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Austria: Innsbruck

Innsbruck, the "Treasure of the Alps", home of the winter Olympics, has long been a favourite for generations of visitors. I must admit a particularly strong attachment, as I was born in the Tirol, and grew up in Innsbruck. Although I am a passionate Canadian now, I still use pictures of Innsbruck as my screen savers, and visit there almost yearly.

Getting There
Numerous Airlines in all major cities fly to a number of good links: Zurich; Vienna; Munich; Frankfurt; and Amsterdam. Some have direct flights to Innsbruck, or provide connections. I usually fly to Munich, where I rent a car (about $100.00 per week) for an easy 2 hour drive on the Autobahn to Innsbruck.

Depending on your taste, you may choose
a "Jugendherberge" (around AS100.00 = $10.00 per day);
or a bed and breakfast in many small "Pensionen" ($30 - 50 double occ.);
"Gasthouse" ($30 to 70);
a "Hotel Garni" (bed and breakfast $35 to 75);
or a hotel ($40 to 160).

Food and Service
The Austrian Kitchen is world renowned, and service is generally excellent. Don't miss their superb pastries and some local specialties ! Almost everyone speaks English.

Just being there and admiring the ancient architecture and the incredibly beautiful view of the Alps is an experience, never forgotten. Sightseeing is limitless, but you simply must look up to "Frau Hit", and let someone explain the saga about her; see the marvelous 500 year old "Goldene Dachl"; and the "Schwarzmanderkirche", housing the cenotaph dedicated to Emperor Maximilian. Don't miss a chance to take the cable car up to the "Seegrube" and the "Hafelekar", where you will be on top of the world. The list of activities is endless, summer and winter, from visiting museums to flying a paraglider from any of the 200 or so sites in the Eastern Alps. If your taste leans more towards the arts, there is hardly a day in which you will not be able to listen to some concert; attend some theatre; enjoy an opera; or visit numerous exhibitions.

I suspect that you will hardly find time for a visit to a swimming pool or fitness club, but numerous walkways on the "Mittelgebirge" and around town, will keep you more than fit, even if you don't take advantage of Mountain Biking; Golf; Climbing; Rafting; Summer or Winter Skiing; Gliding; Tennis or Diving.


For more information contact,
Innsbruck Tourist Office
Burggraben 3
A-6021 Innsbruck
Tel. (0)512 - 53 56
Fax (0) 512/59850-7
Insbruck Tourist Office

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