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Innsbruck is the best of both - alpine & urban, magical mountain scenery and traditional Tirolean charm. It's a top summer destination.

Can't choose between a city break and an adventure filled active break in the hills?

Innsbruck has got you covered.

A cable car from the city centre will take you in 20 minutes to the top of the Nordkette mountain where you can start the action.

We're pretty sure you'll be hard pushed to find somewhere else in the world where you can stroll through 800 years of Imperial Habsburg history, go shopping in the boutique stores of the Old Town and then head-up the mountain for outdoor with ease.

Innsbruck Oldtown © Innsbruck Tourism Christof LacknerInnsbruck Oldtown © Innsbruck Tourism Christof Lackner

Innsbruck is a city of culture.

Here at PlanetSKI are completely into the place and we wrote about it during the winter - the architechture, the museums as well as the skiing.

Check out the links below to read more about the history of the Hasburg Empire in what it left in Innsbruck:
Our Editor is considering a relocation for a few months next winter and was in town this spring, singing its praises:
But let's look at what makes this brilliant city a summer haven, too.

There are some great hiking tours in the surrounding mountains.

There's the Götheweg, named after the famous German poet, accessed by the Nordkette cable car from the city centre.

Get up and walk the summits of the mountains - the views are to boot...

Innsbrcuk Nordkette Karwendel © Innsbruck Tourism_Tommy Bause.jpgInnsbruck Nordkette Karwendel © Innsbruck Tourism_Tommy Bause.jpg

Another recommended walk is the Zirbenweg, or stone pine trail.

It starts from the village of Igls, where you take the Patscherkofel cable car up to walk the 800-year-old stone pine woods.

Innsbruck offers a free mountain hiking programme from June to October.

Every day different hikes that last around three-to-four hours are offered for free for guests staying in hotels in the Innsbruck region.

All you have to do then, is the climb!
Bergiselschanze with view on Nordkette mountains (c) Innsbruck Tourism_Christof Lackner.jpgBergiselschanze with view on Nordkette mountains © Innsbruck Tourism_Christof Lackner.jpg

South of Innsbruck the Bergisel Olympic Ski Jump Tower where you can feel like an actual Olympic ski jumper.

Or you can just check in to the roof-top restaurant and bar for the views over the city.

For a medium hit of adrenaline, how about some alpine biking.

Take it as you please; There's e-biking, road biking, mountain biking...

There is an array of different cycling routes and mountain bike tours whether it's for families, sports enthusiasts and leisure ('holiday') cyclists.

Ambitious mountain biking fans can tackle challenging tracks on the wild alpine terrain.

Or take it easier and follow a flat route.

We like the sound of the 'Genuss.Radweg' culinary cycle tour.

Rent a bike, even an e-bike, and off you eat and go.

Road cycling tour (c) Innsbruck Tourism_Erwin Haiden.jpgRoad cycling tour © Innsbruck Tourism_Erwin Haiden.jpg

If road biking is your jam then why not plan to catch the world championships in September (22nd - 30th) for some inspiration.

1000 of the best male, female and junior athletes will battle it out in a showdown.

Who's got the best tactics, the most power and the greatest endurance?

Come and watch with 400,000 expected spectators - (must be a good show).

Innsbruck and the surrounding area really is a biker's dream.

The world-renowned mountain biking competition Crankworx hosted events in Innsbruck this summer in June.

Get in for your piece of the action.
Mountainbiker on the Nordkette mountain © Innsbruck Tourism Tommy BauseMountainbiker on the Nordkette mountain © Innsbruck Tourism Tommy Bause

If we are forced to pick a highlight for you, say an alpine, an urban and an imperial treat, here's what we'd suggest:

Alpine highlight:

Take the Nordkette cable cars - 20 minutes from the Old Town to 2000m.

Up there is Austria's biggest nature park. And at middle station you can find the Alpine Zoo, Europe's highest altitude zoo with lynx, bears, eagles and more.

Urban highlight:

The Bergisel Olympic Ski Jump Tower built by star architect Zaha Hadid.

From March to October between Wednesday-Monday (10am-3pm) there's real live ski jumping.

This place is a symbol of the Winter Olympic Games. Innsbruck hosted the Games in 1964, 1976 and 2012 was the first Youth Olympics.

Imperial highlight:

Ambras Castle Innsbruck -A Renaissance castle from the 16th Century situated in the hills above Innsbruck.

The garden and surrounding forest are simply magical.

The chamber of curiosities inside is one oldest museums of Europe and even has an original painting of Count Dracula.

Innsbruck Summer © Innsbruck Tourism Lackner ZimmermannInnsbruck Summer © Innsbruck Tourism Lackner Zimmermann

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