|Not a racy looking engine like the high-speed trains, but very powerful|
|We live in hope - there's some snow. Will there be more?|
Our small Pension was close to the station so we quickly dumped cases and set out to explore the city. Innsbruck occupies an important position in western Austria about halfway between Munich (Germany) and Verona (Italy). It is the location of the important bridge ("bruck") across the river Inns.
|View of the mountains as we left the station|
|The tower of the town hall. We climbed to the viewing|
platform for a wonderful view of Innsbruck as the
surrounding mountains cast a long shadow in late afternoon.
|Now that's my kind of kebab. Not sure|
about its authenticity in middle eastern cuisine.
|It's easy to lose track of building identities. I think|
that this is St Josef's with a famous cloister.
|The shadows from the setting sun creep across the building|
leaving just the fine details of the upper works illuminated.
|The horse drawn carriage - so important to Austrian tourism.|
|Attractive buildings line many of Innsbruck's inner city streets.|
|The Golden Roof was built in 1500 by the Emperor Maximillian I to allow|
his entourage to view activities and festivities in the town square below.
|The Hofkirche (Imperial Church)|
|"Two levels" above Innsbruck and we are into some patchy snow.|
It looks good to visitors like us, but isn't much use for sport.
|The sun chairs were out to let you catch some sun but pictures|
of this bare ground would never make it into the brochures.
|No, these workers are not indulging in some daredevil downhill|
sport. They are polishing the surface ready for a stage of the
European Championship to be held less than a week after our visit.
|The Tower is impressive as you ride|
the funicular "lift" to its base.
|Here's the view from the platform on top of the tower.|
|The three Olympic cauldrons.|
|A bit of "oompah" gets any night off to a good start!|
|The alpine horns join in for a local folk song.|
|The entry to the "Crystal World" exhibition was beneath the|
"giant" spitting icy water into the almost frozen-over pool.
|This is part of a maze of metal rods and|
crystals set between mirrors placed at various
angles. The "forest" looked infinite!
|Judy displays her shopping bag at the end of the tour. Those|
"discounted" tickets proved to be quite expensive after all.