Does the line ‘the cold doesn’t bother me anyway’ hold true for you? If so, you’ll love the capital of Austria. Innsbruck is a famous winter destination because of the many popular winter sports that you can take part in, such as skiing and ice skating. It is also great to visit this city during the months leading to Christmas for the city turns into a magical version of the winter wonderland. You’ll also find this city bursting with imperial and modern architecture. One of the must-visit attractions here includes the Nordkette funicular with its futuristic stations. If you’re wondering what you can buy here as a souvenir to take back home, read on and discover our list of the best things to buy during your trip to Innsbruck, Austria. Check them out below.
1. Tyrolean honey
Tyrolean honey, a locally sourced honey in Innsbruck, is one of the best souvenirs you can take from your trip to the capital of Austria. You can buy it from the stalls of a local beekeeper at one of the farmer’s markets in the city. If you’re looking for the best of its kind, head down to the Saturday market at the Wilten Square. Make sure to bring home some of this local product for your loved ones to have a taste of Innsbruck.
2. Christmas decorations from the markets outside the Golden Roof
One of the best times to visit Innsbruck is during the months that lead up to Christmas, for this place in Austria turns into a winter wonderland. At this time of the year, you’ll find lots of pop-up markets everywhere that sell Christmas ornaments and decorative items, adding to the festive feel. In case, you’re looking for something to bring back home that will remind you of this place, why not check out the Christmas trinkets they sell at the market outside the Golden Roof in the Old Town. Maybe you’ll end up buying snow globes, Christmas balls, tree hanging ornaments, and more. You will also feel like a local while you’re here.
3. Tyrolean bacon
If you find Tyrolean bacon delectable and hoping to bring some of this delicious meat product back home, then you don’t have to worry for it usually comes in a vacuumed packaging, making it easy to transport. Tyrolean bacon is a variety of flavored ham with a zing of juniper berries. According to some locals, the longer the smoking process, the more delectable it becomes. You can get the bacon at the Market Hall of a farmer’s market or the Sparkassenplatz Square farmer’s market.
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Since it gets so cold in Austria during the winter, locals can’t help but look for ways to keep themselves warm. Thus, various forms of liquor is another home staple. One of their most famous brews is Schnapps, which is an Austrian fruit brandy. You can buy it at any pop-up market during the Christmas season or any time at the Culinarium in Old Town. Let your friends back home have a taste of this liquor by gifting them this Austrian favorite as a souvenir.
5. Tyrolean puppets
Another great memento that you can buy in Innsbruck is a Tyrolean puppet. It is a great gift for kids and for your puppet-enthusiast friends as well. These are vintage puppets with strings and they usually come in pairs. A Tyrolean boy and girl puppet typically wear a felt belt and braces that match their hats. Bring home a Tyrolean puppet and take Innsbruck’s colorful culture back home with you.
6. Stained glass
Another popular item in Austria which you can see in its many establishments and buildings are colorful stained glass designs. If you want to bring this back home as a keepsake, you can buy small glass-stained ornaments at many popular markets in town. It also makes for good home decor and is a thoughtful gift for someone special.
7. Hand-carved nativity figurines
Tyrolean celebration of the nativity tradition is quite famous throughout the world and you’ll see it in every famous church during the festive season. You’ll also find each household in the city exhibiting wooden nativity figurines that have been decorated creatively. These beautifully carved wooden figurines depict scenes from the Bible like the Annunciation and the search of the three Magi for baby Jesus born in the manger. In case you want to replicate it in your own home, you can buy these beautiful artifacts at any of the shops in town.
8. Graukäse - Tyrolean grey cheese
If you’re a cheese enthusiast, you’ll surely wouldn’t pass the opportunity to taste Innsbruck’s very own Graukäse. It is a kind of grey cheese with bold flavors that has a pungent aroma and is usually served with vinegar, oil, onion, and sometimes with soup. Because of its smell, you should make sure that it is well wrapped before traveling.
9. Tiroler Edle chocolate
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If you’re looking for something sweet to take home, then you wouldn’t go wrong with Tiroler Edle chocolates. It is gourmet chocolate with a rich and bittersweet flavor and has a variety of fillings such as walnuts, nougat, or caramel. In case you like to have options, head down to Arko - Confiserie - Kaffee and buy as many sweets as you want.
10. Doggln (slippers)
A household staple in Austria, especially during the winter season, Doggln is a kind of house shoe and a traditional slipper that is made from felt. It is very comfortable and protects the feet from cold. In case you want to but it as a souvenir or as a gift for a loved one, you can find it at any shoe store in the city.
Great finds at Innsbruck
You’ll surely love the winter season here in Innsbruck with its many activities in store for you that includes skiing and playing with snow. You also need to try market hopping when you visit for you’ll surely have lots of rare finds. In case you’re still wondering what to buy for people back home, we have compiled a list of the best things to buy in Innsbruck, Austria.
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