Our epic Alpine expedition finished in Innsbruck. I suspect that, like us, most visitors expect Innsbruck to be no more than a place to stay between more extreme adventures.
Innsbruck has a long history with the Hapsburgs, a university, an Alpine Zoo and a lot of suits of armour in Ambras Castle. There are shops selling Tyrolean steins and lederhosen to tourists, rides in hose-drawn carriages and a couple of interesting museums.
But we just wanted a place to relax. Innsbruck’s old town has been preserved with businesses working hard to attract and charm us. The signs are good.
The no-nonsense Dutch have a no-nonsense name for these things – ‘uithangborden’ (out hang boards). In English I could only find the word ‘signs’ as an equivalent. Maybe someone can help me with a better English word for them.
Would we go back to Austria for another hike? Definitely!