Wed. May 29th, 2024

Innsbruck is a narrow but sprawling city nestled between the mountains of Austria’s Tyrol region. It’s a very attractive destination, but deciding where to stay in Innsbruck may be a bit more complicated.

I understand your dilemma – the city has a lot to offer, and the 4 days I spent there were barely enough to see it all!

In short, Innenstadt is the best place for your stay if you’re visiting for the first time or just want easy access to the main attractions.

Read this post to learn everything about 5 areas to stay in Innsbruck that are super tourist-friendly. I also went ahead and manually compared all accommodation options out there and hand-picked the best of the best for you below! This way you can book your ideal place just in a couple of clicks!

NOTE: be sure to book your room well in advance – Innsbruck is VERY popular both in the winter and in the summer!

Here’s a map showing the Innsbruck areas featured in this post:

A colorful map highlighting the best areas to stay in Innsbruck, with numbered locations and labels for easy navigation
  1. INNENSTADT: for first-timers
  2. PRADL: for a local vibe
  3. PATSCH & SCHÖNBERG IM STUBAITAL: for winter sports
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  5. HÖTTING: for budget travel
  6. LANS: for families

1. Innenstadt (Old Town) – Where To Stay For First-timers

Panoramic view of Innsbruck's cityscape featuring the iconic Golden Roof, domed cathedrals, and a backdrop of the majestic Nordkette mountains

Innenstadt, or Old Town is undoubtedly the heart of Innsbruck and the city’s historic and cultural hub, making it a popular choice for first-time visitors thinking of where to stay in Innsbruck.

If you stay in Old Town, you’ll be able to walk to most of the city’s popular attractions. The main point of interest and one of the essential things to do in Innsbruck is to see the Golden Roof (map) and visit the eponymous museum within this golden-roofed Habsburg residence.

Another noteworthy landmark is the Triumphpforte (map), an 18th-century, Roman-style triumphal arch. As for museums, I recommend visiting the Hofburg Innsbruck and the Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum.

During your explorations of Altstadt (another name for Old Town that is situated within the Innenstadt neighborhood), stop by to admire the architecture of Court Church Innsbruck (map) and the Dom St. Jakob cathedral (map), and don’t miss the Annasäule monument on Maria-Theresien-Straße.

Innsbruck’s Old Town has plenty to offer, and the best way to explore it is by walking around, admiring the architecture, and stopping to rest at one of the local restaurants. And if you find you love Innenstadt, I highly recommend you also add Salzburg to your itinerary.

Innenstadt has the best hotels in Innsbruck – just one of the reasons why it’s the most popular tourist spot. However, this also means that hotels here are the quickest to sell out, which is why I decided to recommend a few additional Innenstadt hotels for all budgets:

  • Hotel Grauer Bär (€€€) – Located in the heart of the city, the Hotel Grauer Bär offers air-conditioned rooms and access to a spa with a panoramic swimming pool on the hotel’s 5th floor
  • Hotel Zach (€€)- Nestled in a quiet side street, this newly-renovated hotel has a fitness room, private parking, and a daily breakfast buffet
  • MEININGER Innsbruck Zentrum (€)- Guests at the MEININGER Hotel can rent private rooms or beds in shared dormitories, a perfect choice for student accommodation in Innsbruck

Things To Do In Old Town

  • Spend the day at Innsbrucker Hofgarten (map)
  • Admire the bells at the Glockengießerei Grassmayr
  • Embark on a day tour to Swarovski Crystal Worlds

2. Pradl – The Coolest Area To Stay For A Local Vibe

Peaceful park in Innsbruck with a tranquil pond, a wooden bridge, ducks swimming, and the stunning Alps towering in the distance

For a more modern and local vibe during your stay in Innsbruck, head a couple of blocks east of the Old Town and cross the train tracks to find yourself in Pradl. Whenever I travel, I always try to get away from the touristy areas and hunt for more authentic neighborhoods like this.

