A Thirsty Visit to Innsbruck, Austria

A Thirsty Visit to Innsbruck, Austria


Last winter I had the opportunity to spend a weekend in lovely Innsbruck, Austria. Home of the 1964 & 1976 Winter Olympics and nestled in the Alps, this place is dripping  (yes, dripping…) with beauty. Unlike the typical cross-timber architecture of Germany, the Austrians paint their buildings with warm tones, reminiscent of Italy. Aside from the wallet crushing prices (30E dinners!) it was a great little place to visit. Despite being a household name the city isn’t all that large. Throw in the opening of their annual Christmas Market, it was justtt the right size to keep us occupied.

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True Story: While researching events in Innsbruck during my stay, I found out that they were holding their annual Frühlingslauf Race, made up of a 5k, 10k, half and full marathon. Feeling sluggish after all my gluwein consumption the previous week, I signed up for the 10k. There are some things that Europeans seriously rock at – food, wine and beer being the top 3. Where some places in Europe seriously miss the boat is WATER. How in the world people stay hydrated is beyond me. During the 10k I was offered yogurt to quench my thirst, yes, yogurt. Upon completion, what do I get, a potted plant! Joy! I went straight back to the hotel and drank from the faucet.

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In Summary:

GO: December for skiing and the Christmas Market

DO: Take Tram 6 up to the top of the mountain for beautiful views!

REMEMBER: It’s expen$ive! THIS was my hole in the wall hotel room for a cool 200€/night. Ouch!