Why? Innsbruck is called ‘the Alps capital’ no more words are needed. It hosted twice the winter olympic games
What to do? Outdoor sports, outdoor sport and…outdoor sports! If you like mountains, skiing, hiking, snowboarding this is the place for you! From the city centre you can easily reach ski premises and Nordpark by public transportation
What to try? Have a meal at typical ‘gasthaus’, local family run genuine restaurant
Why? Enjoy the mixed atmosphere of this city, the recent historical communist past together with the former austro-hungarian empire and the italian legacy that are visible everywhere.
What to do? Visit the bridges all along the Ljubljanica river; be amazed by Metelkova mesto a squatting area with young and alternative people
What to try? my favorite balkan street-food is burek (a leafy dough pie, traditionally with mince meat or cheese filling) is available in every Pekara (bakery) for around 2€
Why? The city is historically famous for its traditional religious diversity, with Islam, Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Judaism coexisting there for centuries. Unfortunately is also known for the sad former-jugoslavia war. It hosted the winter olympics in 1984
What to do? Sarajevo is rising to its natural beauty and it will be European capital of culture for 2014; Enjoy the view of the city from the hills that surround it
What to try? Bosnian coffee, balkan delicious food (cevapi, burek, pita, grilled meat, cheese…)
Innsbruck is called the capital of Alps. Here the reason for that…
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 1990’s and the derived disctinct 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 winterseason, attracting (predominantly young) people from all around the world.
Tiroler Abend with the Gundolf Family traditional Tyrolean culture event.
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 beyond the 10.000’s. 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 DJ’s 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.