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1. Posted by guiny (Respected Member 143 posts) 9y

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I am thinking about visiting Innsbruck. Any ideas or suggestions? Is it worth a guided tour or should I find my way alone - by the way, I don't speak any German - Which places are not to be missed? Is it an expensive city?
Thanks! Danke!

2. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

GrĂ¼ss Gott Audry79,

I think you can find your own way there, the historical center is very small, and with a good guidebook, you can see all of it very soon. I would spend about a day in the city itself, and then go to see something of the mountains. You can take a gondola from the centre of town up to the Hafelekar for a pretty view over the city and the valley. You can also use it as a startingpoint to do some hiking, but be sure to have shoes, with some good profile on the soles. Also check out if you want to see some of the other places in the neighborhood, like Hall or Schwaz.

I don't know what you would find expensive, but if you compare it to Switzerland, then Austria tends to be a lot cheaper. cablecars/Gondola's tend to be expensive no matter where you go. Also the food, drinks and other stuff, they sell at mountainrestaurants or cabins, is more expensive as it has to be transported there.

3. Posted by guiny (Respected Member 143 posts) 9y

Thank you, Herr Bert. I am going to Innsbruck for just one day with my boyfriend. We really want to see the most important sights of the city - sightseeing. Any suggestions?

4. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

I think you can do two things, see the town center, which isn't really big, and get yourself to the Hafelekar (mountain). If it is a friday you could make a reservation to make the trip to the Hafelekar in the evening. (have dinner, with a great view over Innsbruck and the Inn-Valley. http://www.nordpark.at/bahn0.html?&L=2 Looking at this website a lot has changed since my last visit in 2004 (complete new gondola's)

In the city-center: a lot of people get excited to see the 'Golden Roof' (more a balcony, and honestly it never captured my imagination). You have the normal Cathedral and Castle (like almost every town in Europe ;-), Actualy two Castle the Hofburg (for a short time the Residence of the Emperor of Austria / Innsbruck for a short time was the Capitol of Austria), and Schloss Ambras, The Rathaus (City-Hall), and some other buildings.

If you are there in the summer, you have to juggle a little bit with the time you have, but you can do both. See the buildings you want to see from the inside, in the morning, then get up the mountain, and get back with the last gondola, and see the rest of the town.

Unfortunately you won't have the time for a real hike into the mountains or to visit some of the nearby places. But it's better to have one day, then none at all.

Maybe this site, gives you ideas, that suits your own interests: http://www.innsbruck.info/xxl/_site/innsbruck/_lang/nl/_area/516965/_subArea/517107/index.html (at my place it changes to dutch, but you can chance the language yourself if it opens in dutch)

Hope you will have a good time in Tyrol.