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Innsbruck city center

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  • Day28

    Farewell Venice, Farewell Italy

    January 11, 2017 in Austria

    Today we packed up again to head off to Innsbruck, Austria. We had to catch a regional train a bit after 11am to Verona. Our host had organised a private water taxi to take us to the train station. Well, we don't know if we were waiting in the wrong place but we never found our taxi. Luckily we were right next to a water bus staion so we bought a ticket and hopped on. Venice was extremely cold this morning, but on the bright side the sun was shining. We had a 1 1/2hr train ride to Verona then we caught an Austrian train to Innsbruck. We were travelling in first class as they say the view is spectacular through Brenners Pass. I thought it would be a bit easier as first class isn't as hectic. First class had individual compartments and ours already had two people in it and there wasn't enough room for six bags and no luggage storage anywhere else. We just sat two of our bags out in the passageway. It all worked out in the end. We didn't have the window seats but on the passage side we looked out the window which ended up the better view and we stood there and took pictures. Once again near the borders we had the police hop on, but they only checked certain people's identification. We had other Australian families and a New Zealand family on the train. The view on the train was beautiful and exciting to see. We arrived in Innsbruck about 4.30pm. I was surprised it was still daylight. Innsbruck is surrounded by the snowy alps. It was about a 15 minute walk to our hotel. The kids kept touching & knocking every bit of snow they passed. You had to be careful that you didn't slip on the sludgy snow. We have a nice hotel room and we are all looking forward to not grocery shopping, or think of another way to cook chicken. We head out for tea and went to a place the hotel recommended. It was a quiet and charming place. Dave had a steak and I had veal schnitzel and of course the kids had chicken dishes. The food was amazing- it tasted so good. There was really probably nothing special about it, but so good to eat red meat. We have only had mince twice, other than that it's been chicken. In Italy there isn't much red meat on menus, mainly seafood. Dave and kids finished off with apple strudel. I was too full for dessert. When we walked to the restaurant it was snowing a bit then when we came out it was snowing quite heavily. The kids made a few snowballs and threw them. Brodie wants to eat, sleep and poop in the snow. By the way, crossing over the bridge we saw yellow snow, hopefully from dogs!

    Photo 1 - View from the train
    Photo 2 - Walking through Innsbruck
    Photo 3 & 4 - Tea tonight
    Photo 5 - Kids playing in the snow outside the restaurant
    Photo 6 - In the light you can see snow falling
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  • Day29

    Snowmen and snowballs

    January 12, 2017 in Austria

    Through the night I think we all looked out the window to watch the snow falling. We went down and had a lovely breakfast. After breakfast we walked along the river to catch the Nordkettenbahnen up the mountain. Brodie was in his element playing in the snow closely followed by Kellie. There are three stages of the Nordkettenbahnen so we stopped off on the second stage Seegrube for a look around. Surprisingly Innsbruck is warmer than Paris and Venice. We watched little kids leaning to ski, they were so cute. You couldn't see Innsbruck for low cloud but we were above the clouds and the sun was shining. We headed off up to the last stop, Hafelekar. There was hardly anyone around as the ski slopes this high up were closed. It was very peaceful and a spectacular view. There was a worker clearing snow from the path which was spraying us with snow. We decide to have a coffee and we ordered something to eat. Brodie and Dave had apple strudel with vanilla sauce. Kellie had sacher torte which is the famous chocolate cake and I had cheesecake. The serves were so huge we could have shared. We went back outside and ventured a bit further now the path was clear. We were not sure how far to venture, there was an Asian guy who headed up to the summit, but we were not sure about following him as they are crazy where they walk. Gradually a few more people came up and we got more adventurous. The whole time I'm nagging Brodie to get away from the edge. We saw another guy head for the summit so we set off up to the top. I didn't stop to look around as I would have lost my nerve. I wasn't very relaxed up there, but glad we ventured up there. It was a bit hairy coming down as it was slippery. After the kids have a roll in the snow and Brodie's clothes were quite wet, we headed back down to Seegrube. The sun was dissapearing and it wasn't as nice as when we first got there. We went in and had some lunch. When we came out from lunch, it was a lot colder, but the cloud had lifted over Innsbruck. We headed back down to the first stop and wandered about the town. We found a basketball court covered in snow. The kids built a snowman, then we had a snowball fight. Dave won as he could throw the furthest and the hardest. We headed back into Innsbruck and the kids headed back to the hotel. Dave & I had a look around the old town and climbed the town tower. We could see our hotel so we phoned the kids to look out the window. They got us to 'dab' so they could recognise us. We had a rest before heading out for tea. We are all tired tonight, playing in the snow is like walking in sand. We will sleep well.

