Beautiful Innsbruck — as seen by Instagram
I’ve now arrived in Innsbruck and am enjoying the Travel Bloggers Unite conference, even though the conference itself is yet to begin!
As one of the conference activities, today I took an iPhone photography tour with Kirsten Alana, travel blogger and famed iPhone photographer. Kirsten taught us that you actually can get professional-quality photos from an iPhone, and there’s no excuse for taking bad iPhone photos when you have so many great tools.
For the best results, you need an iPhone 4, but you can definitely do well with a 3GS, which I have. You just need the apps: like AutoStitch, PS Express, 8mm, Pro HDR, Diptic, and more.
And I immediately became obsessed with Instagram.
Yes, I’m a bit late on the uptake — Instagram has been enormously popular with iPhone users for some time. This app takes your photos and has a variety of filters to make them look cool and retro.
Presenting Innsbruck, Austria — via Instagram!
Innsbruck is just plunked down in the middle of the Alps, and they’re taller than any mountains I’ve ever seen. That said, the drive in from Munich didn’t involve any twisting and turning around mountain passes, much to my relief.
I love the brightly colored houses in Innsbruck. It’s amazing how architecture evolves over regions — the houses were similar to Prague but not as ornate, similar to Munich but not as muted, and similar to northern Italy but neater.
It’s all about the Old Town in Innsbruck — this is the region with the best-preserved architecture, and it’s absolutely beautiful. I especially loved the side streets.
And outside of the Old Town, you see plenty of modern architecture, like this space-age building.
All over the city, you see churches like the one above with incredibly ornate interiors.
Above is one of the main streets of the old town, Marie-Theresien-Strasse. You’ll find lots of cafes here, some restaurants and bars, lots of bike racks (Innsbruck is a very bikable city) and more of the beautiful candy houses, with a view of the Alps in the background.
This photo, taken while exiting the Old Town, might be one of my very favorites.
I never had much of a desire to visit Innsbruck before this trip — mostly because it seemed like a ski resort town for package holidays. And I’m sure you’re aware that I’m neither a skier not a winter person whatsoever, so why would I have any interest?
Well, if you plan a trip during the summer (and yes, it is SO hot here — around the high eighties, or mid-thirties for the Celsius crowd), you can enjoy a picturesque town surrounded by unbelievably green mountains. Innsbruck is a holiday destination worth considering.
Stay tuned for more coverage from Innsbruck and TBU!