INNSBRUCK – THRILLS & CHILLS
24th December 2018
Innsbruck is alive for the winter 2018-19 season: 9 ski areas, 90 lifts and 300km of snow-sure ski slopes. NEW
The resorts – Nordkette, Patscherkofel, Axamer Lizum, Muttereralm, Rangger Köpfl, Glungezer, Schlick 2000, the Stubai Glacier and Kühtai – provide some great skiing and snowboarding.
And all with easy access to the city that is capital of The Tirol.
Non-skiers, or even those who fancy just a little skiing mixed-up with other activities, can stay on the slopes with snowshoe hiking, tobogganing and mountain biking.
And if that all sounds too strenuous, then there’s the spas and even rooftop pools to take a relaxing break – as well as a wide choice of shops and cafe culture to dip into.
PlanetSKI visited at the end of last season to see the city… and some of its nearby slopes:
For adrenaline junkies skiing or snowboarding Nordkette is a must.
It’s also the place for extreme partying with the stunning Cloud 9 igloo bar (January – April) and DJs every Friday night raising the temperature above the rooftops of Innsbruck.
The city has hosted two Winter Olympics and there are men’s and women’s downhill slopes at Axamer Lizum and Patscherkofel, or even take a bobsleigh ride down the world-famous Innsbruck-Igls ice-canal.
We did it a few years back:
At Axamer Lizum the Golden Roofpark and the new Funslope trail with 27 exciting elements to test your skills.
There’s also a new type of mountain challenge waiting for visitors this year.
The Capital of the Alps is home to the Mutteralm Park, the first skiing area in Austria with a permanent snowbike run, giving a fresh approach to enjoying the snow.
Fat bikes and snow bike courses give a chance to ramp up new skills on wheels.
If you want to chill:
Make the most of the breath-taking surroundings and start the day in the relaxed pace of the stunning Alpine areas, such as the Muttereralm or Patscherkofel ski areas, which surround the city centre.
There’s also a wide-range of opportunities for tobogganing and snowshoe hiking.
With endless trails to take, snowshoe hiking offers visitors a tour of discovery through the winter wonderland, while dedicated tobogganing areas provide a fitting way to glide down the slopes.
Innsbruck is home to a wide-variety of spas, many of which use products and treatments inspired by the Alpine environment.
Roof top pools also provide a relaxing way to take in the stunning vistas.
Check out Hotel Grauer Bär’s rooftop pool in Innsbruck or the ‘Endless Sky Pool’ at Hotel Mooshaus in Kühtai for the definition of relaxation.
And just outside the city is the award-winning Lanserhof Lans health resort, a major international success story, that has recently won five accolades at the World Spa Awards.
Finally, visitors who prefer their feet to be firmly on the ground can enjoy the urban charm of Innsbruck’s shopping and cafe culture.
Innsbruck’s Old Town is lined with traditional souvenir shops or for a more modern shopping experience, the city has centrally-located shopping centres, including Rathausgalerien and Kaufhaus Tirol.
The Café Munding is the oldest cake shop in Tirol, where a Goldene Dachl Schindl should be sampled, or the famous Viennese coffee house, Café Sacher.
“The 2018-19 winter season will give visitors to Innsbruck a world-class experience,” said Peter Unsinn, Head of Market Management at Innsbruck Tourism..
“Whether they choose the thrill of on-the-edge downhilling or the chill of relaxing Alpine hospitality, there’s plenty for all.”
For details of Innsbruck‘s unique Alpine, urban and imperial attractions see here.
There are flights to Innsbruck from major UK airports, with the city centre just ten minutes away.
• The Austrian city of Innsbruck is known as the Capital of the Alps.
• Internationally renowned as a world-class winter sports centre, it hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics as well as the 1984 and 1988 Winter Paralympics. It also hosted the first Winter Youth Olympics in 2012.
• This vibrant urban city is home to 130,000 people plus 30,000 students, with outstanding café culture, sporting facilities, shopping malls and imperial cultural architecture.
• The region consists of Innsbruck, the Capital of the Alps, plus its surrounding villages and valleys, making it a perfect combination of cultural hotspot and adventurous outdoor destination.
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