We had a lovely day meeting up with my nephew and his family. I looked this up; apparently the children of your first cousin are also called your nephews and nieces, I didn’t know that. So now I have two grown up nephews and I’m a great aunt four times over!
Anyhow, back to our second tourist visit to Innsbruck. We had a little difference in what we wanted to do. The key places of interest were the Tiroler Volkskunst Museum and the botanical gardens. I wanted to see both, Eric didn’t want too another museum.
We decided to ‘do’ one thing each, I visited the museum (no great surprises there) and Eric the botanical gardens. Me first!
The Tiroler Volkskunst Museum. This is a Regional Heritage Museum, its aim to preserve aspects of Tyrolean culture. There was a marked Catholic and religious and pagan looking theme to the museum, which was of less interest to me. Looking around it reminded me of how superstitious people were in the past. Then I got to thinking that actually people haven’t changed at all, just the things they are superstitious about.
These costumes were worn for spring/fertility festivals….
There was an interesting collection of traditional clothing which I always like….
Interestingly, like the Scottish tartan, traditional costumes were not that widely worn until a revival of interest in the early 20th century….
…. and a couple of hats….
The museum has also been collecting entire rooms for preservation, the traditional ‘Stube’ or parlour which was in essence the heart of the home. I’ve only taken a couple of pictures as they were quite dark and the carving detail was difficult to capture, but you’ll get the idea…
The museum also houses the Tyrolean Trades Museum founded in 1888. It is a huge collection of arts and crafts thought (correctly) to be threatened by industrialisation. Items were selected for their high standards of craftsmanship. Here are only a very few examples of a really interesting collection:
Next to the museum is the Hofkirche or Court Church which houses the tomb of Emperor Maximilian I. The cenotaph is ringed by 28 large bronze statues that represent the Emperor’s ancestors (real and imagined) as well as heroes of antiquity. It is beautiful….
And at the end of the museum visit, somewhere peaceful to sit and contemplate…
While Rose was traipsing round the museum I took a hike to the edge of town to visit the botanical gardens. Unsurprisingly, as they’re on the edge of the Alps, they have a good collection of alpine plants; not just from Europe but from around the world. I thought this was great – loads of things that you’d see in a garden but in miniature: tiny geraniums, tiny penestemons, tiny this and tiny that. The problem with tiny plants is that my phone wouldn’t focus on them so all the photos came out with the subject blurred and the background in focus. So what you see below is a few of the bigger specimens.
The botanical gardens are a working part of the local university so the hot houses and cactus collections were off limits, which was a shame.
Next stop Bodensee, also known as Lake Konstanz……