Outside Innsbruck, Innsbruck
Klosterle is a famous Resort and Skiing Town at the middle of the Majestic Austrian Alps along the District of Bludenz in the Province of Voralberg about 11 kilometers west of Innsbruck and us near the Arlberg Tunnel with only a population of 700 people and is the main gateway to the various ski resorts and hotels and inns that are full of local and foreign tourist during the winter months for some skiing and other winter activities. During the Summer and Spring, the area host various nature activities as well such as hiking, cable car ride, alpine forest trails and some rest and recreation and staycation at the various inns and motels of which many have indoor heated swimming pools as well.
Address: Bundesstr. 59 , 6754 Klösterle am Arlberg | Vorarlberg (make a detour to the right after exiting the Arlberg Tunnel if coming from Innsbruck) to the mountain road that leads to Klosterle and other towns.
If you have some spare time and happen to love medieval towns, then I would suggest taking a 10km drive to HALL IN TIROL. There is public transport available.
The historic centre is wonderful, just left how it was! Most of the buildings are from the 15th century. There are many churches and they are wonderful, well worth going inside for a look. Throw in a Castle, a Mint Museum and Mining Museum, plus lots of fabulous sights in the historic centre, I think you will be charmed by this town.
You can find out more about HALL IN TIROL by clicking on this link
Hall in Tirol
While we were staying at Innsbruck, we decided to do a day trip to Swarovski Kristallwelten, the home of the best crystal in the world. I am a real fan of crystal, so wanted to see what they made and the famous Giants head which has a waterfall coming out of its mouth.
The museum part is out of this world, and the shop - well, I wish I was a millionaire!
What you need to know before visiting, is
THIS IS NOT A TOUR THROUGH A FACTORY, it is more like a CRYSTAL ART DISPLAY IN A MUSEUM
Wattens is only 13 kms from Innsbruck and is easy to reach by following the highway from Innsbruck
A shuttle bus runs to and from the Swarovki Kristallwelten
Return ticket for the shuttle and admission in 2014 is 19.5 euros
FREE TRANSPORT FOR HOLDERS OF THE INNSBRUCK CARD
Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Last entry at 5.30 p.m.
ADULTS 11 euros
CHILDREN UNDER 15 YEARS FREE
FREE ADMISSION WITH INNSBRUCK CARD
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This is a chance to visit the top of a mountain from within the city of Innsbruck.
As we had a Innsbruck card which meant a FREE return ride on the Nordkettenbahnen , we decided to do it!
From the city center of Innsbruck to nearly the mountain top takes approx. 20mins, and the views are fantastic! The cable car was only running as far as the 1905-meter high Seegrube. To reach the highest view point, you must go further, to the 2256-meter high Hafelekar.
The day was lovely and sunny, but by the time we were nearly to the top, cloud cover had moved in, so hard to work out the weather at 1905 metres!
Well, the views weren't as good as they could have been, but they were still pretty good! From here, I felt like I was standing on top of the world! I was overlooking the entire central Inn Valley, the Stubai and Zillertal Alps and the Wipptal to the nearby Italian border, wow!
Lucky we chose this day though, as the next was wet and the mountain was in cloud, so I say to go when the opportunity arises.
It sure was an unforgettable experience!
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The Bergisel Ski Jump we could often see from Innsbruck. We found the road that took us to the Bergisel mountain where some museums were located and the ski jump.
This ski jump is one of the major attraction of Innsbruck as it has wonderful views and a café with a panoramic terrace.
This is not the original ski jump which was erected in 1925. In 1964 and 1976, the Innsbruck Ski Jump was venue of the Olympic Ski Jumping competitions.
In 2002, a new ski jump was built to the plans of architect Zaha Hadi, who happened to win the architectural competition. Since then, many competitions have been held here.
The views weren't bad, even on a wet day! They must be stunning on a clear day!
At night time, the ski jump is illuminated and is continuously changing its colours.
Where: on the Bergisel hill, Innsbruck
OPEN: June - October daily from 9 am - 6 pm
November - May Wednesday - Monday from 10 am - 5 pm
ADMISSION 9 euros
FREE WITH INNSBRUCK CARD
The Kaiserjager Museum was a Museum we could see with the Das Tirol Panorama.
The Museum covers the Imperial Mountain Infantry and the 1809 uprising.
The Kaiserjäger has memorabilia from 1809, pictures, maps, weapons, flags all to do with this uprising. In the basement of the Museum is the "Chapel of Our Lady of High Tirol". It was built in 1959 on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Tyrolean freedom fighter. In the chapel are 166 commemorative books.
The Tyrolean Imperial Infantry Regiment was founded by Emperor Franz I in 1816. Only commissioned officers and men of the old Tyrolean and Vorarlberg were allowed to serve.
The museum displays portraits of the regimental commander, images of war, scenes from the life of a soldier, weapons, flags, maps, reliefs, uniforms, medals and awards.
There is all sorts of stuff in this Museum.
OPEN 9 - 5PM April to October CLOSED ON TUESDAYS
TYROL PANORAMA with KAISERJAGERMUSEM
Adults € 7 Reduced € 5
FREE WITH INNSBRUCK CARD
The Bergisel hill is where the Panorama building is located. Through-out the world, I have been to many of these, some are excellent, others good and some just passable.
It all depends on how well the artist paints the panorama so that it looks real and you feel your a part of it.
