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Willkommen auf INCE-bruck!

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

by Mary Ellen Eagan

Sunday, September15, 2013

Innsbruck Aldstadt (Old Town)

Innsbruck Aldstadt (Old Town)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The understanding of Innsbruck that many Americans of my generation have begins and ends with the 1976 Winter Olympics:  Franz Klammer, Jim McKay, and Dorothy Hammil (yup, I had her famous wedge haircut).

Dorothy Hammil, 1976

Dorothy Hammil, 1976

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Didn’t think much of it again until I was invited to speak at the 2013 Internoise Conference.  So here I am, getting ready to attend the “Opening Ceremonies”, after spending a day as tourist.  I’d recommend:

  • Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum (Tyrolean Regional Heritage Museum): features a collection of folk art and displays of Austrian living in the 15th-18th century.  I was most intrigued by a current exhibition entitled “Dreck” (Dirt), which focused on cleanliness and hygiene as a social ideal (indeed, teutonic fastidiousness with hygiene was something I noticed upon my first visit to Austria, when most toilets were still of the “shelf toilet” variety).
  • Aldstadt:  the Old Town, with pretty pastel buildings, Alps in the background, and lots of touristy shops, in case you’re in need of some new leiderhosen.
  • Theresienkirche: at the top of a mountain, in the “Hunger District”.  The church has several frescoes by Max Weiler, including this one depicting Tyroleans at the crucifixion:

Herz-Jesu-Sonne, 1947  Source: Die Hungerburger Theresienkirche

Herz-Jesu-Sonne, 1947
Source: Die Hungerburger Theresienkirche

 

 

 

More later.  When the action starts.