The Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office is now involved in the crime about ex-Wirecard board member Marsalek. The prosecutors examine evidence that Marsalek was an informant for the Austrian secret service.
The crime about the insolvent payment service provider Wirecard may develop into a German-Austrian espionage affair. Once again, the fleeting former COO Jan Marsalek plays the lead role. In the meantime, the Attorney General is also dealing with Marsalek.
The top criminal prosecutor is investigating evidence that “the Austrian citizen Jan Marsalek was led as an informer by an employee of the Austrian Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and Counter-Terrorism (BVT)”. This is what it says in the answer from the Federal Ministry of Justice to a written question from the Bundestag member Fabio De Masi from the Linke party.
No Comments from Berlin
The Federal Chancellery did not want to comment from the Austrian Ministry of the Interior, to which the BVT is subordinate. On Friday evening, the BVT denied in a press release that Marsalek had been an informer or so-called “undercover agent” of the authority. In the Marsalek case, however, no further information could be given due to ongoing – including international – investigations. Marsalek has been on the run since June and could not be reached for comment but it is widely believed that he escaped to Belarus via Minsk.
The Federal Prosecutor General is still running the case but if the suspicion is confirmed, it could put a strain on German-Austrian relations. Ultimately, the neighboring country would have placed an undercover agent in one of the largest listed companies in Germany – without the knowledge of the German authorities. More damaging would be if the Austrian’s have known about the money laundering that has been going on for years.
When the services in Germany were still completely in the dark, the first agent stories were making the rounds in Austria in the summer. The Viennese daily newspaper “Presse” reported that a “Jan” obtained information from the Austrian domestic intelligence service through an intermediary and passed it on to the right-wing populist FPÖ. “Jan” – that should be Jan Marsalek.
Marsalek remains a “mystery”
Marsalek’s alleged proximity to secret services is now also worrying the German security authorities. The Office for the Protection of the Constitution and the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) are now conducting extensive research.
With regard to many of the stories about secret service connections to Russia, they can “neither be verified nor falsified,” says a person familiar with the investigation. Marsalek remains a “mystery”. Many of his contacts are very dubious, but it is difficult for him to differentiate between real connections.
“Chancellor should pick up the phone as soon as possible”
Austrian investigators recently traveled to Munich specifically, and the investigators recently received a request for legal assistance. In German security circles, so one can hear in Berlin that Marsalek had connections to the BVT and the BND might have known it.
De Masi, co-initiator of the Wirecard investigation committee, demands clarification: “The Chancellor should pick up the phone as soon as possible and ask Sebastian Kurz what the Austrians are doing here.” If the suspicion is confirmed, the Austrian ambassador must be called in. “
Was there help to escape?
Marsalek’s spectacular escape now appears to many in a new light. After all, Marsalek was last seen near Vienna before going into hiding. The plane was waiting at a private airport and shortly before his departure, he is said to have met a man at the Italian restaurant and his contact is said to have been a former BVT agent.
Innsbruck : Travel Guide, with Info on Nightlife, What to See & Covid-19 Report
Innsbruck is the fifth-largest city in Austria and the provincial capital of Tyrol, as well as one of the largest cities in the Alps. It is in a valley of the river Inn between mountain ranges of above 2000 m above sea level, halfway between Bavaria and northern Italy, and is a hub of a region popular for skiing and other mountain-related activities and a busy tourism destination. Its popularity as a winter sports resort was underscored by its hosting the Winter Olympic Games twice.
Innsbruck offers the traveler an intriguing mix of contemporary and imperialist history, culture and architecture with a variety of architectural styles waiting to be discovered in every street.
The first mention of Innsbruck was during the reign of Augustus, when the Romans established the army station Veldidena (the name survives in today’s urban district Wilten) at the locality named Oeni Pontum or Oeni Pons, which is Latin for bridge (pons) over the Inn (Oenus), the important crossing point over the Inn river, to protect Via Claudia Augusta, the economically important commercial road from Verona-Brenner-Augsburg.
Innsbruck became the capital of Tyrol in 1429 and in the 15th century the city became a centre of European politics and culture as emperor Maximilian I moved the imperial court to Innsbruck in the 1490s. Many old buildings from the Middle Ages and modern times survived in the heart of old town.
The city is well known for its sporting opportunities, especially alpine sports, as it is in the Alps and surrounded by mountains. Several ski resorts are situated inside the city territory or within short distance. Innsbruck was one of the centers of snowboard boom in the 1990s and the derived distinct subculture endured until today. The population of skateboarders, snowboarders and people alike is therefore above average and nothing unusual to the people. This culture is also celebrated by a lot of events in and around Innsbruck especially in the winter season, attracting (predominantly young) people from all around the world.
There are two universities and several colleges in Innsbruck, with over 25,000 students altogether, (including a significant Italian population) making the city’s nightlife very lively.
Innsbruck’s distance from the coast and altitude lead to a continental climate. Winters are cold and snowy; summers are generally warmer and wetter, with highly variable climate. Hot and dry days, with temperatures hitting 30°C, are quite common; but can be followed by a cool and rainy spell, with temperatures only around 17°C in the day. Summer nights are cool and temperature often drop quickly after sunset – sometimes falling below 10°C in early morning.
- Innsbruck Airport (Flughafen Innsbruck , also known as Kranebitten Airport). The largest airport in Tyrol.
Regular scheduled flights are available from:
- Tui Airlines 2x per week from Antwerp
- Austrian Airlines from Vienna and Frankfurt
- Transavia from Rotterdam and Amsterdam
- EasyJet from Berlin, Gatwick Airport (also with British Airways) and 2x per week from Bristol
- Lufthansa from Frankfurt and Berlin-Tegel
- Thomson Airways from London-Gatwick and Manchester
- Czech Airlines from Prague
- British Airways from Heathrow Airport
- Sibir Airlines from Saint Petersburg and Moscow
Seasonal flights (mostly active during skiing season) are available from many more destinations including the UK, the Netherlands, Greece, and Scandinavia, as well as from Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Kiev and Moscow. There are also charter flights to several German cities – especially in winter.
The bus line F will take you to the city center (every 15 minutes, on Sunday it departs every 30 minutes).
Other airports from which Innsbruck can be reached by train include Munich (, 200 km), Memmingen (, 175 km), Salzburg (, 185 km), St. Gallen-Altenrhein (, 190 km) and Friedrichshafen (, 215 km).
Despite being a smaller city, Innsbruck has fantastic train connections to all major cities in its region. The main station is at Südtiroler Platz (South-tyrolean square) in the east of the city centre. There are several stations which serve suburban and regional train connections.
The bus station is right next to the main train station, and accommodates local, interregional and international traffic. There are connections to Seefeld, Wipptal, Ötztal, and Zillertal. International connections offer a budget friendly alternative for train travel, a one way ticket from Munich to Innsbruck with a stop in Garmisch-Partenkirchen costs ca. €11.
Innsbruck is reachable through both of Tyrol’s motorways: Inntalautobahn (A12) and Brennerautobahn (A13) which intersect in the south of Innsbruck.
