Travel Destinations in Central Europe

Travel Destinations in Central Europe

Getting around after the wedding

For the most part, traveling in Central Europe is easy, straightforward and convenient as public transportation is fast and widely available. For a example, a trip from Munich to Verona would only take 7 hours and you could enjoy the stops in between and either end. Innsbruck, for example, is situated along this stretch and a trip of this nature would afford a taste of Bavaria, the Tyrolean Alps, and some Italian flair in a truly beautiful city. Traditional European (city) highlights such as Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Rome are all accessible by train from Innsbruck. Seeing the famous Italian draws such as Tuscany or Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera will require you to rent a car, but offer a rewarding (if sometimes crowded) experience as they are famous for a reason! Whether you want to travel far afield or just stick to the area is up to you. If you ask us, less is more and long trips may have you feeling like you have spent just too much time in the car. Below, we have included a few suggestions for smaller trips in the greater Innsbruck area (radius roughly 2 hours). These can be enjoyed as day trips or can easily be extended in to multi-day affairs.

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BMW Museum in Munich, fantastic building and beautiful cars

Munich
Munich is the main airport in the region, about 2 hours away from Innsbruck and it is almost always the cheapest airport for flying in or out. Accessible by train, shuttle bus or car, Munich offers a huge variety of cultural activities, museums, history and off course beer gardens! Highlights include the German Science Museum, Pinakothek Museum, Lenbachhaus, Nymphenburg Castle, and the BMW museum. The Dachau concentration camp memorial is both shocking and humbling and should be part of any historic itinerary. On a lighter note, Bavarian Weißwurst (white sausage) breakfast and beer make for an excellent start to any tourist’s day. Recommended time: 1-3 days.

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Actually, this is from the Japanese production in Tokyo

Salzburg
The hills are alive with the sound of music and they are only a 2-hour train ride from Innsbruck. Salzburg offers a nice historic old town (albeit somewhat similar to Innsbruck’s only bigger and with a castle overlooking it) and of course the Sound of Music Tour. While we personally think that the city of Salzburg is somewhat overrated, the nearby finger-lake district called the Salzkammergut is very beautiful. On nice summer days, it is certainly a nice way to spend some leisure time in the great outdoors. A visit to the Dachstein caves is quite spectacular and nearby Hallstatt is a popular destination to see the morbid skull collection in their famous little church. Recommended time: Daytrip or to the city of Salzburg, 2-4 days in the lake district Salzkammergut.

 

 

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The waters of the Partnachklamm in GP

Garmisch-Partenkirchen
The scenic double city of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is only one hour away from Innsbruck. The scenic, windy train ride through breathtaking mountain scenery is half the fun! This charming Bavarian town features a famous ski jump, Olympic village, and also a fantastic gorge to visit (Partnachklamm). Small hikes up to guest houses are rewarded with traditional German food and drinks (=beer).  Recommended time: Daytrip.

Seefeld
On the way to Garmisch, or as a stand alone day trip, head over to Seefeld, a beautiful traditional farming village now turned major tourist attraction thanks to its superior location in the heart of the mountains. It is a major winter sports destination but also offers fantastic hiking and sports opportunities, shopping, spas, restaurants, Alpine views etc.

 

East Tyrol

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The town of Asch in East Tirol, home of the Oberhofer’s

Home to Manu’s family, this region of Tyrol is a 2-hour bus or car journey away. It is much less developed than it’s northwestern counterparts but offers fantastic mountain scenery and a glimpse of more traditional Tyrolean culture than anything in North Tyrol (far fewer tourists). The Italian Dolomites most famous peaks, called the Three Merlons are very close at hand and can be circled in a scenic, albeit very busy 2-hour stroll (not a difficult hike by any stretch!). Don’t miss one of Italy’s most beautiful lakes, called Pragser Wildsee. Lienz is a small but charming town in the region. Highlights in East Tyrol include staying at mountain cabins and enjoying the alpine lifestyle. Please note that a car is required to properly explore this area. Recommended time: 2-3 days.

Lake Constance

In the very west of Austria and adjacent to Germany, Lake Constance offers a more Mediterranean climate in the summer (though with the weather here you never know). The towns of Bregenz, Lindau and Konstanz are extremely scenic places of interest in the region. Recommended time: 1-2 days.

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Ricky’s favorite beer and favorite pizza in Verona

 

Lake Garda and Verona
A bit outside of the 2 hour radius and a 4-hour train or car ride down south pretty, Verona much guarantees good summer weather and some Italian flair. Fair Verona is the setting for the historical figures of Romeo and Juliet and one very famous story. It is also famous for being Rick’s favorite pizza place of all time and for having an awesome ancient colosseum. The latter shows outdoor operas in the summer. At Lake Garda the outdoors are best enjoyed with swimming, boating, mountain biking or climbing. Recommended time: 2-4 days.

 

 

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