next to the famous Helblinghaus you may see a lot of other nice buildings with beautifully decorated traditional facades. You will hardly find anything about them in any of the guidebokks about Innsbruck, and still I think they are really worth a second look.
Climb the stairs of the Tower of the City and you will have the most beautiful view of the old town in sunset. Roofs are the thing to see in this part of Innsbruck .. so pretty .. and the mountains to one side and to the other are magnificent.
The beautiful Cathedral of Innsbruk is called St. James (St. Jakob) and it was rebuilt between 1.717 and 1724. it is on Ghotic style and is another very interesting place to visit in the city.This picture was taken from my hotel's window,is not a very good one because it was late afternoon and it is a little bit dark,but I had a great view of the city from my window,whit this beautiful cathedral just in front!.
We arrived at Innsbruck early afternoon,about four o'clock,and then we started a nice walked tour in the old town and other parts of the city with a local guide.Our first stop was here,at Triumphal Arch,that is located at end of Maria Theresienstrasse.
This beautiful arch was built by Emprees Maria Theresien for commemorate the marriage of her son,Leopold II with Maria Ludovica from Spain.
My first impression of the city was very good,because Innsbruck has some beautiful landscapes of old town with the nice Alps mountains behind,as you can see on my picture,you'll find lots of snow at top of the mountains.
The heart of the Old Town remains much as it was 400 years ago. The protective vaulted arcades along main thoroughfares, the tiny passageways giving way to noble squares, and the ornate restored houses all contribute to an unforgettable picture.
Innsbruck's Old Town is a reminder of the way the medieval town once flourished with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings.
An important point of the Old Town is the broad strip of Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse, which eventually opens out into a central plaza lined with arcades.
Innsbruck has a “curiosity” shop of sorts on Stiftgasse this is “the smallest shop” that earns this distinction because only one customer can enter the tiny Speckschwemme at a time.
Behind the counter is a smiling shopkeeper who stocks sausages in all shapes and sizes, along with “speck” - a preserved meat that looks like like thinly sliced ham of the prosciutto variety.
Go see der Altstadt, climb the Mayors Tower (Stadtturm), walk along the river INN, go up to the mountain by mountain shuttle train and cablecabin, shop and enjoy ! See museums and the congress centre, The Hofgarten and so on and on.
See the parades during the festivities. It's all worth wile !
Innsbruck has a very good train connection. The station is huge !
Also various public transport traffic like trams, trolleybusses and coaches. And its even not such a big city !
This was my first time in Europe & all these buildings with different shapes & colors were just so fascinating to me. The buildings have their own unique characters & identities; amazing, aren't they?
A day before new years eve the city welcomed all kids to the "Zwergensylvester". It was their new years eve party with free sausages and drinks,caroussels and a fireworkat 5 pm...What a fantastic idea!!!!!!
There are many shops, some cafes and restaurants under the arcades on Herzog Friedrich Strasse. This is the street where the Goldenes Dachl is located.
Have visited many "Old Towns" over the years and have become just a little blase maybe but, this one is really pretty and did make us take notice.
Leopoldsbrunnen is a interesting Baroque fountain made by C.Gras in 1622. It is dedicated to the archduke Leopold V. The fountain was rehandled in the 17th century.
The St. Jakob Cathedral in Innsbruck is awe-inspiring. From the three-dimensional paintings on the ceiling to the grave of Archduke Maximillian III, this is not a sight to be missed.
Good atmosphere, families having dinner, tourists strolling, and a fountain with drinkable water --- a real bless for InterRailers!!!