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Innsbruck is a city in Austria. It is situated north of the Brenner-pass, one of the main south-north crossing traffic axes in the alps, squeezed in the Inn River valley which dictates the directions of the traffic ways. Due to the lack of space in the Inn River valley, Innsbruck offers 5 different motorway exits and a complicated system of traffic lanes.
Heading West or South
There's the service station Raststätte Innsbruck-Ampass on the highway east of town, in the direction west. However it's before the turnoff going south to Italy, so you'll find most cars going south. Also, if you want to go west, keep in mind that the first gas station after Innsbruck (Pettnau 25km west of Innsbruck) is on the other side of the highway. People going west CAN go there, but again you'll find almost only cars going south to Italy. How to get there: Find a map of the busses or ask somebody how to get to Baggersee. Once there, continue Grabenweg street for 400m north-east, until you reach the Inn river. Turn right and follow the street, not the trail. It'll lead to Freizeitzentrum Rossau, and just before the street ends there's a way off to the left, to the Freizeitzentrum's parking place. Continue the path to the golf course and find your way into the little forest behind and above it. There's a path in the forest, continue that to the right. At one point after about 200m the path splits, go downhill on the left. There you are on the service station's parking! (There might be a shorter way from Baggersee bus stop going through the bushes between Kläranlage and Baggersee, however that isn't yet verified.)
Go to the shoppingcenter DEZ, Ikea (by bus C (1,70 EUR) or walk from the centre in 20 min) - there are two petrol stations and a big parking space, McDonalds, where you can ask and hitch out in all directions.
If you don't find lifts to the next city try to get lifts to the next biggest motorway service area (Raststätte) outside of Innsbruck:
- East: Vomp
- West: Pettnau
- South: Brenner
Starting point: Exit Innbruck Ost (East), at the fuel stations on the very end of Amraser-See-Straße, next to the DEZ shopping mall.
Getting there by bus
Line C (direction Luigenstraße) exit DEZ, or line T exit DEZ Ost, and walk the last few meters towards the biggest road close by. Check the schematic map of the local public transport or their webpage also in English for further information. The bus takes you 1.70€ (Summer 2008). A sign indicating your desired direction might help you getting along. Good luck!
There are several opportunities in Innsbruck but no real "first choice" option. So here is one:
Motorway exit Innsbruck Kranebitten
This a a lonely motorway exit in the very west of Innsbruck with a free Space just in the middle of the different lanes joining together in the direction of Bregenz and Germany. It is not a nice spot but it works!
Getting there by bus
Take line T of the IVB Busses running towards "EKZ CYTA" a suburban shopping center. You are passing the motorway exit by bus just after crossing the Inn River bridge. Get of the Bus at EKZ Cyta, get all you need at the shopping center and walk back to the motorway exit, which comes first after the roundabout.
- Check the schematic map of the local public transport or their webpage also in English for further information. The bus takes you 1.70€ (Summer 2008).
A sign indicating your desired direction might help you getting along. Good luck!
Just a kilometer after you enter the motorway, the road splits up - one minor road running north directly to Germany (Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Munich) and the motorway continuing to run west - make sure you are in the desired direction! trash:Innsbruck