Take a Cable Car Up Into the Austrian Alps

posted by Sharon February 17, 2018 47 Comments

The town of Innsbruck, Austria, sits at the base of a portion of the Austrian Alps. While these mountains are known as a winter skiing destination, you can ride a cable car up in the warmer months and explore here after the snow melts. We enjoyed this adventure, with its views of the town and river below, more mountains all around, and friendly goats scampering along with their bells ringing. Innsbruck Austrian Alps

Innsbruck Austrian AlpsThe Nordkette Cable Car runs straight up from the town. It stops first at a platform called Hungerburg. We immediately boarded a second cable car, the Seebgrube, and continued higher. At the second stop up you’ll find views for miles as well as a cafe with outdoor seating. A hiking trail leaves right from the cable car platform. You can hike for a ways, or you can walk on the trail just 20 minutes and see many different views. Innsbruck Austrian AlpsInnsbruck Austrian Alps

Innsbruck Austrian AlpsIn the summer, the Austrian Alps here are covered with lush green grass. The green makes a nice contrast with the blue-ish tones of the distant mountains and the puffy white clouds. Innsbruck Austrian Alps

Innsbruck Austrian AlpsInnsbruck Austrian AlpsAnd then the sheep come running. They are so accustomed to people that they don’t seem to notice the humans on the trail. They are focused on finding a fresh clump of grass, I think. I was able to get quite close. Innsbruck Austrian Alps

Innsbruck Austrian AlpsInnsbruck Austrian AlpsInnsbruck Austrian AlpsInnsbruck Austrian AlpsIf you are really adventurous, you can parasail over these Alps. Innsbruck Austrian Alps

The heavy forest up here surprised me. Beside the mountains used for skiing is a vast, beautiful stand of tall trees. Innsbruck Austrian Alps

Innsbruck Austrian AlpsI picked out the perfect Christmas tree. Innsbruck Austrian Alps

If you are near Innsbruck in the sunnier months, plan to take a cable car up into the Austrian Alps. You may feel very small on top of these bluffs, but the world around you will be filled with beauty and joy. Innsbruck Austrian Alps

 

For more information on the Nordkette Cable Car, check out this Innsbruck Visitor’s Guide.

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47 Comments

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin February 18, 2018 at 3:24 pm

Wow!! Look at all the animals!

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Su-sieee! Mac February 18, 2018 at 9:53 pm

I’m game for parasailing and riding the cable car. They both look like great adventures.

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Jesh StG February 19, 2018 at 2:26 am

Oh, the country of the Sound of Music! Have been there twice for a week when we had two little kids, and got a cabin in the Alps. Thank you for the fond memories I have of this beautiful country – and for sharing it with All Seasons!

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Pat February 19, 2018 at 3:32 am

Such magnificent Valley and mountainviews from the cable car! I visited Switzerland years ago ( Lake Lugano) and would love to revisit it again in the near future.

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Margaret Birding For Pleasure February 19, 2018 at 7:37 am

Stunning views from the cable cae. Have a good week ahead.

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Mersad February 19, 2018 at 8:34 am

This would be one of those dream trips for me. Love the alps and your photos really do it justice. Thank you for linking up with “Through My Lens”

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Esther February 19, 2018 at 12:37 pm

This is just lovely! I absolutely love the Alps and would love to visit! Hm… maybe I should start planning for September 🙂
#MondayEscapes

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Marcia February 19, 2018 at 12:46 pm

Such a lovely spot. It’s always nice to get up high and look out over the world below.

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Andrea February 19, 2018 at 1:14 pm

Wow, if only i have the means that will be my next destination even next month, haha! But reaching it is of course, only in my dreams! Thanks for the trip, i wont be able to reach that in this lifetime.

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Lisa | Handmade in Israel February 19, 2018 at 3:16 pm

What amazing views! Love the goats. My son would like the parasailing.

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Carol February 19, 2018 at 4:05 pm

Beautiful landscape and fantastic views! I’d love to take the cable car ride.

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Caity February 19, 2018 at 4:23 pm

This part of the world is SO beautiful and I love how many opportunities there are to enjoy it through cable cars, cog railways and more. Great post! 🙂 #mondayescapes

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Marie-OR February 19, 2018 at 6:18 pm

Beauty and joy! I love it. What an amazing trip. Really loved your photos. And what sweet sheep!

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Taken For Granted February 19, 2018 at 8:03 pm

Beautiful photographs of the Innsbruck area. We were there more than 50 years ago and took the cable car to the top of the mountain. Stayed so long we came back down with the last car of the day accompanying the garbage

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Fun60 February 19, 2018 at 10:06 pm

It looks beautiful. It’s 40 years since I visited Innsbruck, I expect much has changed.

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Bella and Dawn at dear mummy blog February 19, 2018 at 10:10 pm

We’d love to visit the Austrian Alps just for the views. The contrast between the green and the blue levels is amazing! #MondayEscapes

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image-in-ing: weekly photo linkup February 19, 2018 at 10:23 pm

I’m a bit of a chicken when it comes to heights, so doubt I’d enjoy the cable car ride – but I DID enjoy your photos!
Thanks for linking up this week at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2018/02/some-more-from-nasher-museum.html

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sallie rainville February 20, 2018 at 1:03 am

Amazing trip! One of our grandsons has visited and we loved his pictures and stories. So many beautiful places!!!

