We spent the last part of our Europe Christmas trip in Innsbruck, Austria. Innsbruck is a small ski town in the Alps. It’s just a couple of hours by train from Munich, which is why we decided to go there. Mr. P got the idea from Julie and Scott’s blog.
We arrived on December 26 and it was snowing everywhere. So much snow that we couldn’t even see the mountains from town.
There are some colorful buildings along the river and, let’s be honest, I saw this photo all over Pinterest so I had to get one of my own.
I was pretty giddy about the snow, even if it made it difficult to take pictures.
We headed for lunch at a traditional Austrian place. Mr. P ordered a pretzel with three cheeses to start. I’m including this here because it was the adult version of Handi-Snacks.
The restaurant was in the super cute old town area.
We’d been eating a lot of heavy Bavarian and Austrian food at this point. Plus, lots of restaurants were still closed on the 26th. Japanese-Korean it is! It was a nice break from what we’d been eating.
Walking back to our hotel at night. There are several of these fake lit-up trees on the way to the old town. They were very pretty!
We woke up the next morning and Boom! The clouds were gone and we could see the mountains. The picture at the top of the post is from our hotel room the second morning. The town looks that much better with the scenery.
We hoofed it to the old town to catch the tramway and cable car up the mountain before it started snowing again.
Part of the way up — nice views of the city.
After the first cable car ride, we changed to the second cable car that would take us to Hafelekar, or the very top.
Looking up at Hafelekar — it’s that tiny structure at the top of the mountain.
It wasn’t snowing, but it was cloudy and very windy. How cloudy? I took this picture of the next cable car arriving at Hafelekar. Can you see it?
Yeah, so not the best views up there. We took the cable car back down one level to Seegrube, which still had excellent views. They also had lounge chairs!
It was just a wee bit cold.
After my toes got too cold for my liking, we went inside the lodge and had a drink. I had some more glühwein. Mr. P decided to try a jagertree, which is tea, rum, and some other stuff (not my cup of tea, no pun intended).
Back in town right outside the tram station, there’s this beautiful pink tree. On closer inspection, I realized it was a fake tree, but it made for some pretty pictures.
The next day, we visited the ski jump. Innsbruck has hosted the Olympics twice. Count me out of ski jumping for the rest of ever. I never realized how steep it was!
At the top, there’s a little cafe where we sat and had hot drinks.
We watched the sun set from the cafe. If you look at the top of the mountains just to the right of the center of the photo, you’ll see two yellow lights. Those are Seegrube and Hafelekar, respectively, where we were the day before.
The next day, we had lots of fresh snow.
. . . which made it perfect for Mr. P to go snowboarding. Mr. P not pictured below, just some cute kids learning how to snowboard. I’ll write more about this later, but it is not expensive to rent gear and get a lift ticket. It can be challenging to understand the ski resorts with best conditions before you arrive, but the tourist information office will give you the best information once you’re in town.
Our last morning before heading back to Munich, we sampled the hot chocolate at a local cafe. They’re very famous for it and it’s a DIY dealio. The milk comes hot, then you stir a giant wad of chocolate in. It was fantastic.
Innsbruck is such a lovely city. I’ve heard it’s also beautiful in the summer, but the Christmas trees and snow were unforgettable.
That’s it for this trip! We’re already planning the next great adventure.
MORE FROM THIS TRIP
Trip Report: Christmastime in London
Trip Report: Christmas in Munich
Christmas in Europe: What we Learned
Mr. P and I just returned from a 17-day Christmas trip to Europe. I’m sharing each stop in a blog post. Doing my best not to include photos already Instagrammed. See all of my travel related posts here.