    Photo 1 - The clouds are starting to lift
    Photo 2 - Not sure how you get to your car
    Photo 3 - Making a snowman
    Photo 4, 5, 6 - Snow pics
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  • Day5

    Day 4

    June 2, 2017 in Austria

    Innsbruck

    Lovely accomodation overlooking the alps but probably the only positive it's pretty dodgy and awesome architecture throughout the city

    Spent the day with a lovely Aussie from busabout exploring the city and met some pommies who I'm about to go dancing with😊

  • Day1

    Innsbruck

    May 9 in Austria

    Oh, jetzt bin ich tatsächlich mal in Innsbruck. So oft dran vorbeigefahren wenn es gen Süden ging.
    Die Landeshauptstadt von Tirol hat uns doch im Mai mit Aprilwetter empfangen. Kurz gesagt es war etwas kühl mit Wind und Zeitweise feinen Nieselregen. Jedoch, es war ganz interessant die Altstadt anzuschauen mit ihrer "gemütlichen" Architektur.

  • Day6

    Innsbruck

    May 24 in Austria

    Von den Swarovski Kristallwelten aus fahren wir direkt in die Innsbrucker Innenstadt.

    Wir parken zentral im Sparkassenparkhaus. Ein modernes Parkhaus mit großen Parkplätzen. Die Lage des Parkhauses ist sehr zentral. Von hier aus erkunden wir das Goldene Dacherl, den Stadtturm, Dom, Hofburg und diverse andere Sehenswürdigkeiten Innsbrucks.

    Das Zentrum Innsbrucks ist schön anzusehen und super restauriert. Definitiv einen Besuch wert.Read more

  • Day36

    Innsbruck, Tirol, Austria

    June 7, 2016 in Austria

    Day 35:

    So we ended our day laying out naked on the roof of a 4 star hotel in Austria. Now let's back up and find out how we got there...

    Today was amping up to be a nice, relaxing, easy travel day on a luxury train from Switzerland to Austria. We picked up a tin of Swiss chocolates, got on the train headed east. We're excited to announce that we travelled through Liechtenstein, by the way. It is a bafflingly small country. It took less than 15 minutes to cross from a train station in Switzerland to one in Austria, not even straight across or at the most narrow point. We didn't see or pass a station inside the country, so we assume you would have to drive, or honestly walk in. Still pretty cool to know we were in the country. Chalk it up to 2 new countries for the day and 9 for the trip!

    We arrived in Innsbruck in the early afternoon after following alpine valleys all morning, being amazed at the beauty. In Innsbruck, we made a beeline to our next airbnb like usual. The host wasn't going to be there and had left a key for us in the saddle pouch of his bike. There was no key. We message him in several different ways trying figure out what happened. Meanwhile, Mother Nature had some threatening plans for us... clouds coming over the mountains, thunder rolling, and the rain started. We were without accommodations, wearing massive bags in a town we don't know anything about, in the rain. A complete 180 from the morning. We needed a place to stay, our host wasn't responding, and its a small town. We check for hotels on Kayak, everything was either booked or 350€ per night. The first few we walked up to were either booked or only had single, bathroom-less rooms available. Then we found a nice, expensive for our budget, but actually relatively inexpensive hotel with one room open. We booked it.

    By then the host had responded assuring us that the key was where he said. Just to clear our collective conscious, we walked back to check. Meanwhile, Mother Nature thought it would be funny to clear up the sky. Completely clear, with cotton candy clouds and birds singing. But we weren't very excited. We confirmed, with pictures, that the key was not there and our host refunded us. This made it a little better. Then, on our way back to the hotel, we picked up 3 giant soft pretzels, 2 roasted half chickens, 2 fancy dinner rolls, a fruity iced tea, and a sparkling lemonade. For 12€. Things were getting better.

