Le Chic En Rose

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We hadn’t got time to visit all the museums and galleries in Innsbruck (there were many to choose from) but we were intrigued by the sound of Das Tirol Panorama (The Tyrol Panorama) so headed out to the southern end of town to take a look. Here we moved forward from the earlier Hapsburg castles and palaces we had so far visited, to the 19th century, in particular the life and times of the Tyrol region during the Napoleanic Wars.

Das Tirol Panorama is a giant painting (actually 27 individual paintings on canvas). These paintings are joined together and set up in a display, which goes all the way round the room. It gives the viewers a 360 degree view of Tyrolean history by commemorating the 3rd Battle of Bergisel in August 1809, between the Tyrolean patriots and the combined forces of the Bavarians and French. This confrontation was one of the Tyroleans many attempts at wresting control of their land back to Austrian rule and on this occasion they successfully drove their enemies back and retook control of the Tyrolean capital, Innsbruck. Their leader Andreas Hofer, who was born in 1767 near Sankt Leonard in the South Tyrol (now San Leonardo Italy) was hailed a hero and set himself up as the self-styled leader of the Tyrol region with the blessing of the Austrian Emperor, Francis 1. Ultimately the Austrians were defeated and ceded the Tyrol to the French who hunted down and captured Hofer. He met his end near Mantua in 1810 where he was executed under orders from the French. Hofer is still revered today as a folk hero of the Tyrol region and his tomb now rests in the Hofkirche, the church of the Imperial Palace in Innsbruck. In addition to the Panorama, the museum also houses the Kaiserjaegermuseum (The Museum Of The Tyrolean Imperial Infantry). This display links in to the military history during the times of the uprising and there is also a section called “Showcase Tyrol”, which explores the culture, lifestyle and values of the Tyrolean region from this period and onwards.  I was able to take some photos but since I wasn’t doing my blog then, you will have to peer past Monsieur Le Chic and yours truly to get an idea of the scale of the Panorama! We did feel as though we could be in the midst of the battle and whilst some of the exhibits and explanations of the history were quite complicated to follow (even in English!) the Panorama was a real highlight.  For more details of museums in Innsbruck and entry fees head here!

 

The Panorama was painted by a team of artists under the direction of a Munich based landscape painter, Michael Zeno Diemer (1867-1939) and was first exhibited in Innsbruck in 1896. It was relocated to its present location in Bergisel in 2011 and now resides near the site of the original battle! If museums and history are not your cup of tea you can also pay a visit to the site of the Innsbruck Ski Jump, which is also located in Bergisel.  One of Innsbruck’s other main claims to fame is its close association with the Winter Olympics, which were held here in 1964 and 1976. Innsbruck has also twice hosted the Winter Paralympics and also the inaugural World Youth Winter Olympic Games in 2012.

 

The Innsbruck Ski Jump at Bergisel viewed from the other side of the valley on the Nordkette

The Innsbruck Ski Jump at Bergisel viewed from the other side of the valley on the Nordkette

 

There are so many pretty little towns and villages dotted around the Tyrol! One pleasant April day when the rain stopped and the sun shone throughout, we caught the train from Innsbruck and went east towards the Kitzbuehl area. We had a very enjoyable lunch in a little cafe in the main square of St Johann In Tirol. A major drawcard for tourists with its abundance of skiing facilities and hiking trails,  it was between the summer and winter seasons when we visited and the lovely old buildings were basking in the sun. It was a quiet and dreamy place out of season and we could get a real feel for the beautiful Tyrol, its daily life and its proud heritage!

 

 

 

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40 thoughts on “Das Tirol Panorama

  1. restlessjo says:

