Innsbruck or Salzburg???

Hi-After a lot of deliberation my boyfriend and I have decided to do a self-guided hike in Austria. It is with a company based here in the US. We have been wanting to do this for a long time. We will be starting the hiking trip in a place called Alpbach. But we want to have a few days before and after and are trying to decide between Innsbruck and Salzburg. We like our beer and some good pubs and beer gardens. We are more into the hostel thing than hotels. So which would you people recommend. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks-Kim

Posted by Tom
Lewiston, NY
10650 posts

The mountain scenery is more impressive around Innsbruck, but the city itself is a bit industrial, once you move beyond the old center. My experience in Salzburg was too brief, but it looked much more pleasant than Innsbruck.

Although you will find some beer gardens in Austria, these are more associated with neighboring Bavaria. Austria is more known for its cafe scene.

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
8467 posts

Salzburg has Augustiner's, a brewery and beer hall where all the locals go. I spent a lot of time at "Augie's" when I was a student in Salzburg.

Posted by Paul n Sara
Newburyport, MA
683 posts

We have been to both and would give the edge to Salzburg. Both are surrounded by terrific mountains but there is marginally more to see and do in Salzburg

Posted by Brad
Gainesville, VA
7962 posts

Salzburg is much prettier and has more to do than Innsbruck. Be sure to walk the river in the evening, the view of the lit city and fortress at night from the bridges on the outskirts of the old city is amazing.

Salzburg is a place I will return to everytime I have a chance, Innsbruck wasn't bad but only preferable as a base for skiing. Hall in Tirol, just up the road from Innsbruck is nice for a brief visit too.

Posted by Brad
Gainesville, VA
7962 posts

Also for a clean, quiet hostel experience in Salzburg go to San Sebastian Institute. The brewery is the place to get a bier the local way.

Posted by Kate
590 posts

I would stongly suggest Salzburg. I spent a few days each in both places and there is so much more to do and see in Salzburg. The Augsteiner (sorry for the spelling) beer garden had fantastic beer and a great atmosphere!

Posted by Marc
Simi Valley, CA, USA
3 posts

Have been to both...Salzburg has my vote!