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    Hauptbahnhof, Innsbruck
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    Hauptbahnhof, Innsbruck
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    Hauptbahnhof, Innsbruck
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    EuroCity trains

    by Nemorino Updated May 23, 2014

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    I arrived in Innsbruck on a EuroCity train from Verona, and left twenty-four hours later on the same train bound for Munich.

    The journey took three and a half hours from Verona to Innsbruck, over the Brenner Pass, and not quite two hours from Innsbruck to Munich, going down the Inn Valley most of the way.

    These are not the most modern trains in the European railway system, but they are fast and dependable, and run several times per day in each direction. I don't suggest eating in the dining car on this run, but otherwise it's a good way to travel.

    Second photo: A view from the train above Innsbruck.

    Third photo: Landscape near Bolzano, as seen from the train on the way from Verona to Innsbruck.

    1. A EuroCity train in Innsbruck main station 2. View from the train above Innsbruck 3. Landscape near Bolzano from the train
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    utilizing special train discounts and free stops

    by richiecdisc Updated May 5, 2014

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    When I finally got word that my father and sister were coming to Munich for a visit, I started looking for things to do in Bavaria and also neighboring countries. I wanted to take them to Italy but the southern part where my father's family came from was too far. I had also received an e-newsletter on scenic train trips and one of them surprised me as it was right on my doorstep. It was the trip from Munich to Innsbruck and as it turned out that was the same one you could do en route to Bolzano, which is technically Italy even if with tons of Germanic flair. At any rate, we decided to do it and make a stopover in Mittenwald on our way to staying overnight in Innsbruck before our final destination of Bolzano. We had been to Mittenwald to hike two years prior and thought it might cure my Dad's urge to go to Switzerland, another place deemed a bit too far with such little time. With a bit of pre-booking, it was relatively cheap. We paid only €78 each for the round trip fair from Munich to Bolzano. This is part of the Europa-Spezial Italien Tickt that Deutsche Bahn offers. You can’t book more than three months in advance but aside from that, it’s best to book as early as you can and to check different departures and prices vary with the times. You can travel direct for the same price or you can do stopovers for free as we did. Since we wanted to do the very scenic train trip from Munich to Innsbruck, we routed ourselves that way to Bolzano even though there are more direct ways to get there. It took longer but was incredibly scenic.

    If you pre-book it, you can get off and on the trains at various places. We did a three hour stopover in Mittenwald (two hours from Munich), which was enough time to get a feel for it, have a look around and even eat lunch in the local brewery! We then took an hour trip to Innsbruck, where we spent the night. The next day we continued on to Bolzano (2 hours) in the mid-afternoon. On the return, we traveled directly from Bolzano (4 hours) back to Munich in the early evening. The routes from Munich to Mittenwald and Innsbruck are on regional trains so seats cannot be reserved. There was no problem getting four together, especially on a very early morning departure. The route from Innsbruck to Bolzano and from Bolzano back to Munich could be reserved and we did just that for 4€ per person per journey section. This was not a big factor from Innsbruck to Bolzano but on the return trip to Munich, the train was packed and we were very glad we had pre-booked the seats!

    This was in 2013 but just checked and prices are similar this summer of 2014.

    What should you bring with you is here

    Dad's first train trip since WWII great modern trains at very fair prices stunning mountain scenery along the way
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    Scenic train ride through the mountains

    by GrumpyDiver Written Aug 30, 2009

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    We did this trip some time ago (and actually contined on through to Switzerland; Zurich, I think). Our daughter was 5 at the time. Room for some luggage by the doors of the train. So it is certainly something that can be done with a younger child - just don't expect them to enjoy the scenery, so take some things along for the child to play with or be entertained by.

    On the run through Austria the train operated as an inter-city train and when we crossed over into Switzerland, it seemed to run as a more regional service. The scenery on the Austria run was okay, but nothing special. The Swiss part of the journey was stunning. The 1st class car we were riding in belonged to the Swiss, rather than Austrian railway and had large observation windows you could look up and out through.

    I suspect that the issue in Austria was that as an express train, the routing was along a fast, flat and but boring coridor. Once we got to Switzerland and it ran as a local train, we wound through the mountains and got into more scenic areas. We had the same thing happen on a more recent trip in Japan - high speed Shinkansen = boring route; regional and local trains - much more interesting routing.

    This is something you might want to keep in mind when you do your booking.

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    Scenic train ride through the mountains

    by GrumpyDiver Written Aug 30, 2009

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    We did this trip some time ago (and actually contined on through to Switzerland; Zurich, I think). Our daughter was 5 at the time. Room for some luggage by the doors of the train. So it is certainly something that can be done with a younger child - just don't expect them to enjoy the scenery, so take some things along for the child to play with or be entertained by.

    On the run through Austria the train operated as an inter-city train and when we crossed over into Switzerland, it seemed to run as a more regional service. The scenery on the Austria run was okay, but nothing special. The Swiss part of the journey was stunning. The 1st class car we were riding in belonged to the Swiss, rather than Austrian railway and had large observation windows you could look up and out through.

    I suspect that the issue in Austria was that as an express train, the routing was along a fast, flat and but boring coridor. Once we got to Switzerland and it ran as a local train, we wound through the mountains and got into more scenic areas. We had the same thing happen on a more recent trip in Japan - high speed Shinkansen = boring route; regional and local trains - much more interesting routing.

