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Garmisch to Innsbruch

Am staying in Garmisch. Have a Germany only train pass. I know that I can take train to Innsbruch, but am wondering if there is some sort of regular bus service? If not, how are the roads - any feedback is appreciated. Also, presume it's scenic travel between the two towns? Any suggestions of "must see" are appreciated.

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Hi Kathleen,

I've only driven so...
The roads are very good between the two towns and very nice scenery. Mittenwald, less than 30 min from Garmisch, is a gorgeous village.
Another beautiful old town (recommended by Rick Steves) is Hall in Tirol, just 6 miles east of Innsbruck, which we prefer to Innsbruck.
Both of these towns are very easy to get to by train. The station in each is only a few minutes walk to the old town and pedestrian zone.
This is just my opinion, I don't really care for Innsbruck. Very large, noisy, busy city with a small pedestrian zone.
In Innsbruck, actually just outside of Innsbruck, we did like Schloss Ambras.


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Thanks Paul. Have heard similar comments about Innsbruck/Hall. Will modify!

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Most of the must-see attractions in the area are well-known: the Zugspitze, the castles at Schwangau, Linderhof, etc. And yes, the drive from Garmisch to Innsbruch is spectacular... but mind how fast you drive, there is a speedtrap that must net the Austrian police thousands of euro a year!

Innsbruch itself is not bad, but not the greatest either. The scenery is gorgeous, and there is a pleasent old-town center. However, most of the city looks rather modern and, well, plain. After seeing the Bavarian charm of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Innsbruch might leave you a little flat.

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We went through Hall on the way to Salzburg. Learn from our mistake. We arrived for a late lunch and the town was completely shut down. We were lucky to find a hot dog. It is a cute town and I made my favorite picture on that trip. It was of a little old white haired lady looking out her upstairs window watching for someone.