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St. Wolfgang, Hallstatt or ???

We want to get a look at the alps and someone suggested on this post that the mountains at Lake Wolfgang are just foothills. We had thought about going to Hallstatt, but it's a five hour round trip day, not including a few hours to be there. So, we are staying in Innsbruck / Igls, Salburg and Vienna for a few days each. Where can we get to to see the Alps best, maybe even hike - without a car - for a day or preferably half day trip. Thanks

Posted by
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You'll get a good view in the Innsbruck/Igls area. Innsbruck was, after all, the site of the 1976 Winter Olympics, and Igls was the home of the downhill ski events. And it's true that the mountains in the Lake District are not as impressive. Salzburg is surrounded by mountains but at parts of the year it's impossible to see them because of cloud cover.

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Thanks. So, can we do a day hike in Innsbruck - or half day? We are taking a lantern hike the night before in Igls, the reason we are staying there. Should we do a daytime hike there or get into Innsbruck?

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Hi Doreen,
... It's a short hike from Innsbruck's Alt Stadt to the Talstation (valley station) of the Hungerburg fenicular (see map of Innsbruck). From Hungerburg, there are other lifts which go to even more lofty alpine regions. Those views are wonderful, but consider the possibility of inclement weather. Suggest you plan the foregoing hike, but also an alternative (rain out?) venture all within easy reach of your Innsbruck lodgings.
... Have a great time! P

Posted by
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Hi Doreen,

Just wanted to "second" Perry's suggestion about Hungerburg and above. The Hungerburgbahn (funicular) leaves from Innsbruck (easy walk from the old center) to the Hungerburg plateau. Then a cable car takes you up to Seegrube and Hafelekar.

www.nordpark.com/bahn0.html?&L=2

Paul

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Hello Doreen. If you want to be at a Lake surrounded by Alps mountains, a day trip to the Wolfgang Lake, from Salzburg can be very pleasant. Yes, Hallstatt is far for a day trip. Those Lakes are in the Salzkamergut region, which I think is the best part of Austria.