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Felicia February 20, 2018 at 1:57 am

Wow what gorgeous views from up there.

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Photo Cache February 20, 2018 at 4:53 am

It looks like a destination for all seasons.

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Lady Fi February 20, 2018 at 7:54 am

The views are stunning!

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Kalpana February 20, 2018 at 8:40 am

The scenery is amazing but I think I like the sheep best.

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Tanja/The Red Phone Box travels February 20, 2018 at 4:26 pm

wonderful views #citytripping

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California Globetrotter February 20, 2018 at 8:24 pm

I was so sad to learn there was a cable car after we had visited! But, I do need/want to visit again in the spring/summer because we went on such a cold, blustery, windy day it really hampered our sightseeing. Now that you’ve shown me more, I now know we truly missed out! Gotta go now! #CityTripping

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Angie February 21, 2018 at 3:17 am

The hills are alive …. with the sound of … bells ringing! What majestic views!

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Mandy February 21, 2018 at 5:17 pm

Umm… yes, I want to go there.

Thank you for taking us with you on your journey to Austria. The images are gorgeous as always!

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Amanda M February 21, 2018 at 5:41 pm

Wow, what an amazing view! That looks like a wonderful adventure 🙂

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Bryna | Dotted Line Travels February 22, 2018 at 4:14 am

Beautiful photos, Sharon! It reminds me a little bit of the views here in Canada. The mountains in the background of the town look so idyllic!

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Claire at Tin Box Traveller February 22, 2018 at 10:36 pm

What astonishingly milky views across Austria. It’s so beautiful. Thanks for sharing this post on #MondayEscapes

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Shona February 23, 2018 at 8:46 am

I was looking forward to reading about the cable car after you mentioned it in your Innsbruck post. Fabulous views!

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Cathy (Mummytravels) February 23, 2018 at 12:13 pm

What stunning views – so beautiful in the summer as well as the winter. I’d love to be up in the air looking down on them too! Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

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a spirit of simplicity February 23, 2018 at 11:42 pm

What a beautiful place!

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Deborah Regen February 24, 2018 at 2:00 am

I visited Innsbruck many years ago and loved it. I am sure it is still as beautiful and clean as I remember it, and the surrounding mountains are magnificent. Personally I would prefer the warmer months to take a cable car ride up, then do some serious walking up and down some of those trails smiling at those domestic goats along the way. #TheWeeklyPostcard

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Ruth | Tanama Tales February 24, 2018 at 2:34 am

I love great views and I love Austria! It makes total sense to enjoy the fabulous views the country has to offer. Last year, I went to Salzburg and was able to get a good taste of the Alps. Seems like the views in Innsbruck are even better! #ffetdotravel

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Sara February 24, 2018 at 3:01 am

I totally thought the goats were sheep! You got pretty close to them!! Gorgeous pictures – they are so crisp!! The Austria countryside is so beautiful. I can’t get over how green and verdant everything is!! I don’t think I could do the parasailing bit though! #TheWeeklyPostcard

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Anda February 24, 2018 at 3:56 am

Ah, Sharon, you make the Austrian Alps look like Paradise! I would love to take a trip there and just wander around with those goats. How long do you think it would take to hike up to the top instead of taking the cable car?

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Trippin' Turpins (Kelly) February 24, 2018 at 4:25 am

Wow! Very beautiful. The views are amazing. Thank you for sharing with us!

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Angie (FeetDoTravel) February 24, 2018 at 5:06 am

Ahhhhh, the Austrian Alps are one of the world’s most naturally beautiful destinations! The rolling hills, gorgeous blue skies and sounds of nature, I can would take a cable car here you know (even though I am sooooo scared of heights, but the views would definitely be worth it!) #feetdotravel

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Samantha (Vibrant Yogini) February 24, 2018 at 9:17 am

Ive been skiing here in the winter which was breathtakingly beautiful, however it looks so wonderful in your pictures too! What a great read 🙂 #FeetDoTravel

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Jill February 24, 2018 at 12:07 pm

Pinning this for my fall trip there. Great photos!

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Clare (Suitcases and Sandcastles) February 24, 2018 at 6:56 pm

I always love your photos, Sharon, and these are just beautiful. It’s so great to see pictures of the Austrian Alps in the summer months – it looks like a wonderful place for hiking. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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Rhonda Albom February 25, 2018 at 10:41 am

Your photos of the views of the Alps are spectacular. I’d love to go hiking there in the summer. The sheep by me are not used to people and run away if you approach them.

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[…] the views down into town and across to the Alps are […]

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shere February 25, 2018 at 9:13 pm

we love Austria! We are looking for a place to go this summer and Innsbruck looks like a good choice as we love hiking 🙂

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Hilary February 26, 2018 at 4:32 am

What a magical day out! I’m not sure how I’d feel riding those gondolas up the mountain, but the views look very worth it! Another lovely post… Thank you for sharing on #farawayfiles

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Travel Lexx February 26, 2018 at 8:14 pm

Beautiful views – the landscape is just incredible! I would definitely love hiking in the area but would probably take the cable car down to save time (and my legs). Great post and sounds like you had an amazing time!

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David March 2, 2018 at 1:46 pm

Despite all my time in Austria, I’ve failed to actually get into the Austrian Alps. This looks like a perfect place to start when the weather improves! Beautiful!

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