I was asked recently for my opinion of this travel article about Innsbruck. Coincidentally, I had just read a post at ProvInnsbruck about the aggravation of travel sites which list Innsbruck as a destination only for its proximity to the ski resorts, so it was heartening to read something about the city as a destination in itself. The “36 hours” is a series of cities around the globe.
So, my thoughts on the travel tips, in the order in which they appear in the article.
1) The cafes Valier and Munding, both excellent choices. “Pick either one, grab a table and enjoy the afternoon kaffeeklatsch hour like a regular” — but for the love of God please keep your voice down. It’s probably bad enough that I’m there, Ausländerin that I am. Tourists will ruin them in the blink of an eye. Just, for a moment, imagine your favorite haunt, where you can dwell over coffee and the newspaper. Now imagine backpackers coming in to proclaim to each other about “how everything is so X over here.” Yeah, that could be you.
2) Why shell out € 4.60 for a beer when you can have perfectly good Stiegl? Is it really so important to impress your friends back home with the brand?
3) The Penz — now here is what prompted me to write, finally. Yes, the hotel is lovely and modern and conveniently situated. Did you know the owner was just found guilty of incitement for his anti-foreigner campaign signs before the last election? I’m just saying. Its bar may well have the best cocktails. I won’t be ordering one anytime.
4) The mention of Pottery Studio Kathrein surprised me, as this shop is right around the corner from my apartment. I have bought pieces there on occasion. It’s not the chicest place in town but the work is nice, and makes for lovely (if a bit large and breakable) souvenirs.
5) A ride on the Hungerbergbahn is an excellent idea. If it’s summer and the weather is fine, keep going up, on the cable car, to the Seegrube. The view is worth it. (Added: if anyone in your party doesn’t like heights, there is the Iglerbahn and the Stubaitalbahn, two streetcars which take you out of the city and into the woods and countryside, respectively. And how often do you get to experience something like that?)
5) Yes, by all means visit Cafe Sacher and the Swarovsky shop, with every other visitor in town. Bring your mobile device, you’ll need something to amuse you while standing in line!