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Old February 27th, 2008, 05:28 PM   #1
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INNSBRUCK - January 2008

These are my pics of Innsbruck, Austria's fifth largest city (120,000 inhabitants, 170,000 in Greater Ibk) and the capital of the province of Tyrol. I spent three days there in early January. Originally I wanted to attend the ski jumping event, which was cancelled due to wind. I still enjoyed my time there a lot.





About to land. A very spectacular approach indeed. The ski jumping hill at Berg Isel is visible, as is Tivoli stadium, Ibk's Euro venue.




Some street scenes:




The golden roof (Goldenes Dachl), Innsbruck's best known landmark:




The lower stop of Hungerburgbahn, a funicular railway up the hill towards the northern district of Hungerburg:


Design by Zaha Hadid:




Skiing resorts, right above the city:


Walking down:






The Inn. (Innsbruck actually means "bridge across the river Inn"):


Entering the historic center:


View from the city tower to the north...


...to the south...


...and to the east:


Maria-Theresien-Straße, Ibk's principal shopping street:


Euro 2008 countdown:


Tyrol's provincial theater:


Evening falls:


Christmas decos still here:






Ice skating rinks:


The next day I took the tram to Berg Isel, the hill in the south of Innsbruck, where Andreas Hofer and his army heroically defeated the French. They were later beaten, but anyway... Today it is home to one of the most spectacular and best known ski jumping hills in the world. The trams resemble the Viennese ones a great deal:






Innsbruck interchange between A12 and A13 motorways:


Tivoli stadium:


The hill (Bergiselschanze) was designed by Zaha Hadid, as well:


It really IS that steep:




I then walked to Tivoli:




Olympic village of 1964 and 1976:


Looks like Vienna:




Who allowed the left building to be constructed? Who for god's sake???


It gets dark early in the mountains:
















The tram and bus network is excellent for such a small city:




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Hungerburgbahn again:


The HQ's of ORF's (Austrian TV company) Tyrol branch, designed by Gustav Peichl:


Lots of charter flight into INN:










And off I went, back home.



Please tell me what you think. I really hope you could relate to the city and are keen now on going there one day!

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Old February 27th, 2008, 05:35 PM   #2
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I remember for weeks and weeks in my first German class having to repeat over and over again, "Wo wohnt Jenny? Jenny wohnt in Innsbruck. Wo wohnt Klaus..." It's nice to finally be able to picture a beautiful town with the name.
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Old February 27th, 2008, 07:43 PM   #3
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Old February 27th, 2008, 07:44 PM   #4
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I remember for weeks and weeks in my first German class having to repeat over and over again, "Wo wohnt Jenny? Jenny wohnt in Innsbruck. Wo wohnt Klaus..." It's nice to finally be able to picture a beautiful town with the name.
What you might not know though is that your German lessons most likely would not have helped you much in order to understand the people living in Innsbruck
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Old February 27th, 2008, 08:14 PM   #5
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very nice pictures and city. what did you pay for the flight? (from vienna, I guess)
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Yup, OS from VIE. €99 for the round-trip incl. all taxes and fares.
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Old February 28th, 2008, 01:59 AM   #7
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This reminds me a bit of Freiburg. An Old city center, the same trams, mountains all around with firs.
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Old February 28th, 2008, 02:18 AM   #8
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Love the shots of the Alps with the city in the foreground!
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Old February 28th, 2008, 06:15 AM   #9
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Ja, Innsbruck ist eine schöne Stadt! I love the beautiful Alps, city center, ski jump hill...but that Olympic Village has got to go or at least get a facelift! Beautiful indeed, thank you for the photo tour!
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Old February 28th, 2008, 06:19 AM   #10
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Great pics, beautiful city, awesome mountains...

Great streetscape shot here.

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Old February 28th, 2008, 07:44 AM   #11
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Beautiful pics. Did it snow at all whilst you were there? The Hungerburgbahn is absolutely stunning as is the ski jump.
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Love the Bergisel. Do you have more shots of Tivoli stadium? Were you able to get inside?
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More Tivoli pics:
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Schöne österreichische Stadt. Innsbruck is actually pretty famous here in Southern Brazil. Whenever someone of my family goes to Southern Germany or Austria, they go to Innsbruck. It's in the main tourist routes here, and it seems to be a nice place. My grandma went there in 2004 and she said wonderful things about the city and the people too.

Very pretty city actually, I like the pics!
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Old February 29th, 2008, 11:43 PM   #15
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Awesome shots there. A beautiful city is Innsburck, as you say I would like to visit it sometime.
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Awesome city in an awesome setting!
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Yup, OS from VIE. €99 for the round-trip incl. all taxes and fares.
Thats much cheaper than I thougt. oebb can't really compete with this price. even with a vorteilscard you pay more than 50 € for the round trip and it takes you nearly 5 houres.
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Thats much cheaper than I thougt. oebb can't really compete with this price. even with a vorteilscard you pay more than 50 € for the round trip and it takes you nearly 5 houres.
A bit above 50€ in comparision to 99€? No doubt I would choose the train.

How long does the flight take, from city center to city center, including check in, waiting for luggage etc?
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How long does the flight take, from city center to city center, including check in, waiting for luggage etc?
I left home at 7.30 (could have left 1 hr later, too), deplaned at INN at 11.10, arrived at the hotel at 11.45.
And flying is part of the INN experience.
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I left home at 7.30 (could have left 1 hr later, too), deplaned at INN at 11.10, arrived at the hotel at 11.45.
And flying is part of the INN experience.
Hm, thats 4 hours 15 min. The train needs about 4 hours 50 min. Lets add another hour or one and a half hour for getting to the Westbahnhof and in Innsbruck from the station to the hotel.

I am actually surprised how small the time difference is actually. Given that the price is surprisingly to me also considerably better when I take the train, moreover considering the large environmental superiority of the train over the plane... my decission would be clear.
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