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