Nestled in a valley in the middle of the Austrian Alps, Innsbruck combines mountain small-town charm with the great outdoors. The picturesque old town centre is full of nice pedestrian streets lined with shops and cafés, perfect for wandering around aimlessly. Christmas markets add a touch of seasonal charm in December.
Innsbruck hosted the first Winter Youth Olympics in 2012 including about 1,100 athletes and 70 countries.
Just outside the city, you will find endless mountain recreation, a hike in the hills will bring you through tall forests and cow pastures to stunning vistas. If you are up for an active adventure, the options are endless – river rafting, skiing, climbing, and a whole host of summer and winter outdoor fun. Make a trip to the smaller villages of this region; trains, planes, and automobiles have an easy time reaching Innsbruck, making it a natural base for exploring local gems.