Developer: Earl Steinbicker
Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★½☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Both Waltzing Through Vienna and London’s Backyard, Earl Steinbicker’s previous iOS projects, have been pretty useful for those travelling around. Now it’s the turn of Innsbruck and the Alps with the app of the same name.

Innsbruck & the Alps offers 14 one day tour guides covering in and around Innsbruck as well as the neighbouring Alps in Austria and Germany. Each tour has been aimed for users wanting to use public transportation with car driving also suitable. It’s a pretty wordy app but it’s also very informative. Throughout each tour is a thorough explanation of directions as well as passing attractions. Prices for anything like that are clearly explained with details of the average meal in local restaurants also offered. Website links and phone numbers are also bundled along with a Google map image and a way of seeking directions. It’s all geared in a way that makes it easy to avoid getting lost while exploring the area.

For the user who wants to share information with others, there’s even a commenting feature to share the ever so useful insider knowledge that can be gained from exploring a new place. A selection of photos is also viewable which is a great way of discovering Innsbruck and the Alps before actually visiting the area.

Innsbruck & the Alps has a dual purpose, providing an ideal tour guide while away and also as a great research tool when contemplating a visit. It is a little wordy in places, providing plenty of detail but less flashy bits and pieces we’ve come to expect from recent travel apps. There’s also no way of scrolling to the top of a page at the tap of a button. Despite these shortcomings however, Innsbruck & the Alps is comprehensive and detailed and covers a slice of travel I’ve not seen in many other apps.

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