Everything began with the Dogana in the Middle Ages. It was at first the largest theater auditorium in Europe, then a riding school and the model for the construction of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. But its function as the centerpiece of Congress Innsbruck was established more than 100 years before the congress building was opened when, in 1869 in the Dogana, the first meeting in Tyrol, the General Meeting of the Catholic Associations of Austria, was held. The first Tyrolean congress and events center was opened in 1973 after fierce resistance. The building was extended by 45% with the reconstruction in 1995. In the 21st century Congress Innsbruck has acquired a new main entrance and various rooms & foyer areas have also received a makeover. Ongoing investment, with due account taken of its historic significance, contributes to the building’s continuous modernization.
Exhibition Center Innsbruck
Hall B, a listed building on the Innsbruck trade fair site, was dismantled in 1892 in Prague and re-erected in Innsbruck. The Tyrolean State Exhibition was held there in 1893 from 15 June to 4 October. The “Innsbrucker Messe Gesellschaft” was founded in 1923 and the trade fair industry enjoyed a constant upward trend in the post-war years. Messe Innsbruck and Congress Innsbruck merged in 2004 and in January 2012 after major reconstruction and new building Messe Innsbruck opened its doors, as one of the most modern trade fair centers in the Alps and was privileged to host the first Youth Olympics Games (YOG) as its first event in the new buildings.
On the very spot of the former Congress Igls, which opened as the new center in 2007, a spa hotel was erected in 1906. A new spa hotel was built in 1966 and after it shut down it was run as congress centre from 1979, managed by Congress Innsbruck. A great number of small conferences and other events were held there before the house’s edificial condition did not allow any further events. After a number of debates it was decided in December 2004 to build a new multi functional center, the congresspark igls, which has seen already a wide range of events since its opening congresspark igls, has been part of the company since 1979. Since 2007 congresspark igls has been much admired as a very modern, multifunction glass pavilion.
Both Congress Innsbruck and Messe Innsbruck stand out by virtue of their incomparable location in the heart of the Alps, in the immediate vicinity of the completely intact Gothic Innsbruck Old Town, by the banks of the River Inn. Innsbruck is a city which has hosted the Olympics three times, it is set against the splendid backdrop of the Alps and is a major center of tourism, sport and higher education. The enthusiasm of convention and trade fair visitors for the city can be seen again and again. congresspark igls in the Innsbruck uplands, 5km from the federal capital of Tyrol, enjoys a unique location. There are probably few such beautiful locations for a convention and events centers, far removed from all the hectic hustle and bustle and set against an incomparable natural backdrop.