What can I tell you about Innsbruck? It’s spectacularly beautiful. It feels peaceful. It feels comfortable. It is surrounded by magnificent mountains. It is full of tradition. It has culture. It has history. It felt like home.
In short, I loved it!
Upon arriving in Innsbruck I felt like I had arrived at place I didn’t want to leave.
The beauty of Innsbruck starts with the mountains that ring this glorious city. Whether you are in the city or up on the mountain, every way you look is glistening with church spires, domes, beautifully painted houses and crooked narrow streets begging you to stroll.
Innsbruck’s story back to medieval times and includes the dominant Hapsburg Empire. Emperor Maximillian I adored Innsbruck and it was the Hapsburg’s capital of Tirol. Everywhere you look you can find remnants of the Hapsburgs from the Hofkirche, Goldenes Dachl, Hofberg (Imperial Palace) to Schloss Ambras. The medieval center, the Altstadt, is perfect for strolling the winding narrow cobblestoned streets. If the boutiques don’t draw you in, the wonderful smelling bakeries or coffee shops certainly will!
This wonderful Austrian city also has its fair share of cultural activities including performing arts, orchestra, an opera house, art galleries and many museums.
Innsbruck offers a city and location that is for those that enjoy the outdoors! Whether you like bike riding or mountain bike riding, walking or mountain climbing, rivers or lakes, driving trips or train trips, it is all waiting for you in Innsbruck. Oh and don’t forget about the multitude of winter activities in the area! Innsbruck did host the winter Olympics twice! There is truly something for everyone all year round.
As I traveled around the city and to its outskirts I knew I would come back and explore in depth the city and surroundings. Somehow it fit like a glove. This was a place I could stay. . . I think I could live here (as long as this California girl could get through the winter!).