Flights to Innsbruck
Innsbruck is an attractive city in western Austria located within the Inn Valley and surrounded by several high mountains. Because of the alpine location Innsbruck has long been a popular winter sports destination, but the city offers more than just recreation with attractive buildings and culture here too.
The Innsbruck Kranebitten Airport (airport code: INN) is about 4 kilometres outside of town, and a public bus makes the 20 minute trip frequently through the day for easy public access. Most flights to Innsbruck from Johannesburg have 2 connections, except for South African Airways and Lufthansa. They both have the same 1-stop route via Frankfurt. Virgin Atlantic makes an extra transfer, going through London and Frankfurt. A flight to Innsbruck with Egyptair goes a totally different way, with connections in Cairo and Vienna.
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The Tourist Attractions of Innsbruck:
With its range of attractions Innsbruck is both a summer and a winter destination, and you’ll find plenty to do in either of these seasons, plus those in between. There are many beautiful landmarks in the city, along with museums, gardens, parks and squares, so something for all tastes. Among the major attractions are the following:
The Golden Roof
One of Innsbruck’s more famous landmarks is the Golden Roof. This is a three storey balcony that’s part of a larger building and is topped off by a striking golden roof. The roof is not actually gold but has a golden appearance thanks to the 2657 fire-gilded copper tiles that adorn it. You can easily see the Golden Roof as it’s located on a public square in the centre of Innsbruck.
There are a number of beautiful and important churches in Innsbruck and among these is the Hofkirche. Meaning ‘Court Church’ this Gothic style church was built between 1553 and 1563. It was built as a memorial to Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor and contains his cenotaph with an amazing collection of German Renaissance sculpture.
Other notable churches include the Cathedral of St Jakob which was built in the early 1700s, and Wiltener Basilika, a Baroque styles church built in the mid 1700s.
Schloss (or Castle) Ambras has a wonderful location situated on the hills just above Innsbruck making this a popular and well known landmark. This castle was built by Archduke Ferdinand II in the 1500s but there have been fortifications here since around the 10th century. The castle was restored in the 1970s and has been open to the public since for tours.
Bergisel Ski Jump
You don’t have to be into ski jumping to enjoy visiting one of Innsbruck’s more modern landmarks! When there are no sporting events taking place here visitors can come to the tower’s café from which you can enjoy some excellent Innsbruck views and of course the chance to get a closer look at a ski jump!
Winter in Innsbruck
The ski jump can be considered an attraction all year round plus Innsbruck has many other sporting opportunities in the winter. The city is considered to be the largest ski resort in the Alps because of the abundance of skiing and other winter activities surrounding it.
When Should You Visit?:
When you should visit Innsbruck depends on what you want to do! Winters are great for their own reasons but the climate is continental so can be quite cold and obviously snowy here. During the summer temperatures are pleasant and warm, peaking with an average high of 26C in July, though unfortunately July is also the wettest month in Innsbruck.