Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck is an outstanding tourist destination, it has something of a central European capital about it with its royal palace and gardens and other regal looking, almost imperial style architecture.  Of course it is the capital of Tyrol!  It is surrounded by the Karwendel mountains with the Hafelekarspitze reaching 2,334 metres to the north and the Patscherkofel 2,246 m and Serles 2,718 m to the south which are close to the Brenner Pass some 30 km from Innsbruck.

Innsbruck is an internationally renowned winter sports centre, and hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics as well as the 1984 and 1988 Winter Paralympics. Innsbruck also hosted the first Winter Youth Olympics in 2012. 

For my stay, I left my motorhome at the excellent Natterersee campsite which is linked to Innsbruck by a free bus which runs roughly once an hour.

The outstanding tourist sites are of course the old town which is a mixture of German and Italian to my eye.  I also went up the Nordkette mountain which is linked to the centre of town via a finicular railway.  One can also see the Alpine Zoo which is overlooks the town to the north and has an excellent thematic collection of Alpine wildlife.  The famous Swarovski factory is nearby at Wattens, one can take a bus which runs every two hours or so.

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