Innsbruck is the largest town and capital of the state of Tirol in western Austria. Located in the heart of the Tirolean Alps, the town sits serenely in the Inn Valley and is surrounded by dramatic peaks. It’s an absolutely stunning town to visit but I soon discovered one more reason to go there: the spectacular views when flying into Innsbruck!

A quaint street in Innsbruck with the mighty snowcapped peaks of the Tirolean Alps as a backdrop.

Flying into Innsbruck

I knew that the views when flying into Innsbruck would be spectacular if the weather was good and I hit the jackpot on a flight there! The plane window views of Innsbruck and the Inn Valley during the approach into Innsbruck were simply breathtaking! As the plane descended into Innsbruck, we flew past the German town of Garmisch and over the jagged peaks of the Alps. The awe-inspiring peaks contrasted sharply with the lush green valleys far below. The plane flew in an ‘S’ curve, following the curves of the Inn Valley, providing us with stunning views of the patchwork of fields in the shadow of the mountains. Take a look:

Flying over Alpine towns in southern Germany.
Passing the Alps on the Germany-Austria border.
The verdant valleys of the Alps
The mountain tops were pretty close!
Stunning Alpine scenery from the air


The final approach into Innsbruck

After navigating the mountains, swerving left to right and left again, the pilot prepared for the final approach into Innsbruck. Flying low above the Inn Valley, the mountains looked huge on both sides of the valley!

Flying low above the Inn Valley.
The final approach into Innsbruck Airport. The runway can clearly be seen. Innsbruck can also be seen behind the runway.

Innsbruck is one of the most spectacular airports to fly into so I highly recommend booking a window seat if you’re flying there. It doesn’t matter which side of the plane you choose – both sides promise stunning views of the mountains!

See what it looks like to fly into/out of Innsbruck in winter!



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