Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Our Trip to Garmisch-Parkenkirchen - part 4

We decided that we would travel into Innsbruck, Austria the following day. We woke up and it was overcast, cold and hazy outside and that followed us all day. The pictures aren't as bright, the city doesn't seem as pretty, and it just isn't as warm without the sun shining on you.

Here is a picture of a castle ruins on our way through Austria. I don't have a lot to say about Innsbruck although it is huge and chock full of history. We didn't really get a chance to explore and we definitely did not hit the tourist spots. We got out of the car and started to walk and Luke decided that he was through being well-behaved and sick of being a tourist and we had to make our visit very short. We we spent an hour or so in the car driving up and down through the streets of the hillside of Innsbruck. Maybe in the warmer months we'll go back but it is pretty miserable trying to explore in 20 degree weather. Here are a bunch of pictures of the city - including the riverfront, old downtown and the University.

Innsbruck has a ton of history, it should! The initial habitants of the area were from the Stone Age. Hitler annexed Austria during Nazi Germany and Innsbruck and a concentration camp was held there. The Olympics were held twice in Innsbruck and the city is filled with churches, museums, parks and historical sites. The Swarovski Crystal Museum is also in Innsbruck and someday I hope to go there to experience the "crystal worlds" throughout the museum.
Maybe it was the cold bitter day or the weariness from traveling so much but we thought Innsbruck was a little too big, too overwhelming, too chaotic and too much for us. But we are all about second chances and I'm sure we'll go again during our time here.

1 comment:

Kelsey said...


I'm so excited you started a blog. I've been wondering about all of you and meaning to get in touch, but our lives have obviously been a little topsy turvy lately. I'm so glad you're all together! I'm enjoying my virtual European tour.