During holiday seasons, when Europeans either try to get in or out of Italy over the Brenner Pass in summer or try to reach or return from ski resorts in winter, heavy traffic should be expected on both motorways particularly during weekends. Snowfall inevitably makes the traffic situation worse, so it is recommended to tune in to Radio Tyrol at 96.4 MHz FM for the latest traffic updates.
Most one-day visitors don’t use any transport: all of the major Old Town sites are within a reasonable walking time.
The classic walk into old Innsbruck follows.
From the main station (Hauptbahnhof) to the city center is a relatively short and enjoyable 10 to 15 minute walk. Walk out of the Hauptbahnhof, cross the street at the train station cross walk, turn to your right, and go down to the next street to your left. Walk on this street until Maria-Theresien Strasse, then turn right toward the city center. Taking this street all the way leads to the pedestrian zone and the Golden Roof.
Big parts of the downtown area are declared (fee-based) short-term parking zones. For longer visits, it is highly recommended to park off-site and use public transportation.
By public transport
Public local traffic (4 tram-lines, and a dense network of buses) is operated by Innsbrucker Verkehrsbetriebe and a couple of private operators. All public services are organized in Verkehrsverbund Tirol, which means that tickets are valid in every public transport line (including buses, trams and trains). All buses and trams are modern low-floor vehicles.
Sometimes bus lines are split up into different destinations (the bus line O, for example), and so it’s important to pay attention to the destination displays (outside and inside) and the spoken announcements. Single-fare tickets are €3 in the city fare zone if paid by the driver or €2.40 if purchased at ticket machines. 5-trip tickets are available for €8.00 or €10.00, respectively. Regardless of the door you enter, go to the driver and pay, exact change not necessary. daily tickets, weekly tickets and other sorts of tickets are only offered at multi-language ticket machines to be found at many stations. They can also be purchased at the identically looking machines for short-term parking tickets. You must validate the ticket when you get on your first bus or tram.
The special bus line “TS” (“The Sightseer”) connects the major sights like Schloß Ambras, Bergisel and Alpenzoo to downtown. However special fares apply for this line. If you don’t plan to visit every museum it might be reasonably cheaper to use the normal 24 hour ticket without this bus.
Two tram lines lead to two villages in the neighbourhood of Innsbruck.
Tram line nr. 6 connects Innsbruck and the mountain village Igls, which is worth a visit. The line passes the uplands with vast forests and gives some spectacular prospects for travellers either on Innsbruck or on the lovely landscape between Aldrans and Igls. It provides stops immediately near Schloß Ambras and the bathing-lake Lansersee (ice skating in Winter is also possible there). The terminus Igls lies within the city fare zone, so no additional ticket is needed.
Tram line STB is 18 km long and connects Innsbruck with several villages in the Stubaital valley. This tram provides also access to Bergisel (Tirol Panorama) at the station Sonneburgerhof. This station is also situated within die city fare zone. In Mutters, Nockhofweg access to an easy skiing area, the Mutteralm, is provided (10 minutes walk). A beautiful hour’s ride will take you at least the small town of Fulpmes. The new red liveried trams offer great scenic views on the journey. It is recommended to make a trip around Halloween, when the larch-trees on the Telfer Wiesen have got their best autumn colour.
A suburban train system called S-Bahn with five routes (S1 – S5) connects Innsbruck to villages and towns around the city, from Landeck to Kufstein or Kitzbühel and from Mittenwald to Brennero. Timetables and fares can be found on the VVT website. Inner city VVT tickets are valid between the Hauptbahnhof and 1 Westbahnhof (west station), 2 Hötting, 3 Allerheiligenhöfe, and 4 Kranebitten.
Cycling is common in Innsbruck and especially popular among students. Innsbruck has some bicycle paths, but they are not very well interlinked within the city. A map of all bicycle ways/lanes is available here. In 2012, Innsbruck was awarded Fahrradhauptstadt (cycling capital) by VCÖ (an Austrian traffic advocacy group).
Innsbruck offers short-term shared bike system Stadtrad. It is subject to compulsory registration via this page or machines standing next to the bikes, and requires a credit card number. The registration costs €1 and yields a credit of €1 on the account. A ride less than 30 minutes costs €1, less than 1 hour €3, for every additional hour €3, up to a total of €15 for 24 hours (see their fare overview). The locations are displayed on a map on this site. If you plan on using the bike frequently, you may consider getting an annual membership for €25, which reduces the cost of rentals substantially.
What to see and do
The Innsbruck-Card offers free entrance to all of Innsbruck’s sights, free use of public transportation (including the TS line). It also includes a one-time ascent&descent to Nordkette, Patscherkofel and Axamer Lizum, and a 10% discount to Swarovski Crystal Worlds in nearby Wattens. The Innsbruck-Card is valid for 24/48/72 hours and can be purchased at Innsbruck Information (Burggraben 3), the TI in Hauptbahnhof, and several museums and tourist offices. The latest Innsbruck card fare can be found here. Since 1 May 2018, rates are €43/€50/€59 for 1/2/3 day cards for adults, and €21.50/€25/€29.50 for children 6-15 years old. And daily or weekly public transport cards are cheap – the “all inclusive” sales pitch is alluring to disoriented travellers, but make sure the discounts are worth the initial price. If you are not seeing these major entrance-fee sites, remember that you may buy more than one daily card at a time, as the 24 hours only starts once validated. Be sure to compare with the price of a weekly ticket too.
The bus line Sightseer (TS) connects the major sights in Innsbruck. However, there is always a cheaper public transport line going to the same destination, though it might take you more time.
Churches and cathedrals
- Hofkirche, Universitätsstraße 2. Innsbruck’s Hofkirche has the most important emperor’s tomb monument (of emperor Maximilian I) in Europe. Especially characteristic are the larger-than-life bronzes (“schwarze Mander”) that show members of different dynasties. Entrance: €3, reduced: €1.50, free with the Innsbruck-Card.
- Cathedral at Saint Jacob (Dom zu St. Jakob), Domplatz. Baroque styled cathedral, with works of Lucas Cranach the Elder. From 1717-1724 it was rebuilt (after damage from an earthquake) according to the plans of Johann Jakob Herkomer and Johann Georg Fischer. Free entrance.
- Wiltener Basilika, Haymongasse/Pastorstraße. Baroque styled church with Rokkoko-stucco, built from 1751-1756. Free entrance.
- Stift Wilten, Klostergasse. Premonstratensian monastery with a baroque collegiate church, not far from Wiltener Basilika. Free entrance.
