Travelling through Europe is among the most enjoyable vacations to experience. Unless you are a tremendous fan of Olympic class skiing, you may not have considered heading to Innsbruck, Austria.
Visitors to Innsbruck enjoy beautiful cafes and parks, tours of the royal palace, and shopping the stores along the historic cobblestone streets.
I visited Innsbruck in the winter when I was stationed in Italy with the U.S. Army, and the city is best viewed from the Bergisel Ski Jump Stadium where you can take in its entire splendor. My mother flew over from Missouri and my Army buddy tagged along for a grand time that included skiing the famed alps overlooking majestic Innsbruck.
This city traces its roots dating back to pre-Roman times and it is known today for delicious food available at small cafes or fine restaurants. In fact, one of the best rice and curries I’ve tasted was at an Indian café near my hotel. Innsbruck is also a mecca for Italian and Mediterranean cuisine such as Sweet Basis Restaurant in beautiful Old Town that serves tasty pastas and great salads.
As with any European dining experience, you can find delectable desserts such as a layered torte at one of the Café-Konditorei bakeries in the city. You may also enjoy a pastry or gelato as you walk the city or savor a cup of großer Schwarzer—a warm double-mocha coffee—after dinner.
For those wanting to take in the Austrian nightlife, head over to Kavanagh’s Irish Pub for a pint or to the Couch Club if you like to dance.
Between discovering Austrian food and stunning historic architecture, you’re sure to enjoy your time spent in Innsbruck. Here are some links to help plan your trip to this historic haven backed by beauty of the Austrian Alps: