Family Time in Innsbruck, Austria

As the capital city of the Alps, Innsbruck, Austria, is an ideal destination for culture-seeking families and outdoor adventurers. Located in the Austrian state of Tyrol, Innsbruck is famously celebrated as a top winter sport destination. With two Winter Olympics under its belt and the newly completed Bergisel Ski Jump, Innsbruck is a winter sport enthusiast’s dream.

Alpine hills of Insbruck and olympic ski jump tower view

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The new jump provides unbeatable views of the wintery town below from atop the historic Bergisel Hill. In a town bursting with picture-perfect scenery and destinations, the Bergisel Ski Jump is a perfect location to take it all in. Fuel up for a day of sightseeing and exploring with family breakfast — and a view — at the on-site restaurant, Bergisel SKY.

Baroque Pipe Organ in Innsbruck, Austria

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Enjoy the city’s impressive display of both modern and Imperial architecture from Ambras Castle, a palace museum located high in the hills overlooking Innsbruck, to the Gothic stylings of Court Church. Built in 1553, the Court Church is home to Imperial tombs and a 450-year old organ.

Your family may have been to its fair share of zoos, but chances are you haven’t visited one like the Alpenzoo Innsbruck – Tirol. Open November–March and April–October, this Alp-region zoo offers diverse animal life, landscape and stunning mountain vistas. Built in the 1960s, Alpenzoo sits on a mountainside and is one of the highest located zoos in Europe. Check out unique animal life and tours through the conservation-focused zoo while taking in the incredible view of the city below.

From the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum and Tyrol Panorama Museum to the Golden Roof Museum and pristine Hofgarten grounds, you’ll be busy exploring the city’s beauty, culture and impeccably preserved history.

Built in the 1300s, Hasegg Castle is home to the famous Mint Tower and the only one of its kind. Left over from salt-mining history and coin minting, the Hasegg Castle is a must–visit destination while in Innsbruck.

Innsbrucker Nordkette cable car in Austria.

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Ski families and outdoor enthusiasts enjoy a visit to Nordkette Cable Car, a ski area in the Karwendel Mountains. Take a few runs down the mountain or just stick with a cable car ride and enjoy the scenery.

Another landmark your family will enjoy is the Stadtturm Tower. Built in the 1400s, the observation deck and copper finishes will draw your family in and keep your attention as you tour the funky gift shop or climb the spiral staircase for some exercise and a better view.