Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck

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Natural Wonders, Skiing, Sports Type
More than Full Day Time to Spend
  • 4.5Value
  • 5.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

The Stats: 81 mountain railways and lifts, 170 miles of runs, a 7,710 foot vertical drop, and nine different parks. With those types of numbers, Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck is a haven for winter sports enthusiasts. In theory, you might never have to ski the same run twice in a multiple-day stay; however, we are betting that after a thrilling first time you will want to repeat many of them. It also becomes easily apparent why Innsbruck was chosen as the site of the Winter Olympics not once, but twice. The Austrian Alps receives downpours of snow from November to mid April, so you have almost six months to catch fresh powder. Also, night skiing is available at three of the eight resorts. For experienced skiers and boarders, the Innsbruck Nordpark offers steep terrain, but the highest elevation goes to the Stubai Glacier area, which you can ski year-round. Families should head to Seefeld, which has comfortable accommodations and easier runs.

You can purchase lift tickets for one location or all eight, depending on the duration and location of your stay. During the winter, free buses link all eight skiing regions as well as shuttle visitors to nearby holiday villages and the Old Town. Although prices and packages range greatly depending on the time of the season, the number of ski areas you wish to visit and the duration of your stay, your bill will still be quite reasonable compared to stateside ski resorts for the incredible access to so much terrain. Check out Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck's website for more information.

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Maria-Theresien-Strasse (Maria Theresa Street)
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#1 Maria-Theresien-Strasse (Maria Theresa Street)

Acting as the triumphant entrance into the medieval Innsbruck, Maria Theresien-Strasse funnels visitors through a long procession of shops and restaurants. The avenue, though historic, has now become a bit overrun with tourists snapping photos of every gorgeous building they see (which are also quite numerous). The tourists, architecture, shops and restaurants also translates to inflated prices, so beware of the small price tags on objects and price-less menus at cafes.

When you're in need of a stroll, you can follow Maria-Theresien-Strasse through Old Town (or the Altstadt) to the Golden Roof. The area is safe during the day and night, but watch your pockets in crowded spots.

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