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Tirol Tour: short jumps from Innsbruck

As one of nine states within the federal republic of Austria, Tirol is well known not only for all-season access to the Alps, but also for a variety of other attractions. With the state capital city of Innsbruck serving as home base, I explored the city on foot, and the following parts of the state with train and bus:

  1. Alpbach,
  2. Brenner,
  3. Hall in Tirol,
  4. Nordkette,
  5. Scharnitz,
  6. Stubaital, and
  7. Wilder Kaiser (Going, Ellmau, Scheffau).

For each location, I list the “why” (you should visit) and the “how” (you can get there from Innsbruck). I had specific goals, including a search for a Nobel Prize laureate, visit with friends, and expansion of a long-term photography project.


1.   Alpbach

Why: “Austria’s most beautiful village”, “Europe’s Most Beautiful Flower Village”.
How: S-Bahn or regional train to Brixlegg, then bus 4074 to Alpbach.
Key: Alpbachtal Seenland.

Alpbach, Alpbachtal, Alpbach Seenland, Tirol, Tyrol, Austria, Oesterreich, fotoeins.com

Spring morning, across the valley to Wiedersberger Horn, and St. Oswald Church at lower-right (X70).

Alpbach, Alpbachtal, Alpbach Seenland, Tirol, Tyrol, Austria, Oesterreich, fotoeins.com

North from Hotel Böglerhof (X70).


2.   Brenner

Why: pre-Roman trade route, historical ties at the border between Austria’s Tirol and Italy’s South Tyrol.
How: S-Bahn or regional train to Brenner.
Key: South Tyrol (Italy).

Gries am Brenner, Brennerbahn, Tirol, Tyrol, Austria, Oesterreich, fotoeins.com

On the southbound Brennerbahn train: between St. Jodok am Brenner and Gries am Brenner (X70).

Brenner Pass, Brennerbahn, Brennero, Italia, Italy, South Tyrol, Brenner, Austria, Oesterreich, Tirol, Tyrol, fotoeins.com

Visitors from Bonn, Germany in Brennero, Italy (X70).


3.   Hall in Tirol

Why: in 1486 the silver coin ‘Taler’ (Thaler) was minted; derived from this is the modern ‘dollar’.
How: S-Bahn or regional train, or bus 501, 503, 504.
Key: Hall-Wattens Tourism

Burg Hasegg, Hasegg Castle, Münze Hall, Hall Mint, Hall in Tirol, Tyrol, Tirol, Oesterreich, Austria, fotoeins.com

Hasegg Castle where Hall’s Mint Museum resides (X70).

Oberer Stadtplatz, Josefskirche, Stadtamt, Hall in Tirol, Tirol, Tyrol, Austria, Oesterreich, fotoeins.com

West from Oberer Stadtplatz: left-to-right Josefskirche, Stadtamt, Lampe Reisen, Bäcker Reutz (X70).


4.   Nordkette

Why: commanding view of Innsbruck, Inn valley, Sill valley, and beyond, from Hafekelar at 2260 metres (7420 feet).
How: Hungerberg funicular and Nordkette cable car, or entirely on foot.
Key: Nordkette.

Hafelekar, Nordkette, Nordkette cable car, Nordkettenbahn, Hungerburg funicular, Hungerburgbahn, Innsbruck, Tirol, Tyrol, Oesterreich, Austria, fotoeins.com

South from Hafelekar: Innsbruck and Inn river; at centre, Sill valley and beyond to Italy (6D1).

Hafelekar, Nordkette, Nordkette cable car, Nordkettenbahn, Hungerburg funicular, Hungerburgbahn, Innsbruck, Tirol, Tyrol, Oesterreich, Austria, fotoeins.com

North from Hafelekar: Nordkette mountains in the Karwendel, Northern Limestone Alps (6D1).


5.   Scharnitz

Why: dramatic landscapes through the Seefeld region, and access to Germany’s Mittenwald and Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
How: S-Bahn or regional train to Scharnitz.
Key: Seefeld region.

