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The best hotels in Innsbruck, Austria
Located in western Austria, Innsbruck has been the capital of the federal state of Tirol since 1429 as it was an important centre for European politics and culture under the reign of Emperor Maximilian I. With an easy access to the Brenner Pass, Innsbruck is located almost perfectly halfway between the German city of Munich (Bavaria) and Verona in Italy. As it is nestled between the Karwendel Alps, the Patscherkofel, and the Serles, the city is an ideal location for winter sports. In fact, it hosted the Winter Olympics both in 1964 and in 1984 as well as the Winter Paralympics in 1984 and 1988 and the Winter Youth Olympics' first edition in 2012. Because of all this flow of tourists, the city is rich in accommodation opportunities, able to cater to all budget. Why not pick a nice hotel? There you will find services such as room service, in-house bar and restaurant, and often special vouchers for discounted ski passes or tickets to events that you would hardly find anywhere else. Furthermore, the list provided by our website also features hotels with different price ranges, making a stay here easy and affordable even for those travelling on a budget.
If the weather is an important factor for you in deciding when to book your holiday, then the best time to visit Innsbruck is in the winter (late October to March). While the season here is easily colder than in most European cities and temperatures often go below freezing point, the city covered by its usual heavy snowfall is a sight to behold and most events take place in this period as well. Be aware, however, that these months cover the skiing season and that therefore the city might be bursting at the seams with tourists, making it necessary to book quite a while in advance. Also, it might be harder to find good prices as the hotel rates skyrocket in winter although it is possible to find a reasonable package deal. If crowds and cold are not your thing, you might consider visiting Innsbruck during the summer (June to September). While definitely worth a visit even in the warmer season for its incredible views, visiting the city during these months is considered less pleasant as temperatures during the day are extremely variable ranging from 17°C to 34°C, and the weather can be quite unpredictable. Another good time to visit Innsbruck is during one of the many festivals the city organizes. - The Ski Jump Contest (January). Especially popular with the younger crowd, this sports event is held early in the year at the Begisel stadium and it attracts hundreds of competitors every edition. - Sound City. Taking place in late spring (dates may vary), this festival transforms Innsbruck from a city for skiing into a city for dancing. There is also a shuttle bus services to take late-nighters from a club to the next. - The Tiroler Abend with the Gundolf Family. Held generally at weekends (dates may vary) from April to October, these evenings are a great success with tourists who want to get a glimpse of traditional Tyrolean culture including dances, yodeling, music, and food. - The New Orleans Festival (July). If you always wanted to visit the capital city of jazz but never got the chance, you could try this festival in Innsbruck instead. As New Orleans and the Austrian town are partner cities, this month-long event focuses on musical genres such as blues, jazz, and gospels and many acclaimed artists fly over for performances. - The Air & Style Snowboard Contest. Sometimes held in early December and sometimes in late January, this event features some of the best snowboarders in the whole world competing in one of the biggest sports events in the continent. International bands often join the event for special performances.
While the city is clearly popular for its sporting facilities in winter and beautiful landscapes in which to go hiking during the summer, it is also full of amazing architecture and sites that are definitely worth a visit. - Maria-Theresien Strasse. This is most definitely the most popular street in Innsbruck as it gives tourists the opportunity to stroll along admiring the beautiful examples of 15th century architecture. The street is also home to dozens of small cafés and fancy restaurants as well as shops selling, among other things, local crafts. The street also leads to the Altstadt (Old Town) which is also an area worth seeing and which features the famous Goldenes Dach (the Golden Roof), easily Innsbruck's most famous landmark, and the Stadtturm (City Tower) from which you can take great pictures of Innsbruck's skyline and the surrounding countryside. - The Cathedral of St. James. A great example of Baroque architecture, the church is a display of the power the Hapsburg Empire had. Built in the 17th century, the cathedral has impressive art on the ceilings and it is a great place to stop and rest while soaking in the peace and atmosphere. - The Hofburg. "Imperial Palace" in German, the castle is located between the Cathedral of Saint James and the Golden Roof and it use to be one of the official residences of the Hapsburg monarchs. The wonderful exterior architecture is due to the vision of Empress Maria Theresa, one of the greatest rulers of all time and mother to Queen Marie Antoinette of France. The interior too is quite stunning; however, tours can only visit about twenty rooms out of the dozen in the palace. - The Schloss Ambras. Built in the 16th century, this castle is generally divided into two complexes. The Upper Castle features many regal rooms for visitors to explore as well as a portrait gallery with works by painters as famous as Velazquez and Titian. The Lower Castle, on the other hand, houses a collection of weapons and armor, and the Chamber of Art and Curiosities, created by orders of Archduke Ferdinand II to house his collection of bizarre objects. - The Swarowski Crystal World. Called Swarowski Kristallwelten in German, this museum is located in the city center next to the brand's shop and it features some incredible creations as well as the history of the company. Its dark interiors and well-placed lighting showcase the pieces at their best, and the magical sparkling you can see just about anywhere inside have earned it the nickname of "Disney World of Crystal".
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