Images of Innsbruck

I’ve just returned from a travel bloggers’ conference in stunning Innsbruck in the Austrian Alps. We had a tight, full and interesting programme, with loads of inspiration and new things learnt. Perhaps especially useful were the photo walks and learning more about travel photography. Furthermore, I really enjoyed reconnecting with fellow bloggers and writers. Others I had the pleasure of meeting in real life for the first time. All in all, well done TBU.

Images of Innsbruck
Along the river Inn

If you’re interested in attending a bloggers’ conference, the next TBU will take place in Umbria (near Assisi) in April 2012.

Innsbruck - blending centuries
Blending centuries

The travel blogging sphere is already teeming with posts and photos from Innsbruck and Tyrol. It’s a gorgeous area, and full of history, legends and lore; worthy of a long, unhurried stay.

Nordkettenbahn (Nordpark Cable Railway), Innsbruck
Zaha Hadid’s Nordkettenbahn

When I was 15, I spent a wild and wonderful summer in Bregenz (Austria), officially doing a German course, in reality having heaps of deliciously carefree and slightly irresponsible teenage fun. After a weekend trip to Venice that summer, we stopped in Innsbruck on the way back.


Can’t say I remember much of the sights from that glorious summer decades ago, so seeing Innsbruck last week, was like seeing it for the first time.

Innsbruck, Altstadt

Innsbruck, you’re so adorably unpredictable.

35 degrees is not exactly standard Alpine temperature, not even in August. Yet, that’s what met me on arrival on a sultry afternoon. A day later, the city was soaked in rain and hidden behind low clouds. Next afternoon, as the fog lifted, the surrounding mountains revealed freshly fallen snow.

Hofburg, Innsbruck, Altstadt
Hofburg (Imperial Palace)

If you don’t like the weather in Innsbruck, just wait a minute

Many have been credited with the quote: “If you don’t like the weather in … insert town, region, country …, just wait a minute”. This Alpine town firmly belongs in that category.

Hofburg, Innsbruck
Fab pink room inside Hofburg

Posts will be forthcoming on my excellent post-TBU blog trip to Oetztal (courtesy of the Austrian National Tourist Office), where Ötzi the Iceman walked 5 300 years ago. Coincidentally, the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo is presently hosting an exhibition of this most famous of Neolithic men.

Innsbruck, Altstadt
Hölblinghaus, Altstadt

Ever been in Tyrol? What’s your favourite Alpine city or village?

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33 Responses to “Images of Innsbruck”

  1. Sophie these pictures are gorgeous! I too loved Innsbruck and would love to go back very soon.

    It was also great meeting you and hope we will meet again soon.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 8 September 2011 0220 #

      @Debbie – Thanks! And such fun to meet you, too 🙂

  2. adventureswithben 8 September 2011 0332 #

    Fussen in Germany. Loved Neuschwanstein Castle

  3. Don Faust 8 September 2011 0530 #

    I love that first picture with the foggy Alps as a back drop. My wife is going to Austria in a couple of weeks – not sure if she is going here, but it looks very nice.

  4. Italian Notes 8 September 2011 0850 #

    Such beautiful photos. I’ve been to Innsbruck numerous times, but never noticed these attractions.

  5. Muza-chan 8 September 2011 1423 #

    Great photos 🙂

  6. Green Beauty Girl 8 September 2011 1628 #

    Innsbruck, along the river Inn is absolutely stunning! That view can give me loads of inspiration for writing! The Hölblinghaus, Altstadt picture- such amazing detail.

  7. Laurel 8 September 2011 1720 #

    Beautiful, I was sad to miss this TBU, but was still on my honeymoon. I attended the one in Manchester though and enjoyed it. Innsbruck looks beautiful, I plan to go there sometime in the next few months.

  8. David @ MalaysiaAsia 8 September 2011 1724 #

    Simply loving the pictures Sophie. Makes me wanna pack my bags and head there now. I love the details on the building – Hölblinghaus as its stuff like this that makes me spend hours walking around town.

