The reputation of Innsbruck as the “Florence of the North” is certainly deserved, and it comes not only from the beauty of its Old Town, but also from the wonderful mountain landscape surrounding it.
Together with Vienna and Salzburg Innsbruck is considered one of the favourite destinations in Austria, with its aspect of small medieval village surrounded by ancient walls and massive palaces, and the maze of lanes of the Old Town, with pastel coloured houses facing the streets. But to catch the real historical charm of the city, you must stroll through the narrow streets and arcades of the Old Town, and pay attention to the numerous details characterizing the façades of the splendid buildings, where the paintings and frescoes that decorate the beautiful bourgeois palaces can tell on the city much more than any history book.
It is exactly in the images of fighters, musicians and dancers characterising the frescoes that one can discover the very essence of this place so rich of history.
The Old Town, a unique pedestrian area closed to traffic, is also the perfect place for shopping, with many fine shops selling porcelains and pottery, as well as products of the renowned Tyrolen glass-making manufacture and the typical regional dresses!