When you click on my picture you may see a great building in Maria Theresienstrasse 16, on the very left of my picture ! It is a shopping-house with some bureaus as well and you may even walk inside day and night. I love that special facade, that is a nice combination of old and new architecture - an inscription tells us that the building dates back to 1577, when Innsbruck was still spelled "INSPRUGG".
Under my nightlife-tips you may see another picture of that building, because at night you may see best the 2 iron-armours that are shown in a bay-window of the 1st floor.
Well, if it's a good enough suggestion from the VT heirarchy then it's good enough for me!
I wasn't sure whether this was a "Must see", a "tourist trap" but I decided it was definitely an "Off the Beaten Path" tip.
Driving into Innsbruck we could see two sailplanes cruising the thermals alongside the mountains. How I longed to be in one of them! They were like a couple of big dots moving to and fro and, even with the long telephoto I couldn't manage any better than this.
This is really not off the path as they are everywhere in town.
You will find little monuments to just about everybody dotted all over town. We made it a little game as to who could spot the next one first.
Most are in Austrian so I did not know who they were but I am sure they are important to the local people.
Pertisau on the western shores of the Achensee is known as the pearl of the Tyrol . Europe's oldest steam-driven cog railway terminates here (starts at Zell am Ziller) and the only motorboat allowed on the lake is the steamer making its round trip so this makes for a pleasant lazy-day non-hiking trip. If you want to hike from here many trails will take you deep into the Karwendel Mountains.
In the North East-corner of Innsbruck is Arzl. This pictoresk village has a delightful little chaple on a hill from which you have a nice view over Innsbruck (although part of it gets ruined by some high blocks and the railway). Arzl used to be a independant village, but got swallowed by growin Innsbruck. Still, it kept it's own identity and therefor very countryside-like.
White Water Rafting at Crazy Eddies. After a 3 hour trip with a cool guide, you can relax at the bar located on the river. By noon people start showing up from who knows where. Theres really nothing else around. But your guarented a great time!
Also in Hotting was this school. I just liked the building. There were some nice shops, cafes and bars there too, more the type of thing for the locals rather than the tourist, and lots of children and their mothers out taking the air and playing in the parks. It was nice to see 'real people' relaxing.
No matter where you are though, there's always a cafe fairly close - this one was by the cable car halt. A lovely beer and of course some cake, and then ready for the walk back to the bottom and into Innsbruck.
Poor me... I was soooo tired after all the traveling. I chanced upon this beautiful spa, on the street directly outside of the train station. Just keep going forward on the street after you come out of the station. It has all the amenities, and will be on your right. Lovely aqua and white tile, in a grecian design, you can indulge in a jacuzzi, eucalyptus steam room, saunas, cold baths, you name it! Rest afterwards on a lovely chaise longue and arise refreshed, ready to resume your journey!
I believe Innsbruck claims this fairy tale as its own. As we may remember, it is the story of 'The Princess and the Frog', or, alternatively, 'The Golden Ball'. In short, the princess, playing in this very same lovely garden in Innsbruck, tosses the golden ball given her by her father and promptly loses it in a pond. A small and rather ugly frog appears with the ball in its mouth, and demands a favor from the princess in return for the ball. She asks what the favor might be, and the frog tells her she must give him a kiss to get the ball back. Well, the frog is soooo ugly the princess is quite repulsed and debates the worth of this venture. Finally, she determines she must retrieve the ball at any cost, and kisses the frog. Poof!!!!!! He turns into a handsome prince, AND she gets the golden ball in return. She marries him and they live happily ever after. Now....hmmmm....
At the end of Maria Theresien Strasse there is the Spitalskirche built in 1700. The interior was made in rococo style with plasters in the eighteenth century.
The buildings of the ancient university was built between 1562 and 1673 as a Jesuite college. The facade of the building was made by J.M.Gumpp in the beginning of the 18th century.
Cool place to visit. The view of the Alps is incredible from the top.
Not too far a drive from Innsbruck.
This is an unexpected place near the Downtown. In this place you can talk softly and at the opposite side of this arch other person listen you perfectly. This is a perfect place to have a romance!
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