The city, situated on the green river of Inn is the capital of Tirol. Now one of the nine federal states of Austria it has previously been part of Bavaria. The family branch of the Andechs – Meranians were the builders of the first bridge over the river Inn around 1180 and were also the founders of the old city which is today a charming magnet to vistors. In the 14th century the Family Habsburg took possession of Tirol and under the reign of Maximilian I. Innsbruck reached its peak of the medieval period.

Today Innsbruck is a modern city that has hosted the Winter Olympics in the years of 1964 and 1976. It is located between two mountain ranges, the northern chain of the Karwendel mountains and the other side is flanked by the Patscherkofel mountain range. Both these mountains offer perfect skiing conditions and other winter sports, while in the city below some fantastic art treasures are awaiting the visitor such as the imperial palace and the museum of fine arts called the Ferdinandeum. The church of St. Jacob harbours the famous Painting by Lukas Cranach of the holy Mary imbedded in the high altar and draws the attention and admiration of visitors and religious believers.

Let me take you on a one-day tour to Innsbruck and stop on the way for a magical visit to the Swarovski Crystal world. The Swarovski factory is situated 10 km from Innsbruck.

From time to time the Swarovski Crystal world is transformed within the framework of varying programmes of “Art within the Giant” into a kaleidoscope of forum of art. Since the autumn of 2010 the Russian artists Blue Noses are displaying a new view on world famous architectures.

Experience an exceptional change of perspectives.

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