Alpenzoo#7 in Best Things To Do in Innsbruck
While the Alpenzoo's claim to fame is "the highest zoo in Europe," visitors are more impressed with the critters than the elevation. The park specializes in caring for creatures native to the Alps -- wolves and bears are the scary highlights. A recent TripAdvisor visitor comments: "You can actually go into some of the exhibits to a degree that you can't in most other zoos. It was interesting to see all of the animals that inhabit the area." Still, the high altitude has its perks as one Virtual Tourist points out, "The Alpenzoo in Innsbruck is well worth a visit -- even if it is just to see the amazing views from the top of the mountain where the zoo is located."
Alpenzoo opens at 9 a.m. each day and closes between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., depending on season. It's only a 30-minute walk from city center, but most visitors take the shuttle bus from Maria-Theresien-Strasse or the lift from the Hungerburg cable car. Entry costs around €8 EUR (approximately $11 USD) with reduced ticket prices for kids and students. This attraction is also included in the Innsbruck Card. For more information, check out the park's website.
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#1 Maria-Theresien-Strasse (Maria Theresa Street)
Acting as the triumphant entrance into the medieval Innsbruck, Maria Theresien-Strasse funnels visitors through a long procession of shops and restaurants. The avenue, though historic, has now become a bit overrun with tourists snapping photos of every gorgeous building they see (which are also quite numerous). The tourists, architecture, shops and restaurants also translates to inflated prices, so beware of the small price tags on objects and price-less menus at cafes.
When you're in need of a stroll, you can follow Maria-Theresien-Strasse through Old Town (or the Altstadt) to the Golden Roof. The area is safe during the day and night, but watch your pockets in crowded spots.
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