|Many of the city lamp posts are covered with vegetation - at times this obscures the road signs.|
The Museum of Tyrolean Folk Art exceeded our expectations with many well thought-out displays. We were particularly impressed with the reconstructed rooms. All in wood, and presumably all original.
Our final visit was St. James' Cathedral. Again, this was well maintained.
The Innsbruck Card certainly made it easy to obtain entry, no line-ups and the automatic ticket readers speeded things up considerably.
|The Hungerburgbahn bridge over the River Inns|
We came back down again to Hungerburg which was in full sun. Lunch was a beer with goulash soup/soup with a bacon dumpling. Both dishes were local specialties.
|Soup with a bacon dumpling.|
The Innsbruck card also allowed us to enter the Alpenzoo which, in many ways was a mistake. For at least half of the cages we couldn't find anything. Many of the areas were heavily overgrown and had many dead trees in them making it extremely difficult to see the animals. The vultures and eagles looked very sorry for themselves in their cages while the bear was pacing back and forth in the same part - a sure sign of stress. The moose had a very small, hillside area and this for an animal which spends much of its time in water. There were two beavers, one of which just swam round and round and round - obviously stressed. In a word the Alpenzoo is disgusting. It should be closed, or left just for the farmyard animals who are used to being cooped up in small areas.
|Hungerburgbahn at Alpenzoo station|
Later in the early evening we took tram #1 to the end of the line close to the Inns River and walked along a very pleasant riverside path back into town. The Imperial Gardens were well worth a visit. In one part a number of people were playing chess with giant pieces against a backdrop of yellow Iris. By the pond, a family of ducklings was settling down for the night.
|Ducklings getting ready for the night - the mother had already settled down, invisible in the grass a short way away.|
We leave Innsbruck tomorrow so need to get out all our information on Salzburg.