Christmas in Innsbruck, Austria

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; Christmas in Europe is magical. I’ve decided that it all comes down to the lights. Why does such a simple thing make me so happy? I don’t know why but it doesn’t matter because I’m loving my second European Christmas and all the beautiful lights, decoration, and glühwein it has to offer. 

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This past weekend, the Ball’s were in town and we all hopped on the train to Innsbruck, Austria for a quick getaway. Innsbruck has a cute and cobblestoned town square that was filled with Christmas markets and a giant decorated tree smack in the center of it all. 

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We drank lots of glühwein, which in case you don’t know, is a delicious mulled wine that keeps you warm on these cold winter days. Maybe it was my mood or maybe it just tasted better, but I couldn’t get enough of it in Innsbruck. Plus, we were on a mission to collect all the different mug colors. 

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We stayed at a nice hotel in the thick of it all called Weisses Kreuz. At a ripe age of 600+, it was eclectic and filled with antique charm. They had a great breakfast…including artsy hot chocolate (do you kinda see the village?). 

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Right next door, was our favorite store of the trip. 

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Austria is home of the famous crystal brand, and the three story store made it hard to resist. We now have two snowflake ornaments (among other crystal things) and I have big plans for a mini version of Zurich’s million franc tree. Austria had it’s own Swarovski tree, though I can’t say I like it as much as Zurich’s.

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Though, I was impressed with it’s insides. 

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One of the best parts about this city is that you are tucked in a valley with the mountains all around. It makes an everyday walk much more enjoyable. 

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There wasn’t enough snow for winter sports (gosh darnit, more time for shopping and glühwein), but we did take the gondola up the mountain to see the view. 

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And since we couldn’t ski or sled, we got our sports fill at the Olympic ice rink. It was huge! Did I mention I’m terrible at ice skating? 

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Luckily, I had a hand to hold, and met a new penguin friend that was quite helpful. I actually wasn’t embarrassed to try out the penguin, but I was a little embarrassed by the paparazzi that was circling around me and snapping pictures. 

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The last thing we needed to see was the Olympic ski jump. 

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Holy crap was it steep! The side profile of this jump made my stomach turn and it’s not even open to use. 

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I’ll let the Olympians tackle that guy while I work on cleaning my plate of goulash.  

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It turns out that Huffpo knows its Christmas markets. Innsbruck is not to be missed! 

4 Responses

  1. haha, I haven’t been ice skating in ages but I think I’d need the penguin too 😉

    Innsbruck is so pretty, I can just imagine it must be especially lovely at Christmas! Have a wonderful time.

    Happy Holidays Caitlin!

    1. the penguin was the best. I wish that more adults used them too! My husband’s hand worked as well though. Enjoy the holidays as well! Hope to meet you at a book club in the new year!

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