Innsbruck (German Translation – Inn Bridge) is the capital seat of Tyron in western Austrian. It is situated between Munich in Germany and Verona in Italy. It is a world renowned spot for winter sports, which hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics. A hotspot for winter activities, Innsbruck is also the first city which hosted the first Winter Youth Olympics in 2012.
Innsbruck is a place with a rich history and legacy. Thanks countless European royal dynasties and Tyrolean leaders, Innsbruck has always remained as one of the cultural pioneers of the world. As a result, this city is chock full of events and festivals all throughout the year, which tourists and locals alike can attend and have the time of their lives. Summer is marked by cultural events and activities related to this season, and during winter, people can enjoy a wide range of winter sports and competitions.
Here is a short list of the best festivals that you should attend if you decide to go to Innsbruck.
Innsbruck Festival of Early Music
The Innsbruck Festival of Early Music (Insbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, in german) is a festival dedicated to historical events and performances, particularly those inspired from the late Renaissance, early Classical Period and Baroque. Founded in 1976, it is held every year.
People can enjoy a wide array of historically relevant performances, including operas and concerts. Operas which have been performed throughout the years at the festival include Conti’s Don Chisciotte in Sierra Morena, Sartorio’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Handel’s Flavio and Rinaldo, Cesti’s L’Orontea and L’Argia and many, many others. The festival is very concerned with maintaining the themes and authenticity, so if you want to have a true blast from the past, consider attending this festival.
Alpine Folk Music Festival
A true delight for the admirers of folk music, the Alpine Folk Music Festival is one of the most important cultural events in Innsbruck. Hundreds of talented folk musicians gather from all corners of the Tyrol Region to sing, dance and, most importantly, to promote authentic Austrian folk music. You can be sure that this festival will be accompanied with the necessary amounts of partying, eating, and drinking, all while witnessing the most dedicated and talented artists from the Austrian folk music scene.
If you are having trouble in regards to transport and logistics and really, really want to attend the Alpine Folk Music Festival, make sure to check out one of the many Innsbruck Airport transfer services available there. Your safety and your family’s is of the utmost importance, so make sure to consider this service.
Innsbruck’s Christmas Festival
Ah, who doesn’t love Christmas? The peace, the tranquility, the childish joy of receiving gifts. Innsbruck, since it already looks like a place taken straight out of a fairy tale, is the perfect place to go if you want to enjoy a magical Christmas with your family or partner. There’s the advent in the market square (Marktplatz), which is ideal for families with small children. Besides the shops, it also includes various activities catered towards children, where they can play and have fun. There’s also Wiltener Platzl, a whimsical square that hosts a market where you can purchase many Christmas specialties. The festival takes place between the 17th of November and 6th of January, so make sure you will not miss it!