Innsbruck: Austria’s ultimate ski town on the cheap, year-round!

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A sunny view of Innsbruck. Photo by Audrey Sykes.
A sunny view of Innsbruck. Photo by Audrey Sykes.

Innsbruck, Austria is a winter and summer destination for mountain lovers from all over. To take advantage of this alpine gem without burning a hole in your wallet, here are some suggestions for ultimate fun for the winter and summer.


Summer: Hiking is the ultimate summer sport in the Tirol valley. It’s cheap, healthy, and has rewards such as stunning views of mountain peaks, and hidden cottages and farms offering beer and snacks. Many lakes surround the town, and a dive into the Inn River is a common way to cool off for free.

Winter: If ski tickets are too steep, hop on a toboggan for a ride just as fun and thrilling at half the cost. A toboggan, or “rodel,” can be rented at a low cost, and there are many designated rodel tracks near town. They’re easy to use, and provide a genuinely exciting experience for all ages.

Food and Drink

Summer: Grab a meal to go, be it pizzas or kebabs, and sit along the Inn River while enjoying the spectacular setting and some yummy food on the cheap. Purchase authentic Austrian cuisine at the Markthalle, and don’t forget there are many low-cost food joints along the three university locations.

Winter: The Theresienbräu is located off Maria Theresienstrasse and is Innsbruck’s inside look at Austrian micro-beer culture. Stop by for a schnitzel and a pils fresh from the top. During the holiday season locals keep warm at cozy outdoor stands and tents serving wurst, hot wine, and hot chocolate with rum.


Summer: Many summer tents and festivities line Maria Theresienstrasse, but the ideal summer escape is an evening at the Hofgarten Café. Located inside the Hofgarten park, there is a giant patio surrounded by luscious greenery. It’s a guaranteed good time day or night for all ages.

Winter: The hot spots for winter nightlife are endless. Jimmy’s is a popular bar for skiers and snowboarders, and club Blue Chip is connected below. Cover charges rarely exceed €5 and beers are around €3. Students dig the new bar “6020,” located right on the business school, while the older crowd will enjoy bars and cafes near the Goldenes Dachl (a roof covered in copper tiles, one of the city’s most famous landmarks).

About the author

About the author: Audrey Sykes hopped across the pond from the US eight years ago for a Masters degree in global journalism. Since then, she’s lived all over Europe, reporting and editing for music sites, snowboard mags, and travel media. She’s also the Amsterdam author for Party Earth, a guide to nightlife across Europe.

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