Winter in Innsbruck is absolutely stunning. The snow capped mountains surround the city and there is so much activity to do around the area.
I spent Australia Day on Friday and the weekend here, mainly to catch up with my friend Gloria and to go skiing for a day.
I arrived to Innsbruck around 12pm and caught Bus F to the main train station (Innsbruck Hauptbanhof). The lockers there are €2.50 for 24 hours so it is perfect to store your luggage whilst exploring.
Innsbruck is very compact and can be done on foot. Walk around the Old Town (Altstadt), Maria Theresien Strasse, visit the Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), visit Kaufhaus Tyrol shopping centre, walk along the river and admire the beautiful coloured houses and visit the Hofgarten.
For lunch, we headed to Gosser’s for some Austrian food. I tried the kalbsgeschnetzeltes (veal with a creamy sauce) with käsespätzle (which is like a cheese dumpling) which was both delicious!
We headed up to the 360 bar which is located in the rathaus, for drinks and the amazing view of the city.
For apple strudel, we went to Kroll Strudel Café. They had a variety of different strudels as well so try them all!
For dinner, we went to Sushi Sensei for a Japanese meal. We had a quiet one so that we could be ready for the snow the next day!
The next morning, we drove around 20 minutes to Patscherkofelbahn – they held the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics here and it’s a good mountain for both beginners and the experienced. The conditions were excellent and the sun was shining which made it for a perfect day to ski. Gloria’s dad met us there and he kindly helped me out with some tips and techniques which was very much appreciated!
We also had lunch up the mountain with its stunning views!
In the evening, we went to Die Pizzerei for dinner. Go for their amazing pizzas!
Afterwards, we went to Mustache Bar and then Jimmy’s for drinks and a dance!
We both weren’t feeling flash but had a 10:15am reservation at Soul Kitchen for a buffet brunch. The price is reasonable at €55.80 for 2 people which includes unlimited food, a glass of prosecco or beer and tea/coffee. The bonus is that you can also stay as long as you like!
This weekend trip was perfect to escape to nature, do some skiing and enjoy the outdoors as well as to catch up with a good friend! I highly recommend coming to Innsbruck to not only explore the city but the mountains as well. I will definitely be back for a longer trip and cannot wait to explore more of the Tyrol area!