DATE:Wednesday, 18 July 2012
Innsbruck is the capital city of the federal state of Tyrol in western Austria. It is located in the Inn Valley at the junction with the Wipptal, which provides access to the Brenner Pass, some 30 km south of Innsbruck. I took the day trip by coach on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 from Munich.
TYPICAL HOUSE ALONG THE MUNICH-INNSBRUCK JOURNEY
ROWS OF SIMILAR HOUSES
BEAUTIFULLY LANDSCAPED HOUSE
Innsbruck features a range of fine examples of Imperial splendour bestowed on the town by numerous Habsburg rulers with a penchant for architecture and creative arts. Some of the town’s most significant monuments date back to the late 15th century, marking the early heydays of the Austrian monarchy. Visitors are taken on a journey back in time with an enchanting array of splendid architectural gems from the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-Classical period. Historical landmarks such as the Golden Roof, the Court Church with its stunning bronze statues, the Imperial Palace and Ambras Castle evoke the grandeur of the Habsburg empire’s bygone greatness. (www.innsbruck.info)
MAIN PEDESTRIAN STREET: Maria-Theresien-Straße
Maria Theresa Street was named after Empress Maria Theresa , wife of Holy Roman Emperor Francis Stephen.This pedestrian alley is lined with pavement cafés, Baroque architecture, Restaurants, benches, street lamps, promenade and views of the stunning mountains.
ROWS OF SHOPS ON PEDESTRIAN MALL
TYPICAL CAFE-LINED ALLEY
Next to the Old Town Hall in the heart of the Old Town, lies the City Tower which dates from 1450. A “short” climb up to 148 steps will take you to a platform 31 meters above the town. Here time seems to standstill as you enjoy a magnificent view of the whole city and mountains ranges.
STREET PERFORMANCE-STATIC ACT 1
STREET PERFORMANCE-STATIC ACT 2
THE GOLDEN ROOF (GOLDNENES DACHL)
This is probably the most famous landmark-the Goldenes Dachl. If you don’t take a photo with the Goldenes Dachl in the background then you have not visited Innsbruck. Overlooking a bustling square, the Golden Roof is the heart of historic Innsbruck and a great place to have a costly coffee and watch the street traffic from a nearby café.
Boasting state-of-the-art competition venues, Innsbruck also plays a significant role as a major international sports hub located in the heart of the Alps.
ALPS IN THE BACKGROUND
SCENIC ALPS 1
SCENIC ALPS 2
Having played host to Olympic Winter Games on two occasions already (1964 and 1976), Innsbruck was also the venue for the inaugural 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games. Keeping its finger on the pulse of the times, Innsbruck offers a vibrant blend of cultural treasures and lofty heights, high heels and hiking boots, Baroque opera and jaunty marching bands.