Castles and palaces
- Ambras Castle (Schloss Ambras), Schloßstraße 20 (or) , ✉ email@example.com. 10:00-17:00. A castle and palace in Renaissance style that was built in 1563 on behalf of Archduke Ferdinand II of Tyrol in the hills overlooking the city, at an elevation of 587 m above sea level, and served as his private residence from 1563 until his death in 1595. It is widely considered one of the most important Renaissance era buildings of its time in Tyrol, and now among its top tourist attractions. Supplanting an earlier 10th century fortification, the castle became the seat of power for the Counts of Andechs. Hosting Ferdinand’s art collection, the castle is considered the oldest museum in the world. Interesting things to see are portrait- and armour collections, art and curiosity cabinets. The Lower Castle is home to armouries featuring numerous masterpieces preserved as evidence of the armourer’s art from that era. Only the Renaissance era work has been reserved at its original location, making the Chamber of Art and Curiosities an unrivaled cultural monument. The Spanish phrasebook Hall will be one of the highlights of any visit, located above the Lower Castle and decorated with a wood-inlay ceiling and walls adorned with 27 portraits of historic Tyrol royals. It remains one of the best examples of German phrasebook Renaissance architecture. As one of Innsbruck’s most popular attractions, waiting lines at the entrance are often long. Try to arrive a bit before it opens at 10:00 to stay ahead of the crowds. April to October: €10. December to March: €7.
- Bergiselschanze (Ski jump), Bergiselweg 3 (or). Daily 09:00-18:00. The Bergisel jump is a design by Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid in 2001, replacing the far less glorious jump stadium that hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympic Games. You can still stand beneath the Olympic rings and flame holder, and either walk 450 steps to the top or take a funicular lift. Because of its design and prominent location (on Bergisel, south of Innsbruck) it is considered a new city landmark. During sporting events, the jumping tower is not accessible, and a ticket is needed to enter the terrain.
- Bergisel Sky Panorama Café, Bergiselweg 3. Daily 09:00-18:00. Café on top of the ski jump, with a great view over Innsbruck and the surrounding mountains. They have good Apfelstrudel (apple cake).
- Helbling House (Helblinghaus), Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse 10 (or). A 15th-century house which adopted different architectural styles in later centuries until it evolved into its current amalgamation of Gothic and Baroque facade. The Rococo stucco decorations that look like icing on a cake were added in the early 18th century, and these bows, window frames, oriels, masks, sculptures and shells are what makes this building unique. The architecture helps to capture a maximum of sunlight, which is sparse in the Alps. The last major construction took place in 1732 by Anton Gigl, after which the building was renamed to Sebastian Helbling who owned it at from 1800 until 1827.
- Armoury (Zeughaus). Construction of the Armoury between 1500 and 1505 was ordered by Maximilian I to strengthen the defensive capabilities of the city, as illustrated by its location near the city walls at the time, next to the main entrance gate of the Sill. The building consists of 2 large 80 m long wings and 2 narrow gatehouses forming a large inner courtyard. It served as a storage for weapons such as cannons and small arms, and a training ground for the city guard. The Armoury retained its function as barracks until the fall of the Austrian Empire in 1918, after which it was closed. The Tyrolean State sourced funds for an extensive restoration from 1964 until 1969, and the Armoury reopened for the public in 1973 as the Tyrolean State History Museum, a branch of the Tyrolean State Museum. On display are historical and technical collections illustrating the history of Tyrol from classic antiquity to the present. In summer, the inner courtyard is often use for open-air cinemas and concerts.
- St. Anna Column (Annasäule), Maria-Theresien-Straße. 24/7. The column, which is made of Tyrolean marble, was created in 1706, in memory of the withdrawal of Bavarian troops. Free.
- Triumphal Arch (Triumphpforte), Maria-Theresien-Straße (Southen end of Maria-Theresien-Straße). 24/7. It was built in 1765 to mark the marriage of archduke Leopold and the Spanish princess Maria Ludovica. The north side displays mourning themes on the occasion of Franz Stephan of Lothringen. Free.
A combined ticket for the Tyrolean State Museums is available for €10, or €6 discount, and offers entry to The Ferdinand, Hofkirche, Volkskunst, Zeughaus and Das Tiroler Panorama Museums until the end of the calendar year. The ticket includes a free audio guide (which is worth getting as information is otherwise only in German) at some locations.
- Alpinist Association Museum, Wilhelm-Greil-Straße , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily 09:00-17:00. Museum dedicated to the history of alpinism, hosted in the Hofburg. The museum is owned and operated by the Austrian Alpine Club ÖAV, and received numerous prizes including the Tyrolean and Austrian Museum Prizes, as well as being nominated for the European Museum Prize in 2010. The original museum opened in 1911 in a former villa on the Isar river side, but was destroyed by shelling in 1944 during the World War II. It was rebuilt and reopened in 1977 in its current location. Since 1996 there are regular exhibitions on various mountaineering related topics. The collection covers over 700 m² of exhibits. €1.10-5.50; free with Innsbruck Card.
- Anatomical Museum (Anatomisches Museum Innsbruck), Müllerstraße 59 , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. Th 15:30-18:00, closed on holidays. From June to September only on appointment.. Famous for its exhibition Body Worlds, the modern version of an anatomical museum. It belongs to the city’s university, hosted in the Institute of Anatomy. On display are numerous human specimens, skeletons, skulls, and other models. In addition, there are jars with dissected organs (lungs, hearts. ..) and other wet and dry samples. A visit to the museum gives insight in the history of anatomy, and the development of anatomical devices. Visitors should be aware that real people and body parts are on display, so a visit may not be suitable to young children.
- Graßmayr Bell Museum (Glockengießerei Grassmayr), Leopoldstraße 53 (tram lines 1, 3 and TS) , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Monday to Friday 10:00-16:00; May-October also Sa 10:00-16:00. The Bell foundry has existed for 400 years, and been lead by the same Graßmayr family for 14 generations. The museum offers visitors the unique experience of feeling the craftsmanship involved with generations of bell making traditions. The museum was awarded with many prizes such as the Austrian Museum Prize and the Maecenas Prize. Adults €8, children €5.
- Imperial Palace (Hofburg), Rennweg. Daily 09:00-17:00. The palace is a former Habsburg palace, and considered one of the 3 most important cultural buildings in Austria (the others being the Hofburg palace and Schönbrun palace in Vienna). It is the main building of a large residential complex used by the Habsburg dynasty. Construction started around 1460 under Archduke Sigismund, including medieval fortifications such as the Rumer Gate which was converted into the Heraldic Tower in 1499 under Emperor Maximilian I. The palace saw numerous expansions during the next 2.5 centuries. The most significant alterations were made between 1754 and 1773 under Empress Maria Theresia, who gave it a Baroque outlook. The palace now hosts 5 themed museum areas: Maria Theresia’s Rooms from the 18th century, Empress Elisabeth’s Apartment from the 19th century, a Furniture Museum, an Ancestral Gallery, and a Painting Gallery. The museum areas illustrate different aspects of the political and cultural history of the imperial palace under reign of the Habsburg dynasty for over 4.5 centuries.
- Tyrol Panorama Museum (Das Tirol Panorama), Bergisel 1 (S-Bahn 1 to the Bergisel stop) , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. W-M 09:00-17:00. With construction finished in 2010 for €25 million, the museum’s only attraction is the Giant Panoramic Painting, which was transferred to the building in September of the same year. The painting depicts the Tyrolean Rebellion of 1809 on 1,000 m² of canvas, a battle in which the Tyrolean people fought against the invading Bavarian army. A free audio commentary takes visitors into the heart of the battle. Adults €8, students and elderly €6, children free.
