Welcome to Innsbruck
Though less well-known than Vienna and Salzburg, Innsbruck is
one of Austria's largest and most interesting cities, home to more
than 100,000 people. Despite its size though, the Alpine city oozes
small-town charm and makes a great base for exploring the many
popular mountain and ski resorts in the Alps. Visitors to Innsbruck
will be struck by its picturesque location, affording spectacular
views of the region, and by the dazzling displays of sparkling
stones at Swarovski Crystal World, one of its most popular
Established in the Stone Age, Innsbruck has at various times
been the property of Rome, Bavaria, Germany and finally Austria.
The capital of the Tirol province, the city's beautiful buildings
are reminders of its history with Renaissance-style castles,
Baroque cathedrals and Gothic monuments, including the Imperial
Palace, Ambras Castle, and the Cathedral St Jacob.
There is much to see and do in Innsbruck. The city boasts a
number of museums dedicated to art, history and science; many parks
and zoos; and plenty of shopping malls and markets. Innsbruck is
the cultural heart of the Austrian Alps, and hosts a world-class
opera along with a wide range of restaurants, live music venues,
bars and clubs. The two universities and numerous colleges in town
ensure a lively nightlife.
For many tourists, however, Innsbruck is simply a port of call
on the road to the powdery slopes of the Alps. Its location near
Alpine ski resorts like Kaunertal, Stubaier and St Anton. Innsbruck
has hosted the Winter Olympics twice, and sponsors many winter
sports events each year.
Information & Facts
The official language in Austria is German.
The unit of currency is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into
100 cents. Currency can be exchanged at banks and bureaux de change
available in all towns, but it may be easier to use the ATMs. Banks
are closed on Saturdays and Sundays, but exchange offices at
airports and major city rail terminals are open seven days a week.
Major credit and debit cards are widely accepted though some small
hotels and restaurants may only accept cash. Travellers cheques are
Local time in Austria is GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday
in March to the last Sunday in October).