Summer Action in Innsbruck

Trying a bobsleigh run might seem like something for the winter. But Innsbruck is probably the only place where it is possible to take a bob down the ice channel in the summer months.

If that’s still not enough action, visitors can try the bungee jumping base on the Europabrücke or the “Zitterbalken” on the famous Bergisel ski jump for the ultimate adrenaline kick. In comparison, the freeride biking competition seems almost tame.

Innsbruck loves and lives sport. Whether hiking in the mountains, cycling through the city or downhill biking on a nearby trail – locals and guests alike appreciate the wide range of activities just a stone’s throw away and reached very easily on public transport.

Let Innsbruck “jump”-start your holiday

How about taking a bungee jump off 192 metres off the Europabrücke bridge? Visitors had better get in quickly as construction work on the bridge is planned. Book your own personal adventure on a Saturday or Sunday.

On the 'Zitterbalken' at the Bergisel ski jump
Adrenaline at the Bergisel ski jump
© Innsbruck Tourismus | Mario Webhofer

Not enough thrills yet? Then take a break on the “trembling beam” of the Bergisel ski jump! Adrenaline junkies should definitely take the unique opportunity to experience this sensational sports facility from the perspective of a ski jumper. It really is a special experience to look down at the landing area from on high as well as the city behind it and the mountain panorama of the Nordkette. Of course, there is no jumping, but the rush is anyway enormous.

Bobsleigh as a summer sport

You can however experience other fast-paced Olympic disciplines for yourself in Innsbruck. In summer the artificial ice track in the Olympic ice channel in Igls is open for bobsleighing from May to mid-October. With a professional pilot as driver, the guest bobsleigh takes you from the women’s start at speeds of up to 100 km/h through ten curves and around 800 metres downhill.

Summer bobsleigh in Igls near Innsbruck
Bobsleigh run in summer in Igls near Innsbruck
© Knauseder Event Concept

A ride in the ice canal is not only full of bends, but also rich in tradition: World Championships were held here for the first time as early as 1935, although at that time it was still on a natural track.

For the Olympic Games in Innsbruck in 1964 and 1976 the artificially-iced track was built and later extended. Thus, the Olympic city now has a state-of-the-art bobsleigh track, which can be used outside of competition times.

Crankworx 2020

The Crankworx freeride bike event is being held for the fourth time this year from 30 September to 04 October at the Bikepark Innsbruck in Mutters – this time it is even the final of the World Tour.

The Crankworx freeride bike event in Innsbruck
Crankworx Bike Festival in Innsbruck
© Shoot + Style

Many of the competitions from the six disciplines to be held will then be streamed live on the internet. Within a few years the event has become a fixed point in Innsbruck’s event calendar and Bikepark Innsbruck has become a popular bike spot – not only for top riders.

With the junior racing class “CWNEXT”, which will be part of the programme for the first time in 2020, amateur bikers can also take the opportunity to show off their talent. Away from the competitions, there will also be opportunities for amateurs to take to the trails.

Don’t forget to relax!

No matter which adrenaline kick you choose and how sporty and active your fellow travellers are, you should not miss the numerous opportunities to take relaxing “action breaks”.

Whether summer bathing or simply enjoying nature – the Natterer See and Lansersee offer relaxing and enjoyable hours by the water.

The Lansersee near Innsbruck
The Lansersee near Innsbruck
© Innsbruck Tourismus | Tom Bause

Or you can use the Welcome Card, which is available free of charge for a stay of two nights or more, for an excursion: simply soar up into the sky with one of the mountain railways included in the card and let your spirit enjoy the fabulous views.

After all, it is the variety between excitement and relaxation that makes life worth living, and this is guaranteed in summer in the alpine-urban Olympic city.

More information: www.innsbruck.info