    This is something you might want to keep in mind when you do your booking.

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    Trains PLUS Metro Buses...Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof

    by Greggor58 Written Oct 26, 2008

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    The train station is a modern and bright facility and easy to figure out...from what I could see..and the regional bus station is conveniently situated right next door to the train station...There are a few train stations in the vicinity of Innsbruck however the main station in the downtown core is referred to as Sudtiroler Platz....

    The train station is a hub for local transportation with city buses and trams stopping by here on they're various routes...The platforms and stores and WASHROOMS are located in the lower level...just down the stairs from the street level entrances doors.

    Just outside is the drop off and access to trams,buses,and bicycle racks....

    Austrian train service is fast and efficient and connects Innsbruck to all areas of Europe through international rail inks.

    The central train station is easy walking distance to the old town...and has ample parking .....we parked here and walked into Old Town,an easy twenty minute walk.

    Sudtiroler Platz HBF,Innsbruck,Austria. Sudtiroler Platz HBF,Innsbruck,Austria.
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    Train ride

    by flyfreak Updated Jul 31, 2007

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    You can get to Innsbruck by train aswell, of course. I will give you the approximate time distances from some bigger cities:

    VIENNA to Innsbruck: approx. 5 hours with the fastest nonstop train (Eurocity - indicated with an 'EC'in the schedules). Salzburg is in the middle on the way from Vienna to Innsbruck, so you might consider a stop there for a few days.

    SALZBURG to Innsbruck: approx. 2:30 hours

    MUNICH to Innsbruck: approx. 2:30 hours

    ZURICH to Innsbruck: approx. 3:20 hours

    See schedules on the website of the Austrian railways (=OEBB). I personally would NOT recommend to book on the website of the Austrian railways as the website is simply ***. I once happened to book a train from Innsbruck to Venice. What I got was a ticket from Salzburg to Venice with a completely wrong fare class. The best is to inform yourself at the information desks at the railway stations because there are lots of different discount possibilities that you cannot really check on the website.

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    Innsbruck main station

    by Nemorino Written Oct 11, 2006

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    This is a busy and pleasant railroad station, with trains going to Italy, Switzerland, Germany and of course all parts of Austria.

    Second photo: Trains in the Innsbruck station.

    Third photo: Inside the station.

    Fourth photo: The departure board, showing the next trains leaving for Munich, Vienna, Basel, Graz, Milan, etc.

    Fifth photo: Looking up at the mountains from the station stairs.

    1. Innsbruck main station 2. Trains in the Innsbruck station 3. Inside the station 4. The departure board 5. Mountains seen from the station
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    The New train Station

    by desert_princess Updated Nov 18, 2005

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    The newly constructed train station was finally finished this spring - it is located on the left side of the old one and is all made out of glass...it is very handy that right next to it is the bus station where you can travel in the country and all the surrounding valleys where the train won't take you.

    The New train Station The New train Station
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    Train

    by antistar Written Jun 3, 2005

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    Innsbruck is an international city, on the long western tip of Austria. The narrow stretch of Austria where Innsbruck lies is just a stone throw to Germany and Italy. It's no surprise then to find it has good connections throughout these countries, in addition to Austria. From the main station you can get direct trains to a number of major cities, including Vienna, Graz, Verona, Munich, Stuttgart and Dortmund.

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    Arrive in Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof

    by globetrott Updated May 20, 2005

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    When arriving by train in Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof it is quite easy to reach the very centre of town and even the famous "Goldenes Dachl" within a walk of just 15-20 minues.
    Innsbruck is quite small and when you leave the station you simply go straight on and will get to Salurner Strasse that will take you directely to the Triumpf-Pforte. From there you simply walk down Maria Theresienstrasse and will get to the citytower and Goldenes Dachl.
    That way it might even make sense to interrupt a trainride for 1 or 2 hours in order to explore Innsbruck !!

    Goldenes Dachl
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    Innsbruck - Graz by train

    by orlikins Updated Jan 21, 2003

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    It's about 6 hours by train from Graz, we had to change in Bischofshofen. You pass through Zell am See & Kitzbuehel.

    Coming back, we stayed up til 2am to catch the Zurich train that would take us all the home to Graz.
    This is a picture of Zell-Am-See, taken from the Innsbruck-bound train. And thats just the view from the train station!

    Zell am See

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  • A dark train ride

    by sabsi Written Jan 9, 2003

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    Oh, and if you sit in the train, it's dark outside and you're tired from a day at the skijumping feel free to fall asleep like these Croatian eagles did ;-) This time Nykaenen is really sleeping, not pretending to do so like on a Düsseldorf pub table ;-)

    Seni and Zdenka dreaming of Finnish eagles

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  • A beautiful train ride

    by sabsi Written Jan 9, 2003

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    If you happen to get to Innsbruck by train from Seefeld, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Mittenwald or Munich make sure to sit on the right side of the train. You will get some spectacular views from the train window between Seefeld and Innsbruck. Of if you are leaving Innsbruck by train into any of the directions above, sit on the left ;-)

    Nice views from the train

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  • The train from Munich goes...

    by PurpleKaty Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The train from Munich goes along a lovely route right through the mountains. Try to get one fo the faster trains though. I got a slow one and it stopped at every tiny village along the way.
    I found the bus/ tram system easy to navigate

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