Pink Churches & Apple Strudel
After waving a bittersweet farewell to Germany, we arrived for a brief stay in the beautiful city of Innsbruck, Austria. My only experience of Austria had been a day trip to Saltzburg, so I was excited to see a new part of such a stunning country. Innsbruck was a convenient stop on our way to Italy, and while we didn’t spend much time in it, we had a grand time exploring. Highlights for me? Pink churches and apple strudel!
Most of our time was spent simply wandering around the streets. For me, that’s the best way to experience a city. Innsbruck is full of stunningly colorful structures, old-fashioned architectural details, and bicycles. We had a wonderful dinner at the oldest restaurant in Innsbruck, Goldener Adler, founded in the 14th century. One of my favorite things about Europe is the history you stumble into, even just while eating dinner. Since I was in Austria, I had to wear this Anthropologie top that reminds me of this dress Julie Andrews wore as Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music. I also thought it very fitting that our road-trip playlist played “The Sound of Music” just as we crossed the Austrian boarder– what are the odds?!
Let them eat soup
Let’s talk about food, shall we? Both times I’ve been in Austria, I’ve ordered traditional Goulash Soup, a long time favorite of my globe-trotting Grandy. The soup at Goldener Adler was wonderful on a rainy evening accompanied by hot tea, and followed by homemade apple strudel. France may be known for its cuisine, but I’m a fan of the homey comforts of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, particularly in stormy weather.
In a lot of ways, Innsbruck felt to me like a miniature Saltzburg. It’s easy to explore on foot, has ironwork signs on all of its shops, and has very old establishments throughout. Things that stood out to me as uniquely Innsbruck included the brightly colored buildings and the beautiful river. Overall it was a wonderful second introduction to Austria, a country I’d love to go back to, particularly to visit Vienna!
Have you traveled to Austria?
If so, what were some of your favorite places?
I’d love to hear!