OLYMPIA SKIWORLD INNSBRUCK
Innsbruck - the site of the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympic Games with its huge mountains, tons of varied terrain for every ability level, is a particularly interesting sports and nature destination.
In winter, 8 ski areas, called the “Olympia Ski World”, invite the ski novices and professional skiers alike to explore the region. 75 modern ski lifts serve up to 270 kilometers of perfectly groomed ski runs and open up a varied backcountry skiing terrain. The Patscherkofel and Hafelekar mountains offer steep, challenging runs for the more advanced skiers. Axamer Lizum, has a wide variety of trails for everyone, including the Women's Downhill Course which is a favorite of intermediate skiers. Stubai Glacier, with 18 lifts, 35 miles of well-groomed and marked runs and a vertical drop of 4,790 feet guarantees great skiing and panoramic outlooks all year round. Kühtai, a ski station situated at 2.020 metres, gives a great ski experience even in the late ski season through long lasting snow and with a well-equipped hotel infrastructure.
Other winter activities include cross-country skiing, biathlon for guests, tobogganing or an exciting ride on the Olympic Bobsled run, just to mention a few ones.
The great nature experience can be prolonged in summer: a free mountain hiking programme with professional guides, bus and equipment invites all the guests to discover great nature trails around Innsbruck and its holiday villages. Also activities like rafting, sky-diving, paragliding, bungee-jumping or golf, horse-back riding or mountainbiking fills the leisure plan of the nature lovers and sports enthusiasts.
Last but not least Innsbruck, a historical center predominantely used as a site for centuries by the noble family Habsburg, never ceases to be amazed by the 800 year old city centre and the Maria-Theresien-Straße, one of the prettiest streets in the world with stunning views of the mountains. Well worth a look is the Golden Roof, the Imperial Palace, the Court Church with its "Schwarze Mander" (bronze statues), the Giant Panoramic Painting, depicting the Tyrolean freedom fighters lead by Andreas Hofer in battle against Napoleon, the Renaissance Ambras Castle and many museums. The ski jump, rebuilt by top architect, Zaha Hadid, is now one of the modern landmarks of the Tirolean provincial capital.
The heart of the Alps offers both traditional and modern. Nature, sport and culture are all in the vicinity, not forgetting modern shopping, charming hospitality and interesting tours of discovery.