Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Innsbruck Part I: Die Brücke über Inn

As mentioned in the previous post, we spent this past weekend in Innsbruck, the capital city of Tirol in western Austria. We have heard from many friends that Innsbruck is a charming Alpine city, but we could not have imagined how magical this place really is until we visited here ourselves. These were some of our first impressions:
  • Innsbruck is caught in a medieval time-warp. Although the city suffered heavy damage from 22 bomb attacks during WWII, it appears while roaming the cobblestone lanes that not a lot has changed since the 15th century.
  • Very sporty folks live in Innsbruck. The vibe around town reminded us of somewhere like Boulder, CO. While Austrians all over the country appear quite fit, people in Innsbruck are the fittest -- or at least look the part. Unlike in Vienna, most people were dressed in sport wear rather than classy urban wear. Of course, they are probably more likely heading into the mountains as opposed to heading to the Opera.
  • Tirolers, despite having a strong dialect, speak hochdeutsch (high German) more willingly than Wieners do. Everyone we talked with spoke German to us (albeit slowly) and never once switched to English (unlike in Vienna, where as soon as our accents are heard, people often make the switch).
  • Very, very friendly people live in Innsbruck. On several occasions we were surprised by the hospitality, kindness, and warmth of the western Austrians. The city is refreshingly unpretentious and friendly.
Map of Austria

The photos below are of sites around Innsbruck and a small village 9km east of Innsbruck, Hall in Tirol. (Tip: click on the photos to view as a higher resolution image)

Innsbruck, Austria
Alpine Club Museum
Hall in Tirol, Austria
Eine Kaffeepause (a coffee break) in Hall
A walk in the rain. . .

I came across the following quote today on the blog Outlandish Musings. Posting our pictures just now and reading this quote make me very happy with the life we've chosen to live and the adventures we have chosen to take.

"The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” - Christopher McCandless

Stay tuned for pictures (and videos!) of our new experience wandering in the Alps!

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