A day trip to Innsbruck was next on our itinerary. We left at 7 AM from Salzburg and it was a 2-hour journey. Tickets were again booked online on OBB app. As soon as you exit from Innsbruck HBF, walk towards Old town crossing Maria-Theresien-Strasse and you will come across tourist information center called ‘Innsbruck information’. We bought Innsbruck card for 24 hours from here and inquired about to-dos. Maria-Theresien Strasse is the main shopping avenue of Innsbruck. It is lined with many restaurants, cafes, showrooms like that of Swarovski and pubs like Hard rock café. Part of the street near the old town is a very wide pedestrian-only walkway where you can leisurely stroll, shop or just sit and sip some wine or coffee. It has many old buildings and mighty snow capped mountains in backdrop!
From info point we walked towards Innsbruck Congress, the starting point of Nordkettenbahnen. Tickets included in Innsbruck card. Now, the whole journey to the peak of mountain is basically divided into 3 parts:
1) The 1st part by Funicular ride ends at Hungerburg with 2 halts in between, namely, Löwenhaus and Alpenzoo. Alpenzoo is alpine zoo famous among families with children. We skipped it. After reaching Hungerburg, a short walk across Hermann Buhl Square leads visitors to the cable car station. The location is very picturesque with wooden houses located amongst green meadows of the mountain.
2) The 2nd part of the trip by cable car ends at Seegrube. There is a lovely restaurant here having sitting arrangement both inside and outside. It provides stunning views of valley below and the mountains around. While you are travelling in cable car, you can see many trekkers below, hiking all the way up to the summit.
3) The 3rd part is again a cable car ride ending at Hafelekar. Enjoy the spectacular valley views on one side and totally deserted mountains without any sign of vegetation on another. You can still hike to Karwendel Nature Park and Bergsohne Innsbruck cross from here. But we just chose to spend some time here, relaxing amidst nature! This whole trip will take approx. 2.5-3 hours. Incase, you plan to trek or visit zoo then may be the entire day.