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1. Posted by heff (Budding Member 63 posts) 9y

Hi

My dad and sister are going to Austria in July (specifically Innsbruck) and want to know if there are any must do's around the area.

Any tips or advice please

Thanks
Heff

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

It depends a little bit on the length of their stay, as I am sure they will explore Innsbruck itself, I will stick to some other places.

I would suggest, taking the cablecar up to the Hafelekar. The station is in Innsbruck itself. (with two stopovers), one just above Innsbruck, and one halfway the mountain, where you can also find a restaurant. It should only take a couple of minutes to reach the top of the mountain. They can also use at a starting point to do some hiking. (be sure they buy a good map of the area).

There a couple of places that are worth visiting near to Innsbruck, one of them is Hall, and another one is Schwaz. Hall was famous for being the place were coins were pressed and in Schwaz you find an old mine that is open for visitor. (If I am not mistaken it's a silver mine).

Another daytrip can be done to Imst (west of Innsbruck), it's a pretty town, a bit bigger than the surrounding villages. In the center of town they can find the entrance to the Rosengartenschlucht (a gorge), that will lead them to High-Imst. Here you can find a cablecar, that goes up the mountain, and a kind of rollercoaster that goes down the mountain. (notice, that you can take daypacks on the ride), which is good fun. They could also start to walk from this first station of the cablecar, of to go even higher to the second station.

Salzburg can be done by train very easy (2 hours), so that might be another option for them to consider.

3. Posted by S_Deisler (Respected Member 266 posts) 9y

Hello

It's not what I would call ver near from Innsbruck, but I found that the Grössglockner glacier was simply amazing, and the whole Hohe Tauern National Park, which is around the glacier zone.
Closer to Innsbruck, and not too far from Grössglockner, there's the Gerlos Hochalpensträsse, some mountain port ( you have to pay to cross it ) from where you can see the second longest waterfall in europe : Krimmler falls. I loved it.
Garmisch Partenkirchen is a very famous winter resort, continentally known for the ski jumping comeptition every 1st of january. There are these 3 or 4 massive ski jumping tamprolines, and the views are nice as well, so this could be another option. However, this is in Germany, pretty close to Innsbruck anyway
My tip if they're going to Austria is don't get stuck in cities, as the Alpes landscape is simply lovely

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

just to add on the Gerlospass:

The is also the Old Gerlospass, that you don't have to pay for, but it's not such a beautiful road, and I won't recommend it, if you are not experienced in driving in the mountains. But it's amazing if you think that in the past, two truck that came from opposite directions, should pass eachother.

Another option I forgot is to take the bus to Reutte in Tirol and transfer to the buss to Füssen, and to go and see Neuschwanstein (Mad Ludwig's castle) and Hohen Schwanau.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 22, 2007, at 3:41 PM by Herr Bert ]