Verena-Annabella Raffl

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Verena has an endless love and passion for fashion, the mountains and most of all her dogs which she processes in her work as a freelancing blogger and editor!

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My 24 Hours in Innsbruck

We start with a laid-back and sumptuous breakfast at Deliris, located at the Wiltener Platzl. This café offers vegan products and most notably a lot local produce. Afterwards we stroll in the direction of Innsbruck’s old town, always along the street Maria-Theresien. This street has everything you could want shopping-wise: from high-end fashion at the store Einwaller to vintage bargains at the NOWHERE Vintage Store. And the usual suspects like H&M and COS are all to be found here, of course. If you want to get your hands on something truly local or are looking for a nice souvenir to bring back home, feinheiten… in the old town of the city is where you’ll find it all. This store sells lots of locally produced goods like soap, stationery, handbags and jewellery.

We have lunch at Indigo, which is a good spot for vegans and vegetarians, or at Olive, also very recommendable and right across the street from Deliris.

From the mountain Nordkette you have the best view over all of Innsbruck, and a little hike is definitely part of a perfect day anyway. We decide to either go on a longer tour or just hop onto the cable car, arrive at the Hafelekar and start walking from there. Even at 2000 metres above sea level the alpine world has a lot of hiking routes to offer. Stopping at one of the super snug huts up here and being treated with a delicious ‘Kaspressknödle-Suppe’ (soup) is absolutely part of this adventure.

When staying in town we love to have our afternoon coffee at the cosy Klein und Fein Café, which is run with lots of love and offers the most delicious little treats, such as homemade cakes and cupcakes! Their lunch offer is always excellent, too. When we’re back out on the street, we keep on ambling through the historic city centre, slowly making our way to see the colourful Innzeile and the Hofgarten, a romantic little park. For all this walking we need some coffee to go for sure, and the best spot to get it is at Coffee Kult.

Tonight we feel like having pizza, which means Crocodiles is the restaurant of choice. Their pizza with spelt flour dough is almost too good to be true! But don’t forget to book a table beforehand.

A really cool place for an (after-work) drink is Pangea. Their selection of drinks is huge and the little snacks they offer are a real treat for foodies.

Locations



Wiltener PlatzlWiltener Platzl, Innsbruck, Österreich

This square is known for its awesome street food markets, as well as for fantastic restaurants like Immerland, Deliris, and Olive. You can also find beautiful secondhand fashion around here.
DelirisLeopoldstraße 31a, Innsbruck, Österreich

This place is perfect for breakfast and brunch. They focus on vegan and vegetarian cuisine and they have an amazing sun terrace.
Maria-Theresien-StraßeMaria-Theresien-Straße, Innsbruck, Österreich

This is my favourite shopping arcade, because you can enjoy a beautiful mountain panorama while hunting down the latest trends. That’s rare!
EinwallerBurggraben 1, Innsbruck, Österreich

Lots of super cool, high-end fashion brands. They always have the latest styles in store!
NOWHEREAnichstraße 20, Innsbruck, Österreich

Vintage-inspired love pieces for a great price!
feinheiten...Pfarrgasse 8, Innsbruck, Österreich

Locally produced items, perfect as gifts and souvenirs.
My IndigoStainerstraße 3, Innsbruck, Österreich

Healthy and super tasty ‘fast’ food. This is the best way to eat consciously between shopping and strolling through the city.
OliveLeopoldstraße 36, Innsbruck, Österreich

Fantastic vegan and vegetarian dishes, my favourite is the burger with almond cheese – so good! Better book a table before going there, though.
NordketteNordkette, Innsbruck, Österreich

This is my all-time favourite spot, because high, high above Innsbruck, you have the best view over the whole area of the Inn valley.
HafelekarHafelekar Station, Innsbruck, Österreich

Take the cable car to got up to the Hafelekar and start hiking from here. Every route is amazing!
Klein und FeinMaria-Theresien-Straße 42a, Innsbruck, Österreich

