It's been a really long time since my last post...Haven't had the chance to travel much since then, but I've just returned from a trip to Austria 2 weeks ago, so I thought I'd write a post about it :) The itinerary on this trip was largely unplanned, and it was hard to even narrow down the focus of this post. Ultimately I thought I'd share my experience going around by hiking and public transport in the small towns just right out of the Innsbruck city centre. I will not be focusing too much on Innsbruck itself as you'll probably be able to find loads of information on it already :)
I stayed two nights in Sistrans, followed by a night in Innsbruck since I had a train to catch early the next day. Sistrans is a lovely, quiet town, just a 20min bus ride from the city centre (Regionalbus 4134 from Innsbruck Hauptbahnhof, 3.60euro). It should be noted that this bus is NOT covered by the Innsbruck card, as the card only covers IVB bus routes (4134 is operated by VVT). Not knowing this before, I ended up buying a 72-hour Innsbruck card which I didn't need :( Should have gotten a 48-hour instead!
There are a number of hikes you could do around Sistrans. I ended up just walking around the area and did not follow any fixed routes, but this was one I used for reference. I stayed at Gasthof Pension Post Sistrans, which was right at the beginning of that route. There are spots where you could see the Innsbruck city centre, and at night when all the city lights come on, it is quite the charming view indeed!
There was still some farming activity going on at night while I was standing alone in the middle of the hills...Mainly a tractor making its rounds.
During my stay, I also decided to make it to the Patscherkofelbahn, otherwise known as the Patscherkofel cable car, which was covered by the Innsbruck card. While the free ski bus goes there, I decided instead to hike.
The 45min hike to Patscherkofelbahn from Sistrans takes you through the neighbouring towns Lans and Igls. Along the roads between each of these towns, you'll be greeted only by more greenery and mountain views. Do give yourself some buffer time though because if you're anything like me, you'll end up spending a lot of time stopping and taking photos :)
While the Innsbruck card is not valid for buses to Sistrans, there is a bus J operated by IVB that passes through Lans. If you're for it, you could take an approximately 20-25min walk from Sistrans to the Lans Dorf bus stop and catch that bus to the city. It also goes to the Patscherkofelbahn and the city centre.
Quick review and tips:
That's all for now! In all, Innsbruck is a beautiful city (in fact my favourite city during the trip), but don't just stay in the city centre, because the suburbs have a lot to offer as well :)
The average human has a short term memory duration of 15-30 seconds. Because the author may have a below-average short term memory duration, she prefers to capture the things she sees with her camera.