    What a pretty post, Rosemay! Austria really is delightful, isn’t it? I have fond memories.
    There is a Panorama of similar scale in Wroclaw, in Poland, of a battle scene- the first I had ever seen of this kind of thing. It will reside somewhere in my posts and I will dig it out if you’re interested.
    You posted your Weggis walk on my Mondays page but you have already shared it with me before. I don’t have any objection to sharing it again if you’d like me too, but I have a lot of walks this week so maybe I should hold it over to next week? Lovely to visit you, as always. Have a lovely weekend, whatever you’re up to. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Jo yes I’d be very interested to see your post on Wroclaw and the Panorama there just tell me where to look and I’ll go there! Austria is delightful a beautiful part of the world and the Tyrol has a magical quality about it! I certainly didn’t intend to post my Weggis link again this week so not sure what has happened there! Looking back I know I thought it hadn’t worked the first time so I sent it twice perhaps you only saw one of the links? Sorry for any confusion no need to post it again and I’ll look forward to reading next week’s Monday Walk! The weekend is going to be lovely here sunny but not too warm. Thanks for calling by and have a lovely weekend too 🙂

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      1. restlessjo says:

        Glad the problem’s solved, Rosemay 🙂 I noticed you had another post I’d missed and I’ll pop back later to read it. I’ll bring the link with me because I have no idea what it’s called! 🙂

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        1. Thanks so much Jo – yes I usually do a post every Friday so there’s likely to be a couple whilst you were away thanks for visiting and I’ll enjoy reading the Wroclaw post 🙂

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  2. colibrist says:

    Very interesting concept the one of the Das Tirol panorama! And St Johann in Tirol looks like a lovely place! At least you got lucky with the weather sometimes 🙂

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    1. Yes Laia we’d never seen anything like it before – Jo from Restless Jo says she saw one in Wroclaw Poland so I’m going to check out her post on that. St Johann In Tirol is beautiful – I knew about it because my mum went there years ago before she was married with some friends and she always said how lovely it was so I was happy to be able to go there! We had a lovely day too with the weather 🙂

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  3. I would love to visit Innsbruck some day. Thank you for bringing Das Tirol Panorama to my attention. It sounds like an intriguing bit of history represented through art. Interesting post.

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    1. Thanks Nancy we loved it and found the whole Tyrol region fascinating – such a rich history as well as beautiful scenery. Now it is split in 2 with the southern part being incorporated into northern Italy after the end of the first World War and the end of the Hapsburg Empire. Hope you can go there and see it for yourself one day and I’d love to go back again too! 🙂

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  4. KerryCan says:

    The town where the 1932 and 198o Olympics were held, Lake Placid, is very close to where I live. You can go to the top of the ski jump and look down the ramp–I cannot even fathom having the nerve to ski off that! Your photos are great and I love the concept of the 360 degree panorama.

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    1. Thanks Kerry that is very interesting it must have been an amazing experience to look down from the top of the ski jump! Like you I cannot imagine how anyone could possibly jump off there on skis it would be absolutely terrifying! The Panorama was very interesting it just looked like one whole painting and because it is on canvas just wraps round the room very clever glad you liked the photos thanks 🙂

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  5. Sartenada says:

    How adorable Photos You presented. I enjoyed every one of them. Thank You.

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    1. Thanks am so glad you liked them and they gave you an idea of the Panorama and the pretty town of St Johann thanks for calling by here again too 🙂

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  6. Hi Rosemary! Seeing this pictures bring so many nice memories from the two times I have been in Austria. The beautiful typical houses and the atmosphere of a winter sport city. I really enjoyed this post as well! And hope that I will visit Innsbruck one day as well, now that I have so many tips on what to see there.
    Wish you a lovely weekend.

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    1. Thanks Hanne am so glad these Austrian posts have brought back happy memories for you 🙂 It’s a lovely place with so much to see and do apart from skiing (which must be fun too if you can ski unlike me!). I hope you can visit there again too maybe when you’re back in Europe! Wishing you a lovely weekend too! 🙂

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  7. I’ve been loving these Friday trips to Innsbruck Rosemary – another great one. The panorama museum sounds great – what a fantastic way to view the history. I’ve been to the ski jump in the dim and distant past (well before digital cameras) you got a great shot!! St Johann looks gorgeous too, so much to see and do in this area I am tempted so much to go back!!

