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Innsbruck Area Map

Neighborhoods

You'll likely spend the majority of your time in Innsbruck's Old Town, as that's where most of the city's top attractions reside. When you need a break from the crowds, explore outside of the main tourist area to discover photo-worthy pockets of the city nearly untouched by time.

The old town of Innsbruck is best known for its pastel-colored buildings that make for a picture-perfect snapshot of the city and several top attractions. It's lined with restaurants and shops and features many attractions like the Golden Roof and the Imperial Palace. It's a great spot for a stroll, to sample local cuisine or simply stop for a coffee. Finding accommodations in Old Town is your best bet if you want to be in the center of the action.

The city's oldest district, the St. Nikolaus quarter hosts an annual Christmas market and is home to many artisans and craftsmen running local businesses. Along the Inn River, you'll also find the neo-Gothic St. Nicholas Church, which was built after World War II.

This area of the city is known for its colorful row houses that sit along the left bank of the Inn River and make for a picturesque photo opportunity. You'll also find several centuries-old churches in this neighborhood.

This old district of Innsbruck, which sits on the left bank of the Inn River and heads up into the mountains, offers great views of Innsbruck below and is a perfect stop on your way to Alpenzoo. Hungerburg also hosts its own Christmas market each year, one of six in the area. Here, you can hop a ride on the modern Hungerburg funicular to get to Innsbruck's Old Town or the Alpenzoo. This area has limited parking, so it's best reached by funicular or bus.

Innsbruck is a pretty safe place to visit, and according to the U.S. Department of State, Austria has one of the lowest crime rates in Europe with violent crime rarely occurring. You might find pickpockets and bag snatchers in public areas and on public transportation, so be vigilant with your belongings. It's also a good idea to keep your bags with you when traveling by train. The U.S. Department of State advises that many cities in Austria have occasional public demonstrations, which are usually not violent, but can disrupt transportation.

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