- Imperial Hunters Museum (Kaiserjägermuseum), Bergisel 1-2 , fax: . W-M 09:00-17:00. A small museum dedicated to the Kaiserjägern (Imperial Hunters), Emperor Franz Joseph I’s battalion of guards. The name Jäger, “hunter” in German phrasebook, is a reference to light infantry. The museum opened in 1878 and was maintained by the Jägers themselves under regiment commander Oberst Knöpfler. The collection features memorabilia, weapons, uniforms, photographs and personal belongings of former Jägers. The garden of the museum hosts the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, dedicated to the 20,000 Jägers who died during the World War I. The Jäger battalions were disbanded in 1918 when the Austrian Empire dissolved, but the museum was preserved. The museum was hit by a bomb during the World War II but rebuilt in 1959 and expanded with a chapel and 2 rooms with display cases containing the 154 books in which the names of fallen Tyrolean soldiers are recorded. Adults €8, students and seniors €6, children free.
- Maximilianeum, Herzog-Friedrich-Straße 15. Tu-Su 10:00-17:00. Museum dedicated to Emperor Maximilian I and his wife, their significance to Tyrol and Austria, and the living conditions of the early 16th century.
- Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), Herzog-Friedrich-Straße 15. 24/7. Most famous landmark of the city since 1500, the Golden Roof is a late-Gothic alcove balcony of which the roof is decorated with 2657 fire-gilded copper tiles. It was built to commemorate the wedding of Emperor Maximilian I with Bianca Maria Sforza. The balcony allowed the Emperor and his wife to enjoy festivals, tournaments and other events on the square below. Free.
- City Tower (Stadtturm), Herzog-Friedrich-Straße 21. Historic city tower, reaching 51 m height, and visitors can climb the 148 steps for a fee to reach the viewing platform at 31 m which rewards for the effort with a view over the historic city (Altstadt). It is a Gothic tower with a quadrangular substructure and consists of 6 floors. Above the viewing platform sits a narrower octagonal structure with 4 semicircular bay windows and a large dome roof. It was constructed between 1442 and 1450 at the old town hall to reflect the increased self-confidence of Innsbruckers in their defensive capabilities, with watchmen manning the tower day and night. The first documented tower guard took service in 1529 by order of the city council, and warned the townspeople in times of fire, assaults, or other dangers. The room at the ground floor has been used for watchmen meetings as late as 1951. During the Middle Ages, the lower area of the tower also served as city prison, and the barred windows on the first 2 floors are remnants of that function. The original Gothic tower was renovated, enhanced and rebuilt several times. Most notably in 1586, 4 wrought-iron gargoyles were added as decorations. The clock was added in 1603 by Erasmus Melchior. €4.
- Tiroler Landesmuseum. Ferdinandeum, Museumstraße, Scientific collection, Feldstraße and Museum im Zeughaus, Zeughausgasse
- Folk Art Museum (Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum), Universitätsstraße 2 , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily 09:00-17:00. Considered among the finest regional heritage museums in Europe, next to the Hofkirche and across from the Hofburg. Its collection features a remarkable selection of cultural artifacts from Tyrol, spread over four wings of a former Franciscan monastery around an arcaded Renaissance courtyard. The permanent exhibition includes handicrafts, costumes, household items, glass, pottery and ceramics, furniture, and many more. A large part is devoted to religious and secular folk art. The architecture of the museum itself is also worth visiting, with rooms outfitted in wood-paneled Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque style salvaged from noble houses in the area.
- Small Cable Railway Museum (Seilbahnmuseum), Höhenstrasse 145, Hungerburg (in the base station of the Seegrubenbahn) , ✉ email@example.com. Daily 08:30-17:30. A small museum dedicated to the history of cable railways, focusing mainly on the history of the Nordkette Cable Railways. Set up in a former classroom, the museum has an authentic replica on display of the very first cable car that made the journey to the top of the Nordkette mountain. Its collection features many pictures and artifacts detailing the past and present technology involved in the construction of alpine transportation systems. Free.
- Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten), Sternwartesstraße 15 (Bus A will take you just outside of the main entrance) , ✉ Botanischer-Garten@uibk.ac.at. Daily 07:30-19:00. In the winter, the garden is open until 16:30. The garden is operated by the University of Innsbruck and covers an area of 2 ha. It was established around 1911 and replaced an earlier garden, then redesigned after the World War II from 1948 to 1965. The Alpine rock garden underwent another revision from 1987 to 1990 to update it to the most modern botanical principles. The greenhouses were constructed in 1909, with 3 additional greenhouses added from 1977 to 1979, a succulent house in 1993, and a 6th greenhouse for container plants in 1997. Visitors can view over 5,000 different species in the garden. Free, for greenhouses Adults: €2, Children, students, and seniors: €1.
- Hofgarten (Imperial Palace Park), Two minutes away from the Old Town (entrances at Rennweg and Kaiserjägerstraße) , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. 24/7. Large park at the edge of the Old Town (Altstadt) covering an area of 10 ha between the Congress Palace, the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) and the Tyrolean State Theatre. The initiative for the park was taken by Archduke Ferdinand II in the 16th century, and at the time of completion it was one of the most elaborate gardens north of the Alps. It underwent transformations into a Renaissance style garden, a French formal garden, and since 1858 an English landscape garden. The garden features ponds, a playground, a palm house with 1700 species, and several restaurants and bars. Some of the plants in the park were planted by Austrian empress Maria Theresa. Free.
- Alpenzoo, Weiherburggasse 37 (accessible using the Hungerburgbahn – short footway – or by bus, line TS) , ✉ email@example.com. 09:00 – 18:00 daily in summer, 09:00-17:00 daily in winter. The alpine zoo is Europe’s highest situated zoo (727 m), and is specializing in alpine animals, with 2.000 animals of 150 species on display. It contains outdoor enclosures, terrariums, aviaries, aquariums (world’s biggest collection of alpine fish species) and a barnyard with old farm animal races. The zoo is in hillside situation, so there’s a certain altitude difference to cover. Founded in 1962 by Austrian zoologist Hans Psenner, the Alpenzoo is a non profit initiative aimed at conservation of Alpine animals, and is praised for its efforts to reintroduce endangered species like the bearded vulture, Alpine ibex and northern bald ibis in the wild. Free entrance with the Innsbruck-Card. Adults €11, students €9, children €5.50.
What to do
There are a lot of ski resorts in the mountains surrounding Innsbruck, many of which offer free ski buses from the city center so long as you have ski gear and/or a valid ski pass, making it a great place to base one’s self. Below is an overview of notable ski areas easily accessible from Innsbruck.
- Nordpark is accessible via the tram line 1, the bus lines 1, 4, A, D, E, J and T. The Nordkettenbahn goes up to Seegrube and Hafelekar, where many hiking routes and trip routes start. The Nordpark Singletrail is one of the most ambitious mountain bike freeride routes of Europe.
