Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Innsbruck

Fri Aug 24, 2012 5:07am EDT
 
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By Robert-Jan Bartunek

INNSBRUCK, Austria (Reuters) - Next time you are in The Alps for your skiing holidays or on your way from Germany to Italy, spend some time in Innsbruck, the capital of the Austrian province of Tyrol and host city of two Olympic Winter Games.

While it has to compete for tourists with famous cities in its own country such as Vienna and Salzburg, the picturesque alpine setting and a beautiful historic city centre make Innsbruck a place worth visiting for a long weekend, both in winter and in summer.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a 48-hour visit.

FRIDAY

6 p.m. - Stroll from the station to the city centre. Head down Salurnerstrasse, at the end of which you will find your first sight, the Triumphpforte, an arch built in the 18th century to commemorate the wedding of the second son of powerful Habsburg Empress Maria Theresia.

Then head for the historic city centre with the Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof), an ornate balcony with a roof covered with more than 2,600 gilded tiles, at the very end. Another famed sight is the St. Jacob cathedral.

7:30 p.m. - Tucked away behind the cathedral in Herrengasse you will find the Fischerhaeusl restaurant which serves regional specialties such as "Tiroler Groestl", a dish with baked potatoes and beef.

8:30 p.m. - With a large student population, Innsbruck night life is better than its 120,000 inhabitants would suggest.   Continued...