In the center of Innsbruck is the "Golden Roof". Well all that glitters is not gold or not as golden as it seems in reality. It is made of forged copper which was a gift from Maximilian I to his second wife Blanca Sforza to which, we are told, was hated and regarded as ignorant and unattractive. This square is really beautiful, is surrounded by several period buildings that have managed to keep the Austrians brilliantly.
The cathedral was built in honor of St. James in 1722 and in it there is an altar decorated with a painting of Lucas Cranach the Elder which dates from 1520. In this Baroque church, which is decorated with rococo stucco, the pulpit, the organ and the picture of Mary Help of Christians, by the painter Lucas Cranach are outstanding. I only saw it from outside as I was on a flying visit to Innsbruck, but the cathedral was really beautiful. The city of Innsbruck itself is cozy, the people very friendly and I really enjoyed my short time there.
Mi maravillosa ciudad de acogida, es precisamente de las mejores ciudades para vivir en Austria y me aventuro a decir del mundo entero.
No puedo decir más porque me encanta esta ciudad!! Estas son las vistas desde Nordkette FANTASTICO.
I had the amazing opportunity to see the Austrian Alps! It's amazing to walk on a glacier under the bright sun, or to look at one of the 76 lakes. Tyrol and Bavaria, in general, are amazing...the landscapes, the sky, the people...I think it was the trip of a lifetime.
It is an underground museum located inside a hill and consists of 14 rooms laid out to give the impression of entering into a mine. When you reach the final room there is the gift shop, all figures or jewelry are made with Swarovski crystal. If you have extra time in Innsbruck it's worth the visit.
The Helblinghaus is the only Baroque building in Innsbruck, be more appropriate for a late-Baroque (XV). The stucco facade was decorated by craftsmen from the Wessobrunn school, back in 1730. It is a marvel (I did not know well with my photo), while it is said that in this place half of its visitors are set in the Golden Roof and the other half in the Helblinghaus, for one is opposite another.
Facing the Imperial Palace Innsbruck is a place known as the Imperial Church or Court. It is now housing the mausoleum of Emperor Maximilian I. The cenotaph is guarded by twenty-eight bronze statues and twenty-four marble reliefs engraved with scenes from his life. Each statue is approximately two meters tall and weighs about two tons. They represent the ancestors and family of the emperor, from his father and other family members of the nobility, such as King Arthur of England. There is another important person buried here. Andreas Hofer was leader of the rebellion against Napoleon's forces and national hero of Austria.
The Basilika Wilten is a church of pilgrimage. Already at the time of the Roman Empire there was a venerated image of the Virgin here. It houses the devotion to Our Lady of the Four Columns. The first church on the site was built in the thirteenth century, and was visited by many of pilgrims. When it collapsed, it was rebuilt in the eighteenth century. The new church, which is the one which stands today, is Rococo with twin towers. In the interior pastel colors predominate, and gold and stucco coated in Rococo style.
This picturesque Austrian Tyrolean village remains almost unchanged since the 16th century. It is the smallest in Tyrol and it is a real pleasure to walk through the medieval streets. Rattenberg was a customs post between Tyrol and Bavaria and was an important transit point for all kinds of goods on the Inn River. It was part of Bavaria until 1504, when it became part of the Habsburg Empire thanks to Emperor Maximilian I. Today the village is known for its glass industry. Despite being such a small town, Rattenberg is the cultural center of the region mainly due to the annual festival held in its castle at Christmas. It hosts one of the most beautiful Christmas markets, with torches and candles, open fires and traditional Advent shows and live music.
You can see this very modern ski jump from Andreas Hofer Park. It's on the top of mount Bergise, and it was built by Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid in 2001. It's considered to be the most modern ski jump in the world, making it the capital of Innsbruck as the quintessential winter Olympics.
The Tirol Panorama in a museum within another museum, the Tiroler Landesmuseen. In it is a giant circular mural of over 1,000 square meters that moved there in September 2010. It is the main museum display. This panoramic painting was created in 1881 and represents the 3rd Battle of Bergisel between French Napoleonic troops and the rebels led by Andreas Hofer Tyrolean who managed to defeat the French. It has so many details that it is even shown in the painting the time when it took place, 5 o'clock in the afternoon. There are also nineteenth century developments such as telegraph poles, roads and railway carriages etc.
