Just a short tram ride from the city centre of Innsbruck, there is a new Bikepark which has transformed the winter ski area that hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Games, as well as the more recent first ever Winter Youth Olympics in 2012, into a thrilling cycle and adventure world.
Families can hire bikes and protective gear before taking to beginners trails around the mountain and through woodland tracks to learn the basics of mountain biking with jumps, roots, banked curves and wooden structures. Even better, there are cable cars and a conveyor belt to save cycling back uphill.
Then as you progress families can take to more challenging singletrack runs from the top of the bikepark back down into the beautiful valley.
After families have had their fill of biking, the ‘Adventure Mountain of the Year’, Mutteralm has much more to offer with a fantastic water park featuring waterwheels, streams, and ponds as well as a stunning forest playground with tree houses and aerial walkways (all free of charge).
Once you’ve been bitten by the cycling bug, why not saddle up for a discovery tour through downtown Innsbruck or explore the surrounding holiday villages as you meander along the Inn Valley Cycle Route. Then for daredevil adrenaline junkies check out Europe’s toughest single track – the renowned Nordkette Singletrail – not for the faint-hearted!
Visit www.bikecity-innsbruck.com/ for details of the bikepark routes, tours, cycle hire, and accommodation.
There are direct flights to Innsbruck Airport from the UK throughout the summer.
For more information on the unique Alpine, urban and imperial attractions that make Innsbruck a must-see destination for tourists, visit http://www.innsbruck.info/en. Visitors can also visit the Tourism Information Centre at Burggraben 3, in Innsbruck or telephone +43 512 53 560. With students adding 30,000 to the 130,000 population, the city is really vibrant with outstanding café culture, shopping malls and a range of sports facilities. With 25 holiday villages on the plateaus overlooking the valley, there’s a good range of accommodation available for bikepark visitors too.
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