This western Austrian city has been the capital of Tyrol since 1429, and, having twice hosted the winter Olympics (in 1964 and 1976), has become synonymous with snow sports. There are many fantastic ski resorts and lots of lively apres nightlife close by (you’ll have no problem finding a party). But Innsbruck is also a delight in the summer months when mountain hiking and lake swimming becomes possible. And there’s much to see and do in the picturesque Old Town, all of which is walkable. Why not choose one of these prestigious addresses as your base in Innsbruck?
This chalet mansion has a picture postcard, gingerbread house appeal. Wood panelling continues inside, for a contemporary Alpine look. Kids can let off some steam in the onsite playground, and there’s a play corner in the cosy restaurant so adults can linger over set menus of Tyrolean cuisine. Each room at Der Malzl comes with a spa bag containing bathrobes and slippers, so you can saunter down to the sauna, steam bath and hot tub (all offering sublime mountain views). A shuttle bus runs from right outside the pension, to the Patscherkofel Ski Area in Igls.
Leipziger Hof Innsbruck
Centrally located (a 15-minute walk from the railway station and a ten-minute drive to the airport), this traditional and cosy 50-bedroom hotel provides guests with an authentic taste of the Tyrol. It’s family-run, offering single and quadruple rooms, as well as self-catering one-bedroom and family suites. The top floor accommodates a relaxation area with a sauna, steam bath and infrared loungers, where you can soak in the panoramic views. The dining room serves Austrian cuisine and hosts regular casino nights, on which you can buy chips and have a flutter with after-dinner drinks.
The Penz Hotel
Stay in a sleek hotel in the Innenstadt district of the Old Town, an easy walk from all the main attractions; constructed from glass and metal the modern build offers a very different experience to the classic Tyrolean style. Accessible bedrooms and suites with terraces are available, all have minibars and PC hookups. An American buffet breakfast is provided each morning in the restaurant or in your room, and there’s a rooftop bar to watch the sunset drink in hand. Guests can make use of the onsite health club and jacuzzi, or take advantage of the hiking opportunities on the doorstep.