Sunny, Happy, Sunday in Innsbruck
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Since I was up much later than I intended I slept in a little this morning. It a comfortable bed and I was happy to stay in it. Around the curtains I could see that it was another sunny spring day outside. I got up and looked out the window. What a view! In every direction I could see the glorious
After packing the few things I needed to, I showered and headed down to breakfast. The hotel is very rustic in it’s decor which adds charm. There was a nice selection of cereals, cheeses, bread and sweets (including strudel which I passed on), meats, and yogurts. They also had boiled eggs, sort of. Next to this large basket of eggs was what looked like a deep fryer with boiling water.
After breakfast I headed out to explore the city. It was a little after 9:00. From my window I had noticed people heading to church with their Palmbruschen. The wonderful thing about being out early on weekend mornings is there are so few people. I was able to wonder around and gawk as much as I wanted.
I worked my way down Herzog-Friedrich Strasse to the Maria Teresien Strasse. I had noticed a wonderful fresco on a church on the way in from the train station. When I found it again I realized how beautiful the entrance to the church is. It was the Spitalkirche. I passed St Anne’s Column and headed on to Triumphal Arch (Triumphpforte). Next to it on the corner of Maximilian and Leopold Strasse was a fabulous building the colors were very vibrant and the design striking. It had a combination of fresco, painted relieves, and mosaics.
At this point I spotted the Bergisel Stadion in the distance.
On the way I passed different shops (it is a fact every city has sex shops).
I finally found a good spot. When I was climbing up on a bridge railing to get the shot I noticed something that surprised me, a lizard. I am far from a big fan of retiles. Snakes scare me to death. Snakes on a Plane is my ultimate nightmare movie. I swear I would be ripping the door open and jumping while screaming like a little girl. But at that particular moment I was fascinated, besides there was a distance between us.
That done it was time to head back into the Innenstad. I realized I still had the postcards (written, addressed, and stamped) in my pocket. The map the city provides shows post boxes so I was good. I found one on the way back and completed that task. Then I headed over to Rudolph’s Fountain. It was built in 1877 for the 500th anniversary of the
I found it and got the exterior shots. As I was going in I had to stop. It was Sunday and there was a service, OOPS! Not deterred, I headed to the next destination.
By this time I was getting hungry as it was after 12:00. I decided to try one of the ventors at the Easter Market in the square. I had a schnitzel burger and fried potatoes with sour cream. My eyes were bigger than my stomach, but it was good.
Now I had to head over to St James' Cathedral (the Innsbruck Dom St Jakob). The cathedral was originally built in the gothic style. From 1717 – 24 it was converted to baroque by J.J. Herkommer. The ceiling frescos and stuccos are by the Asam brothers. During World War II it was severely damaged. In the 1950’s it was rebuilt. At that time the statues for the niches and the one on top of the building were acquired by the church.
The vault paintings depict the life of St James (St Jakob). It is regarded as the most magnificent Baroque building in
That done, I checked the time and decided I could do another church today so it was back to the
I headed back to the hotel to claim my bags and catch the bus to the airport. Luckily all went smooth and I made to