“bruck”, derived from German word, brücke, means bridge. The name Innsbruck has the meaning of “the bridge over the Inn River”. Situated on the Inn River and in a valley surrounded by mountains of central Alps, it’s regarded as “the jewel of the Alps”. Innsbruck is the cultural and economic centre of western Austria. It became the capital of all Tyrol in 1429. In the fifteenth century the city became the European politics and culture center as Roman emperor Maximilian I who reigned and also resided in Innsbruck in the 1490. 300 years later, it’s prosperous again under the reign of Maria Theresia.
Hosting the winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976, Innsbruck is the 5th largest city in Austria. Due to its location between high mountains, Innsbruck serves as an ideal place for skiing in winter, and mountaineering in summer. On December 12, 2008, Innsbruck was chosen as host of the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games to be held from January 13 to January 22, 2012.
Statue of Virgin Mary stands on a crescent moon atop of St. Anna’s Column, builted in 1760 to celebrate the withdrawal of invading Bavarian armies. (The Column is about eight-story’s high. I used a 200mm DX lens for this shot.)
Houses north of Inn River. Austrians (and Germans as well) have many colors of their traditional clothes. It goes the same to their houses. It’s a big difference than the boring, limited color selections in North America.
The Golden Roof is Innsbruck’s most characteristic landmark. On a three-story balcony on a house in old town, the late-Gothic oriels are covered with 2,657 gold-plated tiles. It was constructed for Emperor Maximilian I to serve as royal box where he could sit in luxury and enjoy tournaments in the square below. The Golden Roof was built in honor of Maximilian’s second marriage to Bianca Maria Sforza of Milan. Not wishing to alienate the allies gained by his first marriage, to Maria of Burgundy, he had an image of himself between the two women painted on the balcony. He, however, is looking at his new wife, Bianca.
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