München-Venezia: Part 3: Innsbruck variant Hall in Tirol to Brenner via Innsbruck

Published on:  | Last updated: 10 March 2018

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Distances
Hall in Tirol - Innsbruck 11 kms
Hall in Tirol - Brenner via Innsbruck 50 kms
Brenner - Sterzing (Vipiteno) 22 kms
Innsbruck - Matrei am Brenner 31 kms
Matrei am Brenner - Brenner 18 kms

Innsbruck

If you are continuing into Innsbruck, the cycleway takes you all the way into the centre of the city. Note that once you get closer to the city, there is a segregated cycle lane separate from the pedes­trian path. The cycleway brings you to the Löwenhaus station on the Hungerburgbahn funicular. The station is one of four on the line designed by the architect Zaha Hadid each with a gorgeous canopy of curvy green glass. (Note that you can take your bike on the funicular but only from the Congress station a bit rather on).

There's a bike wash by the station if it's been raining and your bike is covered in muck.

If you haven't seen it already, it would be a mistake not to have a quick look at Innsbruck's altstadt. Coming into Innsbruck, as you approach the Innbrücke bridge, you need a look out for the sign 'Zufahrt Altstadt' pointing to the left. Take the crossing over the road and go down the Herzog-Friedrich Straße.

From here you pass the Goldener Adler Gasthof with its frescoed façade. Almost next door is the Helblinghaus which has an extraordin­arily over-the-top baroque façade. The star of the show though is the Neuhof with the Goldenes Dachl (the new court with the golden roof), commis­sioned by Emperor Maximilian I (1459 to 1519) to commem­orate his wedding to Bianca Maria Sforza of Milan.

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Places to stay

Hotels and other accommodation

Find and book places to stay with Booking.com

Booking.com pages for places on this section of the route:

Innsbruck | Igls | Patsch | Matrei am Brenner | Steinach am Brenner | Gries am Brenner

About these links

If you use these links to book accom­mod­ation Booking.com will pay me a small part of their commission. This helps support the costs of producing this site.

I use Booking.com to find and book places to stay when there are no campsites in the area. The large majority of hotels and many hostels are now on ‘Booking’. I like it because it means that I can get almost-instant confirm­ation. The rating system is also a reliable guide to the quality of the accom­mod­ation.

I’ve never had a problem finding places to keep my bike —even if it’s a cupboard or store room. I always use the ‘special requests’ field on the booking form to tell the hotel that I’m travelling with a bike, which gives them the oppor­tunity to let me know if there’s a problem.

Many properties offer free cancel­lation but it’s a good idea to check the condi­tions as these vary from property to property.

Hostels

The Hostel Igls Heiligwasserweg is convenient for the route and might be a good place to stay if you are planning to make it over the Brenner in the same day.

Hostels in Innsbruck: Jugendherberge Innsbruck | Jugendgästehaus Volkshaus | Nepomuk's Backpackers Hostel | Jugendherberge Fritz-Prior-Schwedenhaus.

There are no other hostels on the route until you get to Brixen.

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Campsites

There are a couple of campsites to the west of Innsbruck: the Camping Kranebitterhof; and the Camping Stigger at Völs. Both are accessible from the Innradweg and are close to the airport.

After Innsbruck, there are no campsites until you get to Sterzing (Vipiteno) in Italy.

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Transport and services

Trains

There are local rail services to Brenner operated by ÖBB (Austrian Railways). You can catch trains direct from Hall in Tirol if you prefer.

There are also inter­na­tional Eurocity services non-stop from Innsbruck to Brenner, but note that you need to reserve a space for your bike (10€) so this is a more expensive and complicated option.

Buses

There are also buses with bike racks that run as far as the seilbahn (gondola) at Patsch. This might be an option if there are a couple of you (one to load your bikes onto the bike racks and the other to load you bags onto the bus).

Bike shops

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Places to eat

There are Baguette cafes in Aldrans, Lans, Patsch, Matrei am Brenner and Steinach am Brenner. The terrace of the branch at Patsch has a fine view.

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