Alpine Girls in Innsbruck

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July 8th 2015
Published: July 8th 2015
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Our days in Vienna are now over and we begin our journey through the Alps to our next stop...Innsbruck, Austria.

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Train from Vienna to InnsbruckTrain from Vienna to Innsbruck
Train from Vienna to Innsbruck

Mary and Nancy boarding the high speed train to the capital of the Alps and home to the 1964, 1976, and upcoming 2016 Winter Olympics...Innsbruck.
Train - speedTrain - speed
Train - speed

Traveling at 230 km, our trip across Austria took only 4 hours.
Weisses Kreuz HotelWeisses Kreuz Hotel
Weisses Kreuz Hotel

Our hotel 'White Cross' opened its doors in 1485. It is located in the heart of the historic old town of Innsbruck. On our last day, an Alpine marching band paraded down our street. Almost lost Mom as she hung out our 4th floor window as she watched the parade march by.
Weisses Kreuz - view of MtnWeisses Kreuz - view of Mtn
Weisses Kreuz - view of Mtn

Mom outside our hotel. Our home in the Alps has a beautiful mountain backdrop. Restaurants and shops line the streets.
Weisses Kreuz - Goldenes DachlWeisses Kreuz - Goldenes Dachl
Weisses Kreuz - Goldenes Dachl

Only steps away from the hotel was the 'Golden Roof'. This landmark was erected in 1500 by Emperor Maximilian I. The oriel is capped with 2,657 gold plated copper tiles. It is said that Emperor Maximilian I viewed the tournaments from the balcony.
Weisses Kreuz - Helbling HouseWeisses Kreuz - Helbling House
Weisses Kreuz - Helbling House

Also steps away from our hotel. This Baroque building is decorated with 'icing-like' Rococo stucco.
Weisses Kreuz - restaurantWeisses Kreuz - restaurant
Weisses Kreuz - restaurant

Nancy and Mom enjoying a meal at the hotel. The hotel is very Tyrolean Alpine.
St James CathedralSt James Cathedral
St James Cathedral

In the 13th century, the Catholic Church erected a house of worship to honor James, one of the 12 apostles. The church was part of the Austrian Way of Santiago de Compostela, an important pilgrimage route during the Middle Ages. This cathedral was built in 1717 and is considered among the most important Baroque buildings in the Tyrol area.
St James - InteriorSt James - Interior
St James - Interior

The interior is adorned in marble and frescos.
St James - AlterSt James - Alter
St James - Alter

The painting of 'Mary of Succor' (1530) is displayed above the main alter. It is considered among the most recognized Mary images in Christendom.
St James - Canopied TombSt James - Canopied Tomb
St James - Canopied Tomb

Tomb of Archduke Maximilian III of Austria (1620)
St James - Enjoying the viewSt James - Enjoying the view
St James - Enjoying the view

Nancy and Mom enjoying the park outside of St James Cathedral
Journey up the MountainJourney up the Mountain
Journey up the Mountain

Ready to take a cable ride to the top of Mtn Hafelekar (7,401 ft above sea level).
Ride to the TopRide to the Top
Ride to the Top

Mary jumping on the Panorama Cable Car
View at 3,000 ftView at 3,000 ft
View at 3,000 ft

View of Innsbruck and the Inn River half way up the mountain (3,000 ft). Did you know that the name 'Innsbruck' came from 'Bruck' meaning bridge, and 'Inns' referring to the Inn River?
Mtn Top RestaurantMtn Top Restaurant
Mtn Top Restaurant

Hard to believe, but the mountain top was covered with a blanket of clouds (no view). We did enjoy an Tyrolean feast though.

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