January 18, 2018

Early One Morning in Innsbruck

One morning while I was in Innsbruck I decided to go for a walk before the Travel Bloggers Unite conference got started.  As I roamed and wandered this city that captivated me, I noticed a large gathering of people under the Goldenes Dachl or Golden Roof.Under the Golden Roof Innsbruck Austria

As I came closer I noticed a group of men and women dressed in traditional clothing.  At first they were milling around but eventually got lined up in a military fashion.Milling around Innsbruck Austria

The men carried rifles and sabers whileInnsbruck Austria Unexpected Event

Most of the women seem to be carrying small barrels that must be full of liquid libation!Innsbruck Austria waitng for Inspection

Even though I had not clue what was going on, I did stop and watch as it progressed for a few minutes.

The flag the men are holding says “Zur erinnerung an das Gründungsfest” and I have no idea what the meaning is.  I thought it would be some kind of festival but when I translated it online I got “In Remembrance of the Foundation Laid.”  Whatever that means!?!  If anyone knows please let me know in your comment below!Innsbruck Austria Gathering

I couldn’t stay very long but this unexpected “event” was one of the special highlights Innsbruck offered me! Seeing locals in traditional clothing always brings a smile to my face even more so when they seem to be enjoying every minute!

I highly recommend early morning wandering!


What surprises have you run into during an early morning walk?


These photo’s are shared as part of Travel Photo Thursday.  For more great pictures, make sure to look into Budget Travelers Sandbox.

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  4. Elise Walsh says:

    You really couldn’t do anything but watch. This is such an awesome thing to wake up to. Good pics!
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    I am not the happiest of travellers but I do enjoy meeting people of different cultures. Tank for sharing!

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  11. Sophie says:

    Hm… where have I seen that place before…? 😉

    I did an early morning photo session of Innsbruck – such excellent light. Missed the founding-party, though, so it must have been another morning…
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  12. Awesome! They seem to be having a blast. And they sure gave you some neat photos to share. That was nice of them.
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  13. In Juayuya, El Salvador, I arrived for their annual week-long celebration. Normally they are known for a food festival on the weekends, but this was a full-on party all week long. There were huge stages set up with international musicians playing.
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  14. jenjenk says:

    my favorite thing was walking in paris in the early morning. I found peace. 🙂
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I agree, walking early morning in Paris is amazing! One time I came across the Paris marathon. It was great running into it.

  15. inka says:

    Ha,ha, you aren’t that far off with your translation. Gründungsfest is the celebration of the founding of the city and Erinnerung is indeed ‘remembrance,’.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Thanks Inka! Guess this means it was a small remembrance of the founding of Innsbruck. I would have thought that would be a bigger event. Either way, it was a great thing to stumble upon.

  16. What an unexpected find. Whatever they were celebrating sure sounds interesting. Unfortunately, I’m not a morning person and one of these days I really should do a morning walk. Hopefully, I’ll be greeted with a pleasant surprise.
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  17. It’s always fun to come across these unexpected events and performances. Wish I could help you out with the translation — would be interesting to know.
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  18. Laurel says:

    You did good with your translation! 🙂 I’m amazed at how many festivals and parades are in Europe. My favorite was stumbling upon a May Day Festival, something I wasn’t familiar with until I moved to Germany.
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  19. What a treat, eh Debbie? I also love getting up early but mostly to watch the sunrise. I can’t remember stumbling on to anything as spectacular. Wish I knew what that meant….
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  20. We were in DC over the summer and paid a visit to Arlington Cemetery. I’ve been several times before, but what made this one different was we explored some of the less traveled areas of the grounds, and in doing so stumbled across a funeral in progress. It sounds a bit morbid, but it was incredibly moving hearing the 21 gun salute, and Taps breaking the morning air…
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  21. Leigh says:

    They’re a handsome lot aren’t they. And I agree – getting up with the birds can lead to many a pleasant surprise.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      It sure does! Usually when traveling I like to sleep in a bit but now I am starting to get up earlier to enjoy sunrises and more!

  22. I love stumbling upon unexpected events, traditions, and festivals when I’m traveling.
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