Here, in Das Tirol Panorama, we walked into a large circular building where an oil painting was covering 1,000 square meters of canvas, depicting the Battle of Bergisel in August, 1809. My husband and I both thought it was well done and one of the best we had seen. A lot of time, effort had been put into this painting, concluding in a wonderful spectacle!
Wednesdays - Mondays 9 am - 5 pm
July and August, Thursdays 9 am – 7 pm
CLOSED 5 October 2014 25 December and 1 January
TYROL PANORAMA with Kaiserjägermuseum
Adults € 7 Reduced - € 5 Family € 14,-
Bergisel combi ticket
Adults € 13 Family 26 euros
FREE ENTRY WITH INNSBRUCK CARD
AUDIO GUIDE in German, English, Italian, French and Spanish included in the admission price
PHOTOS ARE ALLOWED
Bergisel 1-2, AT- 6020 Innsbruck
The Bergisel is a hill of 746 metres high that lies in the area of Wilten, where the Sill river meets the Inn Valley.
Can you imagine standing on a hill which was habitated during the Ice Age? If you come to Bergisil, you will be doing just that!
A cremation site was at one stage located on the hill. In 1809, Bergisel was the site of the four Battles of Bergisel, Andreas Hofer called for troops and arms, sure enough the peasants came to his aid in large numbers. This local hero was shot the following year and has remained a symbol of independence for the Tyrol Region. His statue and other monuments commemorate these events. In 1892, the Andreas Hofer monument was erected.
The four stone reliefs are of...
1 Soldiers prayer
2 Soldiers grief
3 Soldiers devotion
4 Soldiers song.
In 1988 Pope John Paul II celebrated a Mass here.
The "hill" has quite a few attractions to see, a lovely park and breath-taking views over Innsbruck. We came by car, but I noticed quite a few tourist coaches here. It can be reached by public transport.
The Bergisel can be reached by taking the Sightseer bus directly there or by catching Tram 1
Pronounced Hell im Tirol, the town is just 10kms east of Innsbruck. It's one of my favourite places in Tyrol. First settled in the 9th century, it developed as an important trading town in the 13th century due to the rise in the demand of salt/industries related to servicing salt works etc as well as becoming the city for the Royal Mint (literally,money making) in Tyrol.
Surrounded by mountains, the river Inn running through the centre, a small centre makes is the perfect condensed Tyrolean town - the superb churches, the Altstadt and its narrow streets and alleys, the rathaus etc all provide a great expereince and 20 minutes by train or bus from Innsbruck.
A few kilometres outside Innsbruck In the direction of Wattens, lies the small village of Schwaz which seems to have nothing to offer except a well hidden old Silver Mine which we found really interesting.
With a short bus ride of Innsbruck or its neaby camping ground, the silver mine is worth visiting.
They load you onto a mini-train that takes about 4 carriages, each catering for 10 people, all squeezed in like sardines, a mile underground.
The train stops every few hundred metres to hear a conductor (foreign language headsets are available at each stop) explain the history of silver mining in this area.
Reputed to be the only silver mine in Austria open to the public, this is a fascinating experience.
Take care to keep your knees inside the boundaries of the carriage. Otherwise, like me, you will get your kneecap smashed on the rock wall as the train speeds through the ultra-narrow tunnels.
Hall is a wonderful medieval centre right outside of Innsbruck. The streets are small and romantic, and lined with old beautiful houses.
Take a walk around in the city and enjoy the fantastic views here. Not so many tourists come here, so you get a more 'real' feeling than you sometimes get in the Old Town of Innsbruck where there are more tourists.
If you have the chance you should absolutely visit this place. It's just 10 km from Innsbruck, so it can easily be done on a daytrip out of the city.
Click here to look at my Hall in Tirol pages.
Igls is a very famous winterresort and has great possibilites for both crosscountry skiing, slalom and downhill. But there is also a lot to do here in summer, so it's a great place to visit all of the year.
It's situated at 900m above the sea, and is very close to Innsbruck. It's a beautiful city, and worth a stop if you are nearby. Close to the city is the mountain Patscherkofel, and there are cablecars that takes you to the top. In winter you can ski in the olympic skislopes, and in summer there are lots of trails for hiking. There are also other mountains in the area where you can go hiking.
Mutters is another small and incredible beautiful village close to Innsbruck. The scenery here is really beautiful, and it's wonderful to go walking around in this little village. It's so charming and peaceful, and the people are so friendly.
This area is most famous as a skiresort with the many possibilites of doing both slalom, crosscountry skiing, skating, sledding and so on. But there are also lots of things to do in the summer. If you like hiking you will love this area. You can also go mountain climbing, rafting, swimming, play tennis and many other things.
Seefeld is a fantastic beautiful little town! It's incredible to walk around there, it feels like you are in a old fairytale or something... :) The landscape is stunning, the houses are beautiful and the people are so nice.
It's very popular for the many hikingtrails in the area, and the lake where you can go for a walk, feed the ducks and relax on a nice little restaurant. But Seefeld is maybe most famous for the skiing in wintertime. The city is a popular winterresort and it has also hosted several competitions in the Olympic Winter Games (1964 and 1976).
Natters is a small village in the forest, right outside Innsbruck. The scenery here is incredible beautiful! It's a wonderful place for hiking, and there's also a lake where you can walk around or just sit down and relax.
If you're in Innsbruck you can take the train or drive on the autobahn to get here