Several hotels—Grand Hotel Europa in Innsbruck, Sporthotel Igls, Gesundheitszentrum Lanserhof at Lans, and the Geisler at Rinn—have special golfing arrangements.

Golf Course Innsbruck-Igls. Breathtaking views of surrounding mountains from the concentric, partly hilly fairways on an ascending plateau make this a special experience. About 9 km (5½ miles) outside Innsbruck, this club has two courses, an 18-hole championship course at Rinn and a 9-hole course at nearby Lans. Founded in 1935, it's among Austria's oldest. It's open April–November. Oberdorf 11, Rinn, Tirol, A-6074. 05223/78734. €70 for 18 holes, €60 for 9 holes weekdays until Fri. at 10 am; €75 for 18 holes, €65 for 9 holes Fri. 10 am–Sun. €175 for 3 days play; €275 for 5 days play. Rinn: 18 holes, 6622 yards, par 71; Lans: 9 holes, 5056 yards, par 33.


Both easy paths and extreme slopes await hikers and climbers. From June to October holders of the Club Innsbruck card can take free, daily, guided mountain hikes. The tourist office has a special hiking brochure.

Alpine School Innsbruck. If you want to learn to rock climb, this is the place. In der Stille 1, Natters, Tirol, A-6121. 0512/546000–0.

Österreichischer Alpenverein. If you're already an experienced Kletterer (rock climber), check in with the Österreichischer Alpenverein. Wilhelm-Greil-Strasse 15, Innsbruck, Tirol, A-6020. 0512/59547–0.


Around Innsbruck you'll find everything from the beginner slopes of the Glungezer to the good intermediate skiing of Axamer Lizum and Patscherkofel to the steep runs and off-piste skiing of Seegrube. Your Club Innsbruck membership card (free with an overnight stay in any Innsbruck hotel) includes transportation to the areas and reduced prices on a number of ski lifts. A Super Ski Pass covers all the ski areas of Innsbruck, the Stubai Glacier, Kitzbühel, and St. Anton, with 520 km (290 miles) of runs, 210 lifts, and all transfers. The Gletscher Ski Pass includes Innsbruck and the Stubai Glacier. There's year-round skiing on the Stubai Glacier, about 40 km (25 miles) from Innsbruck via the free ski shuttle bus (ask at your hotel). You can book your skiing needs, such as lift tickets, equipment rentals, and ski lessons, through the tourist office. Hotels have details on winter ski kindergartens.

Ski & Snowboardschule Innsbruck. You can book all skiing needs, lift tickets, equipment and lessons, here. You can book instructors through the Innsbruck Ski School and meet them at your hotel or one of the ski areas, or the the school will arrange transportation (at extra cost). They can arrange days out, with instruction, at farther-flung resorts such as St Anton, Ischgl or Solden. One-on-one tuition starting at about €180 or €65 per person, per day for a group of four. The Innsbruck H.Q. is at the sports store, Die Boerse. Leopoldstrasse 4, Innsbruck, Tirol, A-6020. 0512/581742–17.

Snowboard Börse. This is a good place to rent ski and snowboard equipment, particularly as it's on-site at the Innsbruck Ski School, making it a one-stop for all your skiing needs. It's tucked into an alley just south of the Triumphpforte. Leopoldstrasse 4, Innsbruck, Tirol, A-6020. 0512/581742–0.


Around Innsbruck there are plenty of lakes, but in town you have little choice other than pools, indoors and out.

Freischwimmbad Tivoli. Come here to swim under the sun with a panoramic view of the mountains. Purtschellerstrasse 1, Innsbruck, Tirol, A-6020. 0512/502–7081.

Hallenbad Amraser Strasse. If the weather goes south, try this turn-of-the-20th-century indoor swimming pool. Amraser Strasse 3, Innsbruck, Tirol, A-6020. 0512/502–7051.

Hallenbad Höttinger Au. This is a popular indoor swimming facility. Fürstenweg 12, Innsbruck, Tirol, A-6020. 0512/502–7071.


The Skihaserl, or ski bunny, as the beginner is called, usually joins a class on St. Anton's nursery slopes, where he or she will have plenty of often-distinguished company. Once past the Skihaserl stage, skiers go higher in the Arlberg mountains to the superlative runs at Galzig and the 9,100-foot Valluga above it. Check with your hotel or the ski-pass desks at the base of the Galzigbahn gondola about an Arlberg Skipass, which is good on cable cars and lifts in St. Anton and St. Christoph on the Tyrol side and on those in Zürs, Lech, Oberlech, and Stuben in Vorarlberg, as well as the resorts of Warth and Schrecken, to which Lech in now linked via a gondolabahn. For complete details on St. Anton's skiing facilities, contact the town's tourist office.

Skischule Arlberg. This is considered by some to be the Harvard of ski schools and its location is certainly fitting, since Arlberg is known as the cradle of skiing—the world's first properly-organised ski school was opened here by ski pioneer Hannes Schneider. St. Anton am Arlberg, Tirol, A-6580. 05446/3411.