Innsbruck Journals

Second Time Around Innsbruck And The Brenner Pass

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A May 2004 trip to Innsbruck by hagnel2

view of Innsbruck Photo, Innsbruck, Austria More Photos
Quote: Ernest Hemingway is quoted to have said: "We can’t ever go back to old things…or find things the way we remembered them". Well, Innsbruck is still encircled with magical snow capped mountains, and the Golden roof is still golden. Most visitors find something here for everyone.

Second Time Around Innsbruck And The Brenner Pass

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view of Innsbruck Photo, Innsbruck, Austria
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We were here 10 years ago and our memory of its charms prompted our return. Walk around this historic place; feast your eyes on high shuttered houses, ablaze with overflowing window boxes. Amble along the path of the dreamy river Inn beguiling visitors as they stroll through shady parkland. Watch artists attempt to immortalize the landscape. Innsbruck’s activities and sites are so varied depending on what ones interests are you can be active or leisurely. Do explore the cafes and terraces, have coffee and a slice of the Dobos torte, {so many cakes but this was our favorite, and downfall} yes, you might as well give up calorie counting, give in and splurge. Earlier in the day we stopp...Read More

Innsbruck Hotel

Hotel | "Hotel Innsbruck"

Innsbruck Hotel Photo, Innsbruck, Austria
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This modernized hotel is located less than a five-minute walk to the historic center. {Our double room cost around $150 can per night} It has been fully upgraded since our last visit 10 years ago; the lobby is spacious with a well stocked modern bar, the bar staff are very friendly and knowledgeable, giving a local slant to recommended sites. The parking is included. That in itself is a bonus as it is difficult finding accessible places plus, the parking lots are metered. A car is not necessary unless you are leaving the city. Our room was non-smoking, with A/C, Sat, TV, Bright, with modern décor, good size, overlooking the river. Queen bed, hard mattress. Plus, a couple of comf...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 28, 2004

Innsbruck Hotel
INNRAIN 3
Innsbruck, Austria
43 512 59868

Tiroler Stuben

Restaurant

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After a well-spent day enjoying the sights of Innsbruck we took the advice of our young friend from the park to eat here. This atmospheric Olde Worlde Inn type restaurant is centrally located and noted for local "home made" cuisine. The décor is rustic of the kind I would imagine the old inns of Austria and Germany would have had. The staff friendly and helpful our waiter spoke English, also an English menu was available. We noted many locals, Americans, Australians, yet there was an intimate air due to the generous placement of the tables. Now I must tell you my husband is a soup addict, no matter the weather he always requests soup so I consider him an expert. He rated the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 29, 2004

Tiroler Stuben
Innrain 13
Innsbruck, Austria 6020
+43 512 577 931

Innsbruck Ramble

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Artist in the park Photo, Innsbruck, Austria
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We started our day exploring Innsbruck, around 9:30am. (After tucking away a very large breakfast.) This journal entry is a look at how we spent a morning (break for lunch), then continued on our ramble. All in all, we spent around 6 hours and all on foot. Start your explorations in the Altstadt, the historic inner city and, for a million dollar view of the Nordkette, mountains walk to Maria Theresien-Strasse. This is a thoroughfare with shops, Boutiques, banks, Internet, cafes. In the middle, you will find a red marble column erected in 1703 to commemorate the departure of the Bavarians (during the war of the Spanish succession) on St, Anna’s day. On top of the column is a stat...Read More
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After speaking with the friendly staff at the tourist office we opted to visit Wilten Basilica, just outside the old town in Bergisel and take advantage of the Innsbruck card. It is good for transportation to major sites, museums, including the sightseeing trolley tour. {Number one trolley} It is possible to walk to Bergisel two kilometers across town,however it is a steep climb for those of us with older knees. Many battles took place on this wooded hillside, including one with Napoleon. It was also the site of a Roman garrison named Veldina, and the present site of the Olympic ski jump. The ski area provides a good view of Innsbruck; the names of the medal winners from the 1976 Olympics...Read More

Crystal World and The Brenner Pass.

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Brenner Pass Photo, Innsbruck, Austria
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All good things must end, but before we leave Austria, we visit the Swarvoski Museum in nearby Watters. The world-famous crystal is different from other crystal - it is man made. Daniel Swarvoski started his factory in 1895 here in Watters an Industrial suburb of Innsbruck. Using a special firing process, natural and local minerals, coarse sand, and superb cutting and polishing techniques, he produced a sparkling, first-class crystal. Some of the best known is the cute myriad of animal shapes, gorgeous chandeliers, jewellery; even top class fashion designers use them to adorn courtier gowns. Forty million stones are produced daily along with over 250,000 varying sizes, colors...Read More