This has been the hell of all busy weeks, too many long train journeys, too much packing and far too many goodbyes but I’ve finally settled back down… in Falmouth, England! My study abroad ended on Monday so I’m back to the reality of having to work for my degree (sigh). But last weekend as a final hurrah I went to Innsbruck with the friends I made on Erasmus to visit two other friends who had already left Salzburg! And it really was a lovely way to end things. The city is completely surrounded by beautiful mountains and is it one of the most popular ski resorts in Austria.
I stayed in The Penz Hotel with one of my friends for the two day one night break. It was in the centre of the town and had beautiful views of the mountains, such a treat! There was a lot of beautiful architecture nearby, most famously the Nordkettebahnen Stations designed by Zaha Hadid. There is also the Swarovski Museum which I really enjoyed and would say is worth a visit. I had no idea Swarovski had collaborated with so many interesting artists.
Obviously we had to venture up one of the mountains which took about 20 minuets via the Nordkette cable car. It had a few different stop off points where I took a ridiculous amount of pictures… the view of Innsbruck was breath taking. At the top people were either skiing or relaxing. It had a very surfer/skier vibe added to by the DJ and bar! I wish we had been able to join in and ski but non of us were dressed appropriately for the amount of snow up there.
After messing around on the mountain we headed back down and wandered through the old town, past the famous Golden Roof, to an Austrian restaurant were we ate, drank and enjoyed each others company! I can’t remember the name of the restaurant but it wasn’t anything special. We went for a drink in a traditional beer hall called Stiftskeller which was worth seeing though, very pretty.
I’m really glad I got to visit Innsbruck before leaving Austria. Luckily I’m visiting Salzburg in April so don’t have too long to wait before being back in the beautiful country/ reuniting with friends. I plan on doing a post about study abroad programmes (maybe a pros and cons list), something lighthearted but informative as well. Let me know if you’re interested in that. Also if you’ve done a study abroad programme, where you went and if you loved it as much as I loved mine and lastly, I hope you had a nice weekend!