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    Winklerhaus - great ornaments & decorations

    by globetrott Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The "Winklerhaus" dates back to the year 1903 and is a beautifully decorated building in Leopoldstra├če 4, next to the famous Triumphpforte. From both sides it is beautifully decorated with sculptures and reliefs and also some art-noveau ornaments.
    Just click on my picture in order to enlarge it and see these great details.
    It also makes sense to walk around the building, inside one of the courts you may see more reliefs.
    The building is used today by "Buerohaus Schmid" for their shop, it might even be the most beautiful bureau-shop in the world.

    Winklerhaus in Leopoldstrasse
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    Karlskirche in Volders

    by globetrott Updated Mar 20, 2011

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    Karlskirche in Volders is just about 1 km from Wattens and it is directely situated next to the highway to Innsbruck. The church dates back to the year 1620 and Martin Knoller made the wonderful frescoes of the ceiling and the painting of the main altar.
    The church is open for visitors all day long and you will be able to take a look through the ornate iron-fence that is worth seeing as well. Its a pilgrim-church and the church for the monastery-school next to it.
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    This church is just about 10 meters from the highway A12 and it has its own highway-parking, when you are taking the highway from Innsbruck to Kufstein (not in the other direction!), you will see a signpost for it just a few km past Innsbruck.

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    In the side streets of the old town

    by desert_princess Written Mar 11, 2009

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    Very few tourists venture in the side streets of the old town. Of course all of you go to the Golden roof and probably Hofburg and the Hofkirche or to Ottoburg and the Inn river bridge. What you are probably missing is to be found just around the corner. For example take the side street by Swarovski shop. No shops here , but you can see the ancient houses built just in the fortified walls of the city that once stood.

    In the side streets of the old town
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    Model Train shop

    by Greggor58 Updated Nov 26, 2008

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    We stumbled across a little model train shop just outside the Old Town.....and in it we found a whole main floor of this shop crammed filled with working model train sets and low voltage miniature "amusement parks" complete with ferris-wheels and round abouts.

    There was an older man working on the sets...he started them all up for us to watch...and in appreciation there is a "donation jar' to help him offset the costs of running this little distraction.

    It was really quite something to see....whenever there was a problem he would disappear under the tables and come up where there was an opening and attempt to fix the little train that had come off the track...or slowed from poor connectivity.

    Model Train Shop.Innsbruck,Austria. Model Train Shop.Innsbruck,Austria.
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    Jesuitenkirche

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Sep 29, 2007

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    In Universitatsstrasse you can see the great Jesuitenkirche: it is a Baroque church made by Santino Solari and Christof Gumpp. The church is situated in a beautiful square with to the sides the building of the ancient university and that of the ancient university library.

    Jesuitenkirche
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    Sankt Georgenberg - Fiecht

    by leffe3 Updated Apr 5, 2007

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    Perched in a narrow gorge on a rock 100 metres above the waters of the Inn is this extraordinary Benedictine monastery - accessible only by the wooden bridge across the valley floor. Originating from the mid-10th century, a church was built in the 17th century, rebuilt in the 18th century. A major pilgrimage spot and a wonderful walk along the River Inn through the narrow confines of the ravine.

    Train from Innbruck to Stans-bei-Schwaz (30 minutes) - then simply follow the track up the hill and into the ravine. Fairly straightforward walk but can get steep at times.

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    Cycling along the river

    by iris2002 Written Apr 14, 2006

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    There is a fantastic cycle path along the river "Inn" that goes for miles and miles always with the stunning backdrop of the Alps. You can cycle trough half of Austria following that route actually...

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    Maria-Theresien-Stra?e 55
    A-6010 Innsbruck

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    another lovely facade in Hofgasse

    by globetrott Written May 21, 2005

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    Hofgasse is a small sidestreet in the very centre of Innsbruck, leading from the "Goldenes Dachl" to the Hofburg of Innsbruck. At the very beginning of Hofgasse you may see this lovely facade on the left. Once again I could not find anything special about this building in any guidebook about Innsbruck, but I think it is certainly worth to take a closer look, as most tourists will pass by there anyway on their way to Cafe Sacher or the house of the Giant.

    another lovely facade in Hofgasse
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    Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum

    by globetrott Updated May 21, 2005

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    The Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum is in Museumstrasse Nr. 15, not far from Burggraben and it shows several collections about history and art in tyrol.
    The museum is divided into 7 collections :
    Pre-historic Tyrol and Roman times
    History of Art
    Graphic collections
    Historic musical instruments
    Historic Collections
    History of nature
    Library
    They have a great webpage in german with lots of informations,
    but unfortunately I could not find out anything
    about the opening-times of the museum...

    Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum
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    A house for a giant in Hofgasse Nr.12

    by globetrott Updated May 21, 2005

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    This building in Hofgasse 12 / opposite of Cafe Sacher has an interesting history : It was built by Sigismund von Tyrol for his "Burgriesen" (castle-giant) Nikolaus Haidl, who was 2,22 m tall, a fact that was even more strange in medieval times, when people in general were a lot smaller than today. He died in 1494,in the age of 40 years and his scelleton is displayed in Innsbruck.
    He was working as a guard at the entrance to the castle of Sigismund von Tyrol.
    In later centuries it was Prinz Eugen who stayed in this building in 1711, while paying a visit to Innsbruck and in 1809 the kitchen of this house, that was transfered into an inn, was cooking the meals for Andreas Hofer in the nearby Hofburg.

    A house of the giant in Hofgasse
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    the tyrolean eagle in Schoepfstrasse 10

    by globetrott Updated May 21, 2005

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    The tyrolean eagle from the coat of arms of Tyrol means a lot for the local people, and you may see it at many places, like here on my picture on a garage in Schoepfstrasse 10.
    Andreas Hofer was a simple farmer & innkeeper, who was able to throw out the troops of Bavaria & Napoleon and give Tyrol a short time of independance - inside most of the tyroleans there is still a small Andreas Hofer and they never give up fighting for their ideas...
    I could give a good excample even here on VT, where a member of Tyrol is fighting for a place in Oberoestreich, but that is another story not really connected to Innsbruck, but maybe a bit to that eagle...

    the tyrolean eagle in Schoepfstrasse 10
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    a great building in Schoepfstrasse 23a

    by globetrott Written May 21, 2005

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    Take a closer look on this lovely building in Schoepfstrasse 23a - it is about 300 meters west from the Triumph-Pforte.
    The building obviously dates back to the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century and has various art-nouveau-elements in its facade.
    This is another building, not mentioned in any guidebook about Innsbruck and I was lucky to find it accidentally, because I was parking my car close to it and passed by, when walking to the centre of town.

    a great building in Schoepfstrasse 23a
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    the entrancehall in Maria Theresienstr. Nr.16

    by globetrott Written May 21, 2005

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    The entrancehall of the house with the 2 knights in Maria Theresienstr. Nr.16 is really interesting and you may walk inside freely and without restrictions during day and night.
    On top of the corridor you may see a painting of this great Tyrolean eagle - from the coat of arms of Tyrol - and also some more paintings on both sides, but it was impossible to take a picture of them.
    At night everything is perfectely lighted, but during the day you might need a flash !

    the entrancehall in Maria Theresienstr. Nr.16
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    a great building in Maria Theresienstrasse 16

    by globetrott Written May 21, 2005

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    When you click on my picture you may see a great building in Maria Theresienstrasse 16, on the very left of my picture ! It is a shopping-house with some bureaus as well and you may even walk inside day and night. I love that special facade, that is a nice combination of old and new architecture - an inscription tells us that the building dates back to 1577, when Innsbruck was still spelled "INSPRUGG".

    Under my nightlife-tips you may see another picture of that building, because at night you may see best the 2 iron-armours that are shown in a bay-window of the 1st floor.

    a great building in Maria Theresienstrasse 16
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    Watch airplanes take off over your head

    by iandsmith Written Jun 20, 2003

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    Well, if it's a good enough suggestion from the VT heirarchy then it's good enough for me!
    I wasn't sure whether this was a "Must see", a "tourist trap" but I decided it was definitely an "Off the Beaten Path" tip.
    Driving into Innsbruck we could see two sailplanes cruising the thermals alongside the mountains. How I longed to be in one of them! They were like a couple of big dots moving to and fro and, even with the long telephoto I couldn't manage any better than this.

    Soaring to new heights.
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