red|guide Tipps: Innsbruck
EAT in Innsbruck: Stiftskeller
The wall is still standing in the Stiftskeller. But in contrast to our friends in Berlin, the Innsbrucker carefully maintain their wall, the old town wall. And guests dining in the Fischerstüberl (fisher's parlour) can admire it in all its glory. But the other rooms in the Stiftskeller also have great stories behind them; theres a fresco by Kölderer in the Rittersaal (knight's hall), the Maria-Theresia-Stube is named after the empress who built this establishment in the honour of her deceased husband and the wooden lamps in the Bürgerstube (commoner's parlour) are very old. Now that we've mentioned the empress, the Kaisersaal (emperor's parlour) has enough space for Sissi and all her servants and is often used for weddings. So what is there to eat? Schweinsbraten, Käsespätzle und Schnitzel have filled the royal guests with enthusiam throughout the ages. These long runners are sure to please today, and likely into the future. As the motto says, 'never change a winning plate'.
SHOP in Innsbruck: House of Tea
The Pearl of the Nile. The Star of Africa. Desert Flowers. Sound like kitschy novel titles? Precious stones? Or types of tea? In case you are asked on Who Wants to be a Millionaire, the last answer is correct. These types, and many others, such as Elbfeuer, Schlectwetterhexe, White Monkey and the entire palette of creative names for blends are available in the House of Tea & Coffee. It doesn't matter if it's herbs or fruits, black, green or white, Indian or Tyrolean, the House of Tea & Coffee has the right blend, the right kettle and even the right fasting teas for Ayurveda fans. The store also has heaps to offer on the caffeine side of things. Next to Attibassi and Mesta you will find Helmut Sacher along with Mocca and Wiener blends. Don't forget the Jamaica Blue Mountain. This place is so rich in coffee you will get lost in the roasted aromas. Those who don't quite understand the lure of the bean just yet are sure to be converted after visiting this store.
STAY in Innsbruck: Parkhotel Igls
Markus Sorg combines the knowledge of Modern Mayr Medicine which emphasises the regeneration of the digestive system with the technique of Haute Cuisine. Of course detoxication through acrid salts are on the menu for the first two days, afterwards Sorg incorporates the knowledge of the great chefs into an eight-step nutritional protocol which is determined by the house's doctors individually for every guest. His credo: living healthily means eating healthily. Fasting with relish, so to speak. Precaution, nutrition and health are the pillars of the all-inclusive health concept of the house. The Modern Mayr Medicine which is applied at Parkhotel Igls especially gives priority to the regeneration of the digestive system - but without any radical diets. Early diagnoses through academic medicine aims at the causes of complaints which oftentimes loose their elicitors through a stabilisation of the digestive system and a dietary change. Speaking of healthy nutrition: organic and regionally grown ingredients, selected herbs and spices, pure spring water, herbal tea, vegetable stock, mineral water and the nature in the mountains support the lavation from inside at Parkhotel Igls.
SEE in Innsbruck: City Towerred|guide Innsbruck
Those that want to get up there in Innsbruck don't always have to climb up to the mountain tops. The city tower will get you there too. The story behind it is just as considerable as the number of steps up here: since 1442, the tower has been ised as a watch tower, a fire department tower, a clock tower and even a prison. These days visitors come here on their own free will to enjoy the uninterrupted views of Innsbruck. It is even better to come here in the middle of summer and pant your way all the way up the 148 steps as temperatures inside the tower are much lower than those outside. And when you make your way to the top you can look out for enemies and fires, just like in the old days. You are also sure to see the onion-domed tower, the huge clock towers, the old town and the mountains in the backdrop. Don't forget to leave your fear of heights at home!