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    Innsbruck – a brief overview

    Twinning a storybook history with timeless mountain views, Innsbruck has long been established as a top-class visitor destination. Even without the looming presence of the handsome Nordkette Alps, the city’s spread of Habsburg palaces, medieval houses and stately monuments would be appealing enough. But factor in the peaks (and the year-round

    activities they throw up), and you’ve got a special proposition indeed. It’s not all chocolate-box clichés, of course: the city and its surrounds have a decidedly modern face too, evidenced by the region’s bold architectural scene and the city’s assortment of contemporary museums, galleries, bars and restaurants.

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    Hofburg

    Rennweg 1
    A-6020 Innsbruck
    Austria
    Tel: (0512) 587 186
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    Opening times:
    Thu-Tue 0900-1700
    Wed 0900-1900 (Mar-Aug)
    daily 0900-1700 (Sep-Feb)

    Once a hugely important imperial residence, the handsome Hofburg Palace is today made up of various listed buildings and five themed museum areas. It’s been beautifully preserved.

    Golden Roof

    Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse 15
    A-6020 Innsbruck
    Austria
    Tel: (0512) 5360 1441
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1700 (May-Sep)
    Tue-Sun 1000-1700 (Oct-Apr)
    closed Nov

    The most famous of Innsbruck’s sights, the Golden Roof (known locally as Goldenes Dachl) is a three-storey balcony topped with gold-plated copper tiles, constructed for Emperor Maximilian I.

    Ambras Castle

    Schlossstrasse 20
    A-6020 Innsbruck
    Austria
    Tel: (01) 5252 44802
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1700

    A Renaissance palace in the hills above the city, Ambras Castle dates back to the 16th century and was the favoured residence of Archduke Ferdinand II. It has a strong collection of artworks and historical items.

    Hofkirche (Court Church)

    Universitätsstrasse 2
    A-6020 Innsbruck
    Austria
    Tel: (0512) 5948 9514
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0900-1700
    Sun 1230-1700

    Considered one of the finest royal churches in the whole of Europe, the Hofkirche is a Gothic building dating back to the 1500s. Some of the best artists and architects of the day helped with its construction.

    Bergisel Ski Jump

    Bergiselweg 3
    A-6020 Innsbruck
    Austria
    Tel: (0512) 589 259
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1800 (Jun-Oct)
    Wed-Mon 1000-1700 (Dec-May)
    closed Nov

    Giving the chance to watch jumpers in action, this architecturally slick attraction on the edge of the city is also a great place to head for views over Innsbruck.

    Audioversum

    Wilhelm-Greil-Strasse 23
    A-6020 Innsbruck
    Austria
    Tel: 0577 8899
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 0900-1800
    Sat-Sun 1000-1800

    A modern and interactive ‘exhibition and educational centre’, Audioversum focuses on the importance of sound and hearing. The end result is a science museum of real quality.

    Museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage

    Museumstraße 15
    6020 Innsbruck
    Austria
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1700

    Sitting right next to the Hofkirche, the Museum of Tyrolean Regional Heritage puts a spotlight on costumes, customs and other facets of daily life through the ages in this spectacular region.

    Swarovski Crystal Worlds

    Kristallweltenstrasse 1
    A-6112 Wattens
    Austria
    Tel: (05224) 51080
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1830

    One of the most visited spots in the country, this out-of-town attraction pays homage to Austrian crystal producer Swarovski. On a visit, you’re given the chance to see 14 ‘Chambers of Wonder’.

    Stadtturm (City Tower)

    Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse 21
    A-6020 Innsbruck
    Austria
    Tel: (0512) 597 113
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-2000 (Jun-Sep)
    1000-1700 (Oct-May)

    One of Innsbruck’s most recognisable symbols, the city tower was built in the mid-1400s and today offers wide views over the city and its surrounding Alpine peaks.

