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Published: August 20th 2015
on the backdrop of the white canvas of nature
While Switzerland continues charming the rest of the world with its serene alpine landscapes, that is not the only place to witness incredible Alps. Austria (Tyrol) and northern Italy are also good alpine destinations however, Swiss somehow nailed it with their great marketing skills in the tourism industry. Whereas their neighbor 'Austria' despite its sublime beauty of nature, plays it with an understatement. I had this perception while visiting Switzerland-about 2 years ago, as apparently it happened to be my immediate next destination after Austria. Inadvertently I had started comparing the two countries from a tourist's viewpoint. Although it is very subjective term and preferably not to be generalized, first impression Switzerland imposes on the visitors is its ''expensive'' tag. One can find it outrageously expensive and others would find it moderate. I personally think that public transport (trains, buses, boats =Swiss pass) is indeed an expensive bid however it offers the best service and fast and well thought connectivity for comfortable travel across whole country. Second to appear in the expensive tag list is trip to mountains(alps) and last but not the least are restaurants. Besides those 3 important things I listed here, everything else is quite reasonably or equally
I miss that white canvas here.. nevertheless
prized as it would be in Austria. On a conclusive note for this comparison, I'd like to ask you one question. Do you consider yourself a thrift and not willing to splurge on just one damn holiday?(but still want to take one?) Answer is '' A Trip to Austria''
My first visit to Austria has been overwhelming in all ways. It was Easter of 2013. I took this trip with some friends (and friends of friend) In total it was a big group of some 10-15 odd people and we all gelled quite well on this trip. We visited Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna in the chronology as I wrote here. In all 3 cities we stayed at youth hostel and it was a rich experience in its own. Vienna:
We could not do much justice to Vienna due to the limited time and freezing weather however; it was a good day roaming around the city and appreciating the architectural beauty of the city.
I would probably need another trip dedicated to Vienna to be able to write more with insights of many things that I missed out in this visit. Salzburg:
Salzburg is really
Sunbath in Snow, Ironic eh :)
a quaint and picturesque city and we stayed there for 1 ½ day, however rain played a spoiler for whole time while we were in Salzburg. I remember that it was a chilling weather and I had to walk with the wet shoes for whole day but that could not keep me from exploring this beautiful city. Innsbruck:
Finally I take pleasure to narrate my wonderful experience visiting Innsbruck. A trip to Austria can not be complete without visiting Innsbruck. It was a real show stealer of our trip. We checked in to our hostel room late afternoon and hence we preferred to take a walk around the city center area. Innsbruck is actually very pleasant city to walk. It was a refreshing evening after a day long journey started early morning from Rotterdam-Amsterdam-(via Munich)-Innsbruck. As I am narrating about city center, I must say something about ''golden roof'' This is possibly the most overrated thing by local tourism authorities as well as residents. Do not rush directly towards this so called tourist attraction. It is better to take it easy and enjoy the rest of the city center area first and least important is this golden roof.
Interestingly those chairs from picture#2 have gone missing in summer ... Unbelievable
Next morning we woke up well in time and geared up for the trip to alps. Innsbruck offers an excellent mountain train (funicular railway) followed by a cable car that takes you to ''Hungerburg bahn' Within 20 odd minutes we reached from city to the mountains at 860 meters. I must mention that this trip was really very cheap and as we had Innsbruck day card - it was actually free (included in the cost of Innsbruck card- euro 32 for 48 hrs) Since it was April and spring had not yet begun, the mountains were all covered with a thick snow. Naturally we met many expert skiers in fact they outnumbered the casual visitors (non skier - tourists). I had an interaction with a guy who is native Austrian and was there to ski with his very young kids. I was awestruck looking at his 4 year old trying to ski without any hesitation. He caught this curiosity in my eyes and promptly said that '' It's as good as kids in India pick-up the cricket bat in very young age, Austrian kids pick up the skiing kit 😊'' It was more than convincing answer for my question
and he had been so generous to say that without even being asked to please my curiosity. He further added that skiing is almost their national sport. He happened to be a local crew member of Bollywood film ''Yuvraj'' shot in Austria. He mentioned that he had a good time working with the main cast and team of Yuvraj, including the director Mr. Subhash Ghai and leading pair- Salman and Katrina.
While I was busy having above said conversation with this Austrian gentleman, I still couldn't take my eyes off from the enchanting alps flaunting a tinge of purple blue on the top with extreme pride. It was my first ever trip to any mountain and I was convinced that it couldn't be any better. That was the very moment I decided to re-visit Innsbruck with my wife and kid. I managed to do so lately on my 31st b'day -June 2015. Interestingly this time the mountains were showing the 50 shades of green and grey 😊 It was amazing to witness this same place in two different seasons. During first visit, everything seemed to be magical - fairy tail - like surreal experience on the backdrop of snowy
white mountains. A recent visit in summer was of course not as magical as it was with snow white canvas of the nature. However, I can not understate the charm of this green canvas either. I have posted here the pictures from both visits.Take a close look on picture nos. 1vs 2, 3 vs 4 and 5 vs 6. It gives a quick comparison of winter vs summer. I hope it is a good visual treat. 😊
Thanks for your time,
till next time,
It is beneficial to buy an Innsbruck card
for no. of days you may want to spend in this city. In my opinion, 2 days are good enough to do the justice to this city at ease. Innsbruck card offers all local public transport for free and additionally many important attractions (entry fees) are covered in this price (incl. funicular as I said above, Swaroski crystal world, etc.) Swaroski crystal world
is subjective choice. One can like it and find it interesting and other person would abuse it as a sheer waste of time. If you do not have this Innsbruck card (read: valid) then better
to skip this place to save time and money.
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