Why Choose Innsbruck As Your Ski Hub?
Innsbruck never has been and probably never will be the first name that springs to mind when considering the ski meccas of Europe. Not that this has anything to do with the appeal of Innsbruck or the quality of its slopes, but it’s rather a case of other more familiar names topping the majority of lists.
Well, we’re out to change all this in space of a single blog post by giving you all the reasons you could ever need to hit this superb part of the world that’s much more than the gateway to Austria. And just for the record, Innsbruck is also a name you could benefit from adding to your list of year-round resorts for when the snow has done its vanishing act again:
1. Living History
One of the best things about the centre of Innsbruck is that no matter what time of the year you head there, it is ALWAYS buzzing with life. There is just so much history in every single square inch of the place that it’s impossible not to max-out your memory card before you’ve even thought about the slopes. And speaking of which, the way you can see the Alps in the background of stunning ancient churches and building is just beyond captivating.
2. Summer Skiing
Yep, this is one place you can head to for ski and snowboard thrills pretty much the whole year round. There are resorts all over the place used for World Cup and Olympic training, meaning that whether it’s on the stunning glaciers or any of the man-made slopes all over the place, you’ll find something to suit even into the depths of summer.
And yes – every single one is easy to get to from the city centre or directly from Innsbruck Airport.
3. Bergisel Ski Jump Tower
An iconic structure for anyone with even a fleeting interest in the sport and sight guaranteed to blow anyone and everyone else away regardless. The views from the top are just stunning, but if you head into the area when the annual Four Hills Tournament or the Innsbruck Air and Style event is taking place, you can really see it as it was meant to be seen.
4. Lazy Hofgarten Days
It’s hard to believe that the city only has a population of around 120,000 when you get a taste for the nightlife and recreation culture. There’s a ton of things to do pretty much around the clock and also some excellent bars, but if you’re in town when the weather’s at its finest then there’s really nothing better than the Hofgarten. Picnics here are a way of life, as too is the beer garden you could easily lose a few days at.
5. Pigging Out
Last but not least, there are some of the best walking and hiking routes in the hills surrounding the city and chances are it won’t take long before you’re half-starved. Mercifully, the hills are also peppered with “hütte” all over the place, which steer clear of fine dining in favour of the heartiest refuelling fare the likes of which will have you more than satisfied for hours…maybe even days. Quality varies, but in terms of quantity…don’t say we didn’t warn you!