Before you decide to stay here, you need to know that Pradl doesn’t have a lot of attractions; the area is primarily residential, but it recently underwent major redevelopment and got that modern, polished look.

Even though it’s not as touristy as Old Town, you’ll find plenty of ways to spend your time in Pradl! Rapoldipark (map) is a great spot for a walk or a picnic, and there are a variety of events you can attend at Olympiaworld.

You can also go shopping at DEZ Einkaufszentrum Innsbruck or at one of the other shops and stores scattered throughout the neighborhood. Of course, you can always explore Innenstadt – it’s just a 10-minute walk away!

Things To Do In Pradl

  • Pay a visit to the Radiomuseum Innsbruck
  • Grab coffee at the Cafe Konditorei Peintner
  • Learn something new at the Archäologisches Museum Innsbruck

3. Patsch & Schönberg Im Stubaital – For Winter Sports

Aerial view of Innsbruck from the mountains, showcasing the sprawling city, winding river, and dense urban landscape

If your idea of a perfect holiday is being surrounded by nature and having access to an abundance of outdoor activities, look no further than the village resorts of Patsch and Schönberg.

These neighborhoods are situated 10 km (6 miles) South of Innenstadt, so you can drive to the center of Innsbruck in just 20 minutes. In case you’re not traveling with your own vehicle, you can rent a car and explore more of the Tyrol region!

The main reason why people visit these lovely villages is the fact that they offer top-notch facilities for winter sports. So, if you were wondering where to stay in Innsbruck for skiing, then you need to book your accommodation in Patsch or Schönberg!

When I first visited Innsbruck I didn’t know anything about skiing, but I have since spent 10 seasons living in ski resorts all around the world (I am a ski instructor!)

Patscherkofel is the main ski resort here, but there are many different resorts in the valley – everything from family-friendly to Olympic-level slopes.

If it so happens that you visit during summer, you can still have plenty of fun, no worries! You can go hiking, rock climbing, or get a bicycle and explore the cycling trails in the area.

al Alpine liquors. Wi-Fi and private parking are available at the hotel and are free of charge.

Things To Do In Patsch

  • Spend a day at the Bergisel Ski Jump (map)
  • Go rock climbing at Goldbichl (map)
  • Enjoy the Apres Ski at one of the many bars on the mountain

4. Hötting – Where To Stay In Innsbruck On A Budget

Historic red building in Innsbruck beside a river, with a bridge leading towards it and the Alps in the distance

If you are simply looking for spots where you can unwind and get an authentic taste of Innsbruck, then Hötting is the area to stay in Innsbruck. Located 2 km (1.2 miles) West of Old Town, Hötting offers the best views over Innsbruck and has plenty of pocket-friendly hotels.

Hötting is ideally located between the city center and the airport, and it’s home to several tour guides and companies, making it a popular starting point for many guided city tours.

Seeing as this is mainly a residential area, and as such, there isn’t much here in terms of nightlife or tourist attractions, but there are a few spots nearby that will entice you to venture outside the neighborhood.

My first suggestion is to plan a visit to the Alpenzoo Innsbruck – Tirol (map), a conservation-style zoo where you’ll see a variety of Alpine animals. Then, continue on to the Innsbruck University Botanical Garden to become familiar with many diverse plants.

Your stay in Hötting would be incomplete without dining at one of the neighborhood restaurants. I personally recommend Trattoria-Pizzeria Due Sicilie (map), a great Italian restaurant that serves authentic wood-baked pizza!

Although Hötting has great public transport coverage, I personally recommend walking to fully appreciate the breathtaking views of mountains and the river that flows along the neighborhood.

