Europe: Day 8, Innsbruck Alpen Zoo

I attempted to sleep early, didn’t really work very well and ended up having a midnight phone call from my boy who was at his friends wedding and needed to chat. Let’s be honest, I’d rather speak to him all night than sleep anyway.

I woke up early anyway, grabbed my free breakfast, raring to go and explore. The coffee was much needed today. Still haven’t found English breakfast tea yet, sad times. With my Innsbruck card I could get the tram, so I made a short 5 min walk looked at the board to figure out how to get where I needed to be. In all honesty the tram system is really easy to use! And public transport in general is very good in Switzerland and Austria. So make the most of using it and save your legs.

To get to the centre you can pretty much get all 3 but only Amras tram goes back to the Marmota Hostel. Takes about 15-20 mins to get to the centre so not long at all. The original plan was to go up the mountain in the morning and go to the Alpen zoo on the way back down. However, I’d miss judged the weather slightly and it was a lot colder and foggy than anticipated, which would only be worse at the top of the mountain.

As I was already on the tram I headed straight for the zoo. There isn’t a direct one so had to get off to find the bus, which is when I came across the sight that drew to it in the first place.

It was a spectacular sight, the mountains, fog, colourful houses, clear blue water. I was sort of in heaven. After admiring for about 10 minutes I went to the zoo shuttle, they have a dedicated bus which is frequent to drive you up the mountain. Score, I thought I was have to get some climbing in.

The zoo is included in the Innsbruck card, it sits in the base of the mountains. It’s a small zoo in comparison to some ive been to (which is a lot) I did it all in approximately 1 hour. But saying that I’m a fast walker! I love where is is, the surrounding area makes it feel like the animals are as close to their natural habitat as possible. It was great to see.

It is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area, and grab a map too it gets a little confusing if not!

I decided it was worth the effort of going back to the hostel and getting proper kitted out to go up the mountain so I hopped back on the bus down the mountain and headed back.

Part 2 coming shortly.