A MORNING ON NORDKETTE – JEWEL OF THE ALPS

MONDAY, 19th June

This morning we purchased the 48 hour Innsbruck Card. After using it today I have nothing but praise for the ease of use and value for money. It covers (free entry) to most attractions plus free transport throughout the city. Our first excursion was to the NORDKETTE, a range of montains just north of the city of Innsbruck in Tyrol, Austria.

Urban meets outdoors in Tyrol’s relaxed capital where Zaha Hadid’s space-age NORDKETTE Hungerburg funicular speeds from the centre to high alpine pastures in  just 8 minutes summer and winter. The awesome panoramic views of Innsbruck and the Inntal Valley from Seegrube at an elevation of 1,905 metres only get better as one gets higher. From Seegrube the cable car to Hafelekar (2,300 m) on such a beautiful morning as we experienced today gives some of the best views – A unique panorama of city and mountains.

The style and workings of the funicular are absolutely amazing and designed and built with such precision.

VIEWS FROM THE TOP –

ALPENZOO – Europe’s highest-lying zoo can be found at the foot of the NORDKETTE. It includes over 2,000 examples of Alpine wildlife (I think that many were sleeping when we were there as the temperature was above 30 degrees).

IMPERIAL GARDENS CITY PARK –

THE SIGHTSEER – HOP ON – HOP OFF (best tourist bus in the city) To complete our day we rode the complete route of the bus wearing our headphones to give us really great information about the city and surrounds interspersed with appropriate music. We had a 15 minute stop at a great place for panoramic photographs of the city of Innsbruck.      In all, a very busy day but one to remember.

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