Innsbruck is a narrow but sprawling city nestled between the mountains of Austria’s Tyrol region. It’s a very attractive destination, but deciding where to stay in Innsbruck may be a bit more complicated.
I understand your dilemma – the city has a lot to offer, and the 4 days I spent there were barely enough to see it all!
In short, Innenstadt is the best place for your stay if you’re visiting for the first time or just want easy access to the main attractions.
Read this post to learn everything about 5 areas to stay in Innsbruck that are super tourist-friendly. I also went ahead and manually compared all accommodation options out there and hand-picked the best of the best for you below! This way you can book your ideal place just in a couple of clicks!
NOTE: be sure to book your room well in advance – Innsbruck is VERY popular both in the winter and in the summer!
If you are in a hurry
Here’s a list of the best hotels in Innenstadt, Innsbruck’s Old Town:
Here’s a map showing the Innsbruck areas featured in this post:
1. Innenstadt (Old Town) – where to stay for first-timers
Innenstadt, or Old Town is undoubtedly the heart of Innsbruck and the city’s historic and cultural hub, making it a popular choice for first-time visitors thinking of where to stay in Innsbruck.
If you stay in Old Town, you’ll be able to walk to most of the city’s popular attractions. The main point of interest and one of the essential things to do in Innsbruck is to see the Golden Roof (map) and visit the eponymous museum within this golden-roofed Habsburg residence.
Another noteworthy landmark is the Triumphpforte (map), an 18th-century, Roman-style triumphal arch. As for museums, I recommend visiting the Hofburg Innsbruck and the Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum.
During your explorations of Altstadt (another name for Old Town that is situated within the Innenstadt neighborhood), stop by to admire the architecture of Court Church Innsbruck (map) and the Dom St. Jakob cathedral (map), and don’t miss the Annasäule monument on Maria-Theresien-Straße.
Innsbruck’s Old Town has plenty to offer, and the best way to explore it is by walking around, admiring the architecture, and stopping to rest at one of the local restaurants. And if you find you love Innenstadt, I highly recommend you also add Salzburg to your itinerary.
Situated in the heart of Old Town and on the bank of the Inn River, Hotel Innsbruck boasts 2 spa areas, a golden indoor pool, and an upscale restaurant serving European cuisine. Each of the hotel rooms is air-conditioned, with a private bathroom, a flat-screen TV, and an in-room safe.
Other accommodation options in Innenstadt
A boutique hotel situated in a historic building with a bar and an amazing restaurant offering traditional Tyrolean specialties
This ideally located cozy hotel has an Italian restaurant on-site and a small fitness center and offers daily breakfast
This 1-bedroom apartment features 2 comfortable double beds, a fully equipped kitchen, a private bathroom, and a spacious terrace
Innenstadt has the best hotels in Innsbruck – just one of the reasons why it’s the most popular tourist spot. However, this also means that hotels here are the quickest to sell out, which is why I decided to recommend a few additional Innenstadt hotels for all budgets:
- Hotel Grauer Bär (€€€) – Located in the heart of the city, the Hotel Grauer Bär offers air-conditioned rooms and access to a spa with a panoramic swimming pool on the hotel’s 5th floor
- Hotel Zach (€€)- Nestled in a quiet side street, this newly-renovated hotel has a fitness room, private parking, and a daily breakfast buffet
- MEININGER Innsbruck Zentrum (€)- Guests at the MEININGER Hotel can rent private rooms or beds in shared dormitories, a perfect choice for student accommodation in Innsbruck
Things to do in Old Town
2. Pradl – the coolest area to stay for a local vibe
For a more modern and local vibe during your stay in Innsbruck, head a couple of blocks east of the Old Town and cross the train tracks to find yourself in Pradl. Whenever I travel, I always try to get away from the touristy areas and hunt for more authentic neighborhoods like this.
Before you decide to stay here, you need to know that Pradl doesn’t have a lot of attractions; the area is primarily residential, but it recently underwent major redevelopment and got that modern, polished look.
