My Austrian Detour
I didn’t intend to go to Austria. Seriously. After leaving the cruise ship in Venice, the plan was to take a train to Lucerne, Switzerland and spend the weekend in the Alps. What were the odds that all the trains from Italy to everywhere in Switzerland would be totally sold out???
Stuck at the train station in Milan, Jennifer and I made a split decision. We would take a train over to Innsbruck, Austria and spend the night before going over to Switzerland the following day.
We arrived in Innsbruck around 9pm, tired, cold and lugging all our baggage. We found a pension with a twin room for 30 Euros, so we booked it and called it a night. The next morning, we decided to do a mini tour of the city before boarding our train to Switzerland at 1pm. As soon as we left the pension, this is what we saw:
The Austrian Alps were towering over the city with a fresh dusting of snow! The view was so amazing, that we just stood there on the sidewalk gaping for quite a while. Eventually our stomachs complained, so we went into a bakery and grabbed some breakfast.
We then booked ourselves a ticket on a city tour bus, just to get a quick view of the town. This tour was only 3 euros.
The bus took us to parks, the city hall and eventually up a hill to see the Ambras Castle. We were having so much fun at the castle that we didn’t keep watch on the time, and bus left without us! Stranded on the hill, we did the only thing that two backpackers would do. We walked all the way back to the train station. The journey took 2 hours, but the views we saw were worth it! See below:
Made friends with the locals…
And I stuffed my face again!
I did a city tour, got stranded and saw some of the most amazing views all in 5 hours! This detour turned out to be so much better than I ever could have imagined! Sometimes, the best of plans go wrong. This doesn’t mean that your trip won’t be epic regardless! Happy travels!!!