A capital of Austria’s western state of Tyrol, Innsbruck, is also considered The Capital of the Alps. It is a popular winter sports destination: tourists come here to experience all kinds of activities from alpine skiing to tobogganing, ice skating and alpine-style curling. Three times host to the Winter Olympic Games, Innsbruck can even offer a ride in an Olympic bobsleigh! Besides being a top winter sport destination, Innsbruck is known for its prominent architecture. Some of the town’s most significant monuments date back to the late 15th century, when the Austrian monarchy was at the height of its power. From the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-Classical architectural gems to the futuristic, Zaha Hadid-designed Hungerburgbahn funicular, Innsbruck has something to exceed anyone's expectations.
Among other things that make Innsbruck so special is the Europe's highest zoo, located at an elevation of 727 meters and featuring more than 2,000 animals with more than 150 species of only Alpine ones. Another undeniable gem of the region is the world famous Swarovski Crystal Worlds complex located just 20 kilometres east of Innsbruck and full of exciting attractions.