My stop in Innsbruck turned into a bit of unexpected, but needed down time. I developed a cold the first night I was here, so my time here is mainly being spent recovering from that. Fortunately I have a nice hotel to do that in.
Today after watching the time trials for the Formula 1 race in England, I headed out for a bit of site seeing. I wanted to see a train museum they have here and Saturday is the only day they are open, so I did that even though I wasn't fully up to it. In case you are wondering, watching the Formula 1 time trials in German hasn't helped my German much.
The train museum is on the west end of down town not that far away so I walked over there. That gave me a chance to see a few sites along the way.
Last night and today I thought I would try something different and visited couple small grocery stores to see how they compared to those back home. I was looking to see if I could find contact lens solution, not that I need any yet. The groceries did have a small pharmacy section, but nothing like Safeway back home. I guess I will have to go to a pharmacy (Apotheke) if I really needed the contact lens solution.
Here are a few photos from today.
In this photo we see two important sites beside the Alps in the background. First is the Annasuale in the middle of the street. It was built in 1704 to 1706 to commemorate the Tyrol's successful resistance against the Bavarian invasion of 1703. The second is the Stadtturm, the tower on the right. It was built in 1440. The tower on the left is part of the Spitalkirche church.
This is the Triumphpforte. It was built in 1765 to commemorate the betrothal of Leopold II to Maria Ludovica. His fatter, Francis I Stephen of Lothringen, died during the celebrations. One side of the arch symbolizes the joyful aspect of the event, the other the sadness.
In Innsbruck there are many crucifixes of various shapes and sizes scattered throughout the city center. This is the first time I've seen this and I don't know its significance.
The next few photos were take at the train museum, which is located at the west end of the city center just below the ski jump. Had I not had my cold I would have went up to the observation deck on the ski jump shown in the first picture.
Inside the main building where they sell the tickets, there are a few items on display, but its mainly pictures with long descriptions in German. The old fellow selling the tickets spoke a bit of English, so he explained what's shown in this picture below and told me a bit about their museum. The train museum is a very small place, supported by a handful of volunteers. That's why there are only open on Saturday's and why there information is only in German. He explained to me that what is shown in the photo below are three generations of rectifiers that were in use before transformers were invented. The two big one in the front are mercury filled units. The glass one on the left was normally housed in a large metal container that provided cooling as the thing glowed white hot when in use. The metal one on the right was a technology advancement where the large glass structure was replaced by smaller metal container. Lastly, the little unit hanging up by the top of the door is the small solid state version that made these big units obsolete.
In the shed out back they had several old trolley cars and their parts on display.
A couple old trolley cars with the mountains and the Wilten Basilica in the background.
The Wilten Basilica.
The Wilten Church. One of these days I going to have to figure out the difference between a basilica and a church.
This is Goldenes Dachl, a late gothic bay window with 2657 gilded copper tiles. It was built to as a court box during Emperor Maximilian Ist's reign (1494-96).
The Stadtturm built in 1442-50 as one of the most unique town hall towers.
Just one of the streets in the old part of town. The old part of town is supposed to be pedestrian only, but you do see a few taxi cabs going to hotels and the odd police vehicle passing through.
Here's the area I mentioned yesterday that is setup for watching the World Cup Soccer matches.
A human version of foosball, I never saw that before.