- In winter, the Nordpark can offer several ski routes. They are steep and offer a great view of the nearby mountains and the city itself.
- One ascent&descent is free with the Innsbruck-Card.
- It is possible to walk or hike all the way up to the summit without taking the cable cars. It is vigorous but doesn’t require special equipment. There are places where it is not completely clear which way to go (even with local hiking).
- Patscherkofelbahn. Accessible via bus line J, destination “Patscherkofelbahn” or “Olympiaexpreß” and tram line 6 to Igls. Tram line 6 is particularly worth taking – a beautiful meandering route up the mountain and included in the city zone of Innsbruck’s public transport. Much better value than the Hungerburgbahn on the Nordkette. The Patscherkofel is a skiing region south of Innsbruck, that has a number of timbered ski-runs of the former olympia-routes. In summer it is a great region for hiking along the forestline.
- One ascent&descent is free with the Innsbruck-Card.
- Stubaital. Offers several ski resorts in the winter.
The Alpine weather can be unpredictable, and with rain likely to fall in every season, having indoor alternatives to outdoor activities is a must when visiting Innsbruck. For those who enjoy puzzles and riddles, there are 11 room escape games to play in the city.
- Escape Game Innsbruck, Tschamlerstraße 3 , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. M-Th 10:00-20:30, F-Su 10:00-22:30. Indoor room escape type games, with 5 different scenarios. Each scenario takes 1 hour to complete.
- The Art of Stealing (Die Kunst des Klauens): Players take the role of art thieves, and must steal artworks from a villa before the owner returns. For 2-6 players, entry level difficulty, from 10 years old.
- The Sorcerer (Der Zauberer): Race against time in search for a Life Elixir in the laboratory of a sorcerer. For 2-6 experienced players, from 10 years old.
- The Orphanage (Das verlassene Waisenhaus): Players find themselves trapped in an abandoned orphanage where nothing is what it seems to be. For 2-6 players. Contains horror elements, 14 or older recommended. Medium difficulty level.
- The Haunted Mansion (Das Geisterhaus): In the role of real estate agents, players find themselves trapped in a haunted mansion. For 2-6 players, medium difficulty level. Scary elements, 12 or older recommended.
- The Wrath of Tutankhamen (Die Rache des Tutanchamun): Players take the role of grave robbers, getting lost in Tutankhamen’s tomb, with only 60 minutes of oxygen to breathe. For 2-6 experienced players, from 10 years old.
- Room Escape PerplexxX, Bettelwurfstraße 2 (Bus 504, get off at , 2 min. walk) , ✉ email@example.com. W-F 16:00-22:00, Sa Su 13:00-22:00. Indoor room escape type games with 3 scenarios. Each scenario takes 1 hour to complete.
- The Golden Roof (Das Goldenes Dachl): Players find themselves in the year 1976, exactly an hour before the start of the Winter Olympic Games, when it is discovered that a single tile from Innsbruck’s famous Golden Roof has been stolen. Players need to unravel clues and decipher puzzles to find the missing tile before the opening ceremony starts! Easy difficulty level.
- Phobia: Players must unravel the mysteries surrounding an inhabitant of Innsbruck, breaking into his house with only 60 minutes before his return. A game with an unexpected ending! Medium difficulty level.
- The Big Heist (Der grosse Coup): Players break into the Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck’s Art Museum, and have only 1 hour to get out with a priceless piece of art. Advanced difficulty level.
- Riddle Room (Rätselraum Tirol), Leopoldstraße 31 , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. M Th Su 14:00-22:00, F Sa 14:00-midnight. New room escape game in the city centre. In the scenario of Dr. Healers Secret Laboratory, one of the players has contracted a mysterious disease after being bitten by a rodent in the Tyrolean Alps. The team must find a cure within 60 minutes, using the secrets at their disposal in Dr. Healer’s laboratory. For 2-6 players, game can be played in English or German. €60 for 2 players, €75 for 3 players, €90 for 4 players, €100 for 5 players, €108 for 6 players.
- Play The Game, Josef-Wilberger-Straße 9 , ✉ email@example.com. Indoor room escape games, with 2 different scenarios. Play time: 1hr 15min. Both games are for 2-6 players from 14 years old. 2 players €59, 3 players €79, 4 players €86, 5 players €89, 6 players €99.
- Temple Run: Players find the Philosopher’s Stone from the Mayas, and venture into the jungle searching for the ancient gold treasure. On the way, adventure awaits, with many puzzles and riddles to solve. Medium difficulty level.
- Secret Agent: As secret agents, players are tasked by the president to recover a suitcase with state secrets in a race against time. Hard difficulty level.
For those who prefer to gamble in a more glamorous environment, the casino offers an entirely different type of entertainment for adults.
- Casino Innsbruck, Salurner Straße 15. 10:00-03:00 daily. Tyrol’s largest adult gaming and gambling centre.
The Nordkettenbahnen are 3 alpine vehicles bringing visitors from the historic centre of the city all the way up to the top of the Nordkette mountain, from where the summit at an altitude of 2334 m can be reached by foot. The first section is the Hungerburgbahn , a funicular departing in 5 . The middle section is the Seegrubenbahn cable car, and the top section is the Hafelekar chairlift. When buying tickets online, the code BONALPINA will give you a 10% discount on tickets for the Nordkettenbahnen.
- Hungerburgbahn, Rennweg 3 , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Funicular taking visitors from the heart of the city to the Hungerburg station at the foot of the Nordkette mountain. The first section of the journey is underground and follows the Rennweg, emerging to the surface next to the Inn a few metres short of 6 . It then proceeds on an elevated track to the 7 , crossing the Inn over a bridge, with final stop 8 after a few more tunnels and bridges. The journey takes 8 minutes, covering a difference in altitude of 288 m with a speed of 36 km/h. The funicular replaces the previous Hungerburgbahn, which had been in operation for a century since 1906. The Hungerburgbahn base station €20.70 for a round trip. of the original one can still be visited. Tickets can be purchased in the ticket office, but are much cheaper online (€20 vs. €35 for a round trip).
- Seegrubenbahn (Nordkette Cable Car), Höhenstrasse 145, Mulhau (or) , ✉ email@example.com. Daily 08:30-17:30. The Seegrubenbahn is a cable car with 2 gondolas, taking visitors from the valley station in Hungerburg up the Nordkette mountain. Completely reconstructed in 2004, the Seegrubenbahn connects the Hungerburgbahn with the Nordkette ski area in the Karwendel Nature Park.
- Hafelekar. Daily 09:00-16:00. The highest section of the Nordkettenbahn, the Hafelekar chairlift takes visitors to the top of the highest point of the Nordkette moutain, from which the Hafelekarspitze
- The Tirol Raiders (as of 2015 they bear the sponsored name Swarco Raiders) play American football in the first division Austrian Football League (that’s the actual name). They have been among the top contenders for the championship for most of the 2010s. They played in the big six in 2014 and 2015. The big six is the top American Football competition for club teams in Europe.
