BERGISEL SKI JUMP
The ski jump on Bergisel hill in Innsbruck was rebuilt in 2001. The bridge construction of the in-run, the building construction of the tower and the steel construction of the tower head beautifully combine different fields of architecture. Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid is behind this architectural masterpiece. She also left her mark on the Tomigaya Building in Tokyo, the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinatti and the expansion of the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid.
Zaha Hadid received international acclaim in 2004 when she was awarded the Pritzker Prize for her work – making her the first woman to receive this award. At the Bergisel Stadium, Zaha Hadid elegantly combines a jump tower, café and in-run to form a striking, signal-like entity, a usable sculpture – and what other city can claim to have such a versatile work of art?
The ski jump stands proudly above the Olympic city of Innsbruck on the historic Bergisel. This hill has always been a place of great importance for Tyrol and especially for Innsbruck: around 200 years ago, brave Tyroleans led by Andreas Hofer fought on the hill for their country's freedom. The first ski jump was built on this historic ground in 1925. The sports facility has twice been honoured with the task of hosting Olympic events: the Olympic flame burned on the Bergisel at the Olympic Games in 1964 and 1976. Other major events have also been held at the stadium, for example a Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II in 1988 for 60,000 followers.
The stadium at Bergisel is not only a meeting point for athletes and sports fans in winter, for example during the international Four Hills Tournament. It is also a FIS competition facility and year-round training centre featuring a ski jump with an artificial surface: a special porcelain in-run and a landing area covered in fibre damping mats. The ski jump is the most modern ski sports facility in the world with space for over 28,000 spectators.
It is mainly reserved for the "ski jumping experience" but Innsbruck's modern landmark also attracts tourists: it is a great destination for anyone looking for a great view or a nice cup of coffee, as well as techies and architecture enthusiasts. The entire facility, including the funicular, the tower lift, the panoramic café and the viewing terrace on the jump tower, is open to the public daily from 9 am to 6 pm (winter opening hours from 10 am to 5 pm).
This attraction is just one of the many sights and services covered by the Innsbruck Card.
· Architect Zaha Hadid, 2001/2002
· A hybrid of specific sports facility and public function (panoramic restaurant "Café im Turm" and viewing platform)
· Tower with base, "head" and in-run
· Combined tower and bridge (91.6 m long, 48.35 m high)
· Numerous international awards
· Considered a modern symbol of Innsbruck Bergisel SKY restaurant Tirol Panorama Museum and Giant Panoramic Painting
Opening hours winter
November - May:
Wednesday - Monday 9.00 am - 5.00 pm
Closed on Tuesday
14 - 25 November closed
Opening hours summer
June - October:
Monday - Sunday: 9.00 am - 6.00 pm
Please note: the venue is closed for several days during the year