Thanks to its central location, the Stubaital presents as perfect starting point to discover other points of interest in Tyrol. Authentic places of history, such as the Mint Tower in Hall, the Kufstein Fortress or the silver mine in Schwaz are all part of Tyrol’s history that are interactively and excitingly presented. Those interested in culture can use the concert and event offer in Innsbruck and combine it with their activity holidays in the Stubai.
The close by town of Innsbruck as a cultural and social focus of Tyrol and Habsburg’s alpine treasure chamber invites visitors to come and discover: The baroque palaces of the aristocracy at the Maria Theresien Straße, the “Goldene Dachl”, the Hofburg and Hofkirche with the “Schwarze Mandern” and the cathedral of St. James are only some cultural and historical highlights of the historic centre. The historic centre actually possesses its own charm. Especially at Christmas time, it presents itself magnificently decorated. After skiing in the Stubaital, a visit to the Innsbrucker Christkindlmarkt, including a taste of mulled wine, sounds great. Travel time: 15 - 25 minutes.
Insider tip: The Stubaitalbahn takes you directly from the Stubaital to the Maria Theresien Straße in the heart of the city.
Just behind Innsbruck and thus not far away from the Stubai lies the medieval town of Hall with its marvellous historic centre, the best preserved and largest historic centre in Austria. A trip to Hall can be a welcome diversion during your family holidays in Tyrol. When strolling through the old lanes, you also pass by the Haller Mint Tower that today accommodates a much-visited museum. Visitors get to see a worldwide unique embossing machine, the first Taler of the world and many other interesting exhibits around the minting history of Europe. When you climb up the tower, the views from up there cover not only the historic centre of Hall, but extend far into the Inn valley and up the Karwendel mountains.
The museum, visible already from the motorway, represents an architectural highlight. It is easy to reach, with a bus parking lot directly on site. The ski jump close by can be visited with a combination ticket together with the Tirol Panorama museum. In this way, you can ideally combine two main attractions of the city of Innsbruck in sports and culture. The Bergisel ski jump and the park with its statue of Andreas Hofer offer nature and recreation. The fabled myth of Tyrol is being analysed from various points of view in the new Tirol Panorama museum which opened in March 2011 and provides comprehensive insight into this exciting and complex topic. The giant round painting depicts the Tyrolean fight for liberty in fascinating and breath-taking 360-degree images on 1,000 square meters. The painting, created in 1896, documents all facets that constitute the myth of Tyrol.
Already since 1927, the Bergisel has been professionally used as a ski jump. The new face of the ski jump was designed by the London-based architect Zaha Hadid. Since its completion in 2003, the jump is yet another architectural highlight of the city. The Bergiselschanze has its high time with the Vierschanzentournee (“Four Ski Jumps Tournament) at the beginning of January every year. Entire armies of fans and winter sports aficionados crowd the jump platform in Tyrol during that period. During the rest of the year, things are rather quiet. Then the panorama café is the meeting place for epicureans and Innsbruck insiders.
Hiking or skiing every day? Not all young people or children agree to that without grumbling. A trip to the crystal worlds can be just the right kind of diversion for a family on holidays in the Stubaital. At the Swarovski crystal worlds, visitors can enter the heart of a crystal. Inside the giant underground miracle chambers with a facet-rich play of crystalline colours and forms await the traveller. Under the direction of André Heller, unusual interpretations of renowned international artists merge into a kaleidoscope for the senses. The Swarovski crystal worlds are Austria’s most-visited object of interest after the Schönbrunn palace in Vienna!
During your family holidays in Tyrol you can experience first hand, how more than 10,000 miners searched for silver and copper 500 years ago and made Tyrol one of the richest countries of Europe. With the pit train, you are taken on an exciting journey into the silver Middle Ages, past fascinating sinter formations. 800 m deep in the silver belly of the mountain, you get out of the clattering pit train and dive into the unique world of the legendary silver mine in Schwaz!
A visit of the Tratzberg Castle in Jenbach is not only worth seeing, but also hearing. The unusual adventure guide accompanies visitors by means of an entertaining and fascinating audio play through the castle and its 500 years of history. The audio guide is offered in different languages. Little guests experience a fairy-tale-magic tour in their family holidays in Tyrol. They meet a genuine knight and can search the rooms for the castle ghost Tratzi and his mouse friend Adele, who both are up to all kinds of mischief. An exciting quiz awaits children at the end, and with a bit of luck they may even win a prize.
Kufstein Fortress is one of Tyrol’s most important historical monuments. A trip there can be easily contained within your holidays in the Stubai. Visitors discover Tyrolean history, children are pleased about the particularly lively and interactive guides and a quiz rally, and those interested in culture will appreciate the varied cultural programme. The extensive area as well as the world’s largest outdoor organ with 5,000 pipes are unique. Find out how it sounds at 12.00 noon every day.
Stift Stams is widely visible in the Central Upper Inn Valley, south of the Inn and about 35 km west of the state capital of Innsbruck. Stift Stams was founded in 1273: Count Meinhard II von Görz intended to donate a monastery here that was to serve the von Görz family as a burial place. The monastery can still be visited. Above all the Romanesque Basilica with its artistic wall paintings is impressive. The monastery also operates a museum, a shop, a liquor distillery and an alpine dairy.
With a touch of nostalgia the Farms can be discovered with charming details as impressive witnesses of this vanished culture. This includes the many outbuildings, such as saw, mill, forge, threshing floor or the two chapels, as well as all the other houses which were demolished with great care and rebuilt here in the museum.