The capital city of the federal state of Tyrol, Innsbruck is located in the Inn Valley in western Austria.
Owing to is proximity in the broad valley between the Nordkette Mountains in the north, and the Patscherkofel and Serles in the south, the town has acquired a reputation as a world-class winter sports destination. The Axamer Lizum, Patscherkofel, Igls, Seefeld, Tulfes and Stubai Valley are all close by, with glacial weather making skiing possible all year round.
Snowboarding, ski mountaineering, snowshoeing, and skating are also popular – with some top quality facilities also on offer. Interestingly, Innsbruck is one of three places – along with St. Moritz, Switzerland and Lake Placid, USA – that has twice hosted the Olympic Winter Games. When the snow melts Innsbruck is also popular with mountaineers looking to explore the slopes. Back in town the Imperial Palace, Ambras Palace, Ottoburg and the Wilten Basilica all offer valuable insight into the history of the town. The town has its own airport and makes the perfect base for exploration of the wider region.