wind conditions, which can often change rapidly on the Bergisel, surprises are certainly possible, and these are sure to be met with frenzied celebrations in the "cauldron" of spectators caught up in all the excitement.
Enjoy a unique journey and vibrant world cup atmosphere in Seefeld
There’s not only a shuttle service from the city centre to the ski jumping events on the Bergisel, it’s also easy to get to Seefeld by public transport, which is where the cross-country competitions are being held. You can even travel free from Innsbruck to Seefeld and back with your World Cup ticket – and on one of the most spectacular railway lines in Tyrol. The line passes through tunnels and across high viaducts through the Karwendel mountains, providing unique views of the Inntal valley. The line opened in 1913 and is still considered one of the most interesting and audacious routes in the Alps. Covering a distance of about 20 km, the train travels through 16 tunnels and over 18 high bridges and viaducts, achieving a climb of 650 metres.
Taking the train is also the perfect way to get in the mood for the event. Lots of fans take advantage of this opportunity so that the World Cup experience starts as soon as you set off for Seefeld.
Innsbruck region as a World Cup venue
Talking of World Cup venue. This is what the whole Innsbruck region is all about. Public transport not only takes visitors staying anywhere between Mieming and Innsbruck quickly and easily into the city, it’s an hour at most to Seefeld, no matter where you’re staying. And after all the "hustle and bustle" of the World Cup, you can enjoy a few
relaxing and varied days’ holiday in one of the most diverse Tyrolean holiday regions. If you’d also like to be inspired
by the top athletes’ spirit of competition and fancy some action yourself, Innsbruck’s just the place. In winter the "Welcome Card", which is available to all visitors to Innsbruck, also serves as an admission ticket to the Olympiaregion Seefeld’s network of cross-country trails, with more than 260 "World Cup" kilometres that cross-country fans can explore. Kühtai, Lüsens and the Mieming Plateau are also popular cross-country skiing areas in the region.