    Ferdinandeum

    Museumstrasse 15
    A-6020 Innsbruck
    Austria
    Tel: (0512) 5948 9180
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0900-1700

    Offering a journey through the Tyrol’s 30,000-year artistic and cultural heritage, Ferdiandeum displays exhibits ranging from Stone Age remnants to precious musical instruments. Among the most valuable paintings are works by Klimt, Brueghel and Rembrandt.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    Austrias landscape is of a beautiful and great diversity. As a travellor, you will find the majestic Alps as well as the green valleys of the Danube. Austria is known for it’s historic architecture, impressive museums and galeries but also for it’s high class ski regions. Mozart, Schubert and the inventor oft he psycho-analysis, Sigmund Freud,

    were born here and are some of it’s most famous and influential sons. When it comes to architecture, the buildings oft he Habsburgers are especially valuable. This dynasty dominated central europe for seven centuries and left a great heritage which includes for example the opera house in Vienna.

    Geography

    Mountainous Austria is a landlocked country at the heart of Europe, bordered by Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Italy. The diverse landscape can be divided into five sections: the Eastern Alps (62.8%), the Alpine and Carpathian Foothills (11.3%), the Pannonian Lowlands (11.3%), the Vienna Basin (4.4%) and the Granite and Gneiss Highlands or Bohemian Massif (10.1%). Austria’s highest mountain is Grossglockner (3,798m/12,465ft) found in the Alps’ Hohe Tauern range, and, on its way from the Black Forest in southern Germany to the Black Sea, the winding River Danube flows for approximately 360km (220 miles) through the country.

    Nearly half of Austria is covered with forests, with the lower regions particularly densely wooded. Fir predominates above 488m (1,600ft), and gives way to larch and stone-pine beyond 1,219m (4,000ft); the Alpine foothills consist predominantly of arable land and grassland (above 610m/2,000ft); the Pannonian region is characterised by scrub and heathland.

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    Key facts

    Population: 8430000

    Population Density (per sq km): 100

    Capital: Vienna (Wien).

    Language

    German is the official language. Regional dialects are pronounced and within the different regions of the country one will encounter marked variations from Hochdeutsch, ie ‘standard’ German. There are Croatian and Slovene-speaking minorities in the Burgenland and southern Carinthia respectively.

    Currency

    Euro (€) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2, 1 and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin European plugs are standard.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0800-1230 and 1330-1730.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Epiphany: 06. January 2014
    Easter Monday: 21. April 2014
    Labour Day: 01. May 2014
    Ascension Day: 29. May 2014
    Whit Monday: 09. June 2014
    Corpus Christi: 19. June 2014
    Assumption: 15. August 2014
    National Day: 25. October 2014
    All Saints’ Day: 03. November 2014
    Immaculate Conception: 08. December 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Epiphany: 06. January 2015
    Easter Monday: 06. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015
    Ascension Day: 14. May 2015
    Whit Monday: 25. May 2015
    Corpus Christi: 04. June 2015
    Assumption: 15. August 2015
    National Day: 26. October 2015
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2015
    Immaculate Conception: 08. December 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015

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    Nightlife in Innsbruck

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    There are some great post-sundown options in Innsbruck, ranging from stylish wine bars to full-on party venues.

    A strong cultural programme means night owls of all types can find something that appeals.

    Das Stadtcafe

    Universitätsstraße 1
    6020 Innsbruck
    Austria
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    One of the biggest café-bars in the city, with a sizeable terrace and two floors.

    Cafe Bar Moustache

    Herzog-Otto-Strasse 8
    A-6020 Innsbruck
    Austria
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    A quirky drinking hole with some great beers and a range of light eats.

    Invinum

    Innrain 1
    A-6020 Innsbruck
    Austria
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    A top choice for those looking to sample some of the country’s best wines.

    Weekender Cafe & Club

    Tschamlerstrasse 3
    A-6020 Innsbruck
    Austria
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    Predominantly a music venue, with live acts, DJs and standard club nights.

    Treibhaus

    Angerzellgasse 8
    A-6020 Innsbruck
    Austria
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    A cultural complex serving up everything from jazz, cabaret and world music to theatre, dance and other genres.

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    Restaurants in Innsbruck

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    Tyrolean cuisine is traditionally quite a simple affair, but that doesn’t stop it being tasty – local specialties include speckknödel (bacon dumplings).

