Innsbruck is an incredible destination for skiing; however, when it is snowing and / or the conditions on the ski resorts are not at their best there are plenty of other activities you can do. We used Innsbruck as a base over the past three weeks & on our down days we filled our time exploring Innsbruck, mountain biking around the surrounding areas, rock climbing and sampling the tasty food and beers! These were some of the highlights…
Our Biking Adventures;
The mountains surrounding Innsbruck tend to be pretty darn steep, as a result the Mountain Biking is technical and not for the faint hearted. You can expect more than your fair share of roots, rocks and drops. Biking in spring we were also lucky enough to encounter the odd bit of snow, which spiced things up! A few good trails around Innsbruck were:
Arzler Alm is one of the best mountain bike specific trails in Innsbruck. This photo is from the bottom of the track. The top of the trail is a short ride from the top of the Nordkette cable car / end of the Nordkette “J-Bus” route. The trail is fully groomed, with numerous berms, doubles, jumps and loads of flow! The track gets really busy with the after work crowd in summer, so if you can, time your ride for during the day.
Lanser Alm is a trail located on the south side of the Inn Valley adjacent to Innsbruck. The “J-Bus” can be taken from town up the hill to the bobsledding track to reduce the climb by around 400m. The downhill trail is actually a hiking track and is really technical, but heaps of fun (technically you should not be biking on this track). The track runs into Lanser Kopf, a well-known local mtb track network. This is the GPX file for the track we took <insert GPX file>
Snow on the Lanser Alm trail
Rumer Alm is a hut located on the North side of the Inn Valley adjacent to Innsbruck. The “J-Bus” can also be taken from the centre of town to reduce the vertical grind to the top, although be warned that even after taking the bus there is a fair ascent required! The trial down is also a hiking track and is absolutely spectacular, this track is a must do for any serious cyclist. This is the GPX file for the track we took <insert GPX file>
The trail gets pretty steep near the top!
The local bike shop in Kitzbuhl, an hours drive from Innsbruck, put on a free demo and shuttle day. It goes without saying that we took full advantage of the opportunity. The Ghost E-bikes shown in the above picture were unbelievable, we were able to ride up fire roads that should be impossible to ride on bikes! The shuttle ride in the afternoon took us to the top of one of the best trails in the area called the “FleckAlm Trail”, this track is available on Trailforks. The start of the trail was approx. a foot deep in snow; however, once we got past the snow this trail was one of the best we have ever ridden! So much Froth…
Achensee is the deepest lake in Austria, and as a result is mighty COLD! There are a number of family friendly rides around the lake. We rode to the top of Zwolferkopf and found a super rooty hiking track to descend on. The roots combined with rain created quite the challenge.
There are plenty of locations for Rock Climbing (indoors and outdoors), Via Ferrata, Hiking around Innsbruck. Here’s a sample of our favourites;
Even if the snow conditions are no good in winter you don’t have to worry. At Christmas time we visited Innsbruck for a week. There was practically no snow, so we did not bother skiing and instead did a few hikes. Nockspitz is accessed from the Axamer Lizum car park. It was unbelievable that there was no snow at the summit at the end of December. Hot tip though; be careful on the ice!
This Crag is located behind Imst, a 45min drive from Innsbruck, there are a range of climbs from grade 3 through to 8a+, making it a good location for groups of all abilities. Parking is handily located right under the Crag, only €4 all day.
Hana getting after it, made it to the top of a 5B!
When it’s raining outside, the town of Telfs has really good indoor climbing along with bouldering at the ‘Bergstation’ – Rock Climbing Gym ( http://www.bergstation.tirol). Offers something for all levels.
Getting some hot tips off Franz, the local climbing guru.
Tasty treats & delicious WeissBeirs – aka our Food Adventures;
Machette-Burito Kartel (http://www.machete-burritos.com)
It’s a burrito bar located in the center of town that serves up delicious burritos, tasty beers & cocktails. Very reasonably priced too. Try a pulled pork Burrito & Tegernseer Beer you won’t be disappointed & there is a reason it is always packed!
BurenWirt, located at Dorfgasse 6, Innsbruck 6020, Austria.
It’s a traditional snitzel house on the north side of the valley in Innsbruck. The size of the snitzels is phenominal. You have to try the Pumpkinseed Cordon blue and rinse it down with a delicious Weissbeir.
Both of these places have been frequented by us numerous times!
There are plenty of amazing places to get gelato on a hot summers day after a sweaty ride or day of activities. Our pick of the bunch was at ‘Eisgrotte’ on Burggraben in the centre of town. Get the large waffle cone, it’s the best!
The Apfelstrudel (apple strudel) in the old town is to die for & it’s a must do, especially when in Austria (atrudel heaven), try ‘Strudel Cafe Kroll’. We tried it up at Arzler Alm too, strudel with a view!