This article is sponsored by the Austrian National Tourist Office.
History, culture, fabulous skiing – plus tempting cakes topped with cream. Innsbruck is the spot to combine a cool city break with no fewer than 13 top ski destinations all reachable within an hour.
On a cultural escape to Innsbruck, it’s easy to ski a different area each day. Choose from a glittering glacier to Austria’s highest ski resort, there are 308km of snow-sure pistes and 111 lifts that surround the city. This unique combination makes beautiful Innsbruck a value-filled getaway – easily accessible on direct flights from several British cities. And the SKI plus CITY pass provides all-inclusive access to 22 city sights, 13 ski areas, three swimming pools, and public transport.
Ski boots or sneakers? Decide how each day looks according to weather, wishes and whims. Innsbruck’s romantic Old Town is surrounded by impressive mountains, as well as inviting cafés, shopping, music and museums. A visit to the glittering Imperial Palace or a trip to the Alpine zoo? Zoom to the top of the Olympic Bergisel Ski Jump or marvel through the sparkling exhibits of Swarovski Crystal World (this is the home of the famous crystals, after all).
Soak your body and relax your mind at one of three indoor pools, in pretty shops and along Imperial cobbled streets. Then, pause for excellent coffee and crispy strudel, the pastry that binds Austrian society. It’s an urban-alpine getaway with a difference.
There’s skiing to suit all tastes, too. Austria’s largest glacier ski area, the Stubai, as well as the Nordkette, Kühtai ski resort and the “White Roof” of Innsbruck Olympia Park Axamer Lizum, all boast freeride descents and wide slopes. For first-timers, charming family ski areas such as Muttereralm, the Rangger Köpfl and Hochoetz have plenty of blue slopes and child-friendly ski schools. Ski legendary Olympic slopes just minutes outside Innsbruck, in the tracks of the great Olympians of the 1964 and 1976 Innsbruck Winter Olympics. And at nearby Patscherkofel, the Olympic skiing and bobsleigh site, which the new cable car has swiftly made a local favourite.
Offers for trips to Innsbruck
The SKI plus CITY Package costs from €179 per person for two or more nights and includes the SKI plus CITY Pass Stubai Innsbruck and all its services. The Ski Break Package, from just €135 per person for two or more nights, includes a one-day ski pass in one of three selected ski areas. Visit from 5 January to 23 March 2022. Check out their website to discover more.
Featured image: © Innsbruck-Tourismus, Andre-Schoenherr