red|guide Tipps: Innsbruck
EAT in Innsbruck: Teppan Wok
Always being served can become boring. Not to mention the eternal waiting! But for the control freaks amongst us, there is always the Teppan Wok. Here you know exactly what lands on your plate, because you put it on there yourself. And those who opt for the vast buffet can choose from either meat, fish or vegetables. Or all of them together. Afterwards, take it to the chef and watch as he fries it up and tops it off with a few sauces. It is so easy to get exactly what you want here and you don't have to wait around for slow service. The only question left remaining is whether everything that you put on your plate actually fit together. Those who doubt their ability to put together a winning dish should opt for the tried and tested fried chinese delicacies or simply go straight to the sushi bar. And then take a seat: the Teppan Wok offers a great ambience blends Japanese purism with the florid chinese style and modern comfort.
SHOP in Innsbruck: Wagnerian!
A new book smells good, it feels good and it accompanies you throughout your entire holiday. If you read through it too quickly, you should drop by the Wagner!sche bookstore. It has been around for over 300 years and is now a part of the Thalia bookstore chain. As a rule, Thalia bookstores offers bookworms throughout the country pretty much everything available in the printed world; crime thrillers, non-fiction, historical novels, classics and the latest hits as well as the well-received audio books. Thalia also boasts an extensive stationery section, with office and school supplies in great numbers. Devoted bookworms can burn through their new purchases in the store's café or sit in on one of the many readings that take place. You, see books aren't just sold in Wagner!sche, but they are also talked about, in the form of a literary quartet where the latest books and authors are skilfully opened and inspected.
STAY in Innsbruck: Grauer Bär
It is bucketing down in the Hotel Grauer Bär. The sky may be free of clouds outside, but it's about to pour down inside. And this is done for good reason: refreshing tub showers help stressed business people cool down after heated debates. The 300m large wellness area was made as a relaxing equaliser to stressful everyday life. You can get yourself all heated up in the Finnish sauna or the Turkish steam bath and cool down in the current pool or step out onto the terrace and enjoy the panoramic views of the mountainous backdrop. And if you still haven't found your inner self after that, douse your evening with a tub shower or a glass of bubbly in the Onyx Bar. The modern conference hotel also has other delights in store: like minds can come together in one of six conference rooms equipped with high-speed internet and the ski room is there to accomodate all your skiing gear in the winter months. And those who already feel cramped up after a long day in the city can prepare him or herself for the next seminar with a well-deserved massage. Double rooms are available from ?135 a night.
SEE in Innsbruck: Volkskunstmuseumred|guide Innsbruck
The devil is awaiting you at the Volkskunstmuseum (folk art musuem). He's standing at the entrance and he greets all who dare with uncomfortable questions about their existence and attestation, art and handwork. Inside the devil is also to be seen in detail: the Volkskunstmuseum enchants its visitors with an affectionately amassed collection that puts the Tyroler tradition on display for all. Dusty and crummy? No way! Thanks to projection tricks, you will be placed right in the middle of the holy scene with Josef, Maria and little Jesus. 'Das pralle Jahr' room sheds light on Tyrolean traditions and 'Das prekäre Leben' exhibits feats of magic and superstitions, whilst 'Sein und Schein' deals with traditional Tyrolean 'Trachten' fashion which hasn't been in since 1900, but is still worn by city folk. The studied collection is the most traditional 'museum' section, which comprehensively displays everything to do with living and working back in the day. The exploration of the typical Tyrolean farming way of life throughout the gothic, renaissance and baroque periods is rounded up with audiologues which give explanation to objects and breathe life into the history on display.