The trip to the top is completed through a series of 3 different cable cars. Along the way you will be treated to amazing views of the valley below as well as have the opportunity to visit the highest zoo in Europe, hike or bike down, enjoy some quiet time relaxing at the Alpenlounge Seegrube or simply sit and enjoy the views and quiet. Although I didn’t see any climbers this day, you can also enjoy climbing.
There are many hiking and biking trails at each level of the Nordkettenbahn. Some are for experienced hikers but there is something for everyone. On my trip up there was a mountain biker that looked like he was dressed more for a football game (US style) than bike riding! Later that day, I did see him again in the old town so I know he made it down safely.
On this day, my goal was not only the views but also to escape the heat that had settled in over the area. I was successful on both parts although my pictures show more haze than I remember seeing! Someone later told me that haze is the moisture in the air and comes with heat. Who knew?
While the pictures didn’t turn out quite like I had thought, the view from each level as you rise is stunning. From one direction you see the Inn river as it winds it’s way through Innsbruck and once at the top you will be amazed looking at layer after layer of stark mountains.
My trip up the mountain was the perfect way to relax and beat the heat.