Innsbruck on a Budget 1 Day Itinerary
If you’ve read my See Italy and Austria in 2 Weeks then you’re here to read how to spend an amazing day in Innsbruck on a budget, yes? Great! Here I will break down my 1-day Innsbruck itinerary perfect for any first-time traveler, budget or not. I have done this suggested travel myself as a solo, budget, female traveler so, yes, this fabulous day in Innsbruck can be done.
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Innsbruck on a Budget (or Not) Guide
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Let me state here that when I say “budget”, I mean your daily travel expenses should total €100 or less. Yes, it is very possible to visit Innsbruck on less than €100. Or more! It’s up to you and your budget. The following travel guide can work for anyone, budget or not. The key factor that can push you out of the “budget” range is the accommodations you choose, not the attractions. Nice, huh?
Ok, now let’s get you to Innsbruck on a budget!
Why Go to Innsbruck?
Innsbruck is the capital of the Tyrol region of Austria. Sitting on the Sill River with the Eastern Alps as a backdrop, Innsbruck is surrounded by jaw-droppingly, beautiful scenery. It is no wonder the Hapsburg Royal family chose Innsbruck as the location for their summer home, the Hofburg Palace. Today, Innsbruck offers many indoor and outdoor activities in and surrounding the town to enjoy at any time of year, especially in winter with skiing and ski jumping being very popular. In fact, Innsbruck hosted the Olympic Winter Games in 1964 and 1976.
From Innsbruck, Vienna or any other Austria locations, it is more than likely you will arrive at the Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof. From there you can walk or take a shuttle to your hotel. Innsbruck can mostly be done on foot and public transportation if you’re staying within my recommended area (see map below).
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Where to Stay in Innsbruck
Innsbruck’s historic center is small and easily walkable to see the sights. With this in mind, I recommend staying within the circled area on the map:
For budget purposes, my hotel recommendation/value for the money with breakfast and taxes included at €64/night is Hotel Goldene Krone Innsbruck. It is in a fabulous location – walking distance to the train station and city center – with a very nice breakfast, friendly staff, and includes all of the lovely amenities you could need.
If you want cheaper accommodations, there are other hotels and hostels to choose from starting at around €20/night, depending on what amenities and location you want. Hostelworld has some great, Innsbruck listings.
Conversely, if you want to pay more, take a look at Innsbruck accommodations. I would still recommend staying in the suggested area noted above.
Many accommodations may not let you check in until 2-4pm, but if available, have them store your luggage until your room is ready so you can get out and enjoy Innsbruck!
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Innsbruck Attraction Musts
Much of the Innsbruck highlights can be done in a day, should you be able to start early. Note, most attractions will open at 9 to 10am and close by 5pm so the earlier you can start your day in Innsbruck the better.
- Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen – take a cable car ride from the city center to the top of Innsbruck for fabulous views of the city.
- Nordkettenbahn Funicular – in 8 minutes you can go through the four stations of the Hungerburg funicular to the top for amazing views of Innsbruck.
- Schloss Ambras – 4.5km southeast of the city center and perched on the hill, this fortress was acquired by Archduke Ferdinand II in 16thcentury, which he changed to a palace complete with beautiful gardens and the Spanish Hall (Spanische Saal) as its centerpiece. The gallery also hosts van Dyck and Velázquez original works.
- Hofkirche Cathedral (Court Church) – a beautiful, 16thcentury Gothic structure built as a mausoleum for Maximilian Iby Ferdinand I. You can see Maximilian I’s tomb housed in the Silver Chapel.
- Dom zu St. Jakob (Cathedral of St. James) – 18th century Baroque cathedral dedicated to the apostle Saint James.
- Hofburg Palace – originally built as a castle for Archduke Sigmund the Rich in the 15th century, it was expanded and upgraded by Emporor Maximilian I in the 16thcentury and Empress Maria Theresia in the 18thcentury where you can still see her baroque final touches and the Giant’s Hall done in the rococo style.
- Hofgarten – the adjoining, sprawling gardens idealic for fresh air and natural beauty at the base of the Alps.
- Goldenes Dachl & Museum – The Golden Roof is a Gothic building built for Emperor Maximilian I showcasing 2657 fire-gilt copper tiles. You can tour yourself or purchase an audio guide.
- Maria-Theresien Strasse / City Center – Innsbruck’s main shopping street in the Innenstadt (down town) filled with quaint shops and outdoor dining. In December to early January the Christmas Market is famous for drawing crowds with its holiday spleandor.
- St. Anne’s Column – on Maria-Theresien-Strasse, St. Anne’s Column was erected in 1703 and named for St. Anne’s Day when the Bavarian troops were driven from the region at the end of the War of the Spanish Succession.
- Innsbruck Aldstadt – Just west of the Innenstadt is the Aldstadt (old town) area filled with more shops and restaurants in centuries old buildings.
- Innsbruck City Tower – Landmark watchtower built in the 1400s with an observation deck & a copper-clad onion dome. Offers amazing views of the Innsbruck skyline and Alps.
Other Innsbruck Attractions
Here are other great attractions to see that you can see during your day in Innsbruck or on a second day should you have extra time.
- Bergisel Ski Jump
- Swarovski Kristallwelten
- Alpine Zoo
- Tyrol Panorama
- Tyrolean Folk Art Museum
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Innsbruck on a Budget: 1-Day Itinerary
My suggested Innsbruck hotel can be booked for €64 a night (a fabulous breakfast and taxes included). If you get a better deal or choose a more budget-friendly accommodation, then your daily costs with all meals could be less than €100!
That said, here is my suggested 1-day itinerary, that is bound to keep you busy, so you can see how budget-friendly Innsbruck can be while enjoying the culture and not sacrificing on comfort or activities.
Note: prices below do not reflect lunch or dinner meals, and attractions prices may have changed slightly since time of writing.
1 Day in Innsbruck = €105.2 - €133.2
- Maria-Theresien Strasse/ Anne’s Column / City Center for exploring
- Innsbruck Information / City Tower
- Goldenes Dachl & Museum
- Innsbruck Aldstadt for more exploring, shopping and lunch
- Dom zu St. Jakob (Cathedral of St. James) – free
- Hofburg Palace / Hofgarten
- Schloss Ambras (with Sightseer Bus ticket) OR Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen OR Nordkettenbahn Funicular – saving the best views for last, try one of these to end your day!
- Hotel (breakfast and taxes included)
If you have time on your second day before check out, catch any of the above that you may have missed or just keep wandering within Innsbruck to check out any missed treasures.
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