Lovely Innsbruck

posted by Sharon February 12, 2018 37 Comments
Innsbruck

Innsbruck is a gem in the west of Austria that is often overlooked by travelers. It’s definitely worth a visit, though, for many reasons. And not the least is the beauty of this little city that nestles peacefully at the foot of the alps. Innsbruck

The River Inn flows through Innsbruck, hence the name. (The River Inn is not a hotel, as I briefly thought – ha ha!). Here’s the river, the pastel buildings lining the banks, and the alps – not in the distance but right up close. InnsbruckInnsbruck

InnsbruckInnsbruckThe architecture is described as Imperial and gothic with more modern elements. The Eastern influence is apparent in the domes dotting the skyline. Innsbruck

InnsbruckInnsbruckInnsbruckPeople tend to flock to Salzburg and Vienna in Austria, but far fewer travelers make their way to Innsbruck. We trained there from Switzerland in a last-minute change of plans because the Swiss Alps were expecting a big storm and our hiking plans had to be canceled. Innsbruck has inside activities (museums and a castle), so we figured we could weather the storm there. As it turned out, we loved Innsbruck and the rain here held off until we left. We stayed in a hotel that first opened its doors in the 1300s. This alone was worth the trip! InnsbruckInnsbruck

Innsbruck was home to Archduke Ferdinand in the 10th century. A tour of his castle is coming up in a future post. Maximilian I also reigned here in the 15th century. Innsbruck’s claim to fame in recent years is as host of the 1976 Winter Olympics. You can tour a ski run here! More on that coming up, too.

For now, I want to introduce you to the lovely old town along the river. InnsbruckInnsbruckInnsbruckInnsbruckInnsbruck

InnsbruckInnsbruckInnsbruckOne easy sight to find is the Golden Roof, the most famous landmark of Innsbruck. It boasts more than 2,000 copper tiles and was added by Maximillian sometime around 1500. The square under the roof was once the scene of public burnings, but today it’s the scene of tourists enjoying their day. Of course, tiles are stolen from time to time, then recovered. InnsbruckInnsbruck

The food was fantastic. One cafe featured open-faced grilled cheese sandwiches, a real treat. And the gelato is SO good.

InnsbruckInnsbruckOur days in Innsbruck last fall were warm and fine for strolling, even as the sun set. And then we enjoyed dinner in a sidewalk café, taking in all the ambience of this lovely place. InnsbruckInnsbruckInnsbruck

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37 Comments

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin February 12, 2018 at 1:52 am

Wow! Wow! Wow!! The ornate details, the colors, the surroundings!

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Sandra La Flair February 12, 2018 at 5:10 am

Spectacular photos!!! So beautiful!!!

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Taken For Granted February 12, 2018 at 5:01 pm

Thank you for the lovely photos of Innsbruck. Spent some time there more than 50 years ago and had a great time. Your photos bring back pleasant memories.

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Lydia C. Lee February 12, 2018 at 7:40 pm

That loggia is beautiful.

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P February 12, 2018 at 7:57 pm

Like your photography Sharon. A lovely commentary too. Unfortunately Innsbruck is one of those places that I will probably never visit – just too many on my bucket list.

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Carol February 12, 2018 at 9:17 pm

I loved the tour and all the exquisite details of Innsbruck. Thanks so much for sharing.

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image-in-ing: weekly photo linkup February 12, 2018 at 9:47 pm

Imposing and lovely! Quite regal.
Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2018/02/more-from-nasher-art-museum.html

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Cathy February 13, 2018 at 12:12 am

Indeed she is lovely and you photos are awesome!! Thank you! Have a wonderful week!

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Molly February 13, 2018 at 12:35 am

Such beautiful landscapes

Mollyx

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Su-sieee! Mac February 13, 2018 at 1:41 am

I am verily impressed that the very old buildings look so modern or maybe more they were built recently. That’s what quality and craftsmanship construction gives you.

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Felicia February 13, 2018 at 2:42 am

what a lovely town. love the pastel colored buildings and they themselves are lovely.

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Marie-OR February 13, 2018 at 2:57 am

I would LOVE to see Innsbruck! Your photos are amazing! What a beautiful city! And so much history…yep, it would definitely be on my itinerary!

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Lady Fi February 13, 2018 at 5:34 am

Wow – so beautiful!

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Kelleyn Rothaermel February 13, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Lovely, I agree! We have been there many times as we have some good friends who live just outside the city. We light to go to the top of North Kettern a mountain there and eat lunch looking out over the valley.

