Well, visit Innsbruck!
Well, visit Innsbruck!
It's got all that quaintness in the historic centre, huge mountains as a shield, and a university which surely helps keeping up its spirits. I can easily imagine I could live there for a while.
The Midsummer night last Saturday (23 June) when a chain of bonfires was lit on mountain tops all around the city. They didn't make a perfect ring as planned, but it still looked impressive. The whole city was out in the Old Town drinking, singing and celebrating. I really liked the atmosphere.
Once into the Altstadt and on...
Once into the Altstadt and on the galleried street of Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse, you will be drawn instantly, as if by a magnet, to the Goldnes Dachl (Golden Roof) that stands at the far end of this street. Most likely there will be a crowd of people outside this building (the building hosts the Maximilianeum - a museum to the emperor Maximillian), with a constant stream of guided tours pausing here, outside of Innsbruck's most famous building.
Now let's walk through Maria Thereisenstrasse towards the Altstadt (which is the old city centre). On a clear day, this must be a beautiful view. Innsbruck is surrounded by mountains. Unfortunately on this day the mountains were hidden behind the clouds. Only once in a while I could see a glimpse of them.
Mountains in the good weather. What could be more beautiful in the world? :-) Especially when there is calm city atmosphere around you like in Innsbruck. Look at the pic, it is city park in winter times and view to to mountains.
It's really great to experience the Spring weather here in Austria. Do you know that @ end-March, it was still snowing heavily in some parts of Austria? Wow, I'm truly enthralled by this whole snowing experience. So, if you're heading to Austria, try and pack along thicker jackets (woollen preferably) in anticipation of the snow ...et al. TOILETRIES: Hm. First of all, pour your face lotion, toner, cleanser et al into miniature (travel-sized) bottles. Remember, everything else should be transferred into miniature plastic bottles to save luggage space.
MEDICINE: VERY, VERY important. Don't forget to bring it along with you.
A box of strong aspirins. I was recovering from a high fever (got it in Germany).... By the time we reached Innsbruck, my body temperature had gone back to normal but I was now suffering from a bleeding nose (!!) due to the high altitude and weather, I think. Oh well...
Decolgen Pills to combat the flu bug.
Lozenges. In case your throat gives way mid-way through your trip.... like mine did!
These are the major pills that I usually bring along with me. Most importantly, you must know your body and health condition well. Some of you may be more prone to suffering from stomach ailments; so in that case, you should be packing along pills to combat that. Hope the above info will help you out a little. Happy packing! For non-photographic buffs like myself, I'd recommend a state-of-the-art 'point and shoot' camera.... for dummies. DON'T forget to bring along your much-treasured ATM card and.... a VERY open mind. Remember, if your ATM card is linked to the international networks of 'Cirrus', 'Plus', 'The Exchange' etc, you can withdraw money from any ATM machines in the world!! Really. And what's more, you'd even benefit from the low interbank exchange rates being given to you vis-a-vis the rates your local money-changer charges.
I have survived on this method for ALL my trips abroad and so far, no ATM machines in this world have failed me. Yet. Oh, O.K.... I did face some difficulties trying to get $$$ out of the ATM machine at the Don Muang Airport in Bangkok very recently (June 2000). I quickly called up the Bank (I'm sure you do know your bank's hotline number, right?) and my problem was immediately solved and I could withdraw my much-needed cash again. :-))
If you haven't tried this method i.e. use your ATM card instead of traveler's checks OR changing your money into Austrian currency BEFORE your trip, I challenge you to do so today! And yes, be pleasantly surprised at how much you can save at the end of the day using this method.
Photo Below:Our last look at the lovely GOLDEN ROOF.
'When you're traveling, ask the traveler for advice, not someone whose lameness keeps him in one place.' - Rumi