When out and about around Innsbruck, I often hear people talking about how beautiful the mountains are from the comfort of a restaurant or café. And I always say the same thing: “The views are even better from the top.” Innsbruck really is the ultimate urban|alpine destination and the free hiking programme makes the mountains accessible for everyone.

Kalkkogel summer hike

No experience required

The idea of heading out and exploring the mountains on your own can be pretty daunting, especially if you haven’t got any mountaineering experience. Not a problem in Innsbruck – anyone with a guest card can take part in the daily guided hikes and enjoy the mountains without worrying about routes, equipment, transportation or getting lost. Plus two guides are available every day to ensure that groups can be tailored to ability and fitness levels.

Hike Innsbruck summer

Qualified guides

One of the biggest perks of Innsbruck’s hiking programme is being accompanied by a guide who knows and loves the area. Because let’s be honest, who really has time to research bus timetables, trail maps, safety information, hiking destinations, outdoor equipment, etc.? As part of Innsbruck’s hiking programme, qualified and experienced guides from Alpin Schule Innsbruck (ASI) will show you the best routes, most spectacular views and hidden local gems. And the best part – you can just relax and enjoy it. No need to worry about directions or transport. Just put on your hiking boots and enjoy the scenery and fresh mountain air.

Equipment rental

Did you come to Innsbruck expecting a city break? No problem. You can rent hiking boots, waterproofs and rucksacks free of charge as part of the hiking programme. Now nothing is standing in the way of you and the untouched nature around Innsbruck.

Urban alpine Innsbruck

Why bother when Innsbruck is so beautiful?

It’s true that Innsbruck has more than enough museums, attractions, shops and fantastic restaurants to fill up your holiday. Not to mention the amazing mountain views all around you. But one of the biggest highlights of a holiday in Innsbruck is the proximity and accessibility of nature. A holiday in Innsbruck doesn’t have to be just a city break. It can be so much more… The hiking programme makes getting into the mountains easy and includes a wide selection of routes, from sunrise hikes to easy trails with stunning views or more adventurous explorations. So next time you are sitting in a café thinking how nice the mountains look, head to the Innsbruck Tourist Office and check out your options.

More information

The hiking programme is offered daily from 26th May to 28th September and every weekday from 29th September to 27th October. Read more about the free hiking programme in Innsbruck or flick through the Active Summer brochure.