Local traditions and culture in Innsbruck

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    Sonnwendfeuer (Summer Solstice Fires)

    by lotharscheer Written Sep 23, 2014

    Sonnwendfeuer particular good Ehrwald Zugspitz Area, in Ellmau at the Wilder Kaiser Range and in Innsbruck at the Nordkette at the 21. of June, in some places also "Johannisfeuer" at the 24. of June and "Herz Jesu Feuer" (in Lienz Dolomites and the Tannheimer valley, also in Suedtirol/Alto Adige) at the 3. sunday after Pentecost

    Nordkette Wilder Kaiser Dolomiten Schwaz Nordkette
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    Almabtrieb (Cattle Drives)

    by lotharscheer Written Sep 23, 2014

    Each year in begin of summer cows, horses, sheep and goats are brought up to the mountains for to graze on juicy meadows. Three month later, farming villages all over Tirol and other parts of Austria round up the herds for the great autumn cattle drive. Over 80 cattle drives are taking place from early September through early October. The cattles will be decked out with garlands of flowers and ribbons, bells attached to their heavy leather collars, and herded down from the Alpine pastures to their stables in the valley.
    For the yearly changing dates look at the (german) webpages:

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    Tipping or not ? How to do it right in Austria ?

    by globetrott Updated Oct 8, 2011

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    Tipping in Restaurants, taxis ect. in Austria:
    I read many "tips" on VT, that it would be usual to add 10%-15% to the bill...
    But THAT is simply not correct, as most people in Austria simply ROUND UP the bill like here:
    2,70 --> 3,00
    27,30 --> 28,00
    246,20 --> 250,00
    The only idea behind that kind of tipping is, not to get back a lot of small change and of course it is up to you to give a little extra for some excellent service !
    I work in Hotel & Restaurant business since more than 20 years now, and of course I know, there are guests, who tip a bit more on a special occasion, for EXTRA&SPECIAL service - sometimes simply in order to impress a nice waitress...

    BUT travelers on an ordinary budget ABSOLUTELY will NOT NEED to tip more than rounding up to the next full Euro !!!

    ALL restaurant bills will and have to include the service-charge (gratuity) already in the amount that is printed on the bill, thats the austrian law (b.t.w. also in germany and Switzerland thats the same), so the gratuities are payed anyway and the extra tip is extra and it is totally up to you, whether you give a bit or maybe nothing at all !

    hmm, delicious coffee & cake in Hangar7
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    Put your money where your car is...

    by X-medea-X Updated Apr 27, 2005

    People in Innsbruck seem to think the car is a safe place to store luggage or money. I went out with people who withdrew 1000 euros and then put 900 in their car, because obviously nobody breaks into cars there.

    I was completely amazed (and that's really an understatement), and I was laughed at because I absolutely could not relax while my luggage was still in the car (we had just arrived, were going out with friends of my then boyfriend, who used to live there, and we hadn't checked into the hotel yet). In the end I got so nervous that I forced my bf to take me to the hotel so I could take up my stuff to our room and have a relaxed evening, but people really didn't see why this was so important.

    I really still cannot believe why anyone in their right mind would leave 900 euros in a car, but everyone seemed to agree that this was really the safest place to keep money.

    So now you know where to look if you run out of money. Or how not to come across as a complete idiot and be laughed at because you actually believe (ridiculous) that someone might break into your car (sure) and (mwoehaha) steal your belongings. =)

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    When using a WC in Austria and...

    by diver-x Written Sep 8, 2002

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    When using a WC in Austria and you see the toilet seat spinning, it may not be because you've had too much of the local spirits. The seat really is spinning for the automatic cleaning system after you flush!

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    So much to offer:...

    by lvdpiet Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Innsbruck has a lot to offer: The theatre next to the Hofgarten offers all kinds up to musicals, operette, opera, etc. The Hof offers a museum and also in the centre there are several museums, the Mayorshouse tower, The riverside, there is so much of it. So go to the Tourist info office and find out. Our day's there were to short to do all that. But it was very pleasant anyway !

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    Chess, especially the lifesize...

    by telsoar Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Chess, especially the lifesize kind, appears to be the great European equalizer, and is certainly a spectator sport!. Have a seat on a bench in the park, eat your picnic lunch, and let the games begin!!!!

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    Austrian Spice Girls - circa. 1870

    by gussymons Written Jul 4, 2003

    This picture is of some of my relatives from my mother's side from the c.19th century. They are not from Innsbruck, but from Grosses Walserthal in Vorarlberg.

    Walserthaler traditional dress

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    We were not the only Dutch...

    by schielen Written Aug 25, 2002

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    We were not the only Dutch people in F├╝gen! Almost 40 percent of the guests is, an other 40 percent is German. The rest is a mixture comming from almost every European country.

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    Please check my 'VIENNA'...

    by Krystynn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Please check my 'VIENNA' travel page for Cultural Tips....

    Photo Below: The Tyrolean Alps...

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