Innsbruck, Austria (2) – Finding A Way to the Funicular (Day 15)

On our second day, we took a walk along the river Inn where we catch both an old time feel and modern day emergence.  Keeping ourselves to the northern part of the riverbank, we search for a station for the Funicular which would take us up the mountain.   We ended up backtracking to the south side and catch the cable car at Hungerburgbahn Lowenhaus.

A view from Marktplatz and the river Inn.  We will head to the left of this photo.  Crossing the first bridge along the way, we will eventually walk along the street where these beautiful building exist.



Turning around, we see Marktplatz.  Our hotel, Hotel Maximilian, is the white building at the far right of this photo.



Modern apartments along the northern side of the river



Crossing the bridge to the north side of the river, we look back at the path we just walked.



A great pedestrian path beside the residential buildings we saw in 3rd photo of this post.  Staying on this path, we continue east on the northern side of the river to find the cable car to take us to Nordkette.



A mix of old and new




Park Inn Cafe














Making our way back to the south side of the river, we head to the Hans-Psenner Steg (a covered pedestrian bridge)



Inside Hans-Psenner Steg



From Hans-Psenner Steg, we see the bridge for the cable car.  A good indication our destination is near.



From the other side of the bridge we see the old cable car rails




Innsbruck, Austria (1) – Old Town (Day 14)

Our last city stop before heading back to Zurich to catch our flight home is Innsbruck (bridge over the Inn).  A last minute decision to spend two days here was a wise one.   On our first day, we head to Old Town which was located a couple of blocks from our stay, Hotel Maxmillian.   Filled with beautiful old architecture, we are surrounded with wonderful atmosphere.

























Symbolic to mark the wedding of Emperor Maximilian to Bianca Maria Sforza, the Goldeness Dachl (Golden Roof) is actually made of fire-gilded copper tiles.



Designed as the royal box, the Emperor and his entourage can view all festivities in the square.






Venezia (Venice), Italy (4) – At the Venetian Lagoon (Day 13)

We head southeast from the main station through a maze of winding streets and dead ends to find the Venetian Lagoon, located in the Adriatic Sea.   We took a stroll along the busy street of Riva deli Schiavoni and admire some of the beautiful buildings situated on tiny islands.  On our journey back to the station, we take a walk through the Piazza San Marco where it was just too busy to appreciate.




Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute



Church of Giorgio Maggiore



Along the Riva degli Schiavoni












Piazza San Marco














Venezia (Venice), Italy (3) – Buildings (Day 13)

The deteoriation of the buildings is evident everywhere.  Because it’s Venice, this is considered characteristic and romantic.  However, this would not be the perception when we see this in a modern landscape.  It would be considered old and rundown.  Click on any image for a larger view.

Venezia (Venice), Italy (2) – Off the Grand Canal (Day 13)

We strayed away from the Grand Canal and explored the side streets and smaller canals.  It gave me more a sense of what Venice was all about without the congestion.  These were the areas I found more intriguing.


























Venezia (Venice), Italy (1) – The Grand Canal (Day 13)

An intriguing city that has more to offer than the time I gave it.   Part of me did not enjoy the crowd congestion that inhabited the main areas of the city.  Half the time we spent exploring the side streets which I did thoroughly enjoyed.  Like a giant maze, it was easy to get lost and wander into dead-ends.   My first post of Venezia focuses mainly on the Grand Canal.  In the past, I have always tried to note the location of where the photo was taken.  This will not be the case this time.  I have no idea where we were most of the time.

Emerging from the Santa Lucia Station, we see the Catholic Church, Chiesa de San Simeone Piccolo across the canal



Crossing the Scalzi Bridge



Looking back at the Santa Lucia Station from the Scalzi Bridge











































Bolzano, Italy (3) – A Trip to Oberbozen (Day 12)

On the first morning of our visit to Bolzano, we took a walk along Talvera creek that runs north/south.  We came across a gorgeous view of the hillside on the edge of the city.  We were determined to make the climb a challenge after our lunch.  With some research, we found a cable car (Rittner Seibahn) that departs from the nearby main train station.  However, what we thought was a short ride to the top of the hill, actually was a 12 minute ride deep into the hills to a village called Oberbozen.  We took a leisurely stroll through this delightful village.  On our way down, we see the many vineyards that is a common local product.

We were determine to get to the top of that hill.



Our departure point, Rittner Seibahn



Heading to Oberbozen

Looking down at the beautiful Bolzano



Chalet Grumer is a lodge located on the hillside northeast of Bolzano



This cable route just kept going and going







Reaching Oberbozen, we can see the dolomites in the distance.  There is a train from Oberbozen that can take you closer to these natural wonders.














Heading back to Bolzano










Netted covered vineyards keep the birds away from consuming the fruit












Looking back up from where we came