red|guide Tipps: Innsbruck
EAT in Innsbruck: Chez Nico
Those who experience a watery mouth as soon as they hear the words 'Amuse Bouche' und 'Petits Fours' are either French or simply like to eat good food. You wouldn't expect to see this sort of food served in Innsbruck: instead of the customary bacon dumplings, Nicolas Curtil serves light and fine Nouvelle cuisine riddled with light provencial herbs and melted brie cheese. Fans of earthy cuisine may be a bit puzzled by the rosewater mousse. You might also be surprised by the karfoil and saffran on the menu. The celery fudge with dandeloins, artichokes, herb pesto and parsnip puree may also cause you to run for the exit. But every guest here has been entralled by the offerings here, even though exotic food has its price: the dinner deluxe costs no less than ?45. By the way, Nicolas decided to change his nutrition in 2010 and changed the menu to suit: instead of scallops and duck burgers all dishes are strictly vegetarian.
SHOP in Innsbruck: Cheeky Monkey
When the boys are off to the Börse, the girls flock together at Cheeky Monkey. All the hot snow and surf brands are here, just with more curvaceous cuts. Brands like Alprausch, Zimtstern and Billabong are guaranteed to make the girls look great, whether they're surfing, snowboarding or skating. You will even find the right shoewear in Cheeky Monkey. DC and Nike will lend you the sporty look, although expect to have a heavy wallet or credit card at hand! Late again, missed the household curfew? Before your parents get really angry, a Nixon watch will ensure that little miss is always home on time. And get there ahead of time with the Paul Frank Cruiser. The city bike with it's 'I love my bike' bell is an absolute must for all Paul Frank fans. Sound like monkey business? Nope, just cool fashion for sporty trendsetters!
STAY in Innsbruck: Alp Art Hotel
The central station in Innsbruck is around ten kilometres away from the sun plateau in Götzens. The sun is shining in this area almost unconditionally; hence you don't even want to go inside the hotel. But the interior is as bright and welcoming with lots of warm wood and a cosy and elegant ambience. Contemporary art hanging at the right spots prevent the place from becoming too rustic. The perfect mixture are the superior double bedrooms equipped with design baths, glassed balconies and whirlpool. In this way you can marvel at the mountain setting for hours while sitting in the hot water. In the kitchen they cook traditionally but think modern and only use high quality ingredients that are locally grown. Especially recommendable to satisfy your thirst: the in-house bar and art lounge Binis.
SEE in Innsbruck: Viaduct Archesred|guide Innsbruck
The tourists pile into the old town and insiders make their way to the Viaduktbögen (viaduct arches). Whether it's mopeds, pots, tattoos or a wellness session you are after, it's all here and there's beer to boot. Whilst the trains are rattling overhead, the guests are drinking down below. Under the viaduct arches along the Ing.-Etzel Strasse there's a host of bars for all tastes. The Bögen (arches), as the pubs are simply called often remain open until the wee hours of the morning, which is why they are so treasure by local party-goers who expect nothing less than good beer, great cocktails and long nights on the dance floor. And for the ladies that don't want to venture home alone can call the 'Frauentaxi', which will take you home and wait until you switch the lights on. Trips cost only ?4.70 and operate within the city limits between 9am and 2am. Simply call 1711.