Now that most high-altitude hiking paths are free of snow, the summer season is in full swing. Innsbruck’s beautiful high-alpine trails are a source of great local pride, and the city’s free hiking program is an excellent way to start exploring some of them with a qualified guide. The program is available for holders of an Innsbruck Guest Card and also offers free hiking boots and backpacks as well as a tour book and access to the hiking bus. From June 1 to October 23, 2015, hikes start daily at 9 am, rain or shine, and leave from the Congress Innsbruck.
Summer is also the season for numerous cultural activities and festivals. Offering delightful evening entertainment under starry skies, the Innsbruck Promenade Concerts have been a firm fixture on the city’s musical calendar for the past 20 years. From July 8 to August 2, 2015, a number of renowned brass bands and other musical ensembles from all over Europe will be performing again in the historic central courtyard of Innsbruck’s Imperial Palace. Performances are free of charge and offer something for all musical tastes – from classical works to contemporary pieces.
The colorful medieval buildings of Innsbruck’s Old Town may be an unlikely setting for a New Orleans Jazz Festival, but as one of Innsbruck’s partner cities, music from The Big Easy will be celebrated from July 16 to 19, 2015. The festival brings to Innsbruck the mellow summer feeling of the vibrant Mississippi Delta metropolis. The lively performances are free of charge and known to turn into proper jam sessions with members of local and guest bands merging happily into new formations.
From July 14 to August 28, 2015, another festival highlights music of an altogether different kind: A splendid program featuring operas and concerts, a singing contest and numerous other exceptional events will fill the halls of Ambras Castle and other venues throughout town during the Festival of Early Music. Follow this link for more info ….