Sometimes, the most difficult part of visiting a new city is knowing what you’re looking at as you’re strolling through town. Have you ever taken a stroll somewhere new and thought, ‘that building is pretty, I wonder what it is?’ Same. Well, Innsbruck has got you covered. An organization called International Greeter provides FREE private walking tours with a local. What better way to discover the wonderful city of Innsbruck than with a local showing you the ropes! Whether it be a majestic street in the old town, the best coffee in town, or the history of that beautiful building: A local guide is the best option, hands down!
International Greeter is made up of volunteers, ensuring they are showing you the sites for all the right reasons. Your tour is not just a paycheck, but done with passion. They are enthusiastic and pleasant, happy to show new people the ins and outs of the town. I went with my besties, but it is perfect for families, small groups (up to six people), individuals, and it’s free!
A little rain didn’t stop our guide from showing us the beauty of Innsbruck. Photo: Laura Wunsch
Whether you are visiting Innsbruck for the first time or looking for hidden gems of the city because you have been here before: Innsbruck has so much to offer, the normal tourist only scratches the surface, a local can dive deeper, showing you ‘their’ Innsbruck. Considering everyone sees the world a little differently, a new perspective might just be the ticket!
Our guide Rudi not only showed us the attractions, but the hidden gems down side streets, in areas of town I’ve rarely been to, such a treat! Photo: Laura Wunsch
Something for Everyone
My guide was Rudolf Wiener, the “founder” of the Greeters in Innsbruck. Since October he has led over 20 tour groups around the city. People from Australia, Ecuador, Myanmar, and many more chose to explore Innsbruck with Rudi. It was a little strange at first, taking a tour of Innsbruck, considering I have lived here for over 15 years, but Rudi shared so much history. Even my friend who grew up in Innsbruck learned something new! Things I walked past everyday, and never gave a second thought to, hold so much history!
Something new to learn at every turn – did you know the building facades show if they are new, old, bombed, rebuilt, etc.? Not just remodeling, but living history! Photo: Laura Wunsch
There are several different tours available, catered to the needs of your group. There is even a tour focusing on the popular book series/movie “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. Innsbruck inspired the author, Douglas Adams, to write the book. I love that book and had no idea! I learned so much on my tour, showing there is always something about Innsbruck to be learned.
In 2007, Laura completed her studies at an American university and applied for the Fulbright programme to be an English teacher in Germany or Austria. The wisest decision at this point: Austria! And the rest, as they say, is history.