Innsbruck Austria is recognized world-wide as being one of the top winter sports destinations. It was even the site of two Winter Olympics, 1964 and 1976.
While it gets plenty of tourism for its world-class ski slopes, we chose to visit in summer and found that the crowded were smaller but the photography opportunities were incredible, as the city is surrounded by Alps and offers many observation points.
The two sights featured in this video are the Bergisel Ski Jump and the Alps Observation Skywalk:
Music: Lakey Inspired "Beyond" | Filmed with iPhone 6 | Edited with iMovie
1. Bergisel Ski Jump
Designed by acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid, the ski jump building is modern and avant garde with tall glass windows and panoramic views of the city below. Take the funicular to top (50 meters high!) where you can watch the ski jumpers literally fly as they take their jump. From May to October, you can watch the winter sports action from down below or up above. It is not every day that you get to see athletes jump from 50 meters high.
2. Drachenfelsen Observation Deck
There are a number of places to get a sky-high panoramic view in Innsbruck. For great views of the alps from an easy hiking vantage point, check out this modern glass sky-walk. I drove to the base of the trail-head and hiked an easy trek through the forest to reach this spot. Be sure to leave your vertigo at home!
Aside from those two spots, the city of Innsbruck is more like a town and filled with interesting churches and architecture. Just outside of the city is the Swarovski Factory which features whimsical art installations. Additionally, there are other remnants from the Olympics in Innsbruck including the Olympic Sports Arena to check out. Enjoy!
What are your favorite places to photograph in Innsbruck?
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