Come January 2020, over 3000 athletes will descend upon the beautiful region of Innsbruck and Tyrol for the Winter World Masters Games.
A hidden gem in the heart of the Alps, there is plenty to discover in and around the Innsbruck area.
To make the most of this brilliant opportunity to explore this incredible part of the world, we’ve put together a list of some must-see attractions!
1. The Imperial Palace
Built by Archduke Sigmund the Rich in the year 1500, the Imperial Palace (or Hofburg as it’s known to the locals) is one of the most historic buildings in Innsbruck.
Following extensive restoration between 2006 and 2010, the stunning monument was returned to its former 18th century glory.
Now available for tours, this architectural delight offers a unique insight into the life, wealth and legacy of the Habsburg Dynasty.
Note: The Imperial Palace is closed from 13th January to 9th February. Don’t miss out!
2. Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen
Innsbruck’s majestic Nordkette mountain range is a sight to behold and the Innsbruck Cable Cars are without a doubt the best way to climb it.
In just a 20-minute cable car ride from the city centre you can experience The Nordkette, which is part of Austria’s largest nature park.
The astonishing views of Innsbruck and the stunning mountain scenery surrounding it are sure to leave a lasting impression.
After viewing Nordkette with a bird’s eye view on the Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen, immerse yourself in the life of the mountains below.
Situated halfway up the mountain, a walk around the Alpenzoo Innsbruck is one to take in the sights and get your calves burning as you stroll up the mountainside.
The zoo sings the songs of the mountains with rare Alpine animals such as the Alpine Ibex, the Chamois, the Alpine Marmot and the European Bison on show in their natural habitats.
4. Swarovski Crystal Worlds
Visit Swarovski Crystal Worlds, located 20 minutes from Innsbruck, to explore exhibits and attractions such as ‘Chambers of Wonder’ – 17 rooms filled with stunning crystal art by international stars.
Take a walk through the beautiful gardens and view the ‘Crystal Cloud’. This is an installation consisting of 800,000 hand-mounted Swarovski crystals.
Stop at the café or restaurant for spectacular views of the surrounding landscape and finish your trip by visiting the world’s largest Swarovski store.
5. Goldenes Dachl or the Little Golden Roof
No visit to Innsbruck is complete without a trip to see its most famous landmark!
The Goldenes Dachl or the Little Golden Roof is covered with 2,657 gilded tiles that glitter in the Winter morning sun.
Commissioned 500 years ago by Emperor Maximilian so he could watch the jousting, this ornate three-story balcony was a statement of wealth and glory by the Hapsburg Empire.
Today you can admire it from the street but to witness the Emperor’s view first-hand, it’s worth a visit to the Goldenes Dachl Museum.
6. Schloss Ambras Innsbruck (Ambras Castle)
Visit the picturesque Renaissance Castle Ambras located in the hills overlooking Innsbruck.
Explore the art and artefacts in the Chamber of Art and Curiosities. These include impressive suits of armour and the beautiful Spanish Hall!
7. Innsbruck Old Town
Stroll through the 800-year-old city centre of Innsbruck. Soak in the charm and fantastic street performances.
The town has been coveted by empires throughout its history and it’s a living treasure trove of history and culture.
Streets carved out by architectural gems like the splendid Imperial Palace lurk around every corner of the old town.
It’s an experience not to be missed!
Make the most of your Masters Games experience…