Monday, December 28, 2015

Innsbruck

Innsbruck is the capital city of the Austrian state Tyrol. The city has been shaped by the past but still continues to evolve. Today, the impressive mountain setting and the magnificent, historic buildings meet the attractive modern landmarks.
In the past I've shared Christmas Markets in Innsbruck and Swarovski Kristalwelten but I never wrote about this wonderful city which architecture I love so much.


Visiting Innsbruck’s Gothic Old Town, you experience a touch of the Middle Ages in the present day. The old town with its narrow house-fronts, handsome doorways and arcaded-façades is over 800 years old and home to many sights and attractions that reflect the city’s colourful history.
 The Golden Roof, splendid alcove balcony now is a spectacular landmark. Covered with 2657 fire-gilded copper tiles, the roof was constructed for the Holy Roman Emperor, Maximilian I so that he could watch and enjoy the events and tournaments happening in the square below. It’s said that the scroll found on the relief of the famous Golden Roof bears these words: 
“Use every moment, dance every dance, you can’t take anything with you.” 
However, the writing still hasn’t been deciphered so this is mere speculation – one of the many mysteries that revolve around Innsbruck’s sparkling golden landmark.
Helbling House. This original 15th century Gothic mansion noted for its splendid façade with cherubs and other decorative ornamentation is an outstanding example of bourgeois grandeur in the Old Town. The house is named for Sebastian Helbling, who operated a small Café in there in 1833. The historic structure was completely refurbished in the years 1979 and 1980. 
Maria-Theresien Strasse. Lined with beautiful 17th and 18th-century houses and numerous shops, bustling Maria-Theresien Strasse affords a magnificent vista of the mountains to the north. In the middle of this old street, directly in front of the Town Hall (Rathaus), stands St. Anne's Column(Annasäule), erected in 1706 to commemorate the liberation of Tyrol from the Bavarian troops.Surmounted by a statue of the Virgin Mary, St. Anne stands on the base near St. George, the patron saint of Tyrol, and other saints.
The Triumphal Arch (Triumphpforte), situated on the southern end of the Maria Theresien Strasse, Triumphpforte is a famous landmark in Innsbruck. It was erected in 1765 to mark the marriage of her son Emperor Leopold II to the Spanish Infanta Maria Ludovica. The ones on the south side show Leopold and his bride Ludovika, the ones on the north show Empress Maria Theresia and her beloved husband, Francis I Stephen of Lothringen, who sadly died during the wedding celebrations.
Tiroler Gröstl known as Gröstl, is a typical meal: bacon, onion and potato fry-up is a real Alpine filler and tastes great served with a fried egg.
   

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