Austria is one of the most visited European countries, perhaps because of its cultural offer, its elegant cities or winter shelters surrounding its geography. The truth is that a visit to Austria becomes a real pleasure for those who love winter. Many travellers enjoy this small country extending their stay and visiting different cities by car, a highly recommended option as landscapes and good road network make a simple journey a unique experience.
There are many stops you can do besides visiting Vienna, the capital, a highly recommended place indeed, especially for its culture. One of the favourite places for visitors is Innsbruck, a beautiful city located in the western part of Austria, it is the so-called capital of Tyrol, located in the famous Inn Valley, in the midst of a great mountain range that seems to protect the city. Most of the population of Innsbruck is of Tyrolean descendants, which gives a very interesting cultural contribution to the city, in many points you can enjoy the Tyrolean culture, reflected in their clothing, food and customs that have shaped the character of its people for decades.
As for the weather, if you want to visit Innsbruck you must like the cold, a lot. Due to its altitude and position in Central Europe, Innsbruck has a hemiboreal climate. The average annual temperature is 9 degrees Celsius. Winters are usually colder than most cities in Austria, even in January with an average minimum temperature of -7 degrees Celsius, logically followed by heavy snowfalls. This is another attraction of the area. Being able to enjoy all kinds of snow sports in a privileged environment, it is not surprising that the city hosted the Olympic Winter Games twice. Another possibility is climbing routes, with different levels but all maintaining a common unbeatable alpine scenery.
The summer weather is very changeable, you can be on a cold rainy day of about 15-16 degrees Celsius. But do not be surprised if the next day the weather changes completely and the day turns into a wonderful and sunny 30 °C day. Something that does not change in this alpine retreat is the temperature at night, being usually quite cool, whether it was very hot or cold during the day.
The best advantage of Innsbruck is that it is located in a privileged location to visit all the Inn Valley, and at the same time, it is big enough to tour ancient streets and visit the famous Tyrolean Folklore Museum art, which is considered one of the most valuable and finest museums in Europe. The museum contains the largest collection of art and culture in the Tyrol region, something that will surprise you as the historical roots of this region recede to the age in which Austria was the cultural capital of Europe in the eighteenth century. No doubt there are many reasons to visit this winter retreat in the Inn Valley.