- Tiroler Abend with the Gundolf Family. For almost half a century this show is visited by travellers and gives good insight on traditional Tyrolean culture— everybody who likes everything stereotypical about the alpine culture will be served the full menu: Yodeling, traditional dances, plays, music and clothing are mixed with typical surroundings.
- New Orleans Festival – Since New Orleans is the partner city of Innsbruck a festival is held every summer featuring a lot of prominent musicians and focussing on Jazz, Blues, Gospels and other styles from the region around New Orleans.
- The Ski Jump Contest around new year at the Begisel stadium is one of the few moments when Austrians demonstrate true patriotism. As Austrians are very competitive in alpine disciplines this is one of the events that many people follow.
- For the younger generation the Air & Style Snowboard Contest is the high point of the year when the best snowboarders of the world compete in the biggest snowboard event of Europe. The event is the first snowboard competition that ever featured the straight jump, it’s accompanied by international bands and a crowd of more than 10,000. Usually it is held either around the beginning of December or end of January.
- In late spring a lot of clubs and pubs participate in the city event Sound City , where downtown Innsbruck becomes a network of discos. Shuttle busses circulate around the city and bring the guests to various locations where a range of international DJs play different styles.
- The Hafen, the Treibhaus and the p.m.k. are event centers downtown or a little oustide of the city. Many concerts, events and parties take place all around the year and are visited by young locals, students and travellers.
- Note: In the summer season Innsbruck is flooded by tourists from the far east and far west – predominantly older people who are mostly on a European tour – the event calendar adapts to this. The winter season is dominated by younger people, especially students and travellers from all around the world, who provide the city with a vivid nightlife.
Malls: There are several shopping malls in Innsbruck:
- 1 Rathaus Gallerien. 2 minutes walk from the Old Town, main entrance via Maria-Theresien-Straße
- 2 Kaufhaus Tyrol. Shopping mall with five levels in the inner city opposite Rathaus Gallerien.
- 3 Sillpark (just outside downtown—turn right from train station (Hauptbahnhof)). Walk one block, turn right, walk under a railway—and you are looking at it. All major bus and tram lines take you there.
- 4 DEZ (bus lines C, R, S and T). Many stores just right around it, such as Ikea.
- 5 Cyta (S-Bahn S1 or S2, or bus line T). in the suburb “Völs”
Furthermore, there are several warehouses, especially in the suburb of Neu-Rum.
Shopping areas: There are numerous shops in central pedestrian areas like Maria-Theresien-Straße, the Old Town, Franziskanerplatz, Sparkassenplatz and Anichstraße as well as Museumstraße. You will also find shops/stores in quarter centers of Wilten (tram lines 1, 6 and STB) and Pradl (tram line 3).
Souvenir stores in the Old Town offer souvenirs of varying origin, but the Tiroler Heimatwerk (Meranerstraße 2) offers real Tyrolean handcraft. However most of the shops are real tourist traps and are overpriced by far. You will probably find more authentic and cheaper souvenirs in one of the surrounding villages of Innsbruck.
Clothes and footwear
Buy creative footwear:
- El Natura Lista in Salamander shop (Maria-Theresien 1; also great choice of Tomy Hilfiger shoes)
- Think! in Stiefelkater (Marktgraben str. 14, +43 512 583065)
- GEA. “Arts & Crafts” footwear in a funny plain design, not cheap, but very durable (Anichstraße 20,
- Humanic Kids, Maria-Theresien 17-19. Also has discounts in early January, with a decent selection.
- Gasthaus Anich, Anichstraße 15 (city center, close to Maria-Theresien Strasse). Monday – Saturday 09:00 – 24:00, closed on Sundays. This is a real “Gasthaus” (tavern) with Austrian cuisine. Not too crowded and mostly visited by locals, it’s an insider tip. Great portions. Offers separate smoking and non-smoking areas.
- Buzzihütte, Berchtoldshofweg 14 (remote; take bus H to Berchtoldshof (or O to Allerheiligen) and walk a steep street upwards). Tu-F 08:00-24:00; Sa Su 11:00-24:00. Traditional cuisine; known for “Eiterbeule” (alike Wiener Schnitzel)
- Shere Punjab, Innstraße 19 (city center, close to the Golden Roof, just cross the bridge). Monday – Saturday 11:00 – 14:30, 17:00 – 22:00. Indian Restaurant. Great portions.
- Magic Pizza Kebab, Innrain 1 (old town, close to Ottoburg, entrance from Herzog Friedrich Str.). Daily till 24:00. The place looks like a 1970s American diner and is usually quite populated. Great portions. €2.9 for a pizza!
- Mamma Mia, Kiebachgasse 2. Excellent Salmon Tagliatelli. No wifi. Walk to the 2nd floor for a more quiet and spacy seating. Soups €3.5; pastas €7.5-8.
- FloJos (Grill, cantina and bar), Seilergasse 12 (in the old town near the Golden Roof). Daily 10:00–02:00. Mexican, Caribbean and Creole food. Serving sizes are very generous and the ambiance is laidback. Average.
- Hokuspokus, Marktgraben 2. M-Th 08:30-24:00, F-Sa 08:30-01:00, So 09:00-23:00. Small cafe just south of the historic town of Innsbruck, serving a soup and main course for €8.50, or only a main course for €6.50. Simple but good food in a friendly atmosphere. They have board games available to spend time while waiting for food. Try their home made ice tea for €3.50.
- Zappa Music Bar, Rechengasse 5 (close to clinic and university main building). Monday – Saturday 18:00-02:00. Every day of the week has special offers and events. Since it’s close to the university there are a lot of students and you might need to call in and order a table.
- Limerick Bill’s Irish Pub, Maria-Theresien-Strasse 9 (close to the old town). The place is lively and usually crowded with students and visitors from all over the world, especially a lot of English speakers. Staff is bilingual, so this might be a great place for you to feel home.
- Weekender, Tschamlerstraße 3 , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily 18:00 – 02:00 (cafe), club longer. Weekender is a place to have a drink and to dance. Almost every week there are national and international live bands. A must for indie fans!
- The Galway Bay Pub, Kaiserjäger Strasse 4 (Take a right in front of the goldenes dachl and walk approx. 500m straight ahead). Daily 17:00-01:00. Authentic Irish pub with two large floors. Pub quizzes every Monday (except during summer), Open Mic Night every Thursday. mid range.
- Treibhaus, Angerzellgasse 8 (next to Old Town). Café daily 17:00-01:00. Almost daily events, e.g. concerts, film/tv screenings, comedy shows and dances. Every Friday free concerts. Spacious café with garden, jazz salon and two big event halls. The all-female staff (“Weiberwirtschaft”) serves food and snacks (pizza, kebab) in the café till midnight. cheap.
Where to stay in Innsbruck
- Campsite Innsbruck Kranebitten. Kranebitter Allee 214.
- Hotel Binders, Dr. Glatzstrasse 20 , fax: , ✉ email@example.com.
- Hotel Grauer Bär, Universitätsstrasse 5-7 , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Hotel AlpinPark, Pradlerstrasse 28 , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. €98.
