This towering building (it’s not actually that tall) is the Innsbruck Altstadt tower. Usually old towns always have a lookout point or a bell/clock tower. This is the Innsbruck equivalent and the one I decided to climb up on one of the weekends in Innsbruck. It was a Sunday and there wasn’t much happening. I caught up with a colleague and we both decided to climb the tower.
As I mentioned, it’s not that tall a tower, but you’ll still be busy climbing a nicely winding staircase, which changes shape and consistency halfway up (when your reach the top of the tower base). Entry to the tower will only cost you a few euros (if I remember correctly, it was 3 or so euros).
In exchange for some spare change and the climb, you get a nice view of the town’s rooftops with the mountains in the background. I was lucky enough to have chosen a sunny day with blue skies. Got a clear view of the mountains as you can witness here.
St. Jakob’s cathedral in the foreground, huge mountains in the background.
The height is probably on part with the Bergisel. If you need to refresh your memory, you can read my previous post ages ago about it…
The fancy looking black modern building is City Hall. It also houses a shopping centre called “Rathaus Gallerie” (or City Hall Gallery). Atop there is a cafe with a 360 degree view of the city. The towering glass structure that is part of the building is the elevator shaft! You will hear about Rathaus Gallerie in the near future.
Of course apart from looking over the rooftops, once you’re up there, you need to look down as well! Around the walkway atop the tower are downpipes in the shape of mystical sea creatures. Look down further and you’ll see the Altstadt…
…and the Golden Roof. As I looked down upon it, I noticed the Japanese tourists staring up at me and my colleague probably wondering how we got up there. Altstadt really gets a lot of tourists. I actually felt like a resident of the city after only a few weeks and it was a different feeling when I always revisited the Altstadt on weekends!
Grabbed a drink at you-know-where. Love the tray sheet from McDonalds. It is such a funny looking potato and makes for a good picture to take with back to Australia!
Soon after descending from the tower, my colleague and I decided to venture up another one: Rathaus Gallerie. The views from there are quite different and I believe it isn’t as tall as the one in the Altstadt. What surprised me however were the great number of green roofs that you could see on top of buildings along Maria-Theresien street.
The style of apartments around here seriously make me want to buy one! Looks very comfortable to live in (I like metropolitan lifestyle and the modern look appeals to me too). Also quite a few more rooftop gardens. I’m not exactly sure whether these roof are accessible, but I think they’d be too dangerous to climb up on (probably just a once-in-a-while maintenance thing). Rooftop gardens have been considered an important design measure for controlling urban thermal comfort because of the plants, which promote evaporation within the area. It interests me a lot and I do some research about improving urban thermal comfort. You can therefore tell that a feature like these gardens in Innsbruck would be noticed by myself straightaway.
I didn’t stay atop the City Hall for long as we were both hungry. Did not decide to have a drink at the cafe either, it was rather crowded.
We ended up sitting along the Inn River at a restaurant that served Japanese Ramen. I ordered a bowl, my first Asian dish in a month and a half! Was not quite what I had expected, capsicum and other interesting non-Asian vegetables, but still tasted alright. One serve of Innsbruck Ramen after a good weekend!
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