Best Times to Visit Innsbruck
The best times to visit Innsbruck are the winter and summer. This is a winter-sport enthusiast's paradise, so you will find it full of skiers and snowboarders during the long winter months. In the summer, days can be warm, with temperatures reaching the mid-70s, though you could still need a jacket when temperatures drop at night. Fall is the cheapest time to visit, but you'll find many attractions close for the month of November, so you may miss out on some of the top things to see. Innsbruck also experiences an alpine wind that, while warm, can be quite strong, reaching speeds of more than 90 miles an hour, so hold on to your hat!
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Many visitors prefer seeing Innsbruck in the shade of its snowy mountains. Snowfall is expected into mid-April so the Alps will likely still be capped with snow, and spring in Innsbruck tends to be fairly cold with highs dropping as low as the mid-40s. Also, keep in mind that the weather in downtown Innsbruck can be different (usually warmer) than that in the mountains, where the ski resorts perch at higher elevation. If you're hoping to ski, but want a bit of a break on peak season ski prices, spring is a smart time to visit.
Innsbruck warmly greets summer, and it's a great time to sightsee. Daytime temperatures can get quite warm in town, reaching the 80s, though you could still need a jacket when temperatures cool in the evenings. Most travelers report that Innsbruck is relatively quiet in the summer months with college students out of school and the skiing crowds long gone. It's a great time to enjoy the area's hiking and other warmer climate outdoor adventures. However, you may want to pack an umbrella as summer experiences the most rainfall of the year.
Fall is the true low season, though it can be a great time of year to score a deal on accommodations and flights. The town tends to be quite sleepy, though, with many attractions shortening their hours and quite a few closing entirely for the month of November. Weather in the fall can bring snow and low temperatures, with highs in the 40s.
Expect chilly temperatures largely below freezing in the winter months. You'll want to bring lots of warm clothing, though feel free to enjoy a hot mulled wine around town to warm up. This season also sees lots of events, and what better way to celebrate the holidays than surrounded by snow? But while this is a wonderful time to visit Innsbruck, there are a few catches. Especially in February, hotel rates, flights and lift tickets will be at their peak as visitors head to Innsbruck for winter sports. In addition, many attractions have shortened hours during the winter months.
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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.
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