Train to Scharnitz, Giessenbach, Grosse Arnspitze, Arnspitze Group, Wettersteingebirge, Scharnitz, Tirol, Tyrol, Austria, Oesterreich, fotoeins.com

On northbound train to Scharnitz: passing the town of Giessenbach and the Arnspitze massif (X70).

Scharnitz bypass, Porta Claudia, Isar river, Scharnitz pass, Scharnitz, Tirol, Tyrol, Austria, Oesterreich, fotoeins.com

New versus old: Scharnitz bypass, Isar river, ruins of mid-17th century fortification Porta Claudia (6D1).


6.   Stubaital

Why: a quiet slice of life in an Alpine valley.
How: red STB tram to Fulpmes; bus 590 to Neustift and beyond.
Key: Stubai valley.

Neustift im Stubaital, Stubaital, Stubai valley, Tirol, Tyrol, Austria, Oesterreich, fotoeins.com

Neustift im Stubaital: southeast towards town and Elferhütte at upper-right (6D1).

Neustift im Stubaital, Stubaital, Stubai valley, Zuckerhütl, Stubai Alps, Stubai Alpen, Tirol, Tyrol, Austria, Oesterreich, fotoeins.com

Invitation to sit, facing south to Zuckerhütl, highest peak in the Stubai Alps (6D1).


7.   Wilder Kaiser

Why: ice cream in Going, hiking, lakes, meadows, and a big beer in Scheffau.
How: S-Bahn or regional train to St. Johann; bus 4060 to Going, Ellmau, Scheffau.
Key: Wilder Kaiser.

Going am Wilder Kaiser, Going, Wilder Kaiser, Tirol, Tyrol, Austria, Oesterreich, fotoeins.com

Imagining having this daily view in Going am Wilder Kaiser (X70).

Eismanufaktur Keiser, Going am Wilder Kaiser, Going, Wilder Kaiser, Tirol, Tyrol, Austria, Oesterreich, fotoeins.com

The Apfelstrudel ice cream was pure magic at Eismanufaktur kEISer in Going am Wilden Kaiser (X70).


With transport authorities IVB Innsbruck, VVT Tirol, and ÖBB Austria, I travelled to Alpbach (half-day), Brenner (half-day), Hall in Tirol (half-day), Nordkette (half-day), Scharnitz (half-day), Stubaital (half-day), and Wilder Kaiser (full day).

Click the arrow-window icon at the upper left corner of the map below for the legend.

I made all photos above with a Canon EOS6D mark1 (6D1) and a Fujifilm X70 (X70) between 9 and 14 May 2018; alle Fotoaufnahmen sind mit Wasserzeichen versehen worden. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-ccA.

16 Responses to “Tirol Tour: short jumps from Innsbruck”

    • fotoeins

      Thanks, Sylvia. I’m very glad to have had a beautiful warm May morning in Alpbach. Like all new discoveries, they’re an introduction for more, and Alpbach is no different. In the future, I’d like to spend at least a couple of days in the Alpbachtal during the green season.

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Mayuri. Thanks for your comment and for following! I very much like the compound name “fernwehrahee”; I already know and am all too familiar with the concept of “Fernweh”, and I learned from your website what “rahee” means. I hope your work will take you (back) to Europe, to Austria, and to Tirol.

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  1. Tricia A. Mitchell

    Henry, on a warm September afternoon like today, the Apfelstrudel ice cream sounds delightful! Since my parents’ home is really not so far from Innsbruck, I’ll have to pass along these day trip ideas. I love the quintessential image of the dachshund and his master, too. 🙂

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Tricia. I have my friends to thank for bringing me to delicious local small-batch ice cream. I would’ve liked to have parked myself longer in Going am Wilden Kaiser to try more of their flavours! In Alpbach, I’m fairly certain the dachshund knows who’s boss. 😄

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