What to see in Innsbruck in one day

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Joel Fulleda

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Innsbruck is a delightful Austrian town, capital of Tyrol. Embraced by the mountains and famous for its "golden roof", Innsbruck is a city where it is easy to get around. the beautiful streets and getting lost between the Middle Ages, the imperial period and the future.
Here's what to see in one day in Innsbruck.


  1. One day itinerary in Innsbruck: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Innsbruck: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Innsbruck: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Innsbruck: Morning

1 - Stadtturm civic tower

Before starting your morning visit, you need to recharge your batteries, so have breakfast at Der Bäcker Ruetz, at number 36: freshly baked bread and pastries accompany hot and cold drinks, for an average cost of € 9,00 per person.

After breakfast set off towards Herzog-Friedrich, the oldest and most characteristic street in the historic city center. Walking along it, you will be able to admire some particular arcades and splendid signs typical of the Tyrol, made of wrought iron. Along this road you will come across the civic tower, called Stadtturm: by buying the entrance ticket, you can walk up to the viewing platform. From here you can admire the monuments of the city from above but you will also have a wide view over the whole Innsbruck valley.

2 - Walk along Herzog-Friedrich, Hof Garten, Hofkirche, Hofburg palace

Continuing along Herzog-Friedrich Strasse you will reach the Goldenes Dachl, also known as "the Golden Roof". Innsbruck symbol, is a balcony with an overhanging roof. Its peculiarity is to be covered with 2.657 gilded copper sheets On fire. You will find tons of tourists admiring and photographing this city attraction. It is also possible to visit the interior, which houses a small exhibition on Maximilian I of Habsburg.

Right in front of the golden roof is the magnificent building of the Helblinghaus, una Rococo style construction enriched with decorative stucco. At the end of Herzog-Friedrich Strasse you will find the Gasthof Goldenes Adler (Golden Eagle), the one that it is believed to be the oldest inn in Austria.

Continuing towards the riverside with its magnificent view of the mountains, cross the Hof Garten, the beautiful English garden of the ancient imperial court, to the entrance to the Hofkirche. This famous church despite its anonymous exterior houses inside two rows of 28 bronze statues which almost seem to guard the sarcophagus (empty, the body is in Vienna) of Maximilian I. From the Hofkirche you reach the Hofburg palace, where the Giants' or party halls are worth a visit, thanks to its frescoes positioned on the ceiling.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,2 km / 26 min
  • Places visited: Herzog-Friedrich Strasse (free), Stadtturm (€ 3,50), Goldenes Dachl (free, indoor exhibition € 4,80), Helblinghaus (free), Gasthof Goldenes Adler (free), Hof Garten (free), Hofkirche ( € 4,45), Hofburg Palace (€ 9,00).
  • Panoramic tour of the city center
  • Where to have breakfast: Der Bäcker Ruetz, Herzog-Friedrich Strasse 36 - Get directions

One day itinerary in Innsbruck: Afternoon

1 - Walk along Maria-Theresien-Straße

For lunch, go to Maria-Theresien-Straße, the liveliest street / square in the city. Here at number 31 you will find Das Schindler, a place that offers typical Austrian menus with very refined cuisine (average cost € 20,00). After lunch you can walk the street, full of shops and delicatessens, to buy some souvenirs or typical products.

2 - Excursion in the mountains

Visiting Innsbruck does not mean being limited only to the historic center, there is another exciting experience to do. For some years now, a convenient combination of means of transport has been in operation, specifically the funicular and the cable car allows visitors to start from the historic center and climb the mountains (€ 9,50 per person - book online). The NordKette not only provides access to the ski slopes, but is also available in summer to reach the trekking routes. By choosing to travel only the first section, you can reach the village of Hungerburg at an altitude of 860 meters. Obviously it goes without saying that the view is beautiful, it is possible to distinguish all the mountains of Tyrol that extend towards the Brenner, as well as to see the Hofburg palace, imposing and majestic up close, from this height only a dot in the middle of this splendid amphitheater of mountains. Back in the historic center, it's time to have a sweet snack, perhaps with the classic but never tiring Sacher cake, choosing from the many pastry shops in the city.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,1 km / 1 h 20 min
  • Places visited: Maria-Theresien-Straße (free), NordKette to Hungerburg (€ 8,60).
  • round trip to Nordkette from the center of Innsbruck from above
  • Where to have lunch: Das Schindler Maria Theresien Str. 31 - Get directions

One day itinerary in Innsbruck: Evening

1 - Christmas markets or visit to the Cathedral of San Giacomo

If you visit innsbruck in the Christmas season, the time after dark is ideal to visit the typical Christmas markets. Lights, scents and flavors of Christmas are accentuated to the maximum here, but the atmosphere is really beautiful, welcoming and engaging.

If, on the other hand, you have chosen another time of the year, you can choose to visit the Cathedral of San Giacomo. Rebuilt after the earthquake occurred at the end of 1600, it stands on the structure of a Gothic church dating back to 1438. Inside it consists of a single nave, a beautiful pulpit and a rich altar. Here there is also the tomb of Archduke Maximilian III and the votive image of Mary Help of Christians.

2 - Dinner

Depending on the period chosen, you will find more or less crowds even in the restaurants, at dinner time. We recommend the Weisses Rossl restaurant, located in Kiebachgasse 8, typically Tyrolean where you spend, on average, € 20,00 per person.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 850 m / 10 min
  • Places visited: in the Christmas period the typical markets (free), Cathedral of San Giacomo (free)
  • Tyrolean evening with music and dinner
  • Where to dine: Weisses Rossl, Kiebachgasse 8 - Get directions

Before leaving: useful tips

  • Weather: the climate of the city is continental and alpine. This means that winters are cold and with a lot of snow, summers are cool, the average temperature settles around 18 degrees. Rainfall is frequent, especially in July. For more info take a look at when to go to Innsbruck - climate and best time.
  • to get to Innsbruck from north-eastern Italy, the most convenient way is by train: you can take advantage of the direct connections from Bologna, Venice, Verona, Rovereto, Trento, Bolzano, Bressanone and Fortezza with DB-ÖBB Eurocity. The same company offers night trains that depart from Rome, Orvieto, Chiusi-Chianciano Terme, Arezzo, Florence, Bologna and Verona.
  • Possibility of stay: If you decide to extend your visit to Innsbruck, take a look at our hotel accommodation offers.

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

  1. Tyrolean Folk Art Museum. It is certainly an interesting place, but negligible on a day visit.
  2. Ambras Castle. Located on the city hills, it remains quite far from the center.

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