Useful Information, Innsbruck
The great variety of Innsbruck's cultural and nature program can be enjoyed at particularly reasonable prices with the Innsbruck Card since the holder gets free local transportation as well as admission to all museums in Innsbruck.
24-Hour Validity EUR 21.00
48-Hour Validity EUR 26.00
72-Hour Validity EUR 31.00
Information & Purchase:
Innsbruck Ticket Service
A-6021 Innsbruck, Burggraben 3
Tel (0)512-5356, Fax 5356-314
Whether you arrive knowing a lot or next to nothing, I recommed that you get hold of "Hallo Innsbruck", your free guide to this lovely and interesting city. It comes in form of a newspaper and every piece of info is provided in 4 languages: German, English, French & Italian. "Hallo Innsbruck" should be availabe in every hotel, pension & gueshouse.
Winter 02/03 edition offered more info than Seni & I could actually make use of during our 6-day stay. Here are some of the features from that edition:
- Innsbruck card
- Innsbruck A-Z (drug stores, shopping, exchange offices, church services, consulates, laundrette, ticket service, etc.)
- Open air New Year celebrations
- City tours (route 1,2,3)
- The olympic ski world of Innsbruck
- The Bergisel Stadium
- Museums & exibitions
- City map with most important sightseeing spots
- Event's calendar
- Skiing, x-country, ice sports
- Index of bars, cafés, restaurants & other places for fun
Innsbruck was, in 15th century, an administrative, cultural & political centre of the Austrian empire. It was then, during the reign of Emperor Maximilian I, that the famous Goldenes Dachl was built. Well, call me whatever you want, but I even didn't take a picture of it. I just didn't find it anything special. It reminded me of that Juliette's balcony in Verona which I also found overrated. So instead of the Goldenes Dachl, I bring you the photo of Maria-Theresien-Strasse with St. Anna's Statue.
Maria-Theresien-Strasse is the central street of Innsbruck. At one end (south) there's the Triumph Arch. Towards the nothern end there's Annasäule (Statue of St. Anna), built between 1704 & 1706 in commemoration of the Tyroleans' succesful resistance to a Bavarian invasion during the War of Spanish Succession.
Just for the record, Innsbruck is nowadays a city of 150.000 inhabitants, the capital of Tyrol and an unofficial capital for snowboarding in Europe.
As I have taken you on a walk through the Altstadt, you may be wondering when is the best time to go.
Some things to take into consideration are the crowds and the narrow alleys.
We are early risers that don't really enjoy being in very crowded places. Our decision was easy, we would come here first.
For us, in places like this where it gets very busy with tourists, we find it a beautiful time to wander around as we have the streets mainly to ourselves, really nice to be like this in the narrow alley ways. The shop owners were preparing their stores for the days business. Tables, chairs and umbrellas were being brought out and put on the side walk. There were a few people sitting in the sun enjoying a early morning coffee, that was all.
The sky was blue, the sun was shining and I could take some good photos! I love this time to see these old medieval towns as it gives me a chance to appreciate the buildings and to think back in time.
For me, this is the best time to visit!
At last we were in a city and I was hopeful that I would find a self-service laundry.
Wasn't it great that our accommodation knew what people wanted and in their tourist brochure racks was a brochure for a Laundry! Wow, this was a first for me, usually they are hard to find and the locals don't know where they are.
This one was easy to find, as on the back it had a very good map of where to go.
There were stacks of washing machines and dryers and hardly a person using them. Washing powder was free from the machine, so we got that, then chose our machines and filled them. Each is numbered, so make sure you know your machine number as you need to put the money in the correct number to set the machine going.
Luckily, money accepted is notes and coins.
The laundry is OPEN DAILY
Monday - Friday 8 - 11pm & Sat/Sun/public holidays 8 - 10pm
HAD FREE WIFI
TABLES FOR FOLDING YOUR WASHING
In 2013 a 7kg wash was 4 euros - Washing time is 35 mins
Jumbo dryer for 10mins 1 euro - Drying time is 20 mins
Two locations Brixnerstrasse 1 & Andreas-hofer-strasse 37 Tramcar 1&7 will get you to this one.
Walking around the city, one thing I noticed was the brown signs attached to facades of buildings. If you happen to see one of these, then go across and have a read if you can read German [no English]. At least you know it is an important building to have a look at!
Take a photo of the sign and find out about the building in one of the tourist brochures.
Favorite thing: In the map, you can see all the major attractions of Innsbruck such as Goldenes Dachl, Hofburg, Hofkirche, Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum, Stadttirm, Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Bergisel, Rundgemlde, Tiroler Landeskumkliches Museum, Scholss Ambras, Alpenzoo, Alpenverelinsmuseum, Tiroler Kaiserschutzenmuseum, Helblinghaus, Otttoburg, Dom zu St. Jakob, Leopoldsbrunnen, Hofgarten, Annasaulte, Landaus, Rudolfsbrunnen, Triumphpforte, Basilika Wilten, Stiftskirce Silten, Schmeterlingshaus, Tirole Museumsbahnen. Waw! So many place to see, huh? I surely missed most of these!
Walk around the Old City. Go up the furnicular railway upto one of the cable cars. Go on the historic tram towing a luggage trailer. Get a special tourist card which gives you free access to all transport and museum, etc
Fondest memory: The experience of staying in the old city.
Innsbruck is a large city with a small town feel. More than 100,000 residence make this mountain town their home. It's situated in the Inn river valley in central Tirol
Fondest memory: Visiting the old city, strolling the streets lined with cafes and bakeries...the golden roof Rathaus
Favorite thing: INNSBRUCK, the capital of the Tirol State, is one of Europe's most beautiful and lively cities and also a great base for an alternative ski holiday.