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Review: Innsbruck

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Innsbruck, Austria

New Year break In Innsbruck

  • By SilverTraveller Fiona-Raffaelli

    2 reviews

  • Dec 2013
  • Wife

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My wife and I visited Innsbruck recently for a 5 day break over the New Year period. Although the resort had not had its anticipated seasonal snowfall, this did not detract from a truly enjoyable trip. Innsbruck is located in a valley surrounded by the Alps and the descent to the airport affords tremendous views as you come in to land. The Airport is located 4 kilometres from the town centre and having picked up our bags and passed through passport control, a brief taxi ride then saw us in our hotel just over 30 minutes after landing. We stayed at the Goldener Adler which is reputedly the oldest hotel in Europe. It is part of the Best Western Private Hotel group and family run. A traditional Austrian hotel, its location is excellent based in the pedestrianized Old Town and central to everything that Innsbruck has to offer. The hotel itself is very good and the staff were all pleasant and helpful. While many of the historical sites are within the Old Town and eminently walkable, we were keen to go further afield and therefore bought the 72 hour Innsbruck Card at 45 €. This was tremendous value enabling free access to all of the museums, historical buildings and other sites, the Innsbruck Sightseer Bus, all local public transport and a return trip on each of the funicular and cable car routes to the mountain peaks. We easily achieved our money’s worth in the first 24 hours! Although we were not skiing, the highlights of the trip for us were the two trips we took to the mountain ski slopes at Nordkettenbahen and Patscherkofelbahen. The journeys themselves were enjoyable and afforded us a view of the town and its surrounds. The route to Patscherkofelbahen took us past the Winter Olympic facilities and on to the charming Alpine village of Iglis where we stopped for an excellent lunch. In both cases, there are a couple of bars and café/restaurants at the top of the cable car runs where we enjoyed a drink in the sun surrounded by snow and fantastic views of the Alps. Despite the sun it was well below freezing with the consequence that the longer you took to drink your wine or beer, the colder it got! Other notable highlights included visits to Ambras Schloss (Castle) and to the Hofkirche and the New Year festivities which included a spectacular firework display against the mountains. There were a couple of things that surprised us. The AlpenZoo was a disappointment: there was a limited selection of animals and the accommodation for many of them was somewhat archaic. Perhaps the greatest surprise, however, was that smoking is still freely allowed in the majority of bars and restaurants. While that may be welcome for some, for others it is a detraction. Nonetheless, we found many pleasant bars and restaurants to meet our needs and very much enjoyed our evenings. By the end of our 5 days we were well rested and ready to go home having had a thoroughly good time. We would recommend a visit to Innsbruck even for those who are not going to take part in any of the many Winter sports the area offers.

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