Even though it’s not as touristy as Old Town, you’ll find plenty of ways to spend your time in Pradl! Rapoldipark (map) is a great spot for a walk or a picnic, and there are a variety of events you can attend at Olympiaworld.
You can also go shopping at DEZ Einkaufszentrum Innsbruck or at one of the other shops and stores scattered throughout the neighborhood. Of course, you can always explore Innenstadt – it’s just a 10-minute walk away!
Most of the rooms at the Alphotel offer stunning panoramic views of the Tyrolean Alps, and each guest room has air conditioning, satellite TV, a minibar, and a safe. You can also indulge in the spa center, grab a drink at the bar, or have a delicious meal at the on-site restaurant.
Other accommodation options in Pradl
The Innsbruck Tivoli Hotel offers a free shuttle to the ski slopes, a buffet breakfast, and gym access
This hotel features a bar, a terrace, and a gym, offers ski storage and use of the free ski shuttle
A bright studio with a double bed, a kitchenette, a private bathroom, and a view of the mountains
Things to do in Pradl
3. Patsch & Schönberg im Stubaital – for winter sports
If your idea of a perfect holiday is being surrounded by nature and having access to an abundance of outdoor activities, look no further than the village resorts of Patsch and Schönberg.
These neighborhoods are situated 10 km (6 miles) South of Innenstadt, so you can drive to the center of Innsbruck in just 20 minutes. In case you’re not traveling with your own vehicle, you can rent a car and explore more of the Tyrol region!
The main reason why people visit these lovely villages is the fact that they offer top-notch facilities for winter sports. So, if you were wondering where to stay in Innsbruck for skiing, then you need to book your accommodation in Patsch or Schönberg!
When I first visited Innsbruck I didn’t know anything about skiing, but I have since spent 10 seasons living in ski resorts all around the world (I am a ski instructor!)
Patscherkofel is the main ski resort here, but there are many different resorts in the valley – everything from family-friendly to Olympic-level slopes.
If it so happens that you visit during summer, you can still have plenty of fun, no worries! You can go hiking, rock climbing, or get a bicycle and explore the cycling trails in the area.
A hotel situated in a traditional Tyrolean chalet, offering rooms with rustic wooden decoration and private balconies overlooking the Stubaital Valley. A hot buffet breakfast is served daily, and the in-house bar serves soft drinks and traditional Alpine liquors. Wi-Fi and private parking are available at the hotel and are free of charge.
Other accommodation options in Patsch
A family-run hotel with bright and cozy rooms, a spa with a Finnish sauna, and a small gift shop
Guests can enjoy a tasty breakfast and make use of the ski storage and the free parking
This 1-bedroom apartment features 3 beds and 1 bath and can accommodate up to 4 people
Things to do in Patsch
- Spend a day at the Bergisel Ski Jump (map)
- Go rock climbing at Goldbichl (map)
- Enjoy the Apres Ski at one of the many bars on the mountain
4. Hötting – where to stay in Innsbruck on a budget
If you are simply looking for spots where you can unwind and get an authentic taste of Innsbruck, then Hötting is the area to stay in Innsbruck. Located 2 km (1.2 miles) West of Old Town, Hötting offers the best views over Innsbruck and has plenty of pocket-friendly hotels.
Hötting is ideally located between the city center and the airport, and it’s home to several tour guides and companies, making it a popular starting point for many guided city tours.
Seeing as this is mainly a residential area, and as such, there isn’t much here in terms of nightlife or tourist attractions, but there are a few spots nearby that will entice you to venture outside the neighborhood.
My first suggestion is to plan a visit to the Alpenzoo Innsbruck – Tirol (map), a conservation-style zoo where you’ll see a variety of Alpine animals. Then, continue on to the Innsbruck University Botanical Garden to become familiar with many diverse plants.
Your stay in Hötting would be incomplete without dining at one of the neighborhood restaurants. I personally recommend Trattoria-Pizzeria Due Sicilie (map), a great Italian restaurant that serves authentic wood-baked pizza!
