Tirol, Austria is the heart of the Alps. At the center lies Innsbruck, an gem of a city that gracefully mixes mountain sports, Austrian architecture and an urban lifestyle. It is the perfect place for eloping couples who want easy, direct access to summit views directly from downtown AND a bit of urban cultural flair.
06:30 – 07:30 Getting ready photos in the hotel
07:30 – 08:00 First look outside in front of the Golden Roof
08:00 – 08:30 Take the Nordkette cable car up to the summit from the city center
08:30 – 12:30 Explore the summit above the city and read vows
12:30 – 13:30 Take the cable car back down to the city
13:30 – 14:30 Have a private brunch with guests, or explore the city for ice cream and snacks on your own
Unfortunately, the only way to enjoy sunset at the summit is by hiking down. The cable cars stop running between 17:00 and 18:00. If you’re up for the steep, rocky and long hike down, however, pack away your wedding attire and hoof it down. You’ll be alone at the summit once the lifts stop running, and as long as it’s clear and dry conditions, you’ll be able to walk down the well worn trails as the light fades over the city.
12:00 – 13:00 Getting ready photos in the hotel
13:00 – 13:30 First look outside in front of the Golden Roof
13:30 – 15:00 Walk around town and sightsee the Cathedrals, old architecture and grab coffee or ice cream
15:00 – 15:30 Take the Nordkette cable car up to the summit from the city center
15:30 – 19:30 Explore the summit above the city and read vows after the cable car stops running. There will be almost no one around.
19:30 – 22:00 Hike down from the summit to the closest bus back to the city (hungerburg station)
The cable car runs directly from the city center to the summit with two changes. You’ll switch cars once at the Hungerburg, and once more at the Seegruber midway station.
Once you reach the summit, you’ll be let out at the Hafelkar station where you can walk to the summit cross.
Both stations have a cafe, and the Seegruber station even has an outdoor lounge area and full restaurant with occasional events and live music.
PRO TIP: if you plan your elopement on the first Friday of the month, you can enjoy sunset at the Seegruber midway station. The cable car runs until 23:00 on the first Friday of every month, so this makes for a really dreamy opportunity, especially during summer!
How does reading your vows at 2,334m (7,401 ft) sound? By taking the cable car directly from downtown, you’ll climb above the city and reach the summit in 20 minutes.
The Nordkette cable car runs all year round. It’s operating hours are from 08:00 to 17:00. During summer months, it’s open an hour later. After the snow melts between late June to September, you can begin a number of hikes from the summit, and even a gravity defying via ferrata.
Check out the live summit webcam here.
I recommend staying close to the city center. That way, you can walk to all the restaurants and shopping near Maria-Theresien street. If possible, stay right there by the Golden Roof, just a 5 minute walk to the Nordkette cable car station.
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Buses and streetcars in Innsbruck are the best way to get around. The city is not car friendly – and for good reason. Years back, Innsbruck wanted to do something about cars and pollution, so they expanded the bike path network and made parking VERY expensive (and yes, they check – I’ve received two €25 parking fines myself for barely expired tickets).
Take advantage of how walkable this city is, and use the J line for the “Peak to Peak” tour. It’ll take you from the Hungerburg just below the Nordkette all the way across the valley to the Patscherkofel.
Often, many hotels in the city offer you a two day tourist pass for the buses, meaning you ride for free!
Check out Innsbruck’s public bus routes here.
See this full Innsbruck elopement gallery here.
If you need outdoor gear of any kind, Innsbruck is one of the best cities for shopping. The flagship stores for Black Diamond, Patagonia, Burton, Mammut and more all all in the same neighborhood. The expertise of the staff can’t be beat either. People really know there stuff here.
As well as outdoor gear, there are tons of unique boutique stores, liquor shops, gift shops and other specialty shops.
Jooo! I’m Mariah. I’m an American adventure photographer who fell in love with the Alps (and a German) about 6 years ago and never really made it back home to Michigan.
I live in Innsbruck and spend all my time climbing, mountain biking, hiking and photographing this incredible landscape.
If you’re looking for someone to help you wrap your head around eloping in Innsbruck, you’re in luck! You’ve found your girl.
I also offer unique local shoots on the Nordkette or in the city starting at €500 per hour.
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