Saturday 23 July
Time this morning to get acquainted with Innsbruck. The orientation tour includes the famous Golden Roof. Later, drive through the valleys and villages of the mountainous Tyrol to the Arlberg tunnel descending into Switzerland. Stop briefly in Vaduz, Liechtenstein's capital, before heading for Lucerne. (B)Hotel: Astoria Pilatusstrasse
29 Lucerne CH-6002 Switzerland Tel: 41 41 226 88 88
Note: City center is 10 min walk or 3 min drive from the hotel.
What we did:
Up at 6:30, depart our hotel 7:45 to see historic downtown Innsbruck
. It’s beautiful and there’s another Swarovski store too. They also had the box of loose crystals we didn’t spot at the factory showroom so we got some this time as did others. We leave Innsbruck at 10:10 and proceed to Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein for lunch. We drive through beautiful Tyrolean mountainous scenery and tunnels, the longest of which is the Arlberg at 15 km. We had a rest stop at 11:45 in one of the typically attractive Austrian places where you pay your 50 cents and get back on the bus. We arrived in Liechtenstein at 12:50 and Chiara showed us a Donair place that had good food and was quick. Since we had to leave at 2:00 this was a good time saver so we could explore Liechtenstein. There’s not much downtown but the most attractive area was the residential area that we walked through. I counted 6 construction cranes so in 5 years it will certainly look different. We carried on to Lucerne arriving at the ultra modern designed Hotel Astoria by 4:15. This was a short notice hotel change but the same great location. We had supper at 7:30 at the optional Tyrolean Folklore Evening which we walked to. It was entertaining and worth doing as the entertainers got the crowd involved in horn blowing and yodelling. After supper we wandered back to the hotel.
Day 25: INNSBRUCK–LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND.