One of the places on the list of attractions to visit while in Innsbruck was the Tirol Panorama on Bergisel Hill near the base of the Olympic Bergisel Ski Jump. The panorama is dedicated to the Tyrolean militia's fight against Bavarian attempts to put down a rebellion. The rebellion around Innsbruck was led by Andreas Hofer whose monument stands near the panorama.
|Andreas Hofer Monument|
For a brief history of the third battle, I turn to Wikipedia.
On 13 August, Hofer and 18,000 Tyrolese fought Deroy's division in the third battle of Bergisel. Four Bavarian battalions belonging to General Siebein's 2nd Brigade lost 200 dead and 250 wounded. The 70 companies of rebels lost 100 dead and 220 wounded. After taking hostages from leading local families, Lefebvre abandoned Innsbruck and the last occupation troops were gone from the Tyrol by 18 August.
Speckbacher and 2,000 irregulars attacked the Bavarian garrisons in the villages of Lofer, Luftenstein, Unken, and Mellek on 25 September. Of the 700 soldiers belonging to the Leib Infantry Regiment # 1, 50 were killed and wounded, 300 captured, and 100 missing. The troops were dispersed with only two companies in each village. The detachment in Mellek broke out and retreated north to Bad Reichenhall; the other garrisons were wiped out. On the same day Haspinger with 2,400 Tyrolese and four guns evicted General-Major Stengel's brigade from the Lueg Pass near Golling an