Innsbruck is a gem in the west of Austria that is often overlooked by travelers. It’s definitely worth a visit, though, for many reasons. And not the least is the beauty of this little city that nestles peacefully at the foot of the alps.
People tend to flock to Salzburg and Vienna in Austria, but far fewer travelers make their way to Innsbruck. We trained there from Switzerland in a last-minute change of plans because the Swiss Alps were expecting a big storm and our hiking plans had to be canceled. And we were totally delighted with Innsbruck, Austria. From the Alps to a restored castle to an Olympic ski jump, this beautiful place offers so much to enjoy.
The River Inn Is Central to Innsbruck
The River Inn flows through Innsbruck, hence the name. (The River Inn is not a hotel, as I briefly thought – ha ha!). Here’s the river, the pastel buildings lining the banks, and the Alps – not in the distance but right up close.
We stayed in the Goldener Adler Hotel, which first opened its doors in the 1300s. This alone was worth the trip!
Walk Along the Waterside
When you arrive, head as soon as you can to the river and stroll along the water. Savor the breathtaking views of the Alps that ring the city, with the decorated buildings lining the banks of the River Inn. You’ll find fun details like old wooden doors and poems painted on pastel walls.
One easy sight to find is the Golden Roof, the most famous landmark of Innsbruck. It boasts more than 2,000 copper tiles and was added by Maximillian sometime around 1500. The square under the roof was once the scene of public burnings, but today it’s the scene of tourists enjoying their day.
Sit Down to Great Meals
There’s an abundance of tasty food in Innsbruck. One cafe featured open-faced grilled cheese sandwiches, a real treat. And the gelato is SO good.