Innsbruck and surroundings

Jan 30th, 2015, 10:19 AM
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Innsbruck and surroundings

I will be visitng the city of Inssbruck in next May. I would like to know wich villages do you recommend to visit in the surroundings . I will have a car.
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Jan 30th, 2015, 10:47 AM
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Well ditch the car and take the mountain climbing tram up to the old Olympic Ski Jumping area - a wonderful area of forests and nice hiking paths. Igls is the name of the area. Good drive too I guess but the tram is kind of nice.
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Jan 30th, 2015, 12:17 PM
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I enjoyed Hall in Tirol.
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Jan 30th, 2015, 01:24 PM
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I love Pertisau on the Achensee, there is a lovely narrow gauge rack railway up to it from Jenbach. You might also like a similar rail trip, narrow gauge again also from Jenbach to Mayerhofen. The Achensee has steamers on it and they are well worth a trip.
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Jan 30th, 2015, 03:23 PM
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Take the #6 tram to Igls. The village is nice, but the ascent by tram in the woods is a somewhat uncommon experience.
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Jan 30th, 2015, 05:59 PM
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I would suggest keeping your car. One of my favorite things to do when we travel to Europe is rent a car and drive into villages and get a B&B. No reservations. May is not very busy so you should be able to find quite a few places. Not making reservations and taking the locals advice on where to stay and go is a great way to see the area and the culture.
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Jan 30th, 2015, 06:36 PM
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Hall in Tirol is just 6 km from Innsbruck. It has a much lovelier old town than Innsbruck IMO due to the wealthy salt merchants who lived there.

Also, I agree with the recommendation of Pertisau on the Achensee. We stayed nearby in Maurach a few years ago and enjoyed our time in the area.
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Jan 31st, 2015, 06:22 AM
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What tipsygus said about the Achensee and Mayerhofen. Plus, in the other direction, the Stubai glacier. A car is unnecessary.
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For our visits to Innsbruck and the area, we stay in Hall in Tirol. The Gasthof Badl is hard to top, not just in the area, but anywhere. We've stayed 5 times, as recently as Dec. 2013, for a total of 18 nights, so far.

Along with Igls, Mayrhofen, etc., Rattenberg is very nice, as is a visit to both Schloss Ambras (Innsbruck) and Tratzberg castle by Jenbach.

Over the border in Italy, Sterzing/Vipiteno is an extremely charming old town. This is about 40 minutes drive from Innsbruck/Hall in Tirol. Note that in this area all the towns, all the signs, etc. have a German name/Italian name.

Just a little further is the very nice old town of Brixen/Bressanone.

On a nice day, I'd suggest a day trip to see the Italian Dolomites, the Val Gardena in particular. This is a 1:30 drive, but the Dolomites will amaze you. The Val Gardena is a short valley consisting of the towns/villages of Ortisei, St. Christina and Selva. In mid May the Mont Seuc/Seiser Alm cable car in Ortisei opens for the season. The Gardena Pass is a spectacular alpine drive.

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Feb 3rd, 2015, 08:39 AM
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