    You can find plenty of opportunity to tuck into regional dishes, but there’s much from around Europe and further afield too.

    Konrads Austrian Steaks

    Salurner Strasse 15
    A-6020 Innsbruck
    Austria
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    Price: Expensive

    Part of the Hilton Innsbruck Hotel, and serving arguably the best steaks in town.

    Das Schindler

    Maria-Theresien-Strasse 31
    A-6020 Innsbruck
    Austria
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    Price: Expensive

    A good option for a quality dining experience, with local influences.

    Sitzwohl Restaurant

    Gilmstrasse 1
    A-6020 Innsbruck
    Austria
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    Price: Moderate

    Occupying a former school, this is a smart spot serving Tyrolean and Mediterranean dishes.

    Die Wilderin

    Seilergasse 5
    A-6020 Innsbruck
    Austria
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    Price: Moderate

    A trendy, relaxed eatery using plenty of seasonal produce.

    Breakfast Club

    Maria-Theresien-Strasse 49
    A-6020 Innsbruck
    Austria
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    Price: Cheap

    Head here for brunch or lunch – there’s a good selection of omelettes.

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    Old Town Christmas Market

    15 November – 23 December 2014
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Innsbruck’s winter-wonderland setting creates a magical Christmas atmosphere. A gigantic illuminated tree draws shoppers to the Old Town market, where 70 stalls sell gorgeous arts and crafts, tasty treats and spicy mulled wine. Children listen eagerly to traditional fairytales, and at dusk, brass bands play popular carols to the crowd.

    New Year’s Eve in the Mountains

    30 – 31 December 2014

    Venue: Old Town and Inner City.

    Innsbruck’s New Year’s Eve celebrations kick off on 30 December with a children’s party in the Old Town complete with special activities and early evening fireworks in the Market Square. On 31 December, it’s the grown-ups’ turn, with live music playing across several stages and a glittering fireworks display at midnight.

    Art Innsbruck

    20 – 23 February 2015
    Website

    Venue: Innsbruck Fairground.

    Contemporary art lovers are in for a treat at Innsbruck’s art fair, which shows an impressive selection of art dating from 1960 to the present day. Visitors can mingle with experts, collectors and over 70 vendors, and bag great deals on original paintings, photos and sculptures.

    Easter Festival (Osterfestival Tirol)

    23 March – 5 April 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    For around two weeks in the run-up to Easter, soloists, choral and instrumental ensembles and dance troupes stage a terrific programme of musical performances in concert halls and churches in and around Innsbruck. The grand finale usually takes place on Easter Sunday.

    Tanzsommer Innsbruck

    1 June – 31 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Dance companies from around the globe wow audiences at this internationally renowned festival, showing off captivating classical and contemporary routines and acrobatic moves. Up-and-coming young performers entertain spectators with their extraordinary talent in the ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ youth event.

    Innsbruck Promenade Concerts (Innsbrucker Promenadenkonzerte)

    2 – 27 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Central courtyard of the Imperial Palace.

    Melodies float through the air on warm summer evenings in the magnificent courtyard of the Imperial Palace. Brass bands, orchestras and chamber ensembles from the Tyrol, Austria and abroad treat music lovers to nightly performances in a month of magical evenings.

    New Orleans Jazz Festival

    17 – 27 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Sounds of the Deep South infuse Innsbruck in homage to its twin city, New Orleans. Tyrolean jazz musicians show they’re a force to be reckoned with in a cracking programme, culminating in four days of music in the Market Square, complete with marching dixie bands blasting out rousing numbers.

    Festival of Dreams (Festival der Träume)

    6 – 31 August 2015
    Website

    Venue: Dogana hall at the Congress Centre and outdoor spiegeltent.

    A fantastic mix of curious cabaret acts, mind-boggling acrobatics, poetry, song and comedy creates an unforgettable, highly entertaining programme of summer shows. There’s a laid-back, Vaudeville-inspired atmosphere, with tiered seating placing groups informally around small tables draped in red tablecloths.

    Soirée at the Court of Emperor Maximilian I

    7 – 21 August 2015

    Venue: Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof).

