Innsbruck, the capital of Austria’s Tyrol region, seems to fit snugly among snow-tipped mountains. It’s a fairy-tale setting, and you’ll think you’ve landed in the happy-ever-after scene from a Brothers Grimm story. You haven’t. This is real.
First, indulge your passion for the picturesque in the Old Town. The free Sightseer bus covers all the main attractions and more. You can hop off at any time and hop on the next bus.
The most famous symbol of Innsbruck is the Golden Roof. It was built in 1500 over a balcony where Emperor Maximillian I stood to watch festivals and celebrations in the square below. The tiles of the roof are covered with a thin sheen of gold. Even in cloudy weather, the gold shines bright.
The Court Church is a Gothic church famous for its 28 bronze statues. Each of the 2- to 2½-meter-tall statues is modeled after a different person, either real or legendary. They include King Arthur and Albert II, the king of Germany.
Take a tour of the Imperial Palace and lose yourself in daydreams of crowded dances in vast halls under bright chandeliers.
Ready for an adventure? Get the best view of the city from the futuristic Bergisel Ski Jump, which was used in two Winter Olympics.
Then go by cable car to the Nordkette mountains, part of the Karwendel mountain range. Get off to ski or enjoy the Alpine Zoo.
End your day with a bit of shopping at the Maria-Theresian-Strasse plaza. Whether you’re just here to window-shop or to check out the incredible architecture, it’s the perfect way to wind down. (T)