Innsbruck Travel Guide, Austria
Innsbruck Travel Guide – The Perfect Winter Location
Any Innsbruck travel guide should start with the origin of the name of the city, which literally means “The bridge over the Inn”. Located on the Inn valley inside a larger area situated between the mountains, Innsbruck is the capital of the federal state of Tyrol in western Austria and it is a world renowned centre for winter sports. It hosted the Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976 and it will be home to the first edition of the Winter Youth Olympics in 2012. The city has about 120.000 inhabitants and its positioning gives it a specific climate that cannot be found in other areas in Europe: its winters are very cold and snowy and during the summertime temperatures vary from 17 to 34 degrees during daytime, sometimes even in the same day. The annual average temperature is 9 degrees.
Innsbruck Travel Guide – A Million of Overnight Stays
Due to its winter-oriented city specificity, Innsbruck organizes lots of cultural celebrations and events for both the locals and the tourists, especially around Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Skiing and mountaineering are the main activities in and around the city and there are several ski resorts in the proximity of the city that cover all budgets and preferences. There are lots of sporting activities going on in the city all year round, and Innsbruck is one of the three cities to have ever hosted two Winter Olympics Editions, along with St. Moritz in Switzerland and Lake Placid in New York, USA. In fact, the touristic popularity of the city is so high, that with a million of overnight stays Innsbruck is one of the most substantial tourist destination for the whole of Austria, probably exceeding even Salzburg or the capital Vienna, which provides substantial income to the local and national budget.
Innsbruck Travel Guide – Transportation Networks and Medical Performances
There is direct freeway access to Italy (Verona) and Germany (Munich) through the A12/A13 corridor form Innsbruck, and the main train station in the city is also one of the most important in the country, providing connections throughout Austria but also in Italy and Germany. The Innsbruck Airport handles international destinations like London and Frankfurt, and inside the city you can travel by an extended tramway system and by a recently inaugurated funicular. Innsbruck travel guides also mention that the city has the biggest ski injury treatment clinic in Europe and the Medical University in Innsbruck is also of considerable importance. The two large lakes located near the city, Baggersee and Lansersee, are also popular destinations especially for the locals during summertime or at weekends, and the Alpenzoo (Alpine Zoo) is definitely a must for the tourists.
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