  9. Christy @ Technosyncratic 8 September 2011 2314 #

    Beautiful! I like them all, but the one of Hofburg stands out as my favorite.

  10. Barbara - The Dropout Diaries 9 September 2011 0628 #

    Innsbruck looks lovely — can’t believe it was 35 degrees though, that’s tropical weather!

    I’m wondering if we should factor the next TBU into our plans. We’ll be in Europe April/May anyway, and I LOVED Tuscany, would love to see Umbria in Spring.

  11. Andrea 9 September 2011 1215 #

    Cannot wait to visit Innsbruck soon – sounds like an amazing place!

  12. Kerry 9 September 2011 1340 #

    really liked that shot of the Hofburg with clouds behind it — lovely. I may have to think about TBU in Umbria…

  13. Sonja 9 September 2011 1650 #

    Great photos! My favorite Alpine town is Mittenwald, Germany.

  14. Lisa 9 September 2011 2343 #

    The pictures are beautiful! I’ve not yet been to the Alps but I certainly look forward to visiting some day and picking a favourite village.

  15. Preparing For Takeoff 10 September 2011 1835 #

    We just got back fromm Tyrol– in Obergurgl in the Oetzal valley. Love that the sounds of cow bells wake you up in the morning. Our biggest adventure there was hiking up to the Ramolhouse to spend the night. Haven’t had a chance to blog about it yet. But now whenever my kids say something is hard or far– I say really… you hiked up to the Ramolhouse.

  16. Ayngelina 10 September 2011 2209 #

    I’m still so disappointed that we didn’t meet up!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 September 2011 2319 #

      @Ayngelina – I know. We weren’t that many participants – but still not enough time to meet everyone properly. London in November 🙂

  17. jenjenk 11 September 2011 1948 #

    gorgeous town…gorgeous shots!! love it!

  18. Ciki 12 September 2011 1523 #

    great shots! I need a holiday ASAP!! 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 September 2011 1528 #

      @Ciki – Looking out at the rain, so do I! Malaysia sounds about right this time of year 🙂

  19. Anne-Sophie Redisch 12 September 2011 1523 #

    Thanks so much for your lovely comments, everyone. Easy to get good photos in such a scenic city.

  20. Christian 14 September 2011 1311 #

    All these photos are really excellent, but the one of the statue really spoke to me!

  21. Nomadic Samuel 15 September 2011 0613 #

    Gorgeous photos! I really would like to attend some kind of travel blogging conference soon to meet up with those I’ve been following for a while.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 15 September 2011 0751 #

      @Samuel – I can recommend TBU. Keep an eye out for next year’s conference in Umbria.

  22. Klara 19 September 2011 2144 #

    i’ve been there e few years ago with my man, and it’s a beautyful city! it was autumn, and the weather was quite cold, but the beautyful architectural sculptures and the mountains made us feel comfortable. It’s amazing, that in this organic city, there are 500y old houses next to the high-tech new contemporary architectural “sculptures”, for example the thing from Zaha Hadid, and the baroque castles and palaces. i like them so much! thanks for refreshing my amazing memories 😉

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 19 September 2011 2327 #

      @Klara – thanks for stopping by 🙂

  23. Robert 20 September 2011 0801 #

    Love the “if you don¨t like the weather” quote. It´s not exclusive to Americans, apparently 😉 These photos are really gorgeous.

  24. Nelieta 27 September 2011 1720 #

    Wow Sophie, your photos are amazing! I love Innsbruck! It is such a beautiful city and I have fond memories of this place 🙂

  25. Bama 29 September 2011 0828 #

    Austria (especially Vienna) is the best place that I’ve ever visited so far. But after looking at your pictures of Innsbruck, I am reassured that Austria is indeed one of the best (if not the best) countries to visit.

  26. John Collins 13 October 2011 0841 #

    Another place I now have to put on my bucket list!! I think I need a new bucket!!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 13 October 2011 1027 #

      @John – they do fill up quickly those buckets 🙂


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