If Graz and Salzburg were beautiful and quaint, the way I would describe Innsbruck is imposing. Sandwiched between snow-capped mountains, it moves fast. People dress better, eat later and, if we thought Austrian’s were fit, the people of Innsbruck took it up five stages. In the winter they are die-hard skiers and in summer they bike and paraglide between mountains. The atmosphere was immediately different. After a gorgeously relaxing last few days, we welcomed it with open arms.
We were checked into Adlers Hotel. A hotel with possibly the most impressive view in the city. From our room we could see a full 180 degree turn of the rooftops below. After an afternoon travelling, we grabbed a takeaway from the nearest shopping centre in a promise to ourselves to wake up early and set out exploring.
Innsbruck Zoo plays host to animals and birds that have lived and continue to live in the Austrian Mountains for years. It was incredible to see Bears, Wolves, Moose, Lynx’s and Vultures in the same spot that they would have inhabited just a few decades prior.
We loved Innsbruck Zoo. Once the hustle and bustle outside becomes too much, you can just escape to the fish tank and lie back on awe at the beautiful scaled creatures flitting past you.
From Innsbruck Zoo, we took the funicular directly up the mountain to get better views of the city.
Wanting even more adventure, we climbed aboard the cable car and headed up to the first station.
The second station was pointless as it was filled with thick snow and hill fog blocking our view. We piled back into the cable car and all the way down the mountain back to the unbelievable heat of a local mountain restaurant at the bottom.
The day in town was unbelievably sunny and we basked in the warm air, stopping at a Café Tomaselli outlet for some delicious ice cream before window shopping and walking aimlessly through the streets to explore.
We were booked into our hotel restaurant for dinner, perched high above the city below, we ate, drank, talked and watched the sun dipping down beneath the mountain line.
The next morning, we drank in the view over cups of tea and coffee before breakfast and our final morning of exploration.
Retracing our steps into the town, we stumbled upon a strudel shop (well, it would be rude not to!)
Ordering one last tasty apple treat to share, whilst between the most beautiful setting of colourful chocolate box houses and blue mountains.
With that, it was time to say goodbye to Austria as we jumped on the short flight home. We’ll definitely be back.