Friday, 5 August 2016

Austria: Innsbruck and Tyrol

When I was in Austria last week, I made a day trip to Innsbruck.

Innsbruck is the capital and largest city of the Austrian State of Tyrol. It is also the fifth largest city of Austria. In 1964 and 1976 the city hosted the Winter Olympics and in 2012 the first Winter Youth Olympics took place there. The Old Town of Innsbruck seeks for the inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The Anna Pillar is a monument in the Maria-Theresien-Straße, which commemorates the expulsion of the Bavarian forces from Tyrol during the War of the Spanish Succession. 

The Helblinghaus is a building located across from the Golden Roof. It is known for its Baroque façade.

The Tyrolean Folk Art Museum was founded in 1888 as industry museum and then focused on contemporary craft works of high quality. Later also older Tyrolean works of art were added to the museums collection and today it houses the most important collection of cultural artifacts from Tyrol.

The Court Church was built between 1553 and 1563. It houses the cenotaph of Emperor Maximilian I and is known for its 28 large bronze statues of ancestors, relatives and heroes of the emperor. The church also houses the tomb of Andreas Hofer.

The Spitalskirche was built from 1700 onwards. It was the church of the city's hospice.

The Jesuit Church was built between 1627 and 1646. It houses the remains of Saint Pirmin.

The Innsbruck Cathedral is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Innsbruck. It was built between 1717 and 1724 and is considered to be one of the most important Baroque buildings in Tyrol.

On one of the cards I applied a stamp from the cathedral.

The City Museum of Innsbruck is a museum about Innsbruck's history. Its exhibits are from the inventory of the city's archive, with which it shares a building.

Ambras Castle was built in the 16th century in the style of the Renaissance. It was built at the behest of Archduke Ferdinand II as gift for his wife Philippine Welser and also housed his famous art collection. It is one of the oldest museums in the World and the only Austrian federal museum outside of Vienna.

Das Tirol Panorama is a museum on the Bergisel. It is especially known as location of the panoramic painting of Innsbruck, which features the Battle of the Bergisel. The museum has an underground access to the Tiroler Kaiserjägermuseum.

In Innsbruck I was also able to buy two postcards of Bruck Castle in Lienz.
Lienz is the only city and the administrative centre of the Lienz district in East Tyrol. The Bruck Castle was once the residence of the Counts of Görz and today houses a museum.

The last card I bought in Innsbruck is about the 175th anniversary of the Tyrolean Rebellion of 1809.

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