Innsbruck is such a beautiful town, so even if you aren’t able to spend a lot of time there during your stay, it is WORTH a stop! Make sure you maximize your 24 hours in Innsbruck!
Our 24 hours in Innsbruck began mid-afternoon after driving from Munich following a morning walking tour of Munich. Once we arrived, we explored downtown Innsbruck and everything it had to offer.
Start with early morning views from the restaurant Licktblick in Innsbruck
Drive up to the Bergisel Ski Jump, home to the 1964 and 1976 winter Olympics and more recently the 2019 World Championships. Even if it isn’t ski season or you aren’t in Innsbruck to try out the extreme sport of ski jumping, the views of the town are amazing from here!
The self-proclaimed “painted ladies of Innsbruck” is one of the most photographed sights of Innsbruck; the “instragrammable” location, if you will. I believe it bears no real significance. However, I will admit that the colorful row of houses lined by the beautiful water of the Inn river and backed by Austrian Alps really do make for a good picture. So go get your photo opportunity!
They are located at Mariahilfstrasse, 6020, Innsbruck. You can see them from the Inn Bridge, but your best viewpoint is directly across the river near the Market Place. We found street parking, but there is a parking garage nearby!
Had we have had more time, I would have loved to ride up the cable cars for the views and probably do some hiking.
There are tons of hiking trials at different portions of the mountain as well, so if you are a hiking fan, Innsbruck is your place!
If you are having difficulty choosing where to stay, I would recommend the Hotel Heimgartl. I don’t often throw out specific recommendations on accommodations. However, this B&B:
It is located on the Inn river with views of the mountains. Although it is on the opposite side of the river from the majority of the shops, it is close to the Inn bridge and only about a 5 minute walk to the Golden Roof and town square (not getting paid to say this 😉)
We did not elect to go up to the Top of Innsbruck or any part of the Nordkette cable car system. However, if you do plan to (which I recommend!), purchase an Innsbruck Card.
For a list of everything the Innsbruck Card covers and to purchase your card, click here!
Innsbruck is a beautiful town. I wish we had had more time there, but you really can maximize a day there. Enjoy your 24 hours in Innsbruck! There is a reason it is called the “Jewel of the Alps.” If you have more time, take the itinerary and expand on it!
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