We awoke to winter wonderland. It was just lightly snowing covering all the trees like a fairy tale and the clouds were so low blocking the lovely panoramic views out our window.
Into town for some pastries and a wander through some of the sites. Passing through a beautiful church, parks and the river led us to the Funicular Train which takes you up into the mountain. We didn't initially plan to go up especially since the view would be non-existent with the snow, but we are always up for a Funicular ride.
These are the special trains built to climb mountains so the cars stagger going up. Always great views of the city below. This one leads you to cable cars that take you up even farther into the mountains, but that was expensive and a waste of money in this weather so we opted to go up just to the city above Innsbruck. Tiny little Christmas market up there, but nothing else really. Luckily we also purchased tickets for the Alpine Zoo which is just one stop down the train.
By this time, the snow had picked up pretty significantly and we were concerned we wouldn't see many animals. But boy were we wrong!
Otters, bears, wild cats, goats, buffalo, baby sheep, owls, luchs, and more!
The bear was my favourite... He was wandering around in the snow catching snowflakes with his tongue. It was the cutest thing!
Outside the zoo, off the beaten path a bit was a covered bridge - completely snow covered - completely perfect and beautiful. So in typical Ennis fashion, we hiked down to it and then down into the creek below for a better view..
At this point we were both quite cold - the snow was wet, so our gloves and hair were wet. Time to head back down to the city and back to the apartment to warm up. En route, we found a hidden market booth that was selling this fried bread that we kept seeing people with but could never find, so naturally we had to stop. Cranberries for Kevin and Nutella for me (duh..?). So delightful! We decided we would come back here for dinner as well as they had a lot of great sausage options.
After a short warming break at home and a struggle to find reasonable priced pants for me, we headed out again for dinner! Mine was delightful.. altho Kevin was not as impressed.
On the way back to the apartment, we accidentally bumped into a second Christmas market and scouted out their food... Looks like our dinner for tomorrow!
We've decided tomorrow will be Munich based on the weather, so off to bed for an early start.
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