Let’s be honest: not many regional capitals have as skilful a way of handling natural and cultural gems as Innsbruck, demonstrating both its green fingers and respect for cultural heritage. Starting with history, there’s no escaping the Goldenes Dachl, or Golden Roof. The oriel draws people towards the centre of the old town even from a distance. We have Emperor Maximilian I to thank for this opulent structure. He commissioned the exquisite landmark with 2,657 fire-gilded copper tiles at the turn of the 16th century.
There’s another historical gem in Innsbruck that’s down to Emperor Maximilian I: the Hofburg, or Imperial Palace. Since the early 16th century, the stately property has enriched the city landscape with its late-Gothic features. It’s no wonder Empress Sissi also had an extravagant apartment here for her visits to Innsbruck.
Architecture fans will find plenty more photo opportunities in Anpruggen. The historic district on the left bank of the River Inn could have been taken straight out of a story book with its pastel-coloured façades and the artfully crafted backdrop of the Nordkette mountain range.
That’s enough about Innsbruck’s cultural scene, now let’s get out into nature. The Alpenzoo, the highest zoo in Europe, is just the place. Pay a visit and discover more than 150 species of Alpine animals up close – including brown bears, lynxes, otters and bearded vultures. Also flying high is the Bergisel ski jump. Standing proudly at 134 metres tall, the famous ski jump is Innsbruck’s eagle eye. But it’s not just bold winter athletes that dare to scale such breathtaking heights, you’ll also find gourmets and mountain lovers. Thanks to the two state-of-the-art lifts, you can reach both the viewing platform and the Bergisel Sky restaurant in under two minutes. Wiener Schnitzel tastes that little bit better when you’re sat looking at that view.