Everything here, from breakfast to dinner, is homemade, lovingly prepared, and simply delicious.
InnzeileInnstraße, Innsbruck, Österreich

This is the most famous and picturesque row of houses – a great spot for photography.
HofgartenHofgarten, Innsbruck, Österreich

A wonderful little park and the best short term escape from the city.
Coffee KultMüllerstraße 21, Innsbruck, Österreich

Best coffee in town!
PangeaAdolf-Pichler-Platz 2, Innsbruck, Österreich

Why not have an after-work or after-adventure drink at this cool bar?
Pizza CrocodilesMaria-Theresien-Straße 49, Innsbruck, Österreich

We love pizza, we love their pizza and we especially love it made with spelt dough!
‘I couldn’t imagine ever living anywhere else and not having this incredible view of the mountains every morning when I walk the dogs.’
  • Have the fluffiest croissants at Deliris – yum. © Deliris
  • I love to hike on the mountain Nordkette, but never without my dogs.
  • Have your five o’clock tea at Klein & Fein. © Charly Schwarz
  • Meet Mocca!
  • Grabbing the best coffee at Coffee Kult and lazily strolling through the beautiful old town of Innsbruck is one of my favourite things to do on the weekends. © Coffee Kult
  • My daily view when I walk the dogs in the morning – I wouldn’t give it up for anything in the world.
  • Pangea serves modern snacks along with typical Austrian dishes. A perfect mix! © Charly Schwarz
  • © Coffee Kult
  • The vegans and vegetarians among you will love Deliris! © Deliris
  • Have a great lunch at Olive where they also offer a great vegetarian and vegan menu! © Charly Schwarz
  • I’d highly recommend stopping by the all-Innsbruckian feinheiten...
  • Truee lovers of coffee go to Coffe Kult. © Coffee Kult
  • It’s drinks and snacks at Pangea! © Charly Schwarz
  • Enjoy homemade delicacies at the warm and welcoming café Klein & Fein. © Charly Schwarz
  • feinheiten... for the finer things in life. Locally produced as well! © J. Sermonet

My thoughts about Innsbruck

What do you love about your destination?

The nature, the mountains, the climate and the friendly people that live here.

Which music fits best to your destination?

EDX, Richard Grey, Nora en Pure, Calippo, Alex Schulz, Bolier.

What‘s a "must do" in your destination?

Go up to the Hafelekar peak and enjoy this fabulous view over Innsbruck.

This picture says it all: fashion and dogs, my two great loves.
Head up the Hafelekar and go on a beautiful hike. The mountains are the best part of living in Innsbruck!

Take a vacation into My life

What’s your background?

I was born in Tyrol and today I live near Innsbruck, together with my boyfriend and my three dogs. I’m a trained graphic designer and a few years ago I turned my hobby into my job. Since then I’m a passionate blogger and editor working from home.

What is the best moment of the day?

When I walk my dogs in the nearby forest in the morning.

What inspires you?

Everything, my whole environment. No matter if I’m sitting in front of my laptop at home or am out in nature, in the mountains with my dogs: there is always something new to discover! But I have to admit that I feel I have a special and very strong relation to the mountains. I couldn’t imagine ever living anywhere else and not having this incredible view of the mountains every morning when I walk the dogs.

How would a good friend describe you?

Ambitious, animal-loving, determined.

Your lifestyle in 5 words?

Nothing comes from nothing.

Which books, newspapers or magazines do you read?

Elle, InStyle, Journelles, Grazia.

Which films blow your mind?

I hardly ever watch TV.

Person you’d like to sit next to in an airplane?

My grandmother.

What are your favourite destinations around the globe?

Italy and Tyrol – I just love the mountains.

Your life philosophy?

I will. I can. End of story.

Suitcase, Backpack or Weekender?

Suitcase and weekender.

Travelling is…

the best when accompanied by my dogs.

Life is…

a nice challenge to make the best out of.

Photos by Charly Schwarz, @charlsblck

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