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Welcome to Innsbruck

Urban living at the heart of the Alps.

In the provincial capital of Innsbruck in the Tirol region, not only is life really good, it’s also very easy to see the sights: the imposing peaks of the Nordkette mountain range in the Karwendel mountains and the opulent historical and cultural treasures in Innsbruck’s old town. The ski slopes on Innsbruck's local mountains and the scientific achievements and excellence developed at the universities. Authentic Tirolean culture combined with the metropolitan flair of a state capital.

Fresh ideas and innovative minds

Nature, culture, science, research and business join forces in Innsbruck and the Tirol region: traditional customs meet contemporary innovations, old meets new, regional specialities meet international discoveries. Innsbruck embraces and fosters diversity at every level. And quality of life is extremely high in Innsbruck: people constantly rate the Tirolean capital as an excellent place to live. Clear mountain air, the purest spring water, outstanding safety, high standards and state-of-the-art infrastructure are among the many reasons for their satisfaction. Tirol’s economy is one of Austria’s strongest. The universities in the state capital are among the most renowned in Europe and, with over 350 years of history, also the most established. Over 35,000 students constantly keep the city fresh and young.

International sports and Olympic city

Innsbruck, known as the “Capital of the Alps” and home to 140,000 inhabitants, is nestled in the beautiful State of Tirol in the heart of the Alps. It is not uncommon to see people with hiking rucksacks, climbing equipment or mountain bikes in summer and skis, snowboards or toboggans in winter wandering around the centre of the state capital. The mountains and the opportunities they provide for action and sports have certainly made their mark on the region: major, high-profile events, such as the three Winter Olympic Games, including the Youth Olympic Games, the World Cycling Championships, the Trail Running World Championships, the Climbing World Cup, the Luge World Cup, the Bobsleigh World Cup or the Four Hills Tournament for ski jumping regularly bring tens of thousands of international guests to Innsbruck, imbuing the atmosphere with their enthusiasm and contributing to Innsbruck's worldwide fame.

how to find us

As the capital of Tirol, Innsbruck has excellent transport connections. It is easy to reach thanks to its international airport, by train from either the north-south or east-west direction, or by car. All amenities are situated close together in the city, which can be explored on foot or by hiring a bike and taking the many cycle paths through the city or along the River Inn.

Science & business location

Innsbruck and its surrounding region are prosperous business locations thanks to their dynamism, agility and drive for innovation, which in turn attract internationally operating companies and drive the economic engine of tourism. The many small and medium-sized companies that make important contributions to the Tirolean business economy also focus on innovation.

Leopold Franzens Universität Innsbruck | ©  Innsbruck Tourismus / Mario Webhofer

University city and research hub

Innsbruck is one of Europe's most prominent university cities and, with around 35,000 students across 16 faculties, has been recognised as a centre of knowledge with international appeal for over 350 years. The region’s 7 universities are impressive proof of Tirol’s close connection to science and research.

Hotels & restaurants

At around 55 million overnight stays, Tirol is also one of the world’s most internationally successful tourism regions. Our organisers, participants, visitors and exhibitors alike benefit from this first-class infrastructure and, above all, our warm hospitality.

All the sights

With all the sights in the provincial capital of Innsbruck located a close distance from each other, it is easy to make your way around the city. You can also take advantage of Innsbruck’s unique opportunities to reach high alpine terrain directly from the city quickly and conveniently by cable car. Innsbruck’s extraordinary characteristics as a congress and event city make Congress Innsbruck a unique location worldwide.

Altstadt Innsbruck  | © Innsbruck Tourismus / Mario Webhofer

History of the city

Innsbruck is known as the capital of the Alps and is located right at the heart of the Alps. The region became prominent at an early point in history due to its rich salt deposits and substantial silver mines. Due to its location, Innsbruck has always been economically important for trade and even became the imperial residence of one of the most influential ruling dynasties in Europe, the Habsburgs, at the end of the 15th century.

The region of Tirol

Tirol is a region blessed with unrivalled natural beauty and rich cultural traditions. Nestled in the heart of the Alps, this Austrian federal state stands out for its breathtaking landscapes, historic cities and array of leisure activities available to visitors from all over the world.

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