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ESA Social Theory Conference, Innsbruck, September 11-13, 2008

a ‘regional music festival with a difference’, a children’s event ‘Klangspuren on bare feet’ – and many more things in the context of experiencing music and sounds. Information: Klangspuren Schwaz, tel.+43-5242-73582, info(at)klangspuren.at, www.klangspuren.at & Tourist Information!

At a Glance

Facts

on

Innsbruck:

University town:

Olympic town:

Innsbruck is the capital of the Austrian Tyrol province – approx. 135,000 inhabitants – located at 575 m above sea level – rivers: Inn and Sill – situated at the foot of Patscherkofel (2,247 m) and Nordkette (2,334 m) campus spreads all over town.

During term 23,700 students in Innsbruck in 1964 and 1976 Olympic winter games venue of live

Focus on tourism:

Eating and Drinking:

the ‘Innsbruck Tourismus’ tourist association represents Innsbruck as well as 25 holiday villages in the town’s vicinity – approx. 2.2 million annual overnight stays – in Innsbruck alone approx. 5 million guests, incl. day visitors – summer and winter tourism, with a slight advantage on summer tourism great gastronomical variety, rang- ing from gourmet restaurants (3 award-winning restaurants) to the ‘Tiroler Wirtshaus’ inns – offering

wholesome

popular

local

fare

(dumplings, noodles, ‘Krapfen’, lamb, beef,

filled sweet

dishes), - cafes and pastry shops with gateaus, cakes and coffee specialties – clubs and bars to go out in the evening, meet locals, sample wines, ..

Sports & leisure: multitude of summer sports (hiking, climbing, Nordic walking, running,

cycling,

mountain

biking,

golf,

swimming lakes) and winter sports ( d o w n h i l l a n d N o r d i c s k i i n g , g l a c i e r

skiing

on

the

Stubai

glacier,

snowboarding, snowshoeing, tobog- ganing, ice sports etc.) – guided hikes with ASI (Alpinschule Innsbruck) – 9 skiing and hiking areas serviced by chairlifts and cable-cars – free transport for skiers and hikers alike – free summer and winter activity programme for ALL guests of Innsbruck and its 25 holiday villages

cenotaph

tomb of

Emperor

Maximilian

I., Bergisel

ski jump

Traditions:

&

Hungerburgbahn

designed

by

Advent and Christmas customs such as Christmas Market, Nativity exhibitions, St. Nicholas

and

Christmas

processions

carnival folklore and Easter tombs; in autumn: cattle proces- sions and thanksgiving festivities.

Church

with

the

Renaissance

Zaha

annual

events

such

as the

Festival

of Early

Music,

Summer

Ambras

castle

with

its

Renais-

sance ‘Chamber of Art Curiosities’, Imperial Palace

and and

architect

sights:

the

mediaeval

British-Iraqi Hadid, etc.

star

Cultural highlights:

Dance Festival,

Easter Festival –

Golden

Roof,

historic

quarter,

Modern architecture: A dialogue between urban design and natural landscape.

Around the turn of the millennium, Innsbruck experienced a veritable boom in high-quality archi- tectural design, finding its expression in administrative buildings, sports venues, shopping

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