Dramatically framed by towering Alpine peaks, Innsbruck is a popular winter sport hub as well as a postcard-worthy destination for those who enjoy clean mountain air alongside cosmopolitan convenience. The Austrian city lies close to German border and is not too far from Switzerland, which means it benefits from plenty of national and international train connections. Most long-distance trains arrive at Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof in the center of the city.
Innsbruck's main station is Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof, or Innsbruck Central Station. The station is in downtown Innsbruck, to the east of the River Inn, within walking distance of most major tourist attractions. Trains from Zurich, Munich, Vienna and other major cities all arrive here. Quick, direct trains connect Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof with Innsbruck Airport, departing every 10 minutes. Trains from Munich and other more local train services also arrive at Innsbruck Westbahnhof, which is also central, less than a 20-minute walk away.
Trains to Innsbruck are mostly provided by Austrian Federal Railways, known as ÖBB, or by Deutsche Bahn, a German company which is one of the largest transport providers in the world. Deutsche Bahn provides services from various destinations in Germany, while ÖBB offers services within Austria itself and from Switzerland. Both companies also offer direct train services from Italian cities like Venice and Bologna.
Innsbruck is served by not one but two major rail networks, which means travelers have a lot of flexibility. The train is by far the quickest and easiest way to travel, and journeys to Innsbruck from major cities in Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Italy are usually direct for maximum convenience. Even trains from Italian cities can depart several times daily. Taking a local S-Bahn train is also the easiest way to reach Innsbruck from anywhere in the surrounding Tyrol region.
Yes, the wide array of winter sport options are likely to drag you out of town, but there's a lot to enjoy when you stay within Innsbruck itself. This quintessentially Austrian city has a grand but relaxed feel, with stunning architecture that runs the gamut from stately Baroque to quaintly medieval - best enjoyed from a beer garden with a view. For some family fun, why not visit the Alpine zoo, focusing on animals indigenous to the mountainous areas? It's easy to get around town thanks to extensive bus, tram and S-Bahn train links.