Things To Do In Hötting

  • Go on the Top of Innsbruck cable car ride
  • Stop to admire the Alte Pfarrkirche Hötting (map)
  • Snap a picture of the Schloss Büchsenhausen (map)
  • Go for a ride on the Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen cable car

5. Lans – Where To Stay In Innsbruck For Families

A scenic view of the rural village of Lans with a prominent church spire, set against a backdrop of rolling hills and clear blue skies

Located just East of Patsch and 8 km (5 miles) from Innenstadt. Lans is a popular choice for people who are planning a family trip to Innsbruck as it is a charming quiet village located at the foot of a mountain.

The village of Lans is renowned for its quiet, serene atmosphere – perfect if you want to take a step back from your usual fast-paced life. And if you want to know where to stay in Innsbruck in summer, I can tell you there’s no better place for a summer holiday than Lans!

The village’s main selling point during summer is the lake. Lake Lans is super family-friendly and offers plenty of recreational activities for both adults and children. There are beaches, swimming spots, waterslides, and supervised play areas, so there’s plenty to do for the whole family.

Lans also has a 9-hole golf course – the Golfclub Innsbruck – that also has an excellent restaurant on the premises, so the whole family can spend the day here.

And if you visit in winter, you can go ice skating when the lake freezes over and enjoy the spectacular views of the mountains! And, of course, you can bring your skis and head to Patscherkofel to hit the slopes.

Things To Do In Lans

  • Take the kids for a walk at Waldpark Lans (map)
  • Plan a visit to Ambras Castle
  • Visit the health resort and spa Lanserhof

Faqs About Where To Stay In Innsbruck

Quiet Innsbruck street with historic architecture, tram lines, and the Tyrolean mountains towering over the city


If you’re planning a ski trip to the Innsbruck Valley, book your stay in Patsch or Schönberg im Stubaital. These are resort villages situated near the best slopes in the region and offering plenty of great hotels such as Hotel Alpenstolz and Hotel Gasthof Handl.


Lans offers some of the most family-friendly hotels and entertainment options in the Innsbruck region. Book a room at Der WALZL or Isserwirt for a fun family trip!


Innenstadt (Old Town) is the perfect option for first-time visitors to Innsbruck, Austria. Innenstadt boasts numerous attractions, restaurants, and bars, great hotels. I recommend booking a room at Hotel Innsbruck or Boutiquehotel Weisses Rössl.


Hötting offers some of the most affordable hotels in the valley and it’s a more local area that will allow you to become familiar with the culture. If you’re on a budget, consider staying at Frau Hitt – Guesthouse Tyrol or Seehof Innsbruck.


You’ll need at least 3 days to visit the top Innsbruck attractions and the most important museums in the city. However, if you’re also planning on skiing, I’d suggest spending 5 or 6 days in the city.


Innsbruck is better for outdoor activities and skiing, and it’s more affordableSalzburg, on the other hand, is more scenic and has more impressive architecture, but it’s also pricier than Innsbruck.


Yes, Innsbruck is an incredibly walkable city! You can easily explore the central part of the city on foot, but if you don’t feel like walking, you can rely on public transport to get around – it’s quick and reliable.


Innsbruck is not too expensive for tourists, especially compared to other Austrian cities like Salzburg and Vienna. Although it’s the most expensive Austrian city to live in, you can find plenty of affordable accommodations in central Innsbruck.


Twilight scene in an Innsbruck pedestrian zone with illuminated buildings, bare trees, and the Alps faintly visible

I think that by now, you’re convinced that Innsbruck is an incredible city that deserves a spot on your travel itinerary. Also, I hope this post was helpful while deciding where to stay in Innsbruck.

But just in case you’re still unsure where to stay, check out my 2 favorite hotels in Innenstadt:

  • Hotel Innsbruck – An upscale hotel with a golden indoor pool and a great restaurant
  • Boutiquehotel Weisses Rössl – This hotel has spacious rooms and a restaurant terrace overlooking Old Town

When you do decide on a hotel, hurry up and make reservations in advance – you’ll get better rates and snatch up those rooms with a view!

If you have any Innsbruck-related questions, do leave me a comment – I’m happy to help you plan the perfect trip!

Happy adventures,



By Lala