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Austria Innsbruck Hiking Patscherkofel

7 June 2016

Thousands of flying creatures

Somehow I deleted what I wrote here? No idea how. Oh well. I think it spoke about how I climbed the mountain swatting at various bugs.

Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - My hotel includes breakfast, I think like China they enforce this on rich tourists. It was quite disappointing. The bun thing came out of a plastic ba

My hotel includes breakfast, I think like China they enforce this on rich tourists. It was quite disappointing. The bun thing came out of a plastic bag of long life buns from Aldi. Other than that you could dispense your own cereal, or have a few bits of sliced vegetable.


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - Another day of view. Heavy rain they say? CNN specifically mentioned Innsbruck was in for storms on the forecast.

Another day of view. Heavy rain they say? CNN specifically mentioned Innsbruck was in for storms on the forecast.


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - The tram comes only once an hour, so I had time to kill. Around the edge of the city is the panorama trail, so I ran up it to take this photo.

The tram comes only once an hour, so I had time to kill. Around the edge of the city is the panorama trail, so I ran up it to take this photo.


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - There is another ski jump up here. This one is regularly used.

There is another ski jump up here. This one is regularly used.


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - You can also appreciate a statue of Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand, whos murder was used as a reason to start world war 1. Not sure why theres such a statu

You can also appreciate a statue of Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand, whos murder was used as a reason to start world war 1. Not sure why theres such a statue of him here, Wikipedia doesnt mention him being in or from Innsbruck.
However it does mention he enjoyed visiting Australia in the 1890's to hunt emus and kangaroos.


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - Redundant photo of the view, get used to it.

Redundant photo of the view, get used to it.


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - Half way up the mountain there is a house belonging to or supporting the Pirate Party. Ahoy there.

Half way up the mountain there is a house belonging to or supporting the Pirate Party. Ahoy there.


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - There is also the olympic bobsled track, I climbed up the observation deck to get a better look.

There is also the olympic bobsled track, I climbed up the observation deck to get a better look.


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - Now some view as I ascend the mountain.

Now some view as I ascend the mountain.


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - The trail was easy, except for the constant winged assassin attack.

The trail was easy, except for the constant winged assassin attack.


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - I didnt bring water, so I was glad it was easy, of course I was able to buy water at the summit.

I didnt bring water, so I was glad it was easy, of course I was able to buy water at the summit.


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - There were however still a few small challenges.

There were however still a few small challenges.


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - Above the trees, time to enjoy some more view.

Above the trees, time to enjoy some more view.


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - With the summit in site, ice started to reappear, despite it being 25 degrees. I was in shorts and t-shirt.

With the summit in site, ice started to reappear, despite it being 25 degrees. I was in shorts and t-shirt.


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - Yes more view.

Yes more view.


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - And more.

And more.


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - As is common, the summit is a hive of scientific research stations and communications towers.

As is common, the summit is a hive of scientific research stations and communications towers.


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - Also here you can see mountain bikers who have made the top, and now have the fun journey down. I am not sure I could make that ride. On the way down

Also here you can see mountain bikers who have made the top, and now have the fun journey down. I am not sure I could make that ride.
On the way down I realised the road up is very very good, smooth and not too steep, but still, its a long way of constant up hill!


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - The pub on the summit was confused when all I wanted was water, you come from Australia and you dont want beer? What is this?

The pub on the summit was confused when all I wanted was water, you come from Australia and you dont want beer? What is this?


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - If mountain bikers can make it, why not a Mazda 2? At this stage I had not seen the nice road up, as I had hiked up a goat track, so this was interest

If mountain bikers can make it, why not a Mazda 2? At this stage I had not seen the nice road up, as I had hiked up a goat track, so this was interesting.


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - Two more regular sized photos of view!

Two more regular sized photos of view!


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - Last one.... until the panoramas.

Last one.... until the panoramas.


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - This is the road down, doesnt look so bad now. The cyclists coming up looked to be in great pain. I ran most of the way down.

This is the road down, doesnt look so bad now. The cyclists coming up looked to be in great pain. I ran most of the way down.


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - Due to running I made the tram with seconds to spare, and was therefore all the way back down in time for a good lunch in a bakery. It was delicious.

Due to running I made the tram with seconds to spare, and was therefore all the way back down in time for a good lunch in a bakery. It was delicious.


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - Now we do the panoramas. 1 of 4, from the lower down 'panorama' area. The mountain range across the valley is the one that towers over the city.

Now we do the panoramas. 1 of 4, from the lower down 'panorama' area.
The mountain range across the valley is the one that towers over the city.


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - The back side of the mountain.

The back side of the mountain.


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - More backside.

More backside.


Austria-Innsbruck-Hiking-Patscherkofel - And finally, all of Innsbruck. You can see the airport on the left edge of the city, and the valley that way heads back into Bavaria, from where I cam

And finally, all of Innsbruck.
You can see the airport on the left edge of the city, and the valley that way heads back into Bavaria, from where I came.


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