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Charming Stopover in InnsbruckWhile on our way back from our ski holiday in Serfaus, Austria this past March, I suggested to the Prince that we visit Innsbruck for a few hours. It was the departure point of our night train back to Hamburg and a great way to break up our journey! We were able to stroll around the city, bask in some sunshine, soak in breathtaking views, eat delicious apple strudel, and obviously drink local beer. I may not officially be Beer Time With Wagner anymore but I still enjoy a good beer ;) If traveling through Austria, I’d highly suggest a charming stopover in Innsbruck!

Charming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With Wagner
Charming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With Wagner
Charming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With Wagner
Charming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With WagnerI actually first visited Innsbruck 5 years ago with my family when we did a 7-week road trip around Europe (which honestly, deserves its own blog post one of these days). But my interest and connection to Innsbruck actually begins before I was born….when my parents decided to honeymoon in this adorable city! My parents were married the middle of December and decided to honeymoon here the day after Christmas. As my parents say, “the skiing and mountains looked nice from the hotel windows” HA! While they might not have seen a lot Innsbruck while here, they had fond memories of this city and brought all of us kids back almost 25 years later in 2012!

Charming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With WagnerCharming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With WagnerCharming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With WagnerCharming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With WagnerCharming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With WagnerCharming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With WagnerCharming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With WagnerInnsbruck is the perfect size for a charming afternoon stopover. After storing our luggage in the main train station (the lockers are huge and cheap), the Prince and I set out by foot for the Altstadt (old city). Our first order of business? Climbing the Stadtturm (city tower) and getting the most amazing views of the Altstadt, Inn River (yes, the city is called Innsbruck and the river that runs through it is called Inn), and Alps. We lucked out with gorgeous sunshine and the perfect golden light!

Charming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With WagnerCharming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With WagnerCharming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With WagnerCharming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With Wagner^^^ a view of the main square of the Altstadt from the top of the Stadtturm. I love the facades of the houses to the left! The building on the right is called Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof) and is one of the most famous symbols of Innsbruck. It was frequently used by the royals as a place to sit and view festivals, parades, and the happenings down below.

Charming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With Wagner
Charming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With Wagner
Charming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With WagnerIn order to avoid a hangry Jordan, our next order of business involved eating an Apfelstrudel (apple strudel) and drinking some local beer. This was all the motivation needed to continue our exploration of Innsbruck before catching our night train back to Hamburg!

On a side note, I’ve totally indoctrinated the Prince as a University of Michigan fan (Go Blue!). He seriously wears that sweatshirt everywhere and it makes me so proud!!!

Charming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With WagnerCharming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With WagnerCharming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With WagnerCharming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With WagnerCharming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With WagnerWhile wandering the back streets of Innsbruck’s Altstadt, we obviously made a bit of a detour to get a selfie where my parents stayed during their honeymoon! While the main street and square were quite busy while we were in Innsbruck, the side streets were almost completely deserted. Obviously a blogger’s paradise, especially when the side streets are all so colorful.

Charming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With WagnerThe highlight of my entire visit to Innsbruck? Photographing these gorgeous, colorful buildings at sunset with the Alps in the background (*swoooon*). Thank goodness I have the best Instagram boyfriend and he let me take about 30+ pictures in this exact location! Because the weather was so nice the day we were there, outdoor cafes were popping up all along the river. After I was done with all of the picture taking, the Prince and I spent time just meandering along the waterfront.

Charming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With WagnerCharming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With WagnerCharming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With WagnerCharming Stopover in Innsbruck via Wayfaring With WagnerI can’t stress enough what a charming stopover in Innsbruck the Prince and I had. We keep talking about coming back to the city for a long weekend in the near future!

TIPS + HINTS:

  • You can easily fly out of Innsbruck via their local airport. We found that most trains from Germany to the skiing regions of Austria pass through Innsbruck. Opt for a longer stopover in order to explore the city!
  • Climb the Stadtturm for gorgeous views of the entire city.
  • Don’t leave the city before taking as many pictures as possible of the Goldenes Dachl! The inside looks just as orate and beautiful as the outside.
  • Wander the side streets and purposefully get lost!
  • Go by the Innsbruck Cathedral (also know as Dom zu St. Jakob) and admire the beautiful cathedral from the courtyard (which is just as beautiful!)
  • Eat as much apple strudel and beer as possible!!!
  • Walk along the waterfront and photograph all the colorful buildings with the Alps in the background
  • When my family came to Innsbruck in 2012, we stayed in the Hilton Innsbruck which gave one of the most jaw-dropping views I’ve ever seen. I think my parents’ hotel from their honeymoon is now student housing!

