Food and Drink, Innsbruck
Harly Cafe Bar in Innsbruck - REVIEW (heads up - warning!)
My husband and I used to love the burgers a couple of years ago. We never forgot and couldn't wait to return. So we made a big effort to go across town to have our favorite burger in Innsbruck. What do we get? A cold-bun, PROCESSED meat that was NOT 100% beef (I'm talking GROSS!!) but more like some kind of mixed meat you would feed an animal! We will never go back and have nothing good to say about this place UNLESS they go back to making real 100% beef burgers (or at the VERY least, REAL meat!) Isn't it bad enough you have to suffer through uncomfortable seating and a smokey environment while eating? You have to make the food gross too? They need to go back to the days when they actually cooked (not defrosted!) it was so much better. Word of mouth is everything and we will never recommend them again.
Due to the local scene of junkies and alcoholics that were gathering around the new main train station, the city took the decision to make it an alcohol free zone. So in all the area marked in red (see the pic) around the train and bus station also the Raiffeisen passage it is prohibited to drink alcohol. Exceptions are the cafes and resturants located within the area. Also it is allowed to carry unopened alcohol, as long as you are not drinking it. Fine can go as high as 1 453 Euro.
So here, you have been warned. Drink at your own risk.
This Danger Tip has nothing to do with Innsbruck...Innsbruck is a lovely city! The Plattenrain Alm advertises itself as rustic. Assume this to mean no heat, soft/mushy beds, filthy shared bathrooms, chipped dishes and in general a complete lack of cleanliness and/or tidiness and no intention or desire to change!!! After the horror trip 10 kilometers up a mountain on a treacherous one-lane road, the nightmare only gets worse. Stay away...FAR AWAY!!! They claimed to have recently renovated..all they did was enlarge the overpriced-crap stand in the lobby! And just where do they get "Alpen groundhog oil" anyway..do they squeeze it out of the little varmints?!? The orange-colored breakfast beverage was even worse than that in Tunisia! In fact, that´s my perfect description and recollection of this rustic Alpen inn...it was WORSE than Tunisia!!!
The first night we arrived in Innsbruck we had a craving for Wiener Schnitzel so we went downtown to find a restaurant. We ended up in Stiftskeller, next to the Hofburg.
After we were finished with our dinner we asked for the bill but our waitress had disappeared and the other waiters ignored us. We asked again and again. After a while we thought one waiter would come with the bill but he just passed by. We died laughing and the waiter turned around and asked "Is was?" (What's wrong?) with his rudest voice. After 45 minutes we decided to leave some money on the table and go. Which we did - expecting they would chase us. But they didn't, even though Bea had to go inside again because she had forgotten her umbrella. A very funny start for a very funny week!
So if you want a Schnitzel but you are in a rush my warning is: Don't go into the Stiftskeller!
Because you are at such a high altitude, you'll get drunk faster... now whether thats's a Good Idea or Bad Idea (tm) is up to you. ;-)