Hafelekar Mountain, Innsbruck, Austria

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Photo: Hafelekar Mountain, Innsbruck, Austria

I have never felt so much “I’m at the top of the world” as here at the Hafelekar Mountain in Innsbruck, Austria. Not because this was the highest mountain I’ve even been to, but because of the heavy cloud cover that surrounded us and unusual character to the mountain peaks. They have a clearly defined edge and it seems at times as there is nothing beyond that edge. My kids were hard at work exploring in hope to find edelweiss, the flower, which is the symbol of Austrian Tyrol and made famous by the song in the “Sound of Music” movie.

This is an inspiring place and I strongly recommend it to anyone. You do not even have to be fit as the cable car will take you almost to the very top and then it is only few meters up to the top. Looking down on Insbruck through a hole in the clouds from 2275 meters is also very rewarding.

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Innsbruck, Austria

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Photo: Innsbruck, Austria

From the outskirts of Innsbruck you can be forgiven for thinking this is an industrial city and you should stay away. Once you rich the old heart of the town however your impression with will be that you have crossed to another world. The city is located in a valley surrounded by Alps. The view is simply spectacular.

One small note: if you travel by car be aware the very center of the old town is closed to traffic for most of the day, so if your hotel is located there, you need to arrive very early in the morning, unpack and park somewhere else.

In addition to usual tourist attractions any Baroque era town can deliver you should also visit the Alpine ZOO, The Hofkirche (Imperial Church) with its magnificent life size statues, Museum of Tyrolean Folk Art and finally make sure to visit Hafelekar Mountain.

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