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.
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.
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.
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.