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EAT in Innsbruck: Flo Joe
A caribbean dream in the middle of Tyrolean tradition: Flo Joe is definitely Innsbruck's most original restaurant. Buffalo Wings meet Santa Fe Poppers and Chicken Jambalaya. The walls are decorated in a motley way and convey a very cuban feeling in the midst of snow-topped mountains. Flo Joe's original motto was 'come in, have a look and dream of your next holiday'. Unfortunately the quality at this Innsbruck institution has noticeably suffered in the last couple of years. Complaints about the poor service are coming in more than ever, and the place has even been dubbed a tourist trap. Apparently there aren't enough service staff, and when they finally do come to your table then they either serve an unfriendly mood or luke-warm food. Where does the problem lie? Maybe it's because of the name change - Flo Joe's was once called Papa Joe's. People used to love visiting Papa, but maybe too many come to visit Flo. Maybe it's because you can never get a table without a reservation and many have to leave in frustration. But let someone else pursue the root of the cause: If you want some Text Mex in the middle of Tyrol, then you will have to go to Flo Joe's, good service or bad service!
SHOP in Innsbruck: Soundstation
So the words Ninja Tunes and Slow Cosmic Disco don't mean anything to you? Then you should take a look around in the Soundstation Record Store, where they serve everything that comes stamped on black gold - yes, vinyl records. The store isn't that big, but the ?1 bargain box is worth the trip alone. Here you will find the right tune for the right price. Those who are willing to dish out a little more should entrust the specialists; Klaus, the electro-junkie is behind the counter on Wednesdays and Fridays, Albi is there for all your hip hop, reggae and break beat requests on Mondays and Saturdays, on Tuesdays Stefan is your man for all things afro & cosmic and Gregor is the guy in the know for drum'n'bass music. Along with the professional advice, there's a couple of CDs available and some equipment for DJs of all levels, not to forget snazzy Pioneer cases for the trip between the bedroom and the nightclub.
STAY in Innsbruck: Congress
So we've finally got proof: size does count! The Austria Trend Hotel ignores the usual lack of space experienced in most hotels and grants it guests a lot of elbow room to unfurl themselves. This hotel hasn't let itself be intimidated by the surrounding mountains - big business takes place here, which calls for a lot of room. There are no less than three conference and two meeting rooms, along with the 104 double rooms, two suites and a luxurious wellness area spread over 260sqm. And guests find themselves right in the middle of town. That means you are only five minutes away from the city centre, the conference centre, the Hofburg and Landestheater. Those who don't have any time for the culutral pleasures Innsbruck has to offer, should at least let themselves indulge in the culinary delights in the hotel restaurant. The menu sports both nouvelle cuisine and the tried and true Tyrolean cuisine. There's free space for work, free space for the palate and also free space for the soul. The Austria Hotel doesn't constrict anybody, but rather creates a great sense of space in the valley and turns its back to claustrophobia. Double rooms are available from ?114 per night.
SEE in Innsbruck: Hungerburgbahnred|guide Innsbruck
You will find cable cars in Tyrol like sand at the beach, the the 'Hungerburgbahn' is unique: it will take you from the Innsbruck city centre directly to the city's most beautiful lookout-point. The star architect Zaha Hadid has cast her spell yet again and shown us who's the boss. The Hungerbergbahn stations are as cool as ice and are so futuristic that they look like they're going to take off. The cable car will comfortably carry you up to the top of the Hungerburg and at 850m the air is clear, the view is captivating and the architecture shows no restraints. And were not just talking about Zaha Hadid's work - the 3000m high mountains behind Innsbruck remind us that nature commands the most beautiful design. By the way, it's called Hungerburg because there used to be a snack-bar up here that was meagerly stocked. Today you will be sated by the panorama views alone.