We decided to visit Innsbruck, but not before going to see the Abbey of Stams, one of the most beautiful in Austria. Located in Silz amid one of the most beautiful places in Tyrol, this baroque building is in white and yellow colors that contrast with the snowy peaks and the surrounding vegetation. A Cistercian abbey founded in the 13th century by Elizabeth of Bavaria, it burnt down in 1593 and was rebuilt in the 18th century in baroque style. There were innumerable art treasures but during our visit the centre was in the throes of rehabilitation so we couldn't take photos.
Located in the Austrian Tirol, near the border with Germany and the town of Reutte you can find Lake Plansee, the second largest lake in the Tirol. On a sunny day, after having spent the morning hiking in the area, we found it a perfect place for relaxing and picnicking. Plansee Lake is nestled between majestic mountains reflected in its waters, the landscape resembles, but in my opinion not as spectacular, that of a Norwegian fjord. It has numerous water activities like surfing, sailing, fishing and diving. A perfect place to explore this exciting area of Tirol or just to relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery offered. We urge you to visit.
In Upper Tirol there are some fabulous valleys with high mountain topped by glaciers. Prutz route and the spectacular chairlift Karlesspitze are a must. In the Pitztal Valley, accessed by going through Pillerpass, you can expect to see high mountains and a huge glacial circle that's reached by Rifflsee cable car. There are a several hiking routes when there is no snow and when there is, it's a wonderful track for winter sports.
Lans is situated a short drive south of Innsbruck, at the foot of Patscherkofel Mountain, which is 2,246 meters high. This peaceful village, which has grown gradually, impresses with its beautiful traditional farms and lush nature. The icing on the cake is its excellent traditional cuisine. The reasons for a holiday in Lans can be diverse: finding rest, enjoying nature, practice outdoor activities or the hospitality of the local inhabitants. An excellent relaxation area, for example, is Lake Lansersee, an alpine natural swamp. Visitors to Lans enjoy free admission to the swimming area of the lake. The meadows and fields of the surrounding mountains invite relaxing excursions on foot to enjoy the stunning scenery. The offer is completed by a children's program, a hiking program and a 9 hole golf course. Every day another adventure in the snow. This is the motto in winter. A ski bus transports skiers to skiing stations on Patscherkofel. Another bus provides a shuttle service to nearby Rinn, which awaits skiers with excellent snow conditions. Ski enthusiasts will enjoy skiing and snowboarding on the slopes of Patscherkofel. Twice a week a free bus take visitors to the nearby Stubai Glacier. And to plunge into urban life, shopping or visiting the nearby cultural treasures, Innsbruck is just a short distance from Lans.
Widening into a square, Maria-Theresien-Strasse opens, the white side of the Santa Ana column, better known to the Innsbruck perspective, the old town and the steep slopes of Nordkette. Among the buildings from different periods are some beautiful baroque palaces: properties Lodron at No. 7, Troyer at No. 39, Trapp at No. 38, Sarnthein at No. 59 and, in the n 43, the Altes Landhaus, the seat of government of the Tyrol.
If you are visiting the Austrian Tyrol and you have a car, visiting Küthai is mandatory. It is located at 2020 meters altitude and is the highest ski resort in Austria and Tyrol's lowest populated town. For snow lovers it's ideal, but even for those who are so fond of (as was our case) is a beautiful excursion where you can see unique landscapes. It's recommended to take the food to sit and enjoy the landscape, although it's better to call it one the best postcards Tyrol. That was our experience of the Küthai, going up on one road and going down on another, can find other beautiful villages along the way.
This triumphal arch was built in the late eighteenth century at the request of Empress Maria Teresa. The south side of the monument commemorates the wedding of Archduke Peter Leopold to the Infanta of Spain; for this occasion, the imperial family came to the city of Innsbruck. However, during their stay, Emperor Franz I died, so the north side of the arch shows a woman's sorrow and a nation in mourning. Well worth seeing.