Innsbruck feels like a home away from home. A small town,
situated in the Alps, with a river surrounding the city. Everywhere you look
you see mountains! I have to confess, since I have been in Innsbruck I have
been comparing it to Vancouver and sorry to say my Vancouverites but I love
Innsbruck way more.
The lifestyle, the culture, the history, the views, the
infrastructure, the cost of living, and the list goes on. Let’s start with the
fact that surrounding Innsbruck are eight different ski resorts, all within a
50 min FREE bus ride. Yes, if you are going skiing and dressed in your gear,
public transportation is FREE (something that doesn’t exist in Van). Lift
tickets for full day range from 29euro – 50euro, depending on the size of the mountain.
The mountains are just as beautiful as the town of
The buildings are all so colorful and vibrant, and the
pedestrian zones are filled with buskers, merchandisers, cafes and seating
areas to take it all in. Every building has history, some dating back to the
rule of Emperor Maximilian and even further back to 1180 (The Count’s Andeehs
One of the most interesting buildings to me is the Innsbruck
Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of St.
James. The cathedral was built between 1717-1724, but unfortunately during WWII
is was bombed numerous times, but was rebuilt over many years. The detail of
artwork on the walls, roof, floor-everywhere you look there is art. “Innsbruck
Cathedral is notable for two important treasures. The painting Maria Hilf
(Mary of Succor) by Lucas Cranach the Elder from c. 1530 is displayed
above the main altar. The cathedral also contains in the north aisle the
canopied tomb of Archduke Maximilian III of Austria, Grand Master of the
Teutonic Knights, dating from 1620″. What really got my attention were the
illusions. First off, the interior roof appears to be domed-when in fact the
ceiling is flat. Also, on the exterior you would count 10 windows, when really
there are only eight (two are painted to appear like windows).