Innsbruck, host of the Olympic Winter Games in 1964 and 1976, has become a major winter sports center. Popular activities include skiing, snowboarding, ski mountaineering, snowshoeing, and skating. In the summer the region also boasts a whole host of outdoor sports such as cycling, mountain biking, paragliding, and, of course, hiking and walking in areas of great natural charm such as the Karwendel Alpine Park or Zirbenweg trail on Patscherkofel
Innsbruck is scenically squeezed between two impressive mountain chains. An absolute “must” on every visit to Innsbruck is a gondola ride up Seegrube (2000m) from where you enjoy spectacular views of the Inn valley and the surrounding mountains.
Innsbruck is one of the proud hosts of UEFA's 2008 European Cup, the world's third-largest sporting event.