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Nordkette Innsbruck | Jewel of the Alps

The Nordkette is a mountain range that is part of the largest nature reserve in Austria, the Karwendel Nature Park. The Nordkette is also called the Jewel of the Alps, as it provides gorgeous 360° views of the surrounding region. It is renowned for its ski slopes, hiking trails, tall peaks, and Europe's highest zoo. Easy to reach from the Innsbruck city center via cable car, the Nordkette is where you can indulge in thrilling adventures like paragliding and snowboarding while taking in the fresh air and incredible vistas. Get your Nordkette Innsbruck tickets to discover the beauty of the Alps from a new perspective.

Why visit Nordkette?

Innsbruck is the fifth-largest city in Austria and is known for its beauty. The charming streets, with the snowy Alps looming over them, make for quite the picture. The Nordkette offers visitors an array of experiences that cannot be replicated or found elsewhere. Be it the Nordkette skiing & snowboarding experience, visiting one of Europe's highest zoos at Alpine Zoo (Alpen Zoo), or even enjoying a warm beverage atop the top of Innsbruck at Cloud 9, guests can look forward to experiencing the enchanting Alpine beauty in a host of different ways.

Designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid, the Hungerberg funicular stations must be seen to be believed! The sleek, modern design complements the surrounding region, and the funicular transports you close to the cable car stations in eight minutes. The Nordkette Cable Car is perhaps the most famous of these experiences, where one can travel from the base to the top while admiring the powdery white snow under them. As you reach Seegrube station, you will be able to see the raw power of nature as you are surrounded by the rocky Karwendel.

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Nordkette Innsbruck Tickets

Top of Innsbruck: Round-trip ticket

Head to the top of Innsbruck at Hafelekar, which is 2300 m above sea level. This ticket gives you access to the Hungerburg funiculars, Seegruben cable cars, and Hafelekar cable cars, and takes you to the top to admire the scenic vistas. Note that the tickets can be canceled up to 24 hours before schedule, and are currently valid for the date selected during booking.

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Funicular round trip tickets

Discover Zaha Hadid's masterpiece, the Hungerburg Funicular, with these tickets, and get an up-close look at the splendid architecture at the four Hungerburg stations. This round trip ticket only gives you access to Hungerburg Funicular. While the ticket is only valid for the day selected at checkout, it can be canceled up to 24 hours in advance.

Alpine Zoo

Combo ticket

This ticket gives you access to a round trip on the Hungerburgbahn Funicular and a visit to the Alpine Zoo. Home to over a hundred species of Alpine flora and fauna, the zoo is a must-visit when in Innsbruck! Your tickets can be refunded up to 24 hours before the schedule and are valid only for the date selected at checkout.

Discounted Nordkette Innsbruck tickets

Children under the age of 6 can travel for free. Those aged between 6-18 years and 65+ years can avail themselves of discounted Nordkette tickets as long as they have a valid ID. Students aged 19-27 years, too, can avail of a discounted ticket provided they have a valid student ID at hand.

Way to the top: Nordkette Innsbruck cable car route

Way to the top: Nordkette Innsbruck cable car route
  • Starting at the Congress station in the heart of Innsbruck, you go up the alpine Nordkette mountains. The station is located near the Congress Innsbruck convention center and the Hofgarten park and is easily accessible to tourists and locals alike. 
  • The next stop is Lowenhaus, located along the banks of the Inn River. It is a short stop but offers splendid views of the snowy mountains.
  • The Hungerburgbahn takes you from the Old Town to the Alpine Zoo in just 8 minutes and is immensely popular among families. The zoo is home to a variety of alpine animals, including ibex, lynxes, and golden eagles. 
  • From the Alpine Zoo, the route takes you to Hungerburg, a district located on the slopes of the Nordkette. Hungerburg is a popular starting point for hikers.
  • Next, you take the cable car from Hungerburg up to Seegrube, situated at an altitude of 1,905 meters. The Seegrube restaurant offers delicious Tyrolean cuisine and stunning views of the Innsbruck mountain range. 
  • The final leg of the journey is the cable car ride from Seegrube to Hafelekar, the top of the Nordkette at 2,334 meters. The spot offers 360-degree panoramic views of the Innsbruck mountains, the city below, and the surrounding rugged peaks of the Karwendel range. The Hafelekar restaurant is a unique tavern, where you can enjoy Tyrolean dishes, and look upon Innsbruck on one side, and the Karwendel nature park on the other.

Nordkette Innsbruck: Highlights

Hiking in the Alps

Hiking

Visitors of all ages will find that hiking is the best way to soak in the views of the pristine Alpine forests and mountains. With a range of trails with varying difficulties, you can take your pick and get walking! The new Seegrube circular panorama hiking trail is a 25-minute hike that offers exhilarating views of Innsbruck.

Hungerburg Funicular

Funicular

The Hungerburg Funicular, designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid, opened to the public in 2007. Its four stations — Congress, Löwenhaus, Alpine Zoo, and Hungerburg —are inspired by the surrounding regions of ice and snow. The modern design resembles icy glaciers in the heart of the city.

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Cable Car (Nordkettenbahn)

The Nordkette cable car (Nordkettenbahn) is, without a doubt, the biggest highlight of the region. It gets you between stations and gives you a clear view of the stunning vistas. Also visit the Cable Car Railway Museum in the lower station of the Nordkette to learn about how the cable car and funicular systems came to be.

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Skiing & snowboarding

Arguably the most famous experiences at the Nordkette, skiing and snowboarding are a must-try when visiting the region! There are a total of six levels of varying difficulty, of which Hafelar Run is one of Europe’s steepest skiing slopes.

