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- Heart of the Mountainous Tirol Region in Austria by Felicity
located in the centre of the Tirol region in Austria, is a mountain lover's
paradise. The Tirol region is surrounded by huge mountain ranges in three
directions, and whether you love winter sports or summer hiking, you're
sure to be satisfied with the choices available.
Although Innsbruck makes
a wonderful starting point for an extended exploration of the Tirol region,
it would be a mistake not to spend some time enjoying the city's own attractions.
| In recent times it
has become an important centre for winter sports, and has staged the Winter
Olympics twice in the last fifty years.
Innsbruck is tucked into
the valley of the Inn River, with mountain ranges to the north and south.
It seems that in every direction there are stunning mountain views. The
city itself, however, has some beautiful buildings to look at, when you
can take your eyes off the mountains.
The Goldenes Dachl (Golden
Roof) is certainly a good place to begin. Covered with over 2,500 gilded
copper tiles, the roof shimmers and shines and provides lots of beautiful
reflections above a Gothic oriel window.
There is also a small museum
inside, mostly devoted to Emperor Maximilian.
The Hofburg (Imperial
Palace) is fascinating to explore, with both baroque and rococo styles
in evidence. Close by is Dom St Jakob (St James' Cathedral) which has a
completely amazing baroque interior. No expense spared, and it's hard to
find an inch of space not covered by art and stuccowork.
interesting church is the Hofkirche (Imperial Church), which contains
the sarcophagus of Maximilian I. The tomb itself is magnificent, but it
is the sight of the twin rows of giant bronze statues on either side that
remains in the memory.
|There are many more baroque
facades to be seen along Herzog Friedrich Strasse and around the centre
of town, so taking a stroll is the best way to take it all in.
If you like to see wildlife
up close, then it's worth travelling the couple of kilometres to the Alpenzoo
(Alpine Zoo), where you can explore a substantial collection of alpine
animals, including elk and wolves.
In the end, though, it's
impossible to ignore the call of the mountains, which is what makes Innsbruck
so special. It also makes Innsbruck a great place to stay while you explore
the surrounding region. There is good transport to nearby skifields, or
if you feel adventurous, you can even ski on a glacier!
If you have plans to visit
Austria, then make sure you include Innsbruck and the Tirol Region in your
itinerary. There is so much to enjoy and admire, and something to suit
everybody's taste. Except of course if you don't like to either look at
or visit mountains!
Copyright Felicity Walker
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HOTELS IN INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA
This Innsbruck hotel is
close to Schloss Ambras and Tivoli Neu Stadium. Also nearby are Tiroler
Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum and Hofkirche. Austrotel Innsbruck has a sauna.
Business amenities at this 4.0-star property include a business center,
wireless Internet access, and meeting rooms for small groups. Austrotel
Innsbruck has a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Guests are served a complimentary
breakfast each morning. This property provides a ski shuttle. Event facilities
include conference rooms. Additional amenities include ski storage and
an elevator (lift).
This city-center hotel is
located in Innsbruck, close to Annasaule, Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum,
and Alpenverein-Museum. Also nearby are Galerie im Taxispalais and Hofkirche.
Hotel Central has a steam room, a sauna, and ski-in/ski-out access. Hotel
Central has a restaurant. Transportation services at this property include
an airport shuttle (surcharge) and a ski shuttle. Event facilities include
conference rooms. The staff can arrange tour/ticket assistance, dry cleaning/laundry
services, and currency exchange. Additional amenities include valet parking,
a concierge desk, and multilingual staff. The property has designated areas
Schwarzer Adler Innsbruck
Located in the city of Innsbruck.
This hotel combines 15th- century Tyrolean traditions with 21st-century
luxury. The hotel offers comfortable guestroom and suites that are traditionally
equipped and furnished with numerous amenities. Few suites come with a
fabulous Swarovski crystall bathroom, wonderful views and crackling fire
burning in the open fireplace. Guests can experience the finest culinary
delights- the creative regional and international cuisine that will pamper
even the most discerning gourmet. The wine cellar contains exquisite bottles
from all the worlds regions. Leisure facilities include a sauna, whirlpool
and a massaging centre.
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This Innsbruck property
is conveniently close to the airport, near University of Innsbruck and
Triumphpforte. Also nearby are Galerie im Taxispalais and Golden Roof.
In addition to a restaurant and a bar/lounge, Sporthotel Penz features
room service during limited hours and laundry facilities. Business amenities
include business services and audio-visual equipment. Guests are served
a complimentary breakfast each morning. Guest parking is complimentary.
The staff can arrange dry cleaning/laundry services. Additional amenities
include multilingual staff, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and
a safe deposit box at the front desk. The front desk is open 24 hours a
10 kms from Innsbruck
Located in the heart of
Tyrol with a magnificent view of the mountains. Innsbruck, the Olympic
city and capital of the federal country Tyrol, is at a distance of 10 kilometres
and the Olympic skiing-area, Seefeld is 15 kilometres away. The Innsbruck-
Kranebitten Airport is located 10 kilometres from the hotel. With
typical Tyrolese hospitality, the hotel offers modern and comfortable rooms,
all tastefully furnished. You can dine at the in-house restaurant, serving
Tyrolese specialities as well as international dishes. The hotel also caters
to the needs of its business travellers by providing conference and meeting