The hotel breakfast is very good and the great thing about being in this location is that we can get around early before the tourists come out.
|In the restaurant|
|The Golden Roof|
|Clock maker's sign|
|Standard city trams are now used on the Stubaitalbahn - outside the Hauptbahnhof|
We started off running on city streets. When we reached the STB car barns, however, we went right through the yard and immediately started climbing. The grades are severe as is the curvature in places. The line serves small communities but it also goes through dense forests and there are several tall curved viaducts. Four lads got on with their bikes for a ride uphill. When it came time for them to get off, they pressed the door open button, got on their bikes inside the tram and rode straight out on to the platform. They have great confidence in platform heights being close to car heights.
|The first tram took us to Kreith which is a little way from the end of the line.|
We had no idea where Kreith was but it seemed to be in the right direction so we went out on the tram anyway. Each tram has a number of screens which give the next station and the next three stops so it was easy to find out when we were getting close to Kreith. We had to wait 30 minutes for the tram to take us to Fulpmes which is quite a large village but there was very little open on a Sunday so, after an ice cream, we decided to return to Innsbruck.
|Tram for Fulpmes arriving at Kreith|
|On the return to Innsbruck|
|At the tram stop for Igls|
We got out at the Stubaitalbahn station and walked to the terminus for the tram to Igls, stopping for a shandy at a bar which had been set up at a church parking lot and close to the cemetery. Waiting for the tram we noticed a great number of people with bicycles, about 20 in all. Then a substitute bus turned up. We got on board and sat down to enjoy the fun. There were four bicycles and two large dogs in the bus and four bikes on the rack outside at the back. After some frantic calls over the radio, a city pick-up truck arrived with a trailer to carry the excess bikes. All the passengers scrambled into the bus which felt as if the heating was on full bore. A tram would have been more useful but we eventually got to Igls. By this time it was raining so we decided to stay on the bus which brought us back to Innsbruck and a connection with a tram back to the hotel.