    On three nights each August, visitors can step back in time and spend an evening in the company of Emperor Maximilian I and his entourage. Costumed characters, trumpet fanfares, sword fighting, speeches and jester performances are all part of the fun.

    Innsbruck Festival of Early Music (Innsbrucker Festwoche der Alten Musik)

    12 – 31 August 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    From operatic masterpieces to magnificent masses and pioneering chamber music, this early music extravaganza celebrates acclaimed Renaissance, Baroque and Classical composers and their works as well as highlighting lesser-known compositions. Concert venues include monasteries, churches, castles and the Imperial Palace.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Innsbruck

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    Innsbruck draws visitors year-round, and its imperial past means it has a number of traditional high-end properties to tempt tourists.

    There are some strong mid-priced options too, and a sprinkling of budget alternatives.

    Grand Hotel Europa

    Südtiroler Platz 2
    A-6020 Innsbruck
    Austria
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    Category: Expensive

    A 5-star hotel in place since 1869, this is one of the city’s top luxury stays.

    aDLERS Hotel

    Bruneckerstrasse 1
    A-6020 Innsbruck
    Austria
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    Category: Expensive

    This stylish, ultra-modern hotel comes with terrific views.

    Penz Hotel

    Adolf-Pichler-Platz 3
    A-6020 Innsbruck
    Austria
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    Category: Moderate

    A comfortable 92-room property with good facilities and two roof terraces.

    Hotel Kapeller

    Philippine-Welser-Strasse 96
    A-6020 Innsbruck
    Austria
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    Category: Moderate

    A good all-round option with 32 guest rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi and a decent location.

    Ibis Innsbruck

    Sterzinger Strasse 1
    A-6020 Innsbruck
    Austria
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    Category: Cheap

    Affordable and smart hotel from the Ibis chain, located right next to the railway station.

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    Climate & best time to visit Austria

    The best time to visit Austria is June to September for those seeking sunshine and low rainfull, whilst November to March are ideal for those seeking winter sports.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +43

    Telephone

    Call boxes are grey and found in all areas. International calls can be made from payphones with four coin slots.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good.

    Internet

    Available throughout Austria. There are many Internet cafes.

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    Shopping in Innsbruck

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    Key Areas

    The baroque architecture and pavement cafés of the famous Maria-Theresien-Strasse make it a good bet for combining shopping with sightseeing and downtime, while the Old Town as a whole has a high number of souvenir shops. Typical regional gifts include crystal items and carved wooden keepsakes.

    Markets

    As well as its renowned Christmas markets, Innsbruck has some good options for day-to-day essentials (schnapps and

    bacon, maybe). The Markthalle (Herzog-Siegmund-Ufer 1) is open throughout the day from Monday to Friday and on Saturday morning, selling all manner of fresh produce and regional goodies.

    Shopping Centres

    For a variety of retail options under one roof, Kaufhaus Tyrol (Maria-Theresien-Strasse 31) is where you can find well-known brands such as Levi’s, Benetton and Monsoon, along with numerous Austrian outlets. The Rathausgalerien (Anichstrasse 8/1) is another popular choice.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Austrians tend to be quite formal in both their social and business dealings. They do not use first names when being introduced, but after the initial meeting first names are often used. Handshaking is customary when saying hello and goodbye. It is considered impolite to enter a restaurant or shop without saying Guten Tag (good day) or, more usually,

    Grüss Gott (common greeting which literally means ‘greet God’); similarly, to leave without saying Auf Wiedersehen (goodbye) can cause offence. If invited out to dinner, flowers should be brought for the hostess. The Church enjoys a high and respected position in Austrian society, which should be kept in mind.

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    Health

    Ticks often live in heavily forested areas during the summer months in some of the more easterly parts of Austria and can create discomfort and, in very rare cases, serious infection to people who are bitten. Tick-borne encephalitis is endemic and travellers likely to find themselves in wooded areas from spring to autumn should take a course of injections. Rabies is present in Austria, although there have been no incidents reported in recent years. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten seek medical advice without delay.

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