Innsbruck, the “Austrian capital of the Alps”, is an internationally renowned winter sports center. The climate is continental, with very cold winters and heavy snowfall, and unpredictable summer temperatures and weather. Living in Innsbruck as an expatriate, you will find it is a tourist hub and university city. Innsbruck enjoys a cosmopolitan lifestyle, with restaurants, street cafés and bars and a lively night life in the medieval city center, der Altstadt von Innsbruck. With thirty thousand students competing for rented apartments and the popular winter skiing season, finding suitable accommodation may be difficult. Houses and serviced apartments are available in the more rural areas surrounding Innsbruck itself, and there are excellent transport links into the city. Attractions to enjoy, apart from the stunning Alpine scenery, include the Golden Roof and the City Tower. The Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahn cable railway takes just twenty minutes to reach the Nordkette upper station, situated more than 2,200m above sea-level, from which you can view Innsbruck in all its splendor. Expats living in Innsbruck can use the InterNations platform to find other expats in Innsbruck for friendship and socializing. With so much to see and do in Innsbruck, it will be easy to organize skiing, snowboarding and hiking trips together, and with an international cuisine, dining out with fellow expatriates could become a regular event!
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The regional Innsbruck Airport is close to the city center, but only serves a limited number of international flights. For many international expats, the Munich Airport, some 200 kilometers from the city in neighboring Germany, is therefore often the point of entry to Europe. Intercity trains connect Innsbruck with Germany and Italy, and there are also fast motorway links to Innsbruck. As an expatriate moving to Innsbruck, you may need to obtain a Schengen Agreement visa and work permit, depending on your nationality and country of origin. The knowledgeable and experienced InterNations expat community can be a good source of information for expats moving to Innsbruck, and networking via the online forums should answer any queries you may have on specific topics. For more general information on the process of relocation, the InterNations Expat Magazine should be consulted as required. It contains a wealth of information on a wide range of topics within its pages. Written in part by expatriates for expatriates, you should find the articles interesting and relevant.
Innsbruck has a high concentration of businesses involved in the tourism and hospitality sector. Medical and pharmaceutical companies are also well represented in the city. Innsbruck is a popular university city, with the Medical University and the Leopold-Franzens-Universität attracting leading academics and an international student population. The many winter-sports competitions held in Innsbruck demand a media presence, and the film-making industry often makes use of the mountainous scenery around the city. Although English is widely understood, as an expatriate working in Innsbruck being fluent in German is an advantage. You may need a work permit, and advice on the Austrian employment regulations may be gleaned from fellow InterNations members with experience of working in Austria and Innsbruck itself. The InterNations expat community welcomes new members to its fold, and via InterNations newly arrived expats in Innsbruck can network, find friendship and simply enjoy the many activities available in the city together with fellow expatriates.