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Olympic Games and Hapsburg Royalty

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A January 2000 trip to Innsbruck by Wildcat Dianne

Hotel Ibis Photo, Innsbruck, Austria More Photos
Quote: Innsbruck, Austria, the capital of Austria's Tirol was my home base during my week-long trip to Austria in January 1987. Its claim to fame is its skiing, being the sight of the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics, and some of the most beautiful Baroque and Gothic architecture in Europe.

Olympic Games and Hapsburg Royalty

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Dianne at Sud Tiroler Platz. Photo, Innsbruck, Austria
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Innsbruck, Austria was also the Hapsburg Empire''s capital of Tirol. But today, this city of 100,000 people on the Inn River is a busy homebase for skiers, hikers, and other tourists who want to explore the Baroque and Medieval history of the city. Innsbruck was my homebase during my visit to Austria, and it took two walking tours of the Old City to completely learn about its history and soak in the culture. My trips started from the Hotel Ibis on Innsbruck''s outskirts. I took a bus or taxi with other people from my tour group into town and started from the Sud Tiroler Platz. From there, you can walk easily onto Innsbruck''s main drag, the Maria Theresiastrasse and see the Helbingh...Read More

Hotel Ibis

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Hotel Ibis Photo, Innsbruck, Austria
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I stayed in this hotel chain during my trip to Austria and Germany in January 1987. Innsbruck was my homebase, and this hotel satisfied my needs nicely. Hotel Ibis is or was located on the outskirts of Innsbruck and is a short cab or bus ride to historical Innsbruck. It is located across the street from the former Olympic Village, which is now low-income housing. Hotel Ibis is a large hotel, about six floors of rooms with both doubles and singles. I was on a tour and had a roommate from California. My room was small and cozy, with two twin beds and a bathroom. It wasn't fancy, but why bother staying in a fancy hotel when you are going to be out skiing or sightseeing all day? ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 25, 2003

Hotel Ibis
Outskirts of Innsbruck
Innsbruck, Austria

Ski Kühtai

Attraction | "Skiing in Austria"

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I don't ski, but many Americans enjoy skiing in Austria every winter. I was threatened by my mom that if I went skiing and hurt my bad knee and ankle anymore, she would deny knowing me when they called saying I broke my leg or something horrible. So, I used to play it safe in Maine every winter by watching my father, sister, and uncle shoosh down the slopes from the lodge. Innsbruck is the most famous ski resort in Austria. It was the host of two Winter Olympics, in 1964 and 1976. It is also famous for one of the most dangerous ski runs in downhill-skiing history, the Hammenkammen, in nearby Kitzbuhl. Remember Franz Klammer and Bill Johnson's famous winning runs during the World Cup? S...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 25, 2003

Ski Kühtai
Kühtai Ski area
Innsbruck, Austria

Medieval Maria Theresiastrasse

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Attraction | "The Medieval Maria Theresiastrasse"

Medieval Maria Theresiastrasse Photo, Innsbruck, Austria
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Innsbruck's Maria Theresiastrasse is the center of Old Innsbruck and worth a day or two of sightseeing. It is not only Innbruck's main drag and shopping area. It is also full of beautiful Gothic- and Baroque-era buildings and has a multicultural ambience from its Hapsburg Empire days. I entered the Maria Theresiastrasse from the Sud Tiroler Platz, the square off of this road. At this end of the Sud Tiroler Platz is the Triumphal Arch of Maria Theresia and her son Leopold II. It was built by the Empress in the 18th century to celebrate his marriage and the life of her husband, Emperor Franz I, who had died shortly before Leopold's wedding and with whom Maria Theresia had 16 children wit...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 31, 2003

Medieval Maria Theresiastrasse
Maria Theresiastrasse
Innsbruck, Austria

Goldenes Dachl

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Goldenes Dachl Photo, Innsbruck, Austria
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The Goldenes Dachl or House with the Golden Roof is located in Innbruck's Old Town Pedestrian Zone and is one of the most popular sights in downtown Innsbruck.The Goldenes Dachl was built as a gift to the people of Innsbruck by Emperor Maximillian I in 1494, who insisted on having all of the 2,600 copper tiles covered in gold in his appreciation. The Goldenes Dachl, with its Gothic oriel window and famous roof, was designed by architect Niklas Turing, who added the first balustrade on the first level for Maximillian I to watch medieval tournaments and dancing whenever he was in town. The Dachl's exterior also includes the Coat of Arms of Austria and Hungary, along with the Austrian Eagl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 9, 2005

Goldenes Dachl
Herzog-Friedrich-Straße 15
Innsbruck, Austria 6020

Medieval Maria Theresiastrasse

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Attraction | "Triumphforte of Leopold and Maria Theresia"

Triumphforte Leopold/Maria Theresia VII Photo, Innsbruck, Austria
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Maria Theresia was the Empress of the Austrian/Hungarian Empire from 1740-1780. She was married to Emperor Franz Stefan for a long time and had a whopping 16 children with him including the ill-fated Marie Antoinette of France. In 1765, Maria Theresia and Franz Stefan celebrated the wedding of their son Leopold, who was then the Duke of Tuscany (Later Emperor Leopold) to the Spanish Infanta Maria Ludovica. There were many days of celebration for the wedding, but tragedy struck during the festivities when Emperor Franz died suddenly. Too much wienerschnitzel!? Who knows what killed the Emperor, but Maria Theresia was so grief stricken, she commissioned architect and sculptor Baltazar Mol...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 9, 2005

Medieval Maria Theresiastrasse
Maria Theresiastrasse
Innsbruck, Austria