Although Hötting has great public transport coverage, I personally recommend walking to fully appreciate the breathtaking views of mountains and the river that flows along the neighborhood.
This luxury 4-star hotel is in an ideal location near the airport, offering private parking and multiple breakfast options. The sauna and fitness center can be used free of charge by hotel guests, and the rooms are spacious, with parquet flooring and marble bathrooms.
Other accommodation options in Hötting
A wonderful, easily accessible hotel near the airport with free parking and Wi-Fi, and a great breakfast for a surcharge
A small, nicely furnished apartment, with 1 double bed, a kitchenette, and a Smart TV with streaming services
Things to do in Hötting
5. Lans – where to stay in Innsbruck for families
Located just East of Patsch and 8 km (5 miles) from Innenstadt. Lans is a popular choice for people who are planning a family trip to Innsbruck as it is a charming quiet village located at the foot of a mountain.
The village of Lans is renowned for its quiet, serene atmosphere – perfect if you want to take a step back from your usual fast-paced life. And if you want to know where to stay in Innsbruck in summer, I can tell you there’s no better place for a summer holiday than Lans!
The village’s main selling point during summer is the lake. Lake Lans is super family-friendly and offers plenty of recreational activities for both adults and children. There are beaches, swimming spots, waterslides, and supervised play areas, so there’s plenty to do for the whole family.
Lans also has a 9-hole golf course – the Golfclub Innsbruck – that also has an excellent restaurant on the premises, so the whole family can spend the day here.
And if you visit in winter, you can go ice skating when the lake freezes over and enjoy the spectacular views of the mountains! And, of course, you can bring your skis and head to Patscherkofel to hit the slopes.
A boutique-style hotel boasting spacious rooms with hardwood floors, wooden furniture, and bathrooms stocked with free toiletries. The hotel offers multiple dining options, including breakfast, packed lunches, and a 4-course menu, as well as spa services and a playground for kids.
Other accommodation options in Lans
This 3-star hotel has comfortable rooms, a restaurant, free parking, and provides room service and ski storage
Fully furnished apartment in an ideal location featuring a terrace with mountain views and offering free parking and BBQ facilities,
A beautiful 3-bedroom apartment with a full kitchen and dedicated seating and dining areas, plus free private parking
Things to do in Lans
- Take the kids for a walk at Waldpark Lans (map)
- Plan a visit to Ambras Castle
- Visit the health resort and spa Lanserhof
FAQs about where to stay in Innsbruck
🎿 Where to stay in Innsbruck for skiing?
👪 What is the best place to stay in Innsbruck for families?
🏔️ Which is the best area to stay in Innsbruck for first-timers?
💰 Where to stay in Innsbruck on a budget?
📅 How many days do I need in Innsbruck?
You’ll need at least 3 days to visit the top Innsbruck attractions and the most important museums in the city. However, if you’re also planning on skiing, I’d suggest spending 5 or 6 days in the city.
🤔 Which is better, Salzburg or Innsbruck?
Innsbruck is better for outdoor activities and skiing, and it’s more affordable. Salzburg, on the other hand, is more scenic and has more impressive architecture, but it’s also pricier than Innsbruck.
🚶🏽 Is Innsbruck a walkable city?
Yes, Innsbruck is an incredibly walkable city! You can easily explore the central part of the city on foot, but if you don’t feel like walking, you can rely on public transport to get around – it’s quick and reliable.
I think that by now, you’re convinced that Innsbruck is an incredible city that deserves a spot on your travel itinerary. Also, I hope this post was helpful while deciding where to stay in Innsbruck.
But just in case you’re still unsure where to stay, check out my 2 favorite hotels in Innenstadt:
When you do decide on a hotel, hurry up and make reservations in advance – you’ll get better rates and snatch up those rooms with a view!
If you have any Innsbruck-related questions, do leave me a comment – I’m happy to help you plan the perfect trip!
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