Backpacking Central Europe: Innsbruck, Austria

Travel Diary
Day 6-8:

The coach ride from Munich to Innsbruck was 2 hours and 20 minutes. If we thought driving through the snow and mountains to get to Munich was beautiful, we were wrong. The drive to Innsbruck was even more beautiful.
We arrived in Innsbruck and were taken away by these mountains in the city! Everywhere we looked, we were surrounded by these beautiful mountains.

We made our way through the city looking for our hotel. 
We stayed at Hotel Central for two nights. The hotel was perfectly located, but the building had a bit of a cigarette smell to it. Our guess was that at one point this hotel used to be a smoking hotel. The room they gave us really smelled like smoke, so much that we thought someone was smoking and it was coming through the vents. We asked to change rooms and the second room they gave us smelled a little fresher, but the hint of cigarette smell was still there. They gave us free coffee vouchers for the inconvenience. If you don't mind the smell of smoke, that the room would be fine. They beds were comfortable, despite having twin beds and the room was quiet. However, we would not stay here again.
Once we got settled we headed to the health food store and Hofer to buy sandwich stuff. Our room had a fridge, so we could store perishable food items. We bought vegan lunch meat and cheese, cucumber, lettuce, hummous, and buns. The sandwiches hit the spot. By this point it was getting late and we decided to have an early night. We were still tired from our few days in Munich.
The next morning we took advantage of our free coffee vouchers then headed out for the day. The mountains were spectacular. We could hardly believe our eyes.

We searched on Happy Cow for any vegan restaurants and saw that Innsbruck had one!
We made our way through the little city towards the vegan restaurant. Quite happy with the walk there too!

We found the restaurant Go Vegan - We ordered the buddah bowl and a peanut butter cup. Both were very delicious. The owner was very friendly and helpful.
After lunch we continued exploring the town. 

Don't forget to stop and enjoy the things around you.

We had a tourist map from our hotel and we used it to explore the pedestrian area of town. They were setting up for the Christmas market.
We were in Innsbruck for the opening of the Christmas market which was lucky since we didn't plan that.
We saw the building with the golden roof and explored some more of the old town.


We made our way to the river for some photo ops with the river and mountain.

I think Innsbruck is more stunningly beautiful than we imagined.
After we made our way up the tower which was in the middle of the old town. The Watchtower was built in the 1400s.

It wasn't the tallest tower we've even been to the top of but none of the other buildings in Innsbruck are all that big so the views were excellent. It cost €3.50 each to go to the top.



We walked around town a bit more taking in the sights and the fresh air.


We came back at night for the opening of the Christmas market to see the celebration and the lights. There was Christmas music, people drinking mulled wine, different Christmas stalls, and people everywhere. It was really fun to see.
We were hungry and the market didn't have a lot in the way of vegan options so we went to a place we spotted earlier with advertised vegan options. We could have got a vegan doner kebab but we decided to go to this other place as it was something we'd never tried before. 
The wraps were made out of a vegan version of Çiğ köfte which is a Turkish raw meatball dish which sounds pretty disgusting but there was nothing wrong with the vegan version as it was most definitely not made out of raw meat! It was a lovely blend of plants and seeds.

Once we were finished eating we headed back to Hofer to buy some snacks for tomorrow's journey.

The next morning we checked out of our hotel and made our way to the train station. (luckily we printed our tickets early, as when we did this there was an error and we had to wait half an hour for it to get sorted. This would not have been a good thing to happen the day we were travelling!)

As usual we made a video to go along with our blog. We think they are a great touch to the trips.


We boarded the train from Innsbruck to Schwarzach St. where we made a transfer to Bad Hofgastein Bahnhof.


We got up even higher into the mountains than our previous bus journeys - at some points going through them. We were lead into the snow. We wish we could have got off the train to play in the snow. I'm sure it would have been very very cold though!
We arrived in Bad Hofgastein and to our surprise, it was just want we wanted in every way.

