Things to do in Innsbruck, Austria
Just about 2.5 hours away from Munich, Innsbruck is a dreamy Austrian city situated in the Alps that is great for a ski trip during the winter months or to enjoy nature and the surroundings the rest of the year. I personally went in fall and lucked out with the weather. There is plenty to see and do in Innsbruck for a weekend trip!
Hofgarten is a large park on the edge of the Altstadt in Innsbruck. At about 10 hectacres, there is plenty of area to go walking, biking, or pick a place on the lawn to relax. I was lucky and saw the changing of the leaves when I was there. Centrally located, it is the perfect place to go to relax before dinner or go for a run in the morning (if you're into that sort of thing when you're on vacation).
Dom zu St. Jakob - Innsbruck Cathedral
Built in the 18th century, the Innsbruck Cathedral is a baroque-style church in Innsbruck. The frescoes on the interior of the church are probably one of the most memorable parts of the trip for me.
Hofkirche - Court Church
This Gothic-style church was built in the 1500s and is most noted for its memorial to Maximilian I. The memorial, an empty tomb or what is called a cenotaph, is shrouded in intricate iron bars and surrounded by remarkable German Renaissance sculptures.
The Altstadt is beautiful and you can't miss the old buildings and stunning baroque architecture. With the river running right through the city, it's easy to get some stunning views.
Literally meaning Golden Roof, the Goldenes Dachl is an iconic landmark of the city. Completed in the year 1500, this roof has over 2,000 fire-gilded copper tiles decorating it. Sorry folks, not real gold. It was requested by good ol' Emperor Maximilian I to celebrate his marriage. The married couple would often observe different festivals and events occurring below from their balcony.
Be prepared-this area is ridiculously busy. There are a lot of people wanting to get a picture of the Goldenes Dachl.
Cable Car & Views of the City and the Alps
The Nordkette Cable Cars in Innsbruck is a huge highlight for many visitors of the city. The cable cars offer a stunning birds-eye view of the city against the backdrop of the Alps. What more could you ask for? Well, except for maybe a glass of wine while you enjoy the views. A lady can dream, right?
I really lucked out with where I stayed, being only 2 stops away from the main train station really helped make my weekend in Innsbruck relaxing. You can check out the listing here.
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