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City Hopper: Innsbruck, Austria

June 16, 2012

Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck is a beautiful Alpine city in Austria that is located in the Inn Valley. It is an internationally renown winter sports center and has been host to the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics as well as 1984 and 1988 Paralympics. Innsbruck also hosted the first Winter Youth Olympics in 2012.

Innsbruck is a great place to ski

As you can see a great deal of this city is revolving around skiing and outdoors activities and rightfully so. It’s climate is perfect for it. But you might be asking ‘Well, what else can I do there?’ and I am going to answer that. First there’s a wonderful Alpin Zoo which is Europe’s highest lying zoo at 750m. If you want more information click here to go to the Alpin Zoo website

Some inhabitants of the Alpin Zoo

You can also learn about art history at Ambras Castle or if you love churches you can visit the Basilica Wilten, the Church of the Three Saints, the Jesuit Church, Liebfrauen church or St. Jakob’s Cathedral among others.

Basilica Wilten, Innsbruck, Austria

You can also have a nice relaxing visit to the Botanical Gardens, the Imperial Garden as well as the Palmtree House in the Court which is located on the grounds of the Imperial Garden and contains three different climate zones with plants to match.

Palmenhaus at the imperial garden of Schönbrunn

If the gardens are too relaxing and quiet you can go visit the Glockenmuseum (Bell museum) and then head up to the Olympia Ski World!

Glockenmuseaum or ‘Bell Museum’

Of course there’s also city walks and tours, great food, and plenty of places to go shopping as well to keep you busy.

Enjoying a pils and duck with dumpling and red cabbage, a specialty in Czech and Austrian cuisine.

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