Innsbruck, Austria

Italy was nice but it was time for our to move to our next destination, Austria.

Travel time going to Innsbruck, Austria took approximately 4 hours without traffic. The scenery was amazing, I didn't sleep a wink! Innsbruck is the capital of Tyrol with a population of about 120,000 and is located in the “heart of the Alps”. The city is surrounded by high peaks – the “Nordkette” (part of the Karwendelgebirge) in the north and the mountains “Patscherkofel” and “Serles” in the south.

Innsbruck is a university town with about 25,000 students. Most are enrolled in the University of Innsbruck, the Innsbruck Medical University and the Management Center Innsbruck. The building in the background is the Hofburg (Imperial Palace) formerly known as the Habsburg Palace. Today it is a museum that houses artifacts from the 18th-19th century.

We stayed at the Grauer Bär Hotel which is just few meters away from the Hofburg. Photo grabbed from

The room was ok, very spacious and had wooden theme all over the place.

I like the bathroom, very chic and simple. Mukhang spa actually. Lol.

For breakfast, it was one of the best compared to other hotels we stayed at during our tour. I love their coffee maker!

Hindi mawawala ang kamatayang bread section with ham. Hehe. But the best part of it all was...

The BAE (bacon and eggs) and other meat section. See the rice on the far right? Naubos yan ng mga pinoy. Refill please! Haha.

For those who want to stay fit and healthy during vacation, may salad/yogurt bar naman for you guys. ;)

When in Innsbruck, expect to see a lot of bicycles used by locals and students going to schools. If you're in the mood to bike around the area, there are bicycles for rent too!

If you want to arrive in style then the town offers European cars for your cab ride! Spell CLAZZ.

Our first stop for the day tour is the Swarovski Kristallwelten Store but we had to stop for a few minutes because there was a parade going on outside the Swarovski building.

This is the Superfly by artist Thomas Feuerstein. In case you didn't know, Swarovski was established in Austria back in 1895.

It was basically just a store selling all kinds of stuff you see in a Swarovski store. But since we're in Europe, prices are cheaper compared to pricing in Manila.

They have collaborations too! Check out this gold swarovski ring by Versace. Anyway, I ended up buying those simple earrings (na sa totoo lang ang lakas makayaman ng itsura, lol) which cost less than ₱3,000 each! That's ₱3,000-4000 cheaper compared to the prices in Rustan's!

After shopping, we just walked around the Town Square which had the perfect view of the alps.

We only had 1 hour to walk around which kinda sucks to be honest. Ano pa ba gagawin ko kundi mag pose na lang di ba? Haha. I love Innsbruck!