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Where in the world: Europe  /  Austria  /  Austrian Alps  /  Tirol  /  Ischgl

Top 15 things to do in Ischgl

1. Ischgl-Samnaun ski area

Ski, snowboard, and party at Ischgl-Samnaun ski area, a mecca for winter athletes. Take one of the three ropeways that lead from the village to the ski area 1,377 m (4,518 ft) above sea level. Visit a large restaurant with viewing terrace at Idalp, the main central point on the mountain. The area above it offers wide, easy runs and a challenging snow park. The steepest piste in the entire resort is in the Höllboden bowl with a gradient of 70 percent. You can access the run with the ultra-modern Lange Wand chair lift. Famous for its lively parties and boisterous nightlife, Ischgl has hosted the concerts of such international stars as Bob Dylan, Tina Turner, Beyonce, and Katy Perry.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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2. Swarovski Kristallwelten, Wattens

Enter Swarovski Kristallwelten, an underground museum, through a hole in the hillside and step inside a massive crystalline theater. This attraction was created in 1995 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Swarovski crystal company. Designed by multimedia artist Andre Heller, the crystal museum encompasses art, music, dance, and literature into one overwhelming experience. "The Giant," a face landscaped on the hillside with crystals for eyes and a water fountain for a mouth, greets you as you approach the entrance of the museum.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
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3. Stubaier Gletscher, Neustift im Stubaital

The biggest glacier ski resort in Austria, Stubaier Gletscher, guarantees snow for eight complete months. Pair that with your choice of 35 ski runs, ranging from novice to challenging and totaling 110 km (68 mi) in length, and you have an excellent reason to click on skis or a snowboard. Nestled in the Alps at altitudes between 1,750 m (5740 ft) and 3,210 m (10,530 ft), the resort features 26 lifts and cable cars. See how you do on the 10 km (6 mi) continuous run, which starts at the top of the mountain and ends in the lowest valley of the resort. Check out the man-made snow park for snowboarders and freeskiers, which includes easy, medium, and pro terrains. Numerous ski runs and games for children are available.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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4. Alpenzoo, Innsbruck

Get a glimpse of alpine wildlife at Alpenzoo. The only zoo in the world devoted to indigenous alpine species, this site houses more than 2,000 animals. The zoo accommodates 20 alpine mammal species, 60 kinds of birds, 11 types of reptiles, and six amphibian species, as well as nearly all alpine fish species. Built on the side of the mountain, the zoo requires a lot of walking up and down the slopes. Rest at one of the picnic areas with the view of Innsbruck and the surrounding mountains. Dogs are not permitted inside the zoo.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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5. Schloss Ambras Innsbruck, Innsbruck

At Schloss Ambras Innsbruck, see Archduke Ferdinand II's collections of art, crafts, and curiosities. Commissioned in the 16th century by one of the most important patrons of the Habsburg family, the castle served as the archduke's residence from 1563 to 1595. In the chamber of art and curiosities, find corals arranged in cabinets, turnery made of wood and ivory, glass figurines, porcelain, and silk paintings. In two rooms of jousting armor, you can examine the suits made for the archduke. Enter the Spanish Hall, a notable example of German Renaissance architecture, and look along the wood-inlaid ceiling and walls adorned with 27 portraits of Tyrolean rulers. Compare them to the paintings of Habsburgs in the upper castle portrait gallery.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
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6. Aqua Dome - Tirol Therme Laengenfeld, Langenfeld

Feel the healing powers of Oetztal Alps through the steam baths, saunas, and pools of Aqua Dome - Tirol Therme Laengenfeld.This spa center, embedded in the mountain scenery, features indoor and outdoor spas, two large indoor pools, a brine pool, massage pools, giant whirlpool, and fitness center. Immerse yourself in warm, invigorating thermal water coming down from a glacier. Watch the alpine scenery through the giant windows of the relaxation area, which is arranged like an opera gallery. Be aware that the spaciousness and high ceilings of the spa area can make some people feel chilly.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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7. Schwarzwassersee

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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8. Altstadt von Innsbruck, Innsbruck

Go back in time at Altstadt von Innsbruck to discover how numerous Habsburg rulers bestowed imperial splendor on the town. Start from the riverside and walk through small alleys alongside colorful old houses. See some of the architectural gems from the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical periods, such as the Golden Roof and the Cathedral of St. James. Taste the local beer or the authentic Tyrolean food at one of the many restaurants with a view of Alps. Stroll through the Hofgarten, a park located on the edge of the Old Town. Buy the Innsbruck card to save on the cost of attractions.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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9. St. Anton, St. Anton am Arlberg

Experience the Tyrolean hospitality and customs while skiing at St. Anton. This winter sports resort offers ski trails for beginners, experienced skiers, and snowboarders. Hike to one of many sightseeing spots around the village. Check out the new Funslope on Galzig, a combination of a slope and a snowpark. The new multifunctional sports center features pools, whirlpools, and a water slide. Visit the museum and learn how this 19th-century summer resort transformed into the cradle of alpine skiing. Taste a homemade cake, ice cream from the farm, smoked trout, or Styrian apple juice at one of many restaurants in the area.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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10. Rosshutte, Seefeld in Tirol

With its numerous ski pistes and hiking trails, Rosshutte offers a playground for skiers, snowboarders, hikers, and mountain bikers. Three different cable cars will take you to different heights and stations of the mountain.Stop at the mid-station restaurant to taste authentic mountain products. Walk down or ride in one of the summit cable cars to Seefelder Joch or across to Harmelekopf. Visit Cold Water Lake--a manmade reservoir used in the winter to feed the snowmaking facilities. Hikers must be sure-footed and have good hiking shoes.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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11. Die Pfarrkirche Ischgl

Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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12. The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), Innsbruck

At The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), imagine how the Austrian emperor and his wife sat on the porch and watched tournaments on the square below. The symbol of the city, it overlooks the main street of Altstadt. The name of the place stems from the 2,738 fire-gilded copper tiles covering the roof. Emperor Maximilian I commissioned the three-story balcony to celebrate his marriage to Bianca Maria Sforza. Learn about Austrian history from the reliefs and murals depicting scenes of the emperor's life. Eight sculpted reliefs covering the second-floor balustrade illustrate how aristocrats amused themselves. Look for a flanking relief depicting the acrobatic and grotesque dancing of Moorish origin.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
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13. Imperial Palace, Innsbruck

Get a close look at the lifestyle of Austrian rulers of the past at Imperial Palace. The favorite winter residence of the Habsburgs, the palace now serves as the official presidential residence. See the rooms where Emperor Joseph II once drew up his revolutionary program of reforms. Enter the Imperial Chancellery Wing and the Amalia Residence, which contained the apartments of Franz Joseph and Elisabeth. Visit one or all of the three museums: the authentically furnished Imperial Apartments, the Sisi Museum, and the Silver Collection of Imperial utilitarian objects. The collections provide historically accurate insights into the tradition and daily life at the court.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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14. Maria-Theresien-Strasse, Innsbruck

Shop, dine, and discover the many historic buildings along Maria-Theresien-Strasse. Visit the churches, museums, and other landmarks along the boulevard. Be sure to check out the statue of and tribute to Maria Theresa. Note that this area tends to be crowded most days, so expect to wait in lines at the shops and restaurants.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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15. Seilbahnmuseum

Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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