June 22, 2016
So we spent our first day in Innsbruck just wandering through the old section of the city and relaxing. The next day, not so much.
Our first stop was up the Nordkette Mountain Range, peaking at about 7,000 feet. Roughly 3/4 of the way up, there’s an outdoor restaurant with a view of the city below and the peaks in the distance. After a delicious lunch, we headed up to the top of the mountain. We got to take pictures in the snow, had views every single direction you looked, and we got to reenact scenes from The Sound Of Music!
(I must mention how the trip up should take roughly 35 minutes, but we broke down on the way up – had to be taken out of the lift by the crew, and then had to take a bus to where we would have changed for the next life. Total time? 3 hours).
After such a perfect midday on the mountain, we hopped in a cab and headed somewhere I really wanted to visit – The Swarovski Crystal Headquarters! It’s called Kristelwallen, or Crystal World, and it’s a modern art museum mixed with crystals that is literally inside of a hill! I had a blast, and it was SO shiny!
Last up, and perhaps in the top 3 most touristy activities of my trip thus far – the Gundolf Family Dinner Show. Yes, we went to a dinner show that consisted of a singing/dancing…and yodeling family! It was a mix of ridiculous, fun, and hysterical all in one!
We only had a couple of days in Innsbruck, but as it was summertime, we both felt we did what we wanted to do. I’d love to come back when this city is covered in snow and partake in some of the Winter activities though!
On the next post, Mom and I head off to Venice!