As mentioned yesterday, I'm basically spending my time in Innsbruck getting over a cold so I'm not doing too much. I was hoping to get up in the mountains to do some hiking, but that isn't going to happen.
I did go for a short walk this morning before watching the British Formula 1 race on TV. After the race I spent my time catching up on bit of email and reviewing my schedule to try and fit my trip through Germany around the World Cup. I wasn't able to come up with a plan to completely avoid the World Cup, so I'm going to try to continue on through Germany anyway and if accommodations become too much of a problem I will just head out of the country and return after the World Cup is over.
My walk took me over to the Hofgarten Park and near the train station. The first photo here is of the entrance to the Hofgarten Park. That rock on the right is the energy stone (more on this later).
From within the park you get many brief glimpses of the nearby mountains like this one below.
Here is a close up of the energy stone. The description at the entrance to the park goes as follows:
The energy stone marks the lung point of the city of Innsbruck an important energy point.
It improves energy flow and enhances energy potential in the city of Innsbruck.
The stone is a present to the city of Innsbruck from the organizers of the Fung Shui Congress 2000.
There was an Austrian band playing in this building which is located in the center of the park. These photos were taken as they were getting ready to start. I took in the music for a few numbers.
The older buildings in Innsbruck seem to be crowded in more by modern ones than anywhere else.
This is the Jesuit Church which was also partially shown above.
One thing there is a lot of here in Innsbruck is bicycles and the place seems to have many more abandoned wrecked bikes like this one than anywhere else.
During my walk today I popped into the train station since I was right nearby. I had a quick look to confirm my options for leaving town tomorrow. All stations have bulletin boards that list the trains arriving and departing from the station each day. If you are like me, you need to scan the departure board for trains heading to your destination. In my case I will be going to Fussen, Germany, via Munich, so I had to look for all trains going to Munich (Munchen Hbf). The train leaving at 12:37 is one that I could take. You can also go to the ticket or info counter to get a list of the trains just going to your destination. I did that as well since there was no waiting. The entries on the bulletin board, like that below, show all the stops the train makes along the way to your destination as well as the track it leaves on (the number on the right, which is 6 in the 12:37 example).
One thing about Innsbruck and Vienna is that all those wires for the trams can kind of make a mess of the scenery.
The building on the left is the Hofburg palace.
Just a shot of an old city street.
Another shot of the Hofburg palace.
One of several interesting buildings in the old part of town.