Innsbruck (winter only)
Wilkommen to Innsbruck, the destination that’s a breeze to get to from Southampton Airport. Nestled in the heart of the Austrian Alps, Innsbruck's historic buildings, majestic palaces and baroque churches create a picture-perfect setting in simply breathtaking scenery. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, Innsbruck is a paradise for lovers of summer sun and winter sports.
Twice host to the Winter Olympics, Innsbruck is a world famous winter sports destination sure to captivate every level of skier and boarder. But its not all ski trails and snow ploughs.
There’s heart-stopping design, too. From Zaha Hadid’s Bergisel Ski Jump Stadium to shining royal palaces, there’s always a view. If you can get into Innsbruck from your slope-side resort, do grab a seat on the Sightseer bus and discover the best of the city, whatever the weather - and let’s roll in the Tyrol.
Inghams Holidays flies to Innsbruck airport from Southampton airport in less than two hours. To get the best of the snow, most winter sport resorts are within an hour's drive.
Buses connect you to Innsbruck main station in about 20 minutes. You’ll find the taxi rank are immediately in front of the airport building, or hire a car from Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz or Megadrive.
Top things to see and do
Staying in attractive Alpbach? Take an evening horse-drawn sleigh ride to the Rossmoos Inn and warm the cockles with a mulled wine.
Ski all day and party all night at the famous ski resort of St Anton, which has an après-ski scene to match its adrenaline-fuelled black runs.
Towering high above Innsbruck is the Zaha Hadid designed Bergisel Ski Jump. If you can’t catch some air, catch the view – and some hearty Austrian fare - in the restaurant.
The pretty village of Elmau lies on the vast SkiWelt circus. It links eight resorts and gives access to 280km of perfect pistes.
When the lure of the snow has passed, pop to the Landes Museum to marvel at the giant panorama of the famous Tyrolean struggle for freedom.
Off the beaten track
The pretty lakeside town of Zell am See morphs into an exciting and lively ski resort in winter with a traffic-free, medieval pedestrian centre and excellent shopping.
As well as the cable cars, wrap up in your winter warmers and take the funicular up past the clouds for a bird’s eye view.
At OlympiaWorld, you can run the Olympia Bobbahn. The uber-icy way to get down the mountain. Eyes open or wide shut?
Just 35km from Innsbruck and between the Ötztal and Stubai mountain ranges, you’ll find Kühtai - the highest resort in Austria with ski in ski out in some breathtaking scenery.
In the run up to Christmas, Innsbruck’s Christmas markets come alive. Grab a gluhwein and head to the square to pick up stocking fillers for round the tree.