Innsbruck Summer Escape – 5 tips for a summer break in the Capital of the Alps

Innsbruck offers a unique opportunity for travellers looking to experience unrivalled variety in an alpine destination this summer.

Surrounded by mountains, the Innsbruck region includes scenic landscapes, picturesque villages and a wealth of cultural and historic attractions in the city.

Here are five reasons to visit Innsbruck this summer:

Hiking in the Innsbruck region: 

The Innsbruck region is blessed with a wealth of hiking trails through all types of terrain from alpine meadows and mountainsides to the centuries-old stone pine forests of the Zirbenweg trail between Patscherkofel and Tulfes or the larch forests of the Obsteiger Larchsteig trail.

With the free Innsbruck Welcome Card, guided hikes are available to explore the region in all its glory. Provided with a stay of at least two nights at selected partner hotels and accommodation, the Welcome Card also includes free public transport in the region and discounts on cultural highlights.

Become a history buff

Innsbruck is adorned with historic attractions and summer is a great time to explore its rich and vibrant history. With its title of Capital of the Alps comes a wealth of grand European history and cultural gems such as the Hofkirche Court Church, the Hofburg Imperial Palace and Ambras Castle, plus the world-renowned Golden Roof, which Emperor Maximillian built for his wedding around 1500AD.

Cool off in the natural swimming lakes 

The Innsbruck region’s stunning natural lakes provide the perfect opportunity for fans of outdoor swimming to enjoy their sport. Offering the perfect environment to swim in the sight of picturesque mountains, the areas are purpose built with changing facilities and easily accessible from the city centre. Three popular locations include Lake Lans, (Lanser See), Natters Lake, (Nattersee) and Lake Mieming (Mieminger Badesee).

Swarovski in Summer

Immerse yourself in the heart of Swarovski, where ‘The Giant’ greets you at the entrance before visiting the 18 Chambers of Wonder, displaying some of Swarovski’s grand jewels and memorabilia. Perfect for fans of the brand or for a family day out, the gardens have a children’s play tower, playground and even a carousel. More information on Swarovski World can be found here:

Culinary Delights

Innsbruck is a foodie’s heaven, Maria-Theresien-Strasse is lined with café’s and venturing further to the old town, visitors can experience an array of Tyrolean specialties and international flavours.

Visit the bustling Markthalle for fresh produce, local delicacies, and artisanal treats.

For the active ‘eat on the go’ type, the Nordkette picnic also promises something to savour at literally the highest level. A pre-packed rucksack awaits you on the Seegrube at an altitude of almost 2,000 metres – containing treats such as smoked ham and mountain cheese, it’s the perfect way to enjoy a hearty snack in the mountains.

Further details about the Innsbruck region in summer can be found at

Direct flights to Innsbruck are available from major airports across the UK.