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Rent a car in Innsbruck, one of the biggest cities of Austria, to discover the mountainous landscape, which turns into an ultimate ski destination during winter. Getting around the city in a car is a great option for accessing some of the attractions that are further afield. Besides, the surroundings of Innsbruck are full of beautiful ski resorts, historic villages and lake resorts which can be easily reached with a rental car in Innsbruck.

It's your choice: Where to go in Innsbruck

Rent a car in Innsbruck to save walking time getting to its myriad of sights. Make a trip to the imposing baroque style Cathedral of St. James on Domplatz – it dates back to 1724 and has beautifully painted ceilings and rich stucco work. Explore the semi-circular historic Old Town on foot, and admire 800 years old history marvelling at the medieval houses that reflect traditional Tyrolese and southern architecture – amongst glorious baroque, renaissance and rococo buildings. Take a short drive southwards to Ambras Palace to marvel at its German Renaissance interiors, distinct art and sculpture and Tyrolese frescoes. 20 kilometres further east is Swarovski Crystal Worlds with a museum, art gallery, crystal dome, crystal theatre and crystal forest.

Things to do in Innsbruck

If you ride up to the Nordkette Mountain in the Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahn in a cable car, you can enjoy stunning views of this vibrant town from the very top. A short drive from the city centre leads to the Karwendel Nature Park, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking 360° view of the town with the Alps and the region’s extensive conservation area. Ride a funicular to reach Hungerburg. Families often like to get out at the Alpine Zoo stop in-between, another popular attraction in the city. On reaching Hungerburg station, a short walk leads to the cable car station Seegrube. Unwind and relax at an altitude of 6,250 ft. in natural resplendence before boarding the next cable car to Hafelekar at 7,401ft. The alpine park is home to diverse flora and fauna and is a true haven for nature seekers. After scaling up the landmark of the Old Town – the City Tower built in 1450 – enjoy a romantic view of the Tylorean capital while you marvel at the medieval structures rising up majestically over contemporary buildings.

Important info about Innsbruck

The capital of Tyrol, Innsbruck is a big city with a rich heritage that dates back to the early Middle Ages. Rugged peaks and unspoilt Alpine beauty form a picturesque backdrop to this colourful historic town. To sample typical Tirolean goodies, the Old Town is also the place to be. This is where all kinds of food shops thrive, selling every kind of traditional speciality ranging from cured ham to the finest quality Schnapps. Especially noteworthy is the shop Speckschwemme, a popular landmark known for not only being the smallest shop in town but also for sampling some of the best cured meats. From a gastronomic point of view, an excursion to nearby Zillertal Valley is much recommended. The region boasts incredible cuisine and award-winning eateries. A must-try here is Graukäse, a half-moon shaped fried rye pastry with Tyrolean cheese filling, served with potatoes and chives.

Weather in Innsbruck
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Country Tyrol
Language German
Currency Euro
Time-Zones GMT+1
Country Code 0512

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Rent a car in Innsbruck and venture out to the neighbouring attractions using its excellent network of federal road network of motorways. Travellers coming from European countries will find that, in general, traffic regulations and signals are similar to theirs. Austrian motorways are called 'Autobahn' and roads marked with 'S' roads need you to pay a toll. Just remember to display the Motorway Vignette or toll sticker on the windscreen. If you come in winter between November to mid-April, remember to check for winter tyres when you rent a car in Innsbruck. Innsbruck Old Town is a car free zone with parking available around the area, on streets with blue line bays. However, note that white lined parking bays are only for residents. Paid parking in the city centre is available for a maximum of 90 minutes. Free parking is available in Sebastian Kneippweg, Kranebitterweg, Fürstenweg, and Parkzone 23 in Fischerhäuslweg.

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What to visit in the surroundings of Innsbruck

Innsbruck Christmas markets draw plenty of travellers with Hall, Austria’s largest historic town, being among the most sought after. Hall exudes an old world charm in the middle of modernity with numerous fairs and festivals to entertain. A 45 minutes’ drive from Innsbruck takes you to Imst. Mountains dotted with old farmhouses and boasting a rich folk culture – this small town is a must experience. On a winter holiday, drive to Stubaital & Ötztal Valley, two of the most popular ski resorts near Innsbruck with excellent slopes for all ski levels. Within an hour’s drive from the city lies yet another exotic location “Achensee,” locally nicknamed the ‘Tyrolean Sea’ or the ‘Fjords of the Alps.’ A quintessential summer getaway, this alpine lake resort with an emerald lake is a paradise for water sports and hiking.

What to bring to your friends from Innsbruck

If in the city during Christmas, visit the markets selling beautiful handcrafted items like traditional wooden puppets, Austrian tree hangings, snow globes with mini-Innsbruck scenes and more. Then, don’t forget to pack some Tyrolean honey to add some sweetness to your holiday memories. Source them from the local bee-keepers from one of the Innsbruck farmers’ markets like the Saturday market at Wilten Square. Made from felt, the traditional house shoes called ‘Doggln’ also make the perfect Austrian souvenir. To give a real taste of Innsbruck to folks back home, buy some Tyrolean bacon, which is ham smoked with juniper berries. The Market Hall farmer’s market is a great place to sample and buy this speciality. For liquor lovers, grab a few bottles of Schnapps, a warming winter remedy best sourced from Culinarium in the city centre.