- Alphotel, Bernhard-Höfel-Strasse 16 , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. €87.
- Austrotel Innsbruck, Bernhard-Höfel-Strasse 16 , fax: , ✉ email@example.com.
- Grand Hotel Europa, Südtiroler Platz 2 , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Hotel the PENZ, Adolf Pichler Platz 3 , fax: , ✉ email@example.com.
- Hotel Innsbruck, Innrain 3 , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Modern hotel with many luxury amenities, including lounge bar and indoor swimming pool, in the historic centre of the city. Among the most pricey options to spend a night in Innsbruck and a large radius around it. €92.
- Dom St. Jakob, Domplatz 6 (Old Town). Su 10:00, 11:30; Monday to Friday 09:30; M-Th 08:00 (Unterkirche)
- Jesuit church, Karl-Rahner-Platz . Sa 18:00 (English), 19:00; Su 11:00, 18:00, 21:30; Monday – Saturday 07:30 (Krypta), 19:00; Th 21:30 (Krypta) The only English Mass in the city.
- Kapuzinerkirche, Kaiserjägerstraße 6 (near the bus parking at Hofgarten). Su 10:00; Monday to Friday 06:30, 09:00
- Alte Spitalskirche zum Hl. Geist, Maria-Theresien-Straße 2 (Old Town). Su 09:30; Monday to Friday 18:30
- Servitenkirche, Maria-Theresienstraße. Sa 17:30; Su 06:30, 10:00, 17:30; Monday to Friday 06:30, 10:30, 17:30
- Herz Jesu, Maximilianstraße 8 (south of Old Town). Sa 18:00; Su 07:00, 09:30, 11:00 (Croat.), 18:00; Monday to Friday: 07:00, 08:00, 18:00
- Islamic Center Tirol (Islamisches Zentrum Tirol), Andreas Hoefer Str. 17 a, tel. 0043512562146
- Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Innsbruck (Jewish Community Innsbruck), Sillgasse 15 , ✉ email@example.com.
- Igls — between Innsbruck and the Patscherkofel mountain
- Eng — the largest alm in Europe and one of the most remote settlements in the Alps
- Hall in Tirol — historic salt mining city with the best preserved old town centre in western Austria
- Wattens — home of the Swarvoski Crystal Company and their museum, the world famous 1 Crystal Worlds
- Schwaz — famous for its silver mine
- Kaunertal — glacier and a skiing resort
- Stubaier Gletscher — glacier and a skiing resort
Hall in Tirol : Travel Guide, with Info on Nightlife, What to See & Covid-19 Report
Hall is a city in Tyrol near Innsbruck.
Hall in Tirol is a historic town in Tyrol with about 12.300 inhabitants.
- Tourist Office (Tourismus Verband Hall Wattens), Unterer Stadtpl. 19 (next to Castle Hasegg). Monday to Friday 09-18, Sa 09-13. Free.
The name Hall was first mentioned as salina (a salt making facility) near the Thaur castle in 1232, and its current name dates back to 1256. Like many other cities like Halle, Schwäbisch Hall, and Hallstatt, the name is derived from the Celtic word for ‘salt’. Its salt mine has been in operation since the 13th century, and started in 1272 with the construction of a brine pool from which a 10 km long pipeline transported brine to an evaporation pond at Hall in Tirol. The fame of Hall in Tirol’s salt spread far beyond Austrian borders, and salt was exported to Switzerland, the Black Forest and the Rhine Valley, among others. The economic importance of the salt trade remains symbolized in the town’s coat of arms, depicting a pair of lions holding a cask of salt. Hall in Tirol was granted the status of town in 1303, and its development accelerated from the 14th century onward.
The flourishing new town saw misfortune in 1447 however, when a fire broke out that levelled large parts of the upper town. Income from the salt trade allowed for quick recovery, and the decision to move the Tyrolian mint from Merano to Hall in Tirol contributed an additional development boost. The mint of Hall in Tirol is best known for producing the largest silver coin in European history, the Guldengroschen. The world’s first automated coining machine was deployed in Hall in Tirol in the 16th century, of which a replica can be seen in the Hall Mint Museum in the Burg Hasegg.
Hall in Tirol was one of the most important towns of the Habsburg Empire in the 15th and 16th century, and many of its churches, monasteries and convents date from this period. The appreciation of this architecture led Hall in Tirol to have its historic town centre preserved exceptionally well. The military garrison station in the town and its freight train station made Hall in Tirol a target for allied bombardments in World War II. Aside from the obliterated train station, the town survived almost unscathed, and now has the largest intact old town in western Austria for visitors to discover.
Hall in Tirol shares the Inn Valley with numerous other towns, among which the largest is the regional national capital Innsbruck ca. 5 km to its east. To the west, Hall in Tirol borders Wattens. The town has an elevation of 574 m, and is surrounded by the mountains of the Nordkette massif.
Travel by train to Hall in Tirol
The easiest way to reach Hall in Tirol is by train, given its railway station on the Inn Valley railway line connecting Innsbruck to Wörgl (and further Kufstein and Munich). From Innsbruck main station (Hbf), 8 minutes away from Hall in Tirol, there are connections to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Feldkirch.
From Innsbruck there are direct connections to Italy over the Brenner Pass, a very scenic and recommendable journey. Upon completion of the Brenner Base Tunnel, Brixen will be reachable from Hall in Tirol under the hour.
- Bahnhof Hall in Tirol (Hall in Tirol railway station), Bahnhofstraße 14a. To reach Hall in Tirol, take S1, S2 or S3 from Innsbruck Hbf.
Bus lines 4123, 4125, 4130, 4134, and 4169 traverse Hall in Tirol at Unterer Stadtplatz, which is within 1 km radius of most tourist attractions. Bus 4125 offers a direct connection to Innsbruck Hbf eastbound, and to Wattens westbound.
Hall in Tirol is small enough to traverse by foot, and all tourist attractions can be reached within half an hour walk.
What to see and do
- Old Town (Altstadt). The historic city centre of Hall in Tirol is among the best preserved old towns on the west side of Austria, having survived the 2 World Wars nearly undamaged. Enjoy a walk through the medieval streets! For architecture lovers, there are ample historic buildings (in German) to be discovered in and around the old town.
- x Hasegg Castle (Burg Hasegg). Castle and mint, completed in 1300 at the height of Hall in Tirol’s expansion as centre of commerce and salt trade in Tyrol. It originally served as a defensive structure to protect the nearby salt mines, along with the then critical bridge across the Inn near the old Roman Road. The Castle became universally famous the second half of the 18th century for minting silver coins, of which over 17 million were produced. It produced silver coins until the Napoleonic Wars in 1806 due to shortage of silver supply. The Castle is currently a museum, with demonstrations of historic minting processes given from time to time. It is also worth a visit for its early Gothic Tyrolean fortress architecture with a heavily tarnished copper roof on the mint tower.