    We got back to our hotel room, noticed that we have a mountain view, that the guy in the room next to us was smoking weed, and that there were 2 spas in the hotel. One of the spas said nude, while the other said textile. Of course, we think there's no way that's actually what it means, but Danielle wanted to check it out... then we got to the elevator and she backed out, so we went to the "textile spa". It was super relaxing with a sauna, a steamroom and a lap pool. Then curiosity crept in. So we think, we're on vacation, over 6000 miles from home, and we're still doubting that they mean THAT.

    We head up to the top floor of the hotel and are greeted by a sign basically saying "respect the fact that this is a nude spa, no swimsuits allowed". We see that no one else is there and shyly slide off our swimsuits and put them in a locker, with towels tightly wrapped around us. A quick check to make SURE no one else was there and we were able to look around at what was there... and it was way cooler than the textile spa! There was an aromatherapy steamroom, a Finnish sauna, a regular sauna, an infrared sauna, and a sun deck. We tried out the different saunas, listened to the calming soundtracks, and started to get a little more comfortable. The signs tell you weather to shower or air dry after each different type. So there we were, completely naked, warm with a cool breeze, on the roof of a hotel we shouldn't be staying in, looking up at the snow covered Karwendel Alps.

    Life is really funny sometimes.
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  • Day12

    Austria at last.

    September 4, 2016 in Austria

    It has been a dream of mine to come to Austria and in particular Innsbruck and Pertisau for more than 20 years and now I am finally here!
    The train trip from Munich was only two hours. There was only two of us in the compartment for four so we both had plenty of room. He spoke very little english so beyond establishing where we were travelling there was very little conversation. We were delivered newspapers and he very eargerly gave me one saying "english". It was in Italian.
    It took me a few minutes to work out how to get out of the train station, then I went back in to the toilet. I'm still surprised to have to pay for the toilet. These toilets had no seats just meta and were sooo cold.
    The hotel is less than a km from the train station so I walked. It is an old building and my room is the most basic yet I have a beautiful bed and there is a bath in the bathroom and a fridge in the room.
    I was so hot I decided to have a shower before venturing out. The shower is connected to the bath taps and I couldn't work out how to make the water come out of the shower head so I had a cold bath (or maybe chill off if I'm honest) like a good chalet girl. Then I couldn't work out how to pull the plug. I've since worked out both.
    I went looking for the hop on hop off bus, it took me 3 goes to find a stop, I must have had an old map but I had a good look around. The alps are stunning. The Inn valley is at the base of the alps.
    There is a vespa party right outside the hotel. The hotel organised it to raise money for charity. I had some dinner there, some guy tried to offer me a cigarette, pick me up or both. I'm not sure. I just smiled, shook my head and said "english" and that was the end of that.

    Photos
    Street in Innsbruck
    Scenery on train trip
    Hotel Europe
    Alps
    Inn river
    Innsbruck
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  • Day13

    The Alps

    September 5, 2016 in Austria

    I had my first contintental breakfast today. There was such a huge variety of cold meats, cheese, salad, breads, fruits, cereals, yoghurts and probably more I have missed. Bacon and scrambled eggs were out and you could order other eggs.

    I ventured up the mountain using the Nordekettebahn. This used a furnicular for the first stage then two cable cars. I went straight to the top as thunderstorms were forecast (not that they arrived). It was breathtaking. It is 2256m and I had a great view. There are trails to go hiking and rock climbing. It is above the tree line and must be even better in the winter.

    I then went down to Seegraube which is the next level down. From there you can clearly see trails down to Hungerburg, the next level.
    From Hungerburg I took the furnicular one stop to the Alpine Zoo. It was still quite a walk to get there.

    The zoo only has Alpine animals. It is on the side of the mountain and so had many levels. I gave up trying to read the map as I was trying to read it as if everything was on one level and it just didn't make sense.

    The book that came to mind today was Clan of the Cave Bear (set in Europe at the time of the Neanderthals if you don't know it). So many of the animals mentioned in the book were in the zoo - lynx, roe dear, bear, bison, ibex.

    The last animal I saw was the bear. It had a huge enclosure complete with stream.

    From the zoo I caught the bus back to the city and wandered through the Old Town. It is indeed old, mostly seeming to date back to the 1600s.
    I saw the Golden Roof and as I didn't have high expectations I was pleasantly surprised at how golden it was.

    Photos:
    View of Innsbruck from Hafelekar (mountain)
    Looking up to Hafelekar from Seegraube.
    Looking down to Innsbruck from Seegraube. You can see the walking paths.
    Lynx
    Bear
    Golden roof
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