Christmas Adventure: Munich + Innsbruck

Dan and I just landed from the most amazing adventure yet – our Christmas adventure to Munich and Innsbruck.  It was hard being away from our families on Christmas, but we’re starting our own new traditions, and hope that some day we can share them with our families.  I suggested Christmas in the Alps every year 🙂  Dan seemed to believe that wasn’t a realistic tradition…but we’ll see 😉

Our adventure began in Munich, Germany veryyy early Christmas eve morning.  Germany is known for all of it’s Christmas markets, so that is where we spent our time.  The plaza’s are filled with little stalls of local artists selling Christmas goodies and local food and drinks.  We spent the whole day just wandering around the city exploring the markets, watching the Rathaus-Glockenspiel, and hunting for the perfect ornaments to bring home.

For Christmas Eve dinner, we headed to the original Hofbrauhaus.  It was amazing!  The building is so old, and it’s HUGE!  We had traditional German meals of shnitzel, pretzels and goulash….and beer!  It was a lot of fun, and was a Christmas Eve that we will never forget!

Christmas morning we had a nice breakfast at a little cafe, then hopped on a train to Innsbruck, Austria.  It was the most beautiful train ride!  Dan and I had a private seating room to ourselves which made the ride even better.  As the weather was perfect (literally was perfectly sunny the WHOLE trip!), our views were unbelievable during the entire journey.  In total, it was about an hour and 40 min. journey.  Such a great way to travel through Europe!

Innsbruck was by far my favourite place we’ve visited in Europe yet.  I can’t even begin to describe it’s beauty.  The town is so colourful and full of character.  And the backdrop of the Alps in EVERY direction – you just can’t beat it.  As soon as we dropped our bags of at the hotel, we raced (literally…) to the city centre to catch the last hours of light and the views.  We quickly hopped on a cable car and took it up the mountain to see the city from the top.

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As it was CHRISTMAS – we wanted a special dinner.  So we had a booking at Innsbruck’s oldest restaurant, Goldener Adler.  It was a beautiful building and our meal was EXCELLENT!

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After dinner, we wandered the streets and explored their little Christmas market.

The next day, we got up early and headed to Stubai Glacier to go skiing.  I’ve never experienced so much beauty.  Dan snowboarded and I skied – it was a wonderful day.  The most fun I’ve ever had skiing!  Again, we had perfect weather!  Although there wasn’t any fresh snow, it was a beautiful sunny day!

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After skiing, we had a little time before our bus took us back into town, so we explored around the resort and found some beautiful scenery!

We were exhausted after a long day of skiing, so we spent our last night in Innsbruck just wandering around the town and enjoying more Bavarian food.   Here are some views from our hotel room:

This morning was a very sad one for us, as we had to leave Innsbruck and head back to London.  I think I fell in love with the Alps, and really did not want to leave.  Luckily, we live in London – so it’s not a bad place to go back to 🙂  and Scott & Christine will be here to visit TOMORROW and we have some really awesome adventures planned with them!

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Merry Christmas everyone!  Hopefully some of you will be able to join us on our new Alps Christmas Tradition next year 😉 

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