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20.06.2011 - 20.06.2011 23 °C
Now we have reasonably good wifi we have been able to catch up on some emails and also download some photos. We will take the chance to select a few photos going back over the last few weeks and just post them for general interest. They will come one at a time at convenient moments as each one takes some time to upload.
Today we have had a good look around Innsbruck. We also bought a couple of Innsbruck Cards that give you full access to the entire public transport network in the area, including trams, cable cars, funicular railway and also all museums. We have been making good use of it.
After a stroll around the historic centre we took a series of rides up to the mountain tops above the town. The first ride was on a relatively new funicular railway that has been designed by the Iraqui female architect Zoha Hadid. She works in the UK and has a reputation for designing fantastic buildings and structures and often winning competitions but only to find that they don't get built for various reasons not connected with
her design! Anyway this design has been built and it is a fantastic piece of engineering as well as brilliant architecture. The Station buildings along the line are constructed in a beautiful glass like material in a wonderfully curved shape and the colour is an exact match to the milky green colour of the fast flowing river Inn which runs alongside the base station. With two further more traditional cable car rides we got to a height of 2,334m or 7,000 ft. It was remarkably warm up there even though there was still some snow around. The views were of course spectacular. Christine took a seat (as she does not have a good head for heights) whilst I walked up the last few hundred feet on a well prepared path to the summit of Hafelekarspitze. It was an amazing feeling to be on top of this mountain but I did feel a bit of a cheat since no hard work was required to get so high!
On our return to the town Christine spotted a rather nice looking hotel cafe where we had tea and Sacher Torte which is the hotel speciality cake made to a secret recipe since 1832. Yum Yum.
Love F and C