Continue Reading. "Backpacking Central Europe: Bad Hofgastein, Austria"

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Comments

  1. Love, love, love Munich and this journey sounds so wonderful. Lovely photographs!

    xoxo

    www.wideeyedwanderer.in

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    1. We like Munich too but this post is about Innsbruck, Austria. If you want to see our trip to Munich check out our previous post. Thanks for reading. ;)

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  2. Yes, I did understand that the trip is to austria but since your journey started from one of my favourite cities, I couldn't control my excitement :)
    It sucks to be a non-smoker and to be stuck in a place which smells of smoke. Something similar had happened once in my solo trip to SriLanka. The pictures are beautiful but knowing this part of Europe I am sure what you eyes saw were much more beautiful than what photographs can depict!

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    1. Innsbruck was definitely more beautiful than our photos can depict. Yes Munich is an exciting place isn't it? I can understand your excitement.

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  3. Nice post, I have been told from many friends that Innsbruck is a wonderful place, especially at the end of summer when the top of the mountains are white but at the same time is possible to find sunny days!! :-D thanks for sharing your experience, keep following

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    1. Thank you. Yeah we would like to return in the summer to do some mountain climbing.

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  4. It has been my childhood dream to do a road trip in Europe. The closest I have been to Europe is Jordan which is in Asia. The Hollywood film Euro Trip made me curious about this continent.

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    1. Yeah I remember seeing Euro Trip and wanting to go on a trip around Europe. 10 years later and we're doing it.

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  5. Great post guys :) it throw me back when I went to Innsbruck many years ago... I stayed only one day, but it's tiny and I still have great memories of it :) Delicious food and very nice people. I particularly admired the imperial architecture there, so beautiful...I also visited the main square with the golden roof and the king's museum, great experience

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    1. Yeah it wasn't a big place but there was a lot to see and it was cool to walk around. There was a lot of museums and a castle that we didn't get a chance to check out.

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  6. I've heard a lot about Innsbruck and the fascinating views it offers. It also looks like a perfect winter destination! I also specially love scenic drives (more that when I don't need to drive myself though ;) )

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    1. We opted for taking the bus just so we could enjoy the views more. Innsbruck is beautiful, make sure you get there one day.

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  7. Austria seems like such a beautiful country. I really enjoyed looking at your pictures, they are fantastic! The mountains with the architecture are just too much. Also the food looks yummy :)

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    1. Thank you, Austria is wonderful. The food was very yummy.

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  8. Innsbruck has always been on my list of places to visit, especially because of that amazing panorama over the mountains, from the city. I always found it so beautiful. You were so lucky to visit during the Christmas market season, that must have transformed the already pretty city into a magical one.

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    1. Yeah the mountains surrounding us were amazing to look at and we felt pretty lucky to be there when the Christmas market opened.

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  9. Austria is so beautiful, even its cities. I love it how much culture and history there is in the city centres. And then of course there are these amazing mountains!

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    1. Agreed. The scenery, the old town architecture and the culture were all fun to see.

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  10. What a beautiful city! Those colorful buildings with the snow capped mountains behind them is absolutely breathtaking! I love the views you got from the tower. We always love seeing cities from the highest point possible. The hotel you stayed at looked so cute, but I think we would have left because of the smoke smell. That is truly unfortunate, but it looked like y'all had a great trip!

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    1. Yeah it was a great trip. Everything worked out well. The smoke smell in the hotel was strange. Maybe someone was smoking in the room below us? They told us it was a non smoking building. When we changed rooms it wasn't so bad.

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  11. Its a beautiful city but more importantly I have to say it again that you are doing a great job for the vegan community. I know a lot of people who hesistate, or do not travel because they think their type of food may not be available at places. You are showing that ths is the 21st century where eveyone has options.

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    1. Thanks very much. We're hopefully helping vegans out there overcome any travel anxiety they have.

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  12. I think I made a big miss of my life by not halting at Innsbruck. Such a lovely little place. It is good that now we get vegan version of some of the popular non veg dishes. Great captures.

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  13. It looks so nice with the Alps in the background. Austria really have a lot to offer. Just a pity that I haven't explored it more, I usually end up a bit further to the east in Slovakia when I'm in the region. :)

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    1. We haven't been to Slovakia yet. It looks amazing. Hope you get to Austria soon!

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