Enjoy genuine Tyrolean cuisine in a traditional guesthouse, grab a hearty snack in a mountain hut, or sample haute cuisine in an award-winning gourmet restaurant. The beauty of Innsbruck is that all of these options are available, alongside pretty much any international style of food you can think of, due to it being a bustling and international city.
• Restaurant 1809 - A contemporary restaurant with glass walls and a vast terrace, but with hints of Tyrolean tradition and history - the name comes from the most significant date in the region's history, when the peasants revolted against Napoleon troops. They also serve delicious Tyrolean delicacies like gröstl.
• Speckeria - You'll find this informal deli-style venue in the old town, near the Golden Roof. Serving a variety of cured meats like pork, wild boar and venison, alongside a selection of breads and cheeses (and a beer), it's enough to get a taste of the local cuisines. The restaurant is named after a type of Tyrolean smoked bacon that's known for its slow perishability and high nutritional value.
• Ristorante Pizzeria da Rocco - If you're into your Italian foods, make sure yo ucome here. The service is excellent - with care and attention paid to every aspect of the meal - and the portions and generous and well-priced. You can dig into a range of pastas, pizzas and risottos, and the bruschetta is one in a million.
• aDLERS Restaurant - Located on the 12th floor of the Adlers Hotel, next to the main train station, this restaurant offers stunning views over the city. In a contemporary and cosmopolitan setting, you can experience casual dining with high-quality foods, like black linguine, Thai prawns and Tomahawk steaks. And every Sunday they serve brunch accompanied by live music - pretty swish, right?
• Auis Restaurant - Owned and ran by Flo and Jo, this little restaurant on Museum Strasse is known for its varied menu that changes every month. The chefs create famous dishes from around the world using only locally-sourced ingredients. Veggies, carnivores, beer and wine lovers will savour every moment of their meal here.
• Hoadl Haus (top of Olympiabahn lift, Axamer Lizum ski area) – Great views of the pistes and surrounding mountains, complemented by attractive traditional interior and a great variety of local food.
• Seegrube Restaurant (top of the Seegrube Cable Railway, Nordkette ski area) – From a hearty breakfast to a four-course evening meal, this is a year-round restaurant with stunning views down into Innsbruck and classic Tyrolean cuisine served to your table.
• Dorfstadl Restaurant (middle of the village, Kühtai ski area) – An authentic Tyrolean ski hut atmosphere, equipped with a great sun terrace and stunning views of the surrounding pistes.
From classic Austrian on-mountain après ski, to concert halls and nightclubs in the city, you won’t be struggling for things to do in the evening - there's not a particular après centre in Innsbruck, but with a large student population, there’s plenty of good bars and pubs around.
• Cocktailbar Kir Royal - On the Sillgasse you'll find this cosy cocktail bar serving (they claim) the best cocktails in town. The owner and the staff put their minds together to create some interesting concoctions for you to enjoy in a relaxed setting, accompanied by good music. It's a great venue to a low-key evening or for a few drinks before the night really gets going.
• Down Under - This Australian-themed bar is funky throughout - with notable Australian landmarks collaged on the walls of the bathrooms and a variety of live music. It's also the best place to catch a sports game, especially if you love a bit of atmosphere.
• Hofgarten Café - This fashionable indoor-outdoor nighttime spot is something of a cult status in Innsbruck. The outdoor area is in the pavilion in the old palace garden and is highly popular with younger crowds. They have different themed nights throughout the week and are partial to a bit of live music and weekly specials.
• The Galway Bay Irish Pub - Every city you go to, you're bound to find an Irish pub - well, this is Innsbruck's. This authentic bar is ideal for sports and beer lovers, with a 52-inch screen showing a range of football and rugby games, open-mic nights and quiz nights, all alongside an array of German and craft beers, and - of course - Guinness.
• Elfer House - Located in the old town of Innsbruck, this bar specialises in an extensive range of beers. It's a popular haunt with students and hipsters, perhaps because of its gothic arches, rustic tables and cosy flair. At the bar, you'll find six beers on tap and 30 different brands in bottles - as well as a whole menu of other drinks, too.
• The ski bus departs once a day from Innsbruck, around 9am, so make sure you get to the bus stop in time or you'll be forking out cash for cabs.
• Use the Innsbruck Card to get great discounts and free entry to all museums and a variety of transport options in the city.
We’re all about giving you support, expertise and info before, during and after your holiday – it’s what we do. Our service includes:
- 24/7 support and assistance.
- Ski Explorer app with maps, resort info and tips as well as snow and weather reports.
- Text messages with essential information about your journey.
As there won’t be a rep based in Innsbruck, we’ll meet you at the airport to give you your vouchers if you’ve pre-booked lift passes, equipment hire or tuition, and make sure you’re ready for the mountain. There won’t be any Crystal-run après events, but you can check our free Crystal Ski Explorer app for details on local events and activities. If you need any assistance, you can call the Crystal team 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
All our holidays include shared transfers to and from your accommodation. However, if you would prefer a private transfer, this can be added when booking. These are taken by car, 6-seater or minibus, depending on the number of people in your booking.