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Hiring a car from Innsbruck airport

Pick up your hire car at Innsbruck airport and dive into Tyrol's zesty capital, where alpine glaciers and chic ski resorts are just a short drive away

60-second guide to Innsbruck airport

in its own head

"We're the capital of the Alps! From medieval lanes to urban shopping, city life to the great outdoors, our city has something for everyone, all a stone's throw from the slopes."

but more realistically

It may be be a paradise for those dedicated to life on-piste, but its Christmas-card charms make it a desirable destination whatever your skiing aptitude.

the vibe

If cuckoo clocks and wooden clogs get the sap rising, you're in luck. The cutesiness might be exaggerated to please the tourists, but walking through Innsbruck is like being taken back in time.

the natives

Okay, so they're not all yodelling from the mountaintops, but there's many a rosy-cheeked local waiting to welcome you in from the cold.

the weather

Well, it wouldn't be much of a ski resort without mounds of sumptuous snow. Don't forget the sunblock, though: all that white stuff can give off quite a glare.

the local speciality

Chocolate-covered gingerbread. But you'll find a host of sweet delights behind the city's numerous candy counters.

the celebrity

Douglas Adams was apparently inspired to write The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy during a visit to the city.

did you know?

You'll be happy to hear that Innsbruck is home to the global HQ of one of the largest makers of cochlear implants.

they say

“With its low-slung skyline, quietly confident air and the towering Alps as a backdrop, Innsbruck successfully blends past and present, urban and natural.” – Lonely Planet

5 to see in town...

1. Goldenes Dachl

"The Golden Roof" sits atop a balcony built in 1500 as a royal box for the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I of Habsburg. More than 2,000 copper tiles shimmer over a Gothic window overlooking the city's main square.

where to park?

At Herzog Friedrich Strasse.

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2. Swarovski Crystal World

Built in celebration of the luxury lead-crystal glass, this fascinating multimedia museum, curated by the international artist André Heller, features artworks by Dali, Warhol and Brian Eno.

where to park?

There is a visitors' car park.

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3. Bergisel

The Bergisel is a hill to the south of the city where you'll find the Bergiselschanze, a daunting ski-jump built for the 1964 Winter Olympics. The tower has a welcoming restaurant with panoramic views.

where to park?

There is an on-site visitors' car park.

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4. Hofkirche

This imposing church was built by Archduke Ferdinand I in the 1500s to commemorate his grandfather. As well as housing a cenotaph dedicated to a beloved granddad, it boasts an impressive collection of Renaissance sculptures.

where to park?

There are parking spaces on nearby Burggraben.

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5. Hofgarten

Originally a crudely developed vegetable patch cultivated in the 15th century, the Hofgarten was later expanded and restyled as an English country garden and opened to the public in the 19th century.

where to park?

You can park at the entrance.

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and 4 to drive to...

1. Stubai Glacier

The jewel in Tyrol's skiing crown, the breathtaking Stubai glacier has numerous resorts dotted around it where you can get your slope on.

how to get there?

It's a 20-minute drive. Head south on the Brenner Autobahn for four miles, then take the B183 for two miles.

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2. Kaunertal Valley

This picturesque region provides everything you could want from an Austrian excursion: quaint mountain villages, limpid mountain lakes and the chance to buy leather shorts.

how to get there?

It's an hour-and-a-quarter away. Head west on the Inntal Autobahn for 40 miles, then take the B120 south for eight miles. At Prutz, take Kaunertalerstrasse for two-and-a-half miles, Kauns for two miles and Kaunertaler Gletcherstrasse for five miles.

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3. Sellrain Valley

The Sellrain Valley is a beautiful, peaceful part of Austria. Follow mountain trails to awesome glaciers and fields full of alpine roses.

how to get there?

Head west on the Inntal Autobahn for five miles and take exit 87 (Zirl-Ost) for Seefeld/Kematen/Garmisch. Take Sellrainer Strasse for one mile, Weichenofen for two miles and Sellrain for three miles. It's a 40-minute drive.

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4. The Tux Alps

This majestic mountain range is one of the smaller sections of the Alps, but it's still a favourite with extreme-sports enthusiasts, having been twice home to the Winter Olympics.

how to get there?

The ski resort of Zillertal is a 45-minute drive east of Innsbruck. Take the E60 for 20 miles, then the B169 for six-and-a-half miles.

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