‘Walks to Explore’ is a new initiative developed to encourage people to get off the beaten track and discover the different aspects of Innsbruck, from its ornate architecture and rich history to the young, cool and modern side that attracts students from all over the world.
The walking guide features seven themed circular walks, ranging from a couple of hours to the whole day, taking visitors right across the city or up onto the mountains.
Peter Unsinn, Head of Market Management at Innsbruck Tourism, said: “This is an exciting new programme that has been designed to showcase the city’s impressive diversity and the surrounding unspoiled nature, as well as put lesser known parts on the map. The guide provides explanations and insider tips throughout each route, with the chance to stop off at exhibitions, museums and attractions along the way – some walks in the programme provide walkers with a more seasonal offering.”
Highlights of the walking guide include the spectacular views from the Sill Gorge of the Bergisel Ski Jump – designed by internationally renowned architect Zaha Hadid – the Baggersee Lake and the chance to take a journey back in time at Bäckerbühelgasse and St Nikolaus Gasse, two of the oldest alleyways in Innsbruck.
Peter Unsinn added: “The fourth walk in the programme, named ‘Maximilian, Sisi and Co.’ is particularly special this year as it’s the 500th anniversary of the death of Austria’s famous Emperor Maximilian I.
“Walkers will go on a journey through the Emperor’s most iconic showpieces, including the Golden Roof, the Hofburg Imperial Palace – Maximilian’s favourite residence – and the Hofkirche Court Church, which is home to his cenotaph. “There’s something of interest to everyone and we wanted to ensure that the programme is easily accessible, so a selection of walks are suitable for both pushchairs and wheelchairs.”
More information about Walks To Explore can be found at www.innsbruck.info/exploring or the guide can be downloaded at https://www.innsbruck.info/epaper/english/walks-to-explore/