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Calling at Kufstein

Once I was on the train I wrote the previous blog entry and enjoyed the scenery.  It was a nice ride once I found a seat.  The train was pretty full. 

 

Once we got to Innsbruck, out came Tom again.  The walk to the hotel was easy and quick.  Brian found another good option.  It is right in the heart of the Innenstadt on Maria Teresien Strasse.  Just a few meters away is the Golden Roof building and Helblinghaus.  

 

After I checked in I relaxed in the room for a little to let the camera batter charge.  Then I headed out and started to use the battery up again.  I headed to the Imperial Palace (Hofburg).

The mountains are just so peaceful to watch.
  It was orgianlly build by Maximilian I and then renovated by Maria Teresa into the Rococo style.  It is under renovation so only three rooms are open to the public: the Guard room, the Giant Room, and the Lorraine Room.  There was a guide stationed in the rooms and since I was the only person there we chatted some about the palace.  

 

Maria Teresa’s husband was from Innsbruck.  She liked in here in the summers because it was cooler than Vienna.  Since she was pregnant 17 times, I think she might have wanted to be comfortable.  In the Giant room, she hard picture of her, her husband and their 17 children hung.  Above each child is a smaller painting of their spouse if they were married.  The sad thing is that even though she carried the Habsburg bloodline, she could not be crowned Empress because she was a woman.  She was crowned Queen of two countries of the Empire, Hungary and Bohemia.

Calling at Worgl Hbf.

 

I also walked though and exhibit on mountains.  It was interesting.  At this point it was 17:00.  I had to leave the Hofburg.  I wondered over to the park where Leopold’s Fountain is across from the Hofburg.  It is the oldest surviving depiction of a rearing horse north of the Alps.  

 

A couple of quick snaps and it was off to the Hofkirche.  This is the church where Maximilian I tomb is located.  Maximilian wanted to ensure he had a proper tomb so he designed it himself.  He commissioned the best artists of the day to work on it.  It is a very impressive monument.  The sad thing is he is not in it.  He is laid to rest in Wiener Neustadt in Lower Austria.

Calling at Jenbach
 

 

The tomb itself dominates the center of the church.  On either side there are larger than life bronze statues representing hi “ancestors”.  He did take some license in who he included, such as King Arthur.  There are 28 bronze statues.  The original plan called for 40.  At the time of his death there were only 11 completed.  Some of the notable people represented are:

 

Queen Maria of Burgundy – Wife and the mother of Margarthe

Archduchess Margarethe of Austria – his daughter who ruled The Netherlands after the death of her husband

Empress Maria Bianca Sforza – Second wife

King Rudolf I – Secured the Habsburg’s power

 

There are also 23 miniature statues of the patron saints of the Habsburg family.

Holy cow, I am in the middle of the Alps!
  While I was at the church the battery for the camera gave out again.  I guess I didn’t charge it quite enough.  I finished up and headed out again.  At this point most tourist attractions were closed.  I went to couple of shops and picked up small souvenirs.  They have to be small because I don’t have room for more than that.  I also got the big buy of postcards.  Luckily the hotel had stamps.  

 

I headed to the room for a bit and worked on the blog and pictures.  Armed with post cards and pin I set out for a beer and then dinner.  I managed to finish the post card and start a new book, Angels and Demons.  I want to read it before seeing the movie.

 

After dinner it was back to the room for a nice chat with Brian and the working on the blog and pictures.  At this point I am up much later then I intended to be.  Oh well tomorrow is Sunday.  I am headed to Warsaw in the afternoon.  But for a good part of the day I can continue to Explore Innsbruck.

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Posted on: Apr 04, 2009
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Calling at Kufstein
Calling at Kufstein
The mountains are just so peaceful…
The mountains are just so peacefu…
Calling at Worgl Hbf.
Calling at Worgl Hbf.
Calling at Jenbach
Calling at Jenbach
Holy cow, I am in the middle of th…
Holy cow, I am in the middle of t…
View from my hotel window.  The bu…
View from my hotel window. The b…
Now looking the other direciton
Now looking the other direciton
The famous Golden Roof
The famous Golden Roof
Lower frescos of the Golden Roof
Lower frescos of the Golden Roof
It really is golden... ish
It really is golden... ish
I think the bird spike were an add…
I think the bird spike were an ad…
Helblinghaus at 10 Herzog Friedric…
Helblinghaus at 10 Herzog Friedri…
Details of Regency facade on Helbl…
Details of Regency facade on Helb…
It even has a cherub
It even has a cherub
More details of Helblinghaus
More details of Helblinghaus
Looking down Herzog Friedrich Stra…
Looking down Herzog Friedrich Str…
Beautiful frescos on 12 Hofgasse
Beautiful frescos on 12 Hofgasse
Delicate fresco next door to 12 Ho…
Delicate fresco next door to 12 H…
View of the courtyard of the Hofbu…
View of the courtyard of the Hofb…
Looking down the Hofgasse
Looking down the Hofgasse
The Alps with the Provincial Theat…
The Alps with the Provincial Thea…
Me and the Alps, old friends now
Me and the Alps, old friends now
Leopolds Fountain
Leopold's Fountain
Tomb of Maximilian in the Hofkirch…
Tomb of Maximilian in the Hofkirc…
Tomb in the Hofkirche - right of t…
Tomb in the Hofkirche - right of …
Ancestors to the right of the tomb
Ancestors to the right of the tomb
Ancestors to the left of the tomb
Ancestors to the left of the tomb
Andreas Hofer, Tirols national he…
Andreas Hofer, Tirol's national h…
Over the entrance doors
Over the entrance doors
Crest adorning gatework around the…
Crest adorning gatework around th…
Delicate detailing on gatework aro…
Delicate detailing on gatework ar…
Maximilian looking ot heaven
Maximilian looking ot heaven
Some of the 24 Marble relief on th…
Some of the 24 Marble relief on t…
Leaves of gold
Leaves of gold
Emperor Frederick III - Maximilian…
Emperor Frederick III - Maximilia…
Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy…
Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgund…
King Rudolf I
King Rudolf I
King Arthur - I guess ancestor was…
King Arthur - I guess ancestor wa…
Detailing on King Arthurs armor
Detailing on King Arthur's armor
High Alter
High Alter
This guy supposedly fathered over …
This guy supposedly fathered over…
Maximilian on the top of the tomb
Maximilian on the top of the tomb
Me with Mary of Burgundy
Me with Mary of Burgundy
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