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ing through Austria, I'd highly recommend a charming stopover in Innsbruck - an adorable city located in Alps on the gorgeous Inn River via Wayfaring With Wagner
While traveling through Austria, I'd highly recommend a charming stopover in Innsbruck - an adorable city located in Alps on the gorgeous Inn River via Wayfaring With Wagner
While traveling through Austria, I'd highly recommend a charming stopover in Innsbruck - an adorable city located in Alps on the gorgeous Inn River via Wayfaring With Wagner
While traveling through Austria, I'd highly recommend a charming stopover in Innsbruck - an adorable city located in Alps on the gorgeous Inn River via Wayfaring With Wagner

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  1. Innsbruck looks amazing! I actually helped my friend book a trip there to see the Christmas Markets last December and her and her husband absolutely loved it there, so since then I’m dying to visit! I love those colourful buildings along the river and the old town looks stunning too – especially with the alps in the background!
    xo April | April Everyday

    • I would absolutely love to go here during the Christmas season…it must be so magical! xo

  2. I would LOVE to be wandering around there right now! Gorgeous! Those colorful buildings and uneven streets just make my heart race with wanderlust. And I love that your family sort of began in Innsbruck and you were able to visit it with them before this trip. So sweet!

    • Awww thanks Em! It was so much fun to be back there with my family and then take Peter there as well :) xo

  3. Innsbruck looks beautiful! My mom and I visited Austria a couple years ago but only had time for Salzburg and Vienna. This is definitely on my bucket list to get to though! I can’t believe you did a 7-week road trip through Europe with your fam. That sounds absolutely incredible!

    • I think Salzburg ties Innsbruck for being my favorite city in Austria! :) haha, the road trip was absolutely insane but so much fun! xo

  4. Ahhhhh Jordan! Innsbruck holds such a special place in my heart and you’ve captured it so beautifully! What kind of camera do you use? Your pictures are stunning! I had the best time of my life when I studied abroad there in college, and it’s such a beautiful place!

    • Awww thank you so much! I had no idea that you study abroad there…lucky you :) I shoot all my photos with a Sony a6000 and then edit in Lightroom.

  5. I went to Innsbruck last year and loved the mountain views from the charming city! To be honest, I spent most of the time skiing, but I did love the sweet town.
    I actually live in Germany as well! Down in Bavaria! We should totally try and do a blogger meetup!
    -Kristin
    countdowntofridayblog.com

    • Ahhhh I love finding fellow Americans in Germany! It would be so great to meet up :) What are you doing here? xo

  6. I loved Innsbruck when I was there in December! The sun really played off all the colours of the buildings. It’s definitely a worth-while destination! <3

    • Such a gorgeous destination – especially when the sun is shining and the mountains are covered in snow!

  7. Your parents had the best idea in making this their honeymoon place! It’s so dreamy and charming! Your photos can pass off as postcards for the place. :)

    • Thanks so much :) My parents definitely had a dreamy location, especially around Christmas time!

  8. Jordan your photos are amazing! Love that you returned to your parents honeymoon destination and also that you get hangry too! We must do apfelstrudel one day :)

    • Thank you – isn’t the city absolutely gorgeous and charming? Definitely lucked out on the weather!

  9. I absolutely LOVE your photography! What kind of camera do you use? Also, I think it’s hilarious that you’ve got your boyfriend indoctrinated with the UofM spirit. I lived in Ann Arbor when I was younger and geek out whenever I see anyone else wearing one beyond campus!
    Rosalie // rosaliegoes.co

    • That’s so cool! I geek out all the time when I see people wearing U of M gear abroad. I once saw a guy in Croatia and I yelled, “Go Blue!” and he yelled it back :) Thanks for the sweet comment about my photography…I use a Sony a6000 and edit with Lightroom :)

  10. Obsessed with your pics!!! Innsbruck is where my mommy is from and I’m so glad I got the chance to see it for myself. It’s so beautiful with the snowcapped mountains in the backdrop. Loved this city!

    • The mountains are absolutely gorgeous…especially with the colorful houses contrasting against them. How lucky and special that you were able to visit Innsbruck! xo

  11. I love Innsbruck. Especially this view which looks like a painting, so unreal with these beautiful giants in the back. I lost my fav scarf here too ;(( I also loved Ischgl where we stayed for skiing :DD

    • Ischgl looks so adorable! We went skiing in Serfaus which was also a quaint, gorgeous town :) xo

  12. I LOVE Innsbruck! I’m from Vienna, but I have family in Innsbruck too and I love visiting them! It’s the mountains on all sides of the city that make me the happiest, and of course the colourful houses :) Your photos bring me right back there!

    • Awww I’m so glad you love the photos!!! I need to get back to Vienna at some point :)

  13. Wow gorgeous photos! I can completely imagine walking through those street – it looks a wonderful Austrian stop. I have to say I’m in love with the view of the colourful houses with those mountains in the back. GORG!

    • Thanks so much Camila! The city was so extremely colorful that I couldn’t stop snapping photos! :) xo

  14. I liked the post… I have thought to go sightseeing again in the regions of Austria this month! One of the things I like most about this region are the rich places for sightseeing and entertainment and besides these buildings and houses reminds me of many movies… really is a wonderful place to visit in the summer season. I’ve met some regions of this country, and actually cooking has left me with water in my mouth. The city has restaurants with very tasty menus and also has great places for family outing. Thank you for sharing your experience with us about this country.

  15. Innsbruck is amazing, the colorful houses and the Alps in the background. It is also worth travelling around the area, exploring hidden gems, trying skiing in wintertime and hiking during summer .

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