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Hang gliding & parasailing

Indulge in a host of activities like parasailing and hand gliding, where you can take off from the Seegrube (1905 m) or the Hafelekar Peak (2300 m). Get a bird’s eye view of the surrounding region and its winding valleys.

hafelekar peak

Hafelekar Peak

Get a 360-degree panoramic view of Innsbruck from 2300 m above sea level. Hafelekar Peak’s viewing point is just a 15-minute walk from the Hafelekar Station.

Alpen Zoo

Alpine Zoo (Alpen Zoo)

One of the top highlights in the region, the Alpine Zoo is 750m above sea level, making it the highest zoo in Europe. It houses 150 species of animals like bears, lynx, wolves, fish, birds, and more.

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Nordkette Innsbruck opening hours are 8 AM - 7 PM. The following is the schedule of the Nordkette Cable Car stations, which depart every 15 minutes:

Hungerburgbahn

Weekdays: 7:15 AM - 7:15 PM

Weekend + holidays: 8 AM - 7:15 PM

Seegrubenbahn

Daily: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Hafelekarbahn

Daily: 9 AM - 7 PM

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To get to the top of Innsbruck it is recommended you take the cable car from Congress Station, which is a 5-minute walk from the Golden Roof.

You can use the bus service to get to Hungerburg Funicular Congress Station. You can either take Bus H (to Schutzengelkirche or Wohnheim Saggen) to Congress/Hofburg, Bus M (to Mentlbergsiedlung) to Museumstraße, or tourist bus line TS from Hauptbahnhof Station.

The best time to visit Nordkette

The best time to visit Nordkette is between May end and August. This is typically when the summer season is in full swing. While there may be more visitors, the weather is pleasant, making it perfect for a visit.

If you want to avoid the crowd and then head to the venue during the winter season which is typically between November and February.

Restaurant in nordkette

Visitors can pick from three options when it comes to dining facilities:

  • Cloud 9: Right next to Seegrube station is Innsbruck's highest sun terrace. During winter, deck chair and cool drinks ensure you can make the most of the sun at 1,905 m above sea level!
  • Hitt und Söhne: Serving up cakes, snacks, and beverages, this cafe turns into a pub at night. A myriad of athletic gear and sportswear contributes to the laid-back atmosphere.
  • Seegrube Restaurant: Those interested in Tyrolean cuisine will find this eatery to their liking. With scintillating views of Innsbruck and delicious food to match this restaurant is also known for its Sunday brunch in July and August.
what to do in innsbruck

While Nordkette has a host of activities for you to enjoy, there are also a number of things to do and sights to see around Nordkette and Innsbruck, such as:

  • Hungerburg Funicular: With four stations to choose from, the Hungerburg funicular is the best way to traverse across the Alps. The main building was designed by Zaha Hadid and is famous for its sleek design.
  • Nordkettenbahn (Cable Car): Look out at the snowy Alps and the lush forests surrounding them as you cross the mountains on the cable car.
  • Ambras Castle: Perched high above the hills of Innsbruck is Ambras Castle, a Renaissance palace and castle that is one of the biggest tourist hotspots in the region. Don't miss out on the Spanish Hall, Habsburg Portrait Gallery, and the Inner Courtyard.

Know before you go

  • Visitors get access to free WiFi at the premises.
  • Please note the venue is wheelchair-accessible and accessible toilets are present in all stations.
  • Dogs are allowed provided they either wear a muzzle or are on a leash.
  • There are plenty of attractions around the venue so try and visit early, and then explore the other attractions.
  • Book your tickets online and in advance to ensure that you get the date of your choice as the venue currently operates at reduced capacity.
  • Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and carry along something to keep yourself warm.

Frequently asked questions about Nordkette Innsbruck tickets

Are Nordkette Innsbruck tickets available online in 2021?

Yes, Nordkette Innsbruck tickets can be purchased online and at the venue. However, it is encouraged that you make the purchase of your Nordkette tickets online for a safe and contactless experience.

Are my Nordkette Innsbruck tickets refundable?

Yes, if you cancel 24 hours in advance, you can get a full refund on your tickets.

Is the Nordkette wheelchair-accessible?

Yes, the entire premises of the Nordkette is wheelchair-friendly.

What is the frequency of the Nordkette cable cars?

Usually, the frequency of each Nordkette cable car is of 15 minutes.

What do I get access to with my Nordkette tickets?

Depending on the ticket, you can either reach the top of Innsbruck and return or get to the Hungerburg station and back. Should you opt for a combo ticket you can also visit the Alpine Zoo along with the Hungerburg station.

Who can avail of discounted Nordkette tickets?

Children under the age of 6 can travel for free. Those aged between 6-18 years and 65+ years can avail themselves of discounted Nordkette tickets as long as they have a valid ID. Students aged 19-27 years, too, can avail of a discounted ticket provided they have a valid student ID at hand.

What are the best activities for kids at Nordkette?

Kids will enjoy the Alpine Zoo, and activities like magic carpet rides on the ski slopes.

What are the best activities for families at Nordkette?

Families will enjoy the cable car and hiking experiences, both of which provide stellar views of the Alpine region.

What are some activities that thrill-seekers can enjoy at Nordkette Innsbruck?

Thrill seekers will enjoy hand gliding, parasailing, skiing on Europe's steepest slope, and snowboarding.

How far is Nordkette from Innsbruck?

When you take the funicular and cable car, you will spend about 20 minutes getting from Innsbruck to Nordkette.