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Brenner-Brennero, not somewhere you want to be stuck for the night

Stuck on the slow cattle truck regional train crawling it's way northwards through Italy,it was crowded but I got a seat and setled down with my iPod. I was texting home to get times out of Brenner. Train was due in at 10-50pm and I found out the last train out of Brenner was 11-05, so not much leeway here. The next train after that was 5-35am, and being stuck in the Brenner Pass overnight wasn't going to be a great prospect.

After about 2 hours the train was almost empty and just a handful carried on,but with the train due to arrive in Brenner in half an hour I picked up from the station announcement that it was now running late :-O How late I couldn't make out ,so it was down to real hope now. Eventually pulled into Brenner a couple of minutes after 11, but there were a few heading for Innsbruck and nobody rushed, one of the benefits of a joined up transport system is that they will wait for the connections to arrive, but still not something you can rely on.

Street in Innsbruck

Nice modern OBB (Austrain Railways) train took half an hour to reach Innsbruck, and I was happy to get there, but I was now 4 hours ahead of what I planned and this was when I had intended trying to catch some sleep on the train. The station was pretty deserted, but I checked out the automatic ticket machine and worked out how to get one for the morning. With that done and no shops or bars open in the station, I decided to go for a stroll round the town at midnight, as you do :-)

It wasn't just the station that was shut, Innsbruck was shut. Shut all except the lapdancing club and the casino, one of which isn't my scene and the other I didn't have the money to be doing ( you can decide for yourself which is which :-D ) . Must have come across about just a dozen people as I walked about.

Museum(closed)
Town looked clean and could be interesting, but kind of hard to judge like that at night. Having had enough I headed back for the station. There weren't many people about and I managed to get a seat. Tried to close my eyes but never got comfortable. The doors of the station were open as well and it was cold. Got up and walked about a bit and let one train go before catching the next one to Bludenz, and I finally manged to get some sleep, even if it was only about 45 minutes and I only reall knew it because I missed a stop and woke with a start pulling out of the next station.  I now found myself just an hour ahead of where I planned and sat there and waited for the train in the original to Buchs SG at 6-59 and arrived in Liechtenstein at twenty five to eight.

Martin_Austria says:
I have no idea what it is, never saw the building before :-(
Posted on: Sep 24, 2009
Dr_Seuss says:
Not to worry Martin, I've stayed in far worse places than Innsbruck Station :-O

Any idea what the white building with the eagle on top of it is(looked pretty empty inside) and what the Jewish symbol thing in front of it is for ?? tried googling it without success
Posted on: Sep 24, 2009
Martin_Austria says:
Sorry to read, but Austria is nearly everywhere shut after 22:00
Posted on: Sep 24, 2009
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Brenner-Brennero, not somewhere yo…
Brenner-Brennero, not somewhere y…
Street in Innsbruck
Street in Innsbruck
Museum(closed)
Museum(closed)
Tourist Information(closed)
Tourist Information(closed)
Shops(closed)
Shops(closed)
Restaurant(closed)
Restaurant(closed)
Arch(open)
Arch(open)
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???
Not sure, but it was in front of t…
Not sure, but it was in front of …
Innsbruck Railway Station
Innsbruck Railway Station
Hotel Hauptbahnhof :-D
Hotel Hauptbahnhof :-D
Innsbruck
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