Being grounded with all the travel restrictions since March last year (pretty much like everyone else), my better half and I decided it was high time to run the Covid gauntlet and risk a quick dash overseas. The choice fell on the open air of the Sexten Dolomites in the Italian South Tyrol - a world heritage site - and later a few days in the lovely city of Innsbruck.
The cool alpine air made such a refreshing change from the suffocating summer heat of home which even now persists and shows no sign of abating. A few days of hiking in wide open spaces like those of the Alps is a luxury which we do not even dream about on our miniscule island, so it was with particular gusto that we took to our walking boots and sticks. And once in Innsbruck there was the added pleasure of the Andreas Hofer gallery and the medieval exhibits in Ambras Castle, a veritable treat for military history buffs. Hofer was the innkeeper who organised Tyrolean resistance against the French in 1809-10 and is highly regarded as a folk hero in the Tyrol. He managed to engage and defeat on various occasions Bavarian troops but was ultimately betrayed by a fellow Austrian, captured and executed.
|A room with a view. Our hotel high in the Sexten alpine meadows commanded breathtaking views|| |
|A cable car ride up to the Rotwand brings you to easy hikes with marvelous views|
|The old city centre of Innsbruck as seen from across the river Inn|| |
|The Andreas Hofer Tyrol military museum contains a nice array of hardware|
|A marvellous rotunda painting celebrates Hofer's struggles against Lefebvre's Bavarians in 1809|
|Late medieval jousting armour at Schloss Ambras|
|A nice selection of 15th & 16th century armour at Ambras|
|There's more to Innsbruck than just museums !|