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Photo Cache February 13, 2018 at 3:44 pm

Perfect timing for this feature in time for the Olympics. Charming town.

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Jesh StG February 13, 2018 at 9:15 pm

You are right (again!) have been to Salsburg, Vienna, and a small village where we had our 2 vacations, but not to Innsbruck! Beautiful and lovely details, Sharon! You are widening my horizon and that of All Seasons – thank you!

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Angie February 14, 2018 at 1:55 am

I’m pretty sure we used to have a jigsaw puzzle with that exact tower and the mountains in the background!
Ironic you wrote this post in the midst of the Olympics – I think the 1976 Olympics are the first ones I really remember!

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Ruth | Tanama Tales February 15, 2018 at 3:56 am

I visited the city many years ago and can barely remember details about it. One thing I know is that I love Austria so I would have no problems going back to Inssbruck. I would love to use the city as a base to explore the area.

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California Globetrotter February 15, 2018 at 7:50 pm

You truly captured the beauty of Innsbruck! I’d really love to visit again when the weather is nice! It’s not far from us so it’s totally doable! May have to visit the castle you told me about too! #FarawayFiles

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Amanda February 16, 2018 at 10:56 am

Innsbruck is definitely a stunner! I love your photos! It’s one of the most beautiful airports to land in, and although we visited in the winter to ski, it looks like the summer is just as good a time to visit! #FarawayFiles

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Esther February 16, 2018 at 8:17 pm

Oh, how lovely!! Innsbruck has been on my list for a bit. Can’t wait to visit someday!!
#WeekendWanderlust

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Dorothy February 16, 2018 at 9:06 pm

I had visited Salzburg in the fall and loved it. Innsbruck is a must see. #TheWeeklyPostcard

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Caity February 16, 2018 at 9:20 pm

These photos are beautiful and I would LOVE to see this architecture in person! Innsbruck is definitely on my list. 🙂 #farawayfiles

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Erin February 16, 2018 at 9:25 pm

Beautiful! I never would have expected all those pastels in Innsbruck. #FarawayFiles

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Sandra February 17, 2018 at 7:38 am

I was in Innsbruck a few years ago and completely agree – it’s a fantastic place to visit. I love that the mountains are RIGHT there.
#TheWeeklyPostcard

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Amanda - EatWorkTravel February 17, 2018 at 12:55 pm

What a gorgeous place, thank you for the introduction! I love the architecture and the color of the buildings. Seems like the perfect spot for a romantic weekend.

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Jill February 17, 2018 at 2:09 pm

We are headed to western Austria in the fall and had looked at visiting Innsbruck. Now I know that it’s a definite must. Beautiful photos of a beautiful city.

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Sara February 17, 2018 at 2:18 pm

I’m definitely one of those travelers who has overlooked Innsbruck. I’ve connected through its train station multiple times, but your photos have me convinced that it needs to be a visit! Its riverfront looks equally (or more so) as beautiful as Salzburg’s!

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Corey at fifi + hop February 18, 2018 at 12:10 am

Oh my goodness, Innsbruck looks absolutely picture perfect! Your photos are stunning. I love all the ones with the domes and mountains in the background. I just love that you stayed in a hotel from the 1300’s, how cool! Pinning! #farawayfiles

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Anda February 18, 2018 at 5:34 am

Wow, Innsbruck looks so lovely! I’d love to go skiing there sometime. #THeWeeklyPostcard

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Matthew February 19, 2018 at 2:00 am

Wow your pictures of this small town are gorgeous. I’ve always wanted to visit Austria. I love smaller cities with a deep history. I’ll definitely wing adding Innsbruck to my list of places to visit. Thanks for sharing.

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Travel Lexx February 20, 2018 at 12:06 am

Innsbruck looks fantastic and it’s somewhere I am yet to visit! Definitely somewhere I want to see – it looks great and you photos are fantastic! So much history and plenty to see and do!

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Elaine Masters February 20, 2018 at 12:17 am

Such evocative and beautiful pictures! I love the mountain backdrop behind the church tower and how you show details of the craftsmanship. Would love to see all this for myself one day.

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David February 20, 2018 at 5:18 pm

I’ve seen a number of places in Austria but I’ve yet to visit Innsbruck. By the looks of it though from your photos Innsbruck looks beautiful. Definitely worth visiting especially for that setting and the architecture. Thanks for sharing #FeetDoTravel

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Shona February 22, 2018 at 11:47 am

The detail in the architecture & design of the buildings in Innsbruck is spectacular. There’s plenty to see and do there. Definitely one for the list. 🙂

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