What are Story Walks?
A Story Walk is…
…storytelling performance that steps out of theatre and is instead a walk with short stops along the way to hear a story. A story walk is a lovely way to get acquainted with the city of Innsbruck and surrounding areas on foot, whilst being entertained by Innsbruck’s only English-speaking oral storyteller.
Story walks are approximately 1.5 hours long and cost €10. You can reserve your place online and pay online or pay on the day.
I offer a number of different story walks in and around Innsbruck, each of which takes a different route and incorporates different stories. That means that you can choose a walk that interests you, or better yet, come along to more than one story walk.
Story Walks are:
- Great value (€10 for adults, €6 for children 15 and under)
- A great way to enjoy the outdoors and stories at the same time
- An unusual way to get to know the city of Innsbruck and surrounds on foot, without the standard tourist fare
- Ecologically sensitive – no matter how small or large you think you are, you have a very light footprint when you’re walking in comparison to just about any other form of transport
- Good for your health, combining fresh air, a little light exercise and some mental stimulation to boot
Story Walks all take place in and around Innsbruck and are all in English at the moment. We also offer private Story Walks for groups and themed events.
How Story Walks Work
Going on a Story Walk is an uncomplicated affair. Simply make a note of which walk you want to do, reserve your place online (so that I know to expect you), and show up promptly on the day of the walk to pay.
I will be waiting for you at the meeting point, holding copies of the distinctive Story Walks leaflet.
As we will be seeing Innsbruck on foot, you’ll want to wear appropriate footwear, perhaps bring a bottle of water, and check the weather to see what other accessories might be useful – a jacket if it’s cold, an umbrella if it looks like we might be a spot of rain, a sun hat and sunscreen if it’s warm etc.
In short FAQ form, then:
What does it cost?
Do I have to book in advance?
Yes, please. Our groups are limited to 15 people, so we ask you to reserve a place online to help us manage numbers.
Do I have to pay in advance?
No. Although we ask you to reserve a place online (so that we know to expect you), you can choose to either pay online or pay your storyteller on the day.
How long does a Story Walk take?
Approximately 1.5 hours.
Where do I meet the Story Walk storyteller?
Different walks meet in different places, usually (but not always) near the Altstadt. Please check your Story Walk to see the designated meeting point.
Why choose Innsbruck Story Walks instead of a tour?
Story Walks are not historical or guided tours of Innsbruck. Instead, they are walks filled with stories from Tirol and further afield. If you can imagine taking a storytelling performance out of the theatre and into the streets, you’ll have an idea of what to expect! If you’re tired of trying to digest the dates and names of important historical events and people, but you still want the opportunity to see Innsbruck on foot, or if you live in Innsbruck and simply want to do something a bit different (in English!), a Story Walk might be the perfect solution for you.
What should I wear?
Whatever you like, however walking shoes are advised as we’ll be afoot for at least 1.5 hours and we may encounter cobbled streets along the way! Take a quick look at the weather forecast before you set out and bring along accessories suitable to the weather – umbrella, coat, sun hat and so on.
Should I bring anything else?
A bottle of water might be an idea, especially if it’s hot.
What about cancellations?
Story Walks are partly weather dependent, but only partly. We tend to cancel Story Walks in the event of heavy snow (the streets get slippery, we’re all cold and miserable, it’s not fun), and also if it’s pouring down with rain (we’re not worried about a little drizzle).
Details about any cancellations will be posted on our website, so it’s always a good idea to check the site before heading out.
Are Story Walks suitable for children?
Story Walks are ideal for children 12-14 and upwards. For younger children, get in touch about special Story Walks for younger audiences.