- Mint Hall (Münze Hall), Burg Hasegg 6 Münze Hall , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. M-Su 10:00-17:00. Since 2003 hosting the Mint Museum, with a history of minting technology in Europe on display. Visitors can mint their own copper, gilded copper or silver coins for a fee of €2.50 (copper) to €18 (silver). Adults €8, children €6, students and elderly €6.50. Combi tickets are available for Mint Hall and Mint Tower from €8..
- Mint Tower (Münzerturm), Burg Hasegg 6 , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. M-Su 10:00-17:00. Built under Archduke Sigmund’s rule between 1490 and 1500, this 45 m tall tower can be visited by anyone willing to climb the 204 steps to its top. The shape of the tower is fairly unusual with a round five-storey substructure ca. 10 m diameter. On top of it rests a three-storey dodecagon. It served as a watchtower guarding access to the salt mines and evaporation ponds. Two Baroque sundials and a mechanical clock decorate the tower and provided salt workers with a notion of time. Adults €5.50, children €4.50, students and elderly €5. Combi tickets are available for Mint Hall and Mint Tower from €8..
- Thöml Castle (Thöml-Schlössl), Mitterweg 8. A castle with unusual architecture dating back to 1710 when it was called Buggerhof. It was used as the base of operations for Jesuits, who founded a branch in Hall in Tirol in 1569 at the behest of Archduke Ferdinand of Tyrol and his sisters Magdalena and Helena. When the Order was disbanded in 1773, the residence transferred to the Bliem family who opened an inn. The entrance gate is still decorated with a fresco of a Jesuit priest, accented by a cross. The exterior of the castle has been renovated numerous times, but most of its original interior is preserved.
- St. Nicholas Parish Church (Pfarrkirche St. Nikolaus), Pfarrplatz. One of the most impressive Roman Catholic churches in the Inn Valley. The church was founded in 1281 and dedicated to St. Nicholas, but was soon too small to accommodate the growing salt mining city’s population. It was rebuilt and expanded in 1352 and throughout the 15th century to cope with the continuously expanding city population. The church was severely damaged by an earthquake on the evening of 17 July 1670, which caused the tower to collapse. It was replaced with a Baroque style tower in 1676. Throughout the 20th century the ceiling paintings were renovated. The painting of the high altar is from Flemish painter Jan Erasmus Quellinus dated 1657, and portraying angels together with the church patron Nicholas. Notable is also the organ, built in 1689 by Franz Köck and renovated in 1999 according to the original build plans. Another curious story is the history of the bells in the tower. The originals were cast in 1570 by Christoph Löffler, but melted down during the World War II to be used for military purposes. Bell foundry Grassmayr, which can be visited in Innsbruck, casted 3 new bells in 1951 to fill the void in the tower. Free.
- Mining Museum (Bergbaumuseum), Fürstengasse 2, ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. The museum focuses on the history of salt extraction in Hall in Tirol, its most important economic activity dating back to the 13th century. On display are galleries, shafts, tools, and salt minerals like halite and sylvite, that give visitors an insight in how the situation used to be underground. The museum opened in 1928 and can be found in the historic city centre. There are regular tours on Monday, Thursday and Saturday starting from 11:30 and lasting ca. 1 hour. Adults €5, children, students and elderly €3.
- Innsbruck — regional capital of Tyrol and largest city in the Inn valley, 5 km east of Hall in Tirol
- Igls — between Innsbruck and the Patscherkofel mountain
- Eng — the largest alm in Europe and one of the most remote settlements in the Alps
- Wattens — home of the Swarovski Crystal Company
- Schwaz — commercial centre in the Inn valley
Kufstein : Travel Guide, with Info on Nightlife, What to See & Covid-19 Report
Kufstein is city in the Austrian state of Tyrol, with a population of ca. 18,000 inhabitants, making it the second largest city in Tyrol after its capital Innsbruck. Most travellers visiting the Austrian Alps pass through Kufstein either by train, coach or car as it is the first city south of the German border at the end of the Inn Valley.
Kufstein can easily be reached by train, with the x Kufstein railway station. being a local railway hub. The station is served by local, InterCity, ICE and Railjet trains.
Kufstein-Langkampfen Airport, Kufsteiner Str. 42, A-6336 Langkampfen (ca. 3 km to the south west of the city centre). This airfield accommodates gliders, motorized gliders, ultralight and single engine airplanes up to 2,000 kg.
The Inn Valley cycle path passes through Kufstein, leading from the upstream Tyrolean valleys down to the Danube where it connects to the Danube cycle path.
Kufstein is fairly small, and all tourist attractions can easily be reached by foot.
What to see and do
- Kufstein Fortress (Festing Kufstein), Festung 2 (Festungsbahn, funicular railway). 9:00-17:00 daily. The main landmark of Kufstein, its 13th century fortress sits on a hill overlooking the city 507 m above sea level. In its early history it was controlled by the Bavarians, first under Bavarian Duke Ludwig and the bishop of Regensburg, from 1415 onward by Duke of Bavaria Louis VII. The strategic importance of the fortress made it a frequent battleground throughout history between Bavarian and Tyrolean armies. Ironically, Kufstein transitioned peacefully from Bavaria to Tyrol when the son of Bavarian emperor Ludwig gifted the city to his newly wedded wife Margarete, Duchess of Tyrol, in 1342. The peace didn’t last long however, and in 1363 the Bavarians attacked the city and took control of the fortress from the Tyroleans. Control switched back to Tyrol after emperor Maximilian I besieged the city in 1504, and expanded the fortress with the addition of the massive round tower constructed between 1518 and 1522. The increased defensive capabilities of the fortress successfully held back the Bavarians until 1703, an occupation that lasted little over a century until the Austro-Hungarian Empire finally regained control in 1814. It then served as prison for Hungarian political prisoners. Since modern times the fortress houses the City Museum of Kufstein, and is frequently used for concerts and other cultural events.
- Die Bohne Tirols (Kaffeehaus), Kinkstraße 30 , ✉ email@example.com.
- Restaurant Batzenhäusl, Römerhofgasse 1 (old town / Innpromenade).
- Inncafe Hell (Kaffehaus, Konditorei), Unterer Stadtplatz 3 (old town / Innpromenade).
- Confiserie Brunner (Cafe), Oberer Stadtplatz 16 , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where to stay in Kufstein
- Hotel Gisela, Südtiroler Platz 4 , ✉ email@example.com.
- Aparthotel Andreas Hofer (Apartments, Ferienwohnungen), Hötzendorferstraße 2 , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Hotel Goldener Löwe (Hotel Kufstein), Oberer Stadtplatz 14 , fax: , ✉ email@example.com.
- Beim Dresch, Oberweidau 2, Erl , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Telecommunications in Kufstein
- Innsbruck — state capital of Tyrol and largest city in the Alps
- Igls — between Innsbruck and the Patscherkofel mountain
- Eng — the largest alm in Europe and one of the most remote settlements in the Alps
- Hall in Tirol — historic salt mining city with the best preserved old town centre in western Austria
- Wattens — home of the Swarvoski Crystal Company and their museum, the world famous Crystal Worlds
- Schwaz — famous for its silver mine