Innsbruck continues to make its mark as a major destination for UK mountain bike and downhill enthusiasts – and a new initiative is set to make a visit to the Capital of the Alps even more appealing.
The Bike City Card has been developed by Innsbruck Tourism to enable access to all trail areas around Innsbruck, with just one ticket.
It gives mountain bikers the opportunity to enjoy the facilities and services which are being developed to support its ‘Bike City’ status.
This includes the gravity-defying trails at the Nordkette, the mountain range which soars above the city.
And with new infrastructure being created at the Bikepark Innsbruck in Mutters and Götzens in preparation for it hosting the world-renowned Crankworx tour in June, downhillers can also cycle in the tracks of professionals.
Other locations covered include the Bikepark Tirol in Steinach as well as the ‘EinsEinser Trail’ in the Stubaital. Trails currently under development at Axamer Lizum will also be included after their completion.
In Innsbruck, biking is to summer what skiing is to winter – and the city and its surrounding holiday villages make full use of the world-renowned snow sports faciliites to open up the area for mountain biking activities.
Forest tracks and the cable car network offer ways to reach the mountains surrounding the city and on its outskirts, while ski hire centres across the region change their seasonal offer to support the needs of biking enthusiasts.
The Bike City Card can be bought for one to five days and permits visits of more than one area per day.
As well as offering access to the trails, the Bike City Card also includes unlimited use of the adjoining lifts
International marketing manager for Innsbruck Tourism, Peter Unsinn, said: “The Bike City Card is unique in that a ticket can be bought for one to five days and usage can start up to seven days from the date of purchase.
“This means the mountainbiker has absolute flexibility to use all trails around Innsbruck on each and every day.
“For instance, it is possible to work out the EinsEinser trail in Neustift im Stubailtal in the morning whilst going across to the ‘Home of Crankworx’, the Bikepark Innsbruck in Mutters and Götzens, in the afternoon to cycle on the tracks of the professionals.
“Another option might be to start the day with ‘Crazy Heart’ and ‘Red Devil’ in the Bikepark Tirol in Steinach at the Brenner and conclude the day watching the sunset at the Nordkette.
“Furthermore, extensive opening hours on Wednesdays at the Bikepark Innsbruck and on Fridays at the Innsbruck Nordkettenbahn, both until 8pm, allow those who have spent a relaxing day in the city sightseeing or shopping to swing around on the bike in the evening and enjoy just another couple of downhills.”
A day pass can be purchased from 36 euros from all participating mountain stations and the Innsbruck Tourist Information Centre.
More details can be found at the Bike City Card website https://www.innsbruck.info/en/experience/summer-sports/biking-and-cycling.html