Where to stay in Innsbruck

What is the best area to stay in Innsbruck?

By Katherine Dahlquist. April 12, 2023

The heart of the Alps, Innsbruck is a great destination for travelers of all kinds. Whether it’s skiing, hiking, or culture that you’re interested in, the city has something for everyone. Situated only half an hour from the Italian border and one hour from Germany, Innsbruck is a good base for traveling around the Alps and making day trips. Salzburg, Austria’s other great Alpine destination, is also easily reached in under two hours. Whatever your reason for going to Innsbruck, you’ll fall in love with it as soon as you arrive and see the mountains.


Though Innsbruck is a small city, there are several areas to choose from when it comes to accommodation. The best, however, is without a doubt the Innenstadt, which refers to the inner city. The Innenstadt is comprised of the historic Altstadt, or Old Town, and the area surrounding it. As public transportation is easy to access and free for hotel guests, staying in the heart of town is very practical. For those looking to go skiing or hiking, an Olympic ski route is less than half an hour from the center of town, and the bus leaves right from the center of the Innenstadt!

Hotel   Avg price
Basic Hotel Innsbruck
207€ - 226$
Hotel Zach
210€ - 229$
Hotel   Avg price
STAGE 12 Hotel by Penz
212€ - 231$
Altstadthotel Weißes Kreuz
248€ - 270$
Hotel Innsbruck
267€ - 291$
The PENZ Hotel
284€ - 310$

On the map, which shows the best area to stay in Innsbruck, you can see a selection of some of the best located hotels.



If you were interested in finding out where to stay in Innsbruck, you may also be interested in knowing where to stay in Vienna or where to stay in Salzburg.

Innenstadt, the best area to stay in Innsbruck


Best for: Culture / History / Drinking & Dining /Nightlife



InnenstadtLocals love coming to the center of town for dinner and drinks. Even on a weeknight, local pubs and cafes will be full with students. There is no shortage of traditional restaurants, either. Just about any restaurant that you walk into will have Austrian specialties like Wiener Schnitzel and goulash waiting for you! Make sure to try a local specialty, Tirolean groestl, a very filling dish of fried potatoes with a bacon and egg on top. And you’re only minutes away from the city’s cultural highlights, the famous Golden Roof and the imperial palace.


For a great view of the city, walk up the city tower at sunset. The Innenstadt is full of small family-run hotels, so you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect place to stay. In winter, the Innestadt is perfect because it is home to one of Europe’s most beautiful Christmas markets.



Hotels in Innenstadt





Other areas to stay in Innsbruck




Best for: Budget Travelers / Nightlife / Local



WiltenIn Wilten, you aren’t that far away from the Innenstadt, but you’ll be away from the noise. Though there is a thriving nightlife in Wilten, it’s a much quieter scene. It’s also a cheaper one, too. It’s a popular area for students to live. Wilten is mostly a residential neighborhood, but you’ll find some cozy hotels and apartment rentals. If you’re into living like a local, Wilten is the place to go. You won’t find as many tourist shops, and you can visit the local farmers’ market on Saturday.


You’re also close to several major attractions such as the Olympic Ski Jump, the Grassmayr bell foundry, and the Olympic stadium. Public transportation to this area is very good, but it’s also possible to walk to the city center in twenty minutes. The area is also linked via bus to most of the major ski areas.



Hotels in Wilten






Best for: Luxury / Great Views / Quiet Neighborhood



IglsThis tiny town is perfect for a luxury getaway in the mountains. Though Igls may seem like it’s far away from the city, it’s technically part of Innsbruck and is connected to the city by the J bus route. It has several high-end hotels, but there are a few more affordable options and many apartment rentals. It’s very convenient for hiking and skiing as the cable car to the top of Patscherkofel, the “home mountain” of Innsbruck, departs from here.


The buses to the city leave every ten minutes and there is a night bus that runs, so going out for dinner and drinks in the city won’t be a problem. Because of the distance from the city, it’s much quieter at night and very relaxing during the day. For hotel guests, there is even a guided lantern hike leaving from the center of town that ends with drinks and traditional music at a popular pilgrimage site, Heiligwasser, which means holy water in German.



Hotels in Igls






Best for: Tradition / Great Food / Family Friendly



LansThe next town over from Igls, Lans is even a bit farther away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s a bit up the mountain, so you have a great view of Innsbruck and the Nordkette mountains. It still has all of the same amenities as Igls. The same J bus that leaves from the city center goes all the way to Lans, and the cable car is only a five-minute ride away. Lans has several spectacular hotels, one of which has even been run by the same family for over seven hundred years!


All of the hotels have restaurants serving wonderful traditional food sourced from the local farms. You can even pick up raw milk from the dairy farm next door! For families, Lans is a very affordable and fun option. If you’re staying in Innsbruck, it’s even worth a trip up to this town just to try the food and enjoy the views.



Hotels in Lans






Best for: Skiing / Budget Travel



AxamsFor ski lovers, Axams is the place to be. One of Austria’s most popular skiing areas, Axamer Lizum, is only a short drive up the mountain. During the ski season, there are buses that leave for the ski area every half hour. Most hotels offer shuttle services for their guests, too. Axamer Lizum is a favored ski area for locals and tourists alike. It was the sight of the women’s Olympic downhill ski race and is home to the classic Olympic train that goes up the mountain.


At the top of the slopes, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the mountains from the ultra-modern Hoadl House sttation, named for one of the nearby peaks. The area is also popular for sledding, snowshoeing, and hiking during the summer. It is, however, hard to get to and from the city without a car during the evening. Taxis are quite expensive, so if you want to go out every night, Axams maybe isn’t the choice for you.



Hotels in Axams






Best for: Hiking / On a Budget



HungerburgHungerburg is a very expensive area of the city to live in, but it can be one of the cheaper areas to stay. There are lots of apartment rentals in the area, especially for long-term guests. For hikers, the area is perfect. There are many hiking routes that start here.


Located on the Nordkette, the area has a nice view of the city and is right next to the cable car that takes you to the top of Innsbruck. It’s also not too far away from the popular Alpine Zoo, which is one of the most environmentally friendly zoos in the world. It is easy to reach the city center with the local J bus or the Hungerburg train, which was designed by the famous architect Zaha Hadid. However, there is no grocery store in the neighborhood, so this can be a major drawback.



Hotels in Hungerburg

Katherine Dahlquist Katherine Dahlquist 

Katherine Dahlquist-Bauer Lewelling, a travel writer, calls Innsbruck, Austria, home. With a rich background spanning Gwangju to Dallas, she explores Europe extensively, lending her unique perspective to diverse destinations while acknowledging the evolving travel landscape in a post-pandemic world.