Austria
Tyrol

Here you’ll find travel reports about Tyrol. Discover travel destinations in Austria of travelers writing a travel blog on FindPenguins.

468 travelers at this place:

  • Day19

    So long, farewell Austria

    June 22 in Austria

    The overnight SNAV ferry Aurelia from Split to Ancona was clean and comfortable and I was lucky to have a good sized 2 berth cabin all to myself. After dinner on board, I had an early night as the ferry docked in Italy at 06.30. With typical Italian inefficiency we then all stood in a Passport Control line for over an hour - and that was in the speedy European Union line - heaven help us after Brexit! After all the hanging about I was desperate for the bathroom, but I have to say the facilities at Ancona Ferry Terminal would not have won Loo of the Year Award. I won’t go into detail, but suffice it to say that some fellow passengers must have overindulged in curry and lager last night!

    I took the train from Ancona to Bologna and changed for Venice on the impressive new Frecciarossa (Red Arrow) service with leather seats and complimentary coffee. Most of the passengers were smartly dressed business men except for 4 loud Americans sitting opposite with their bare feet up on the seats. The two women were painting each other’s toenails and massaging their partners’ feet while shouting at every stop ‘are we at Venice yet?‘ The conductor tried to clarify ‘are you looking for Venezia Mestre or Venezia Santa Lucia?’ ‘Who cares’ yelled the older woman ‘all I want is a ride on a goddam gondola!’ Such finesse in Business Class.

    We dramatically travelled on the causeway over the lagoon before finally reaching Venice Santa Lucia. A few more metres and the train would have ended up in the Grand Canal. Regrettably I had no time to spend here, but had fond memories of a holiday Campbell and I had enjoyed in Venice some years ago.

    With 2 minutes to spare, I caught the once daily smart Austrian EuroCity train which leaves Venice Santa Lucia every day at 13:50 and arrives at Munich at 20:25.  It uses comfortable Austrian coaches with a proper waiter-service restaurant car, and travels via the beautifully scenic Brenner Pass. What a spectacular journey on a clean and well organised train. The scenery was outstanding. I was travelling in a 4 seat 1st Class compartment. One of my travelling companions was a heavy middle aged woman dressed in Austrian National costume, like a chorus member from St Wolfang Amateur Operatic Society’s production of White Horse Inn. She busied herself with sheafs of paper and an elaborate Kardex system - a sort of Susie B doppelgänger, taking bookings perhaps for the Society’s next production. The other person in the carriage was an IT manager from Padua who was very funny and sociable, telling jokes which were generally lost in translation, and insisting we shared his apple pie and wine. Susie B however was having none of it ‘can ye no see I’m oan a diet, and anyway you’re putting me aff ma tickets’ I think she was saying.

    The sun was splitting the trees as we headed over the spectacular Brenner Pass and through the Tyrol to Innsbruck on our way to Germany. A real highlight of my train trip so far.
    Read more

  • Day9

    Servicewagen macht schlapp

    July 15 in Austria

    Heute ging es nochmal auf 2758m hoch von der Schweizerseite aus.
    Oli machte seine Ankündigung: "Bei mir macht der Bus heut schlapp" wahr. Die Kupplung trennte zum Schluss nicht mehr und er schaffte es gerade noch auf den Campingplatz. Ein halber Liter Bremsflüssigkeit und anschließend Entlüftung haben das Problem vorübergehend entspannt.

  • Day50

    Innsbruck/Salzburg

    August 6, 2017 in Austria

    Just a couple of extra little glimpses- we visited the Swarovski factory just outside Innsbruck ( of course you can buy jewellery not just impressive statues!). Also broke my watch band but found a Swatch shop in Salzburg so now have a nice new band.

  • Day60

    Innsbruck

    August 5, 2017 in Austria

    Off to an early start today to beat the rain/thunderstorms predicted for the afternoon. We took the Nordkette Cable Car/gondola from Innsbruck to the Nordkette, the southernmost mountain chain of the Karwendel. It runs in two sections from the Innsbruck quarter of Hungerburg via Seegrube Station (1,905 m) to the top station, Hafelekar (2,269 m above sea level) despite the fact that we couldn't even see the mountain from street level! Ever the optimists we hoped it was a lot clearer up there than it looked 🤔. We got great views of Innsbruck along the way up to the last station but the clouds and mist were quickly rolling in. We walked the track to the top (about 15 minutes) avoiding as best we could the many messages left by the mountain goats/sheep. By then we were completely closed in by mist. It moved away pretty quickly and came back just as quickly so you had to be quick with the photos. There was a rope climb for the very keen and Alan was keen - then we saw it! No thank you! We left it to the experienced. It was a great morning and the sun was shining by the time we left the mountain. The storm did not eventuate until later in the evening. After a failed attempt to go to the Olympic Ski Jump site - Bergiselstadion - (we could see it just couldn't get there), we walked back into Old Town to enjoy our last night in Innsbruck.Read more

  • Day14

    Marriott Hotel

    October 13 in Austria

    Just more pictures from around Innsbruck.

  • Day59

    Innsbruck Austria

    August 4, 2017 in Austria

    The amazing landscape continues into Austria and Innsbruck. I am standing in the Old Town beside the river and looking up into the greenest hills and breathtaking mountains and can only wonder at how it must look in Winter covered in snow! Old Town which is over 500 years old has medieval buildings, historic hotels and modern restaurants. The buildings built over the centuries have ben beautifully maintained.The cobbled main street has many side alleys to explore and enjoy. The most photographed building and the centrepiece of the Old Town is the Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof), and yes, of course we took a photo! So many other architecturally beautiful buildings too! Sorry, I need to find another adjective other than beautiful but Europe is beautiful! We ate at an authentic Austrian restaurant called Ottoburg. One of the best meals so far. Weather forecast for tomorrow is for thunderstorms in the afternoon!Read more

  • Day115

    Schwaz

    October 19, 2016 in Austria

    We made good progress driving east, following the valley floor and criss crossing the river Inn. We stopped along the way at a very familiar looking supermarket (see photo).

    Schwaz stopover was just over the bridge from the town centre. It was a car park in a low rise housing estate with a portion sectioned off for vans. Towering over the rooves were the huge bulks of the mountains, rivulets of autumn colour flowing down gorges and highlighting ridges among the evergreens. When darkness fell on the estate, it was easy to forget its stunning setting, until you realised that the transition from dark to light in the sky wasn't due to cloud, it was the solid black chunk of mountain.

    It was raining on and off and we were woken by noisy Alpine Choughs to see a powdering of snow adding contrast to the mountaintop pines.

    Exploring the town we found many murals that seem to be common in this region of Austria. Its not uncommon to see building walls painted to look like huge stone bricks and pillars with beautiful detail framing each window. A large church with a cloister lined garden stood at one end of town. It too had murals on the building and in the arches and ceiling of the cloisters. Some looked very old (the church being built over 650 years ago) and others were as recent as 2013.

    Unfortunately there were several beggars, mostly middle eastern women, knelt or sat in the cold on the pavements. We'd also seen two black men selling what looked like the equivalent of the Big Issue. We don't know what policies are in place to support those in need in Austria but we had seen prominent presidential election posters pushing the lines 'Control our Borders' and 'Austria needs Security'. Many had graffiti accusing the politician of fascism in no uncertain terms. Amongst the rugged wild beauty and richly adorned buildings we get the sense there is a social battle going. Many are feeling hard done by and this is being exploited, whilst marginalised groups suffer.
    Read more

  • 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
    Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Tirol, Tyrol, Tirolo, Тироль

Join us:

FindPenguins for iOS FindPenguins for Android

Sign up now