Innsbruck, much better than Salzburg

Trip Start Apr 09, 2009
Trip End May 21, 2009

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Flag of Austria  , Austrian Alps,
Wednesday, April 15, 2009

When I was in Salzburg, I roomed with a girl who was staying in Salzburg for 3 full days which is too long in my opinion.  She didn't seem to mind because it "was soooo pretty."  Well, I'm convinced she's never been to Innsbruck.  Salzburg is just on the edge of the Alps where as Innsbruck is right in the middle.  It also has prettier architecture.  Salzburg has some pretty buildings but any building that's not a church or palace is a bit dull.

I arrived in Innsbruck midday.  For anyone using an Austria Eurail pass, I can now attest that you can go from Salzburg to Innsbruck on the route that goes through Germany as long as no stops are made IN Germany.  It'll save you about 4 hours of time so don't listen to Eurail about not being able to use it.

I then made the mistake of walking to my hostel, figuring that the city wasn't all that big.  And it isn't.  Except for that I basically walked across THE ENTIRE CITY, with a 30 (probably 35 now) pounds backpack.  Next time, I'll take the bus.

I stayed at Pension Glockenhaus.  It's pretty ghetto but I had no choice.  For all the tourism going on here, there aren't really any other hostels to choose from online for Innsbruck.  I basically have an attic room with my bed held up by cinder blocks.  I'm trying to pretend it's like camping as it is pretty ghetto.  However, I can't really complain as it is CLEAN.  Completely worn down, but very very clean.  Still, they are charging 17 euro a night, which is a ripoff.  I paid 19 euro a night for my wonderful hostel in Munich with free internet.  This place has no internet, no option for breakfast, no nothing really.  Oh and NO security.  Luckily I'm rooming with a bunch of Japanese girls studying in Poland who brought all their high tech gadgets as well.

Anyways, after finally making it up the HILL to my hostel, I headed downtown for some food.  I think that it's safe to say that Innsbruck wins in the "awesome" category and far outdoes Salzburg.  As I ate my 5 euro shawarma for lunch, THIS was my view.  Add in that you can sit outside at any restaurant and they will not charge you extra for eatting in instead of takeaway.

Because I hadn't done enough walking, I decided to then walk to the other very opposite end of the city, past the train station in the opposite direction to go to the Bergisel ski jump used in two Olympics.  The whole thing has been recently rebuilt.  No one is skiing off of it at the moment (no snow) but anyone can go to the top.  You get some really awesome views of downtown Innsbruck as well as the mountain range on the other side of the city.  It isn't really all that high up but taking the cable car/elevator to the top is still pretty scary.  I really don't get how anyone came up with this sport.  As someone who broke their leg on a one foot jump, going down something this steep at 90 mph does not sound like fun.

On the way back, I found a tram to take me more than halfway to my hostel.  My legs couldn't deal with much more.  As I said, the ski jump isn't on a mountain but you do have to walk up a giant hill, after walking all the way out there.  So lesson learned, use more public transportation.

::No more pictures going up for the moment.  While I have free internet, the photo uploads are REALLY slow!::
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