Innsbruck, Austria

So I hit the roads and skies for a few weeks. Innsbruck has always been one of my favorite places to visit, a city of 150,000-ish people squeezed into a narrow valley between mighty mountains. It’s a strategic location, along a river, and at the foot of the Brenner Pass, the lowest pass between Austria and Italy. So there’s more than a hint of Italian flavor, mixed in with a large student population, and all sorts of outdoorsy folks hitting the slopes or trails on their lunch breaks. My kind of town indeed. It has that combination of history and beauty, while remaining a real city with its gritty corners and less beautiful neighborhoods. It’s authentic, in other words, fitting for the main city and administrative center in the Tyrol (Tirol).

I normally take the train, but this time I flew in and out, and having taken 500+ flights in my lifetime, this one is special. The flight paths pretty much graze the Alps at barely over 3000 meters, so you’re really up close and personal with the mountains for the first or last 10 minutes of flight. So here you go, some mountain porn for your viewing pleasure.

On the way in, just past the Zugspitze.

On the way in, just past the Zugspitze.

Around the Germany / Austria border

Around the Germany / Austria border

Also around the Germany / Austria border

Also around the Germany / Austria border

From the Patscherkofel looking up the Stubaital

From the Patscherkofel looking up the Stubaital

No architecture in this post, maybe I’ll write another one about the numerous interesting structures in town, along with some of the urban stuff.

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