Sun - Sep 8
Sun - Sep 8
In the morning, about 7, there were clouds to the South, but East, or at least as you view the mountain, the sun, on the other side, was hitting the peaks and there was plenty of blue sky. After breakfast we were out at 9:30.
We were not sure we could spend a lot of time in Innsbruck but we were wrong. Our first worry on the drive in was that we didn't really pay attention to Helga and before long we were on the Austrian A12, their Autobahn, for which you need to have a 'vignette', a card you buy to stick on your windshield which is how they avoid toll necessities. But we were only on it for 8 kilometers and no polizei were patrolling. Being Sunday made the travel into town easy. We quickly found parking and were off to explore the old town.
It's a beautiful gothic old center unlike the German towns we've visited recently which are mainly baroque. We saw all the main attractions including the Golden Roof, which was built by Emperor Maximilian I in 1494. We climbed the city tower with 148 steps and saw a great view of Innsbruck. We also saw some beautiful churches, one of them containing 28 statues of Max's favorite family members and heros including King Arthur. We then strolled the Maria-Theresien Strasse to check out their Triumphal Arch, which was built to commemorate Maria Therese son Leopold who partied a little too hard after his wedding night and died the next day.
We took a short lunch break at the Cafe Sacher, an outpost of its famous original in Vienna. we both had the torte with whipped cream and coffees
We then went to the Ski Jump Stadium and took the tram to the top to see where the skiers take off. We also saw the Olympic Rings and cauldron where the 1964 and 1976 Olympics were held. There is a plaque with all the names of the gold, silver and bronze medal winners including Dorothy Hamill.
After walking around here, we then drove to the small town of Hall in Tirol, another quaint charming town but this time it was built on a hill and it reminded us of those cute villages we see in France and Italy. Given that it's Sunday, not too many shops open except for those tourist shops with all the cheap souvenirs. We wandered around there for about an hour and left for Mittenwald about 4pm. This was another warm day with patches of sun and clouds.
One thing about driving in this area, besides going back and forth between Germany and Austria is the mountainous terrain. Everywhere you lookthere's another peak above you, and always patches on still unmelted snow.
For dinner we chose a Trip Advisor recommended restaurant called Mama Lucia Italian Ristorante. It was great, beautiful inside with great food and atmosphere.
Another great day has ended. We have a long drive tomorrow, about 3 hrs to Salzburg. It's supposed to rain tomorrow, but we'll see; hope their forecasters aren't any better than ours.