English bookstore in Innsbruck

I lost my Rick Steve's book, where in Innsbruck can I buy another ?

Posted by Tom
Hüttenfeld, Hessen, Germany
9134 posts

I have never seen them for sale on the continent, although some have reported seeing them in Britain and in a specialty shop in Paris. People in the US military have also told me that they sometimes have his books available in the post exchanges. If you are allowed access to the military bases, the closest one to Innsbruck is the Eidelweis resort on the outside of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. I have no idea if they have any sort of book shop, however. If you have reservations in a lodging establishment that he recommends, they usually have a copy lying around somewhere in the lobby, lounge or breakfast area. Finally, you can consider this a blessing in disguise. As much as I like the writing in the man's books, relying on them too much can result in a sort of travel "tunnel vision", because they simply leave out too much. Go off and discover on your own!

Posted by Will
Columbia, SC
315 posts

Far more likely to find a Lonely Planet guide in Austria. A larger bookstore may have English language editions in addition to the German translations.

Posted by George
Canada
836 posts

And if you're truly set on replacing it, if you have a tablet or smartphone you can purchase and download an electronic copy!

Posted by Lee
Lakewood, Colorado
11284 posts

I agree with Tom. "Go off and discover on your own!" One if the first things I remember reading in Europe Through The Back Door was "you need to find your own back doors." Only once have I ever deliberately used one of Rick's books to find a place to stay (Lida, in Prague - great recommendation!). The rest of the time, there is so much information (accommodations, attractions, etc) on the web, I get it from there. I bought all of his books 15 years ago and read them. Other than a loaned copy of his Prague book (thank you, Frank), I haven't looked at one of his book in years. I recently threw out my 2000 edition of his Germany book.

Posted by Charlie
Honolulu/Seattle, HI/WA, USA
1843 posts

I have gone to Europe every summer for a month for ll years in the last 12.
I have almost always used RS hotel/B&B recommendations for places to stay unless I get some good information via this web site. I have never been disappointed with any of his recommendations that I have stayed in. Then again, I have also gone on 11 of RS tours so I guess I am a Ricknik (sp?) at heart. I also take along the RS guide book(s) for the area(s) I will be visiting and take the whole book. I pack light enough so the weight of his book(s) is not important to me. Hope you are able to find another copy of your missing book.

Posted by Brad
Los Angeles, CA, USA
2 posts

Bought an electronic copy thanks for the advise. Innesbruck has been amazing,we want to ski here now!

Posted by David
Florence, AL, USA
1978 posts

Want to have one of the greatest travel nights of your life? Get a rental car and drive up into the mountains above Innsbruck. Find a restaurant/bar in one of the small villages with some people. Buy the bar a round of beer. It'll be the only money you'll spend for the entire night. And I promise the schnapps will roll. We once went up on the mountain one February night. The ride down the mountain on a "toboggan" was a thrill of a lifetime in the dark. We were lucky to even find our car. Chalk up one more memorable travel experience.