Innsbruck, Austria  |  November 21 to 22, 2017

At the foot of the high Alps lies Innsbruck, a famous winter sports destination that has a haven for skiers, snowboarders, and those who want to have all kinds of fun in the snow. Innsbruck was even selected twice for the Winter Olympics, once in 1964 and again in 1976. Wedged between the breathtaking mountains, and with Christmas markets and decorations in full force, Innsbruck is an unforgettable place.

Now Innsbruck isn't your typical holiday destination. The decorations that line the streets and buildings are undoubtedly unique. As I explore this town, I will show you exactly what I mean. But before I began my exploration, I headed to the 600-year-old Stadtturm, a massive tower with 360-degree views of the town.

With the sun setting so early in wintertime, we figured we would push on and see as much of the town as possible. Every street and every alley had something Christmas-related on it. In the United States, we have nothing like it, so we soaked up as much of the holiday spirit as we possibly could. Stores and booths with ornaments, jams, art, chocolate, and much more were everywhere.

One of the exciting things about Christmastime in Innsbruck is the bizarre decorations that hang on various buildings. I was able to get pictures of a few of the most eye-catching ones.

Next, we decided to go the center of all the holiday spirit—the Christkindlmarkt Maria-Theresien-Straße. There you can find tons of booths selling all the Christmas goods, as well as tasty Austrian cuisine. You have to get some of the delicious veal sausages!

Here lies the square where you can find the Stadtturm tower I mentioned in the beginning. Besides, the Helbling Haus—a 15th-century Gothic mansion—overlooks the market goers in all its charm. It adds to the ambiance of the already merry Christmas markets.

The last thing we did was soak up our last bit of Christmas spirit at night when things start picking up. As I previously mentioned, we wanted to enjoy as much of this as possible because we had no idea when the next opportunity to come back to Europe in Christmastime would be.


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