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    1. Thanks Joy I’m so glad you’re enjoying them! I wanted to highlight Innsbruck as a great base from which to explore the Tyrol region (and beyond) as well as having many attractions in its own right. We actually did a day trip from there to Salzburg (2 hours by fast OBB railjet train) as well. It was our second trip there as we stayed for a couple of nights (way back) as backpackers. Of course Salzburg is lovely too – way more touristy than Innsbruck and understandably featured by many bloggers but Innsbruck really charmed us in an unexpected way so I felt there was a lot to write about that perhaps would not be so widely known. The Panorama painting itself is another great attraction and there was so much else at the museum too. I took the ski jump photo from the other side of the valley so it must look huge close up – digital cameras are such a great way to share photos and you can just click away as you can discard all the bad shots (unlike old photo films). There’s a wonderful viewing deck and restaurant from the ski jump so that’s something for us to see next time! I think you’d find a lot to see and do in the Innsbruck region – we also did trips to Mittenwald and Garmisch and over the Brenner Pass to the Sud Tyrol and Bolzano/Bozen as well as Salzburg and a few other places such as St Johann. You can take your pick of places to go to! Yes St Johann is delightful – my mum went there years ago before I was born with some friends for a summer hiking trip and she always talked about it so I was keen to see it for myself and was not disappointed. It was so relaxing sitting there in the main square having lunch and watching the world go by! Hope you can go there one day too and have a lovely weekend 🙂

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  8. avibrantday says:

    Wow. This location is beyond belief amazing! Again, I enjoyed the history :o)

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    1. Thanks so much Jacqueline I thought so too it’s a pretty special part of the world! Glad you enjoyed the historical side too I learnt so much on that holiday – there were fascinating stories to be found everywhere and even though I’d studied history I really didn’t know much about that region before! Thanks for visiting and have a lovely weekend 🙂

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  9. As always Rosemary, such beautiful imagery. Like something out of a story book I know where I am going when I finish sailing! In the meantime, I will continue to live vicariously through you.

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    1. Thanks so much Lisa! It really is like something out of a storybook – am glad you can enjoy the Tyrol through my posts and hope you can definitely go there yourself one day! There are plenty of lakes but no ocean unfortunately! Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend 🙂

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  10. I love the paintings on the house walls ! It is so nice !

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    1. I know aren’t the paintings just gorgeous Gin? A bit like the ones we saw in Bavaria too obviously very popular in this part of the world and the buildings are so beautifully maintained 🙂

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      1. they are very similar, they also make me think about Strasbourg a little bit 🙂 It is very well maintained indeed, this is impressive

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        1. I went to Strasbourg many years ago I do remember the houses reminded me more of Germany though I can’t remember if any of them had painted frescoes or not. Strasbourg is really not far from southern Germany though!

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          1. I remembered some of them near “la petite France” 🙂

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            1. I’ll go and read up on that its over 30 years ago since I was last in Strasbourg!!

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            2. 30 years ago, time is flying 😉

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            3. I was a very young backpacker at the time!

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            4. I have a question regarding backpacking. I’ve read something about “French shopping” in Australia, and I was quite shocked. Is it true ?

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            5. Not sure quite what this is Gin but there were some reports a while back of French backpackers causing trouble and in particular shoplifting hence the expression “French Shopping” Is that what you were referring?!

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            6. Yes ! Apparently there are a lot of French backpackers stealing food, and now, french speaking people are not welcomed in many places. Is that true ?

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            7. I haven’t heard that French backpackers are not welcome Gin I hope that would not be the case but then I don’t use backpackers hostels! There are quite a few French people who live in Australia too we get our fruit and vegetables from a lovely couple and the husband is French 😃

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            8. I’m so relieved to hear that 🙂

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  11. pommepal says:

    What an incredibly beautiful place. Great for photography, you have captured some lovely buildings and views

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    1. Thanks Pauline yes it is just delightful! Very easy to take nice photos here too 🙂 Hope you’ve survived the cyclone intact!

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  12. Mitzie Mee says:

    Innsbruck is such a beautiful city. I was there 10 years ago, but I never went to see the Das Tirol panorama. looks impressive:)

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    1. It certainly was impressive Mitzie and Innsbruck is very attractive 😃 I think th Panorama was housed in a different location when you visited too so maybe was not as well publicised!

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  13. Globalresidence says:

    Very nice pix. Especially the one with you standing by the battle pix! Wishing you a great weekend, Rosemary! 😃

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    1. Thanks so much! Glad you like the photos and hope you’ve had a great weekend too! 😃

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