Berisel Ski Jumping hill is one of the main landmarks in the city and one of must do things in Innsbruck. The 47 metres tall tower is located on the outskirts of the City and offers beautiful panoramic views on the City and surrounding Alps.
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Bergisel ski jump in Innsbruck was first built in 1925 and was later redesigned and rebuilt in 2002. The new design is the work of famous architect Zaha Hadid who also designed the hybrid funicular railway Hungerburgbahn that is connecting the City with the Nordkette range.
Take Hungerburgbahn to two of the best lookout points in Innsbruck.
Bergisel ski jumping hill was a host of two Winter Olympic Games (1964 and 1976), Winter Youth Olympic Games (2012), and hosts prestigious 4 Hills Tournament every January. In 1988 Pope John Paul II also celebrated a mass inside the stadium
Why should you visit Bergisel ski jumping hill?
Views, architecture and ski jumping. Those are the three reasons this place is a must visit for anyone finding themselves in Innsbruck.
Views: Panoramic views of the City and the mountain ranges surrounding it are simply breathtaking.
Read here for my top five favourite Innsbruck lookout points.
Architecture: The Hill was redesigned by a world famous Zaha Hadid - widely regarded as “the greatest female architect in contemporary architecture”. Her signature designs contain elegant clean curved lines which can clearly be seen in the design of Bergisel as well. Some of her most famous works also include Galaxy Soho (Beijing, China), London Aquatics Centre (London, UK) and Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) (Seoul, Korea).
Ski jumping: If you are lucky, you might be able to see ski jumpers practicing their craft at the hill. There is something magical about watching humans fly on nothing but a pair of skis.
Trainings usually take place between 10 AM and Midday and 1 PM and 3 PM.
Visiting the ski jumping hill might sound quite self explanatory and straightforward. And it can be. However, this is one of my favourite and most visited places in Innsbruck and I dare to say I know every nook and cranny of it.
In this blog post I share with you my tested foolproof guide to the Hill so you can get the most out of your time at Bergisel Ski Jumping hill (Bergiselschanze).
Address: Bergisel Schanze, Bergiselweg 3, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Entry fee: € 9,50
Take the cable car and lift to the top
You can find the cable car right next to the gift shop (left side of the photo). Take the cable car to the top of the hill and then use the elevator to take you to the top of the ski jumping hill.
Enjoy the view from the top observation platform
Have Bergisel cake at the Sky Restaurant
Get up and close with ski jumpers and see Innsbruck from their point of view
Turn left when you enter the restaurant and walk towards the back of the restaurant and you will reach a viewing platform just above the ski jumping gate - a plank where ski jumpers sit before taking off.
Take the stairs down the ski jumping tower and enjoy the history of ski jumping legends
Do not take the lift down. Instead make your way down the building on foot and admire portraits of all the ski jumpers that wrote history of the sport. Every portrait has a description of athletes' achievements.
Take the stairs down alongside the hill
Take the stairs on the opposite side from the cable car, starting at judges' tower. You can get a feeling how it feels like to watch a ski jumping competition at the stadium.
Admire thee Olympic flames, Olympic circles and the view of the ski jumping hill
Three olympic flames for three olympic games. Sadly the positioning of the Olympic flames is slightly covering the Olympic circles that are located behind the three torches.
There is a small museum on the left side (where the toilets are located as well). You can see the golden eagle - the trophy that the future winner of the Four Hills tournament will be taking home.
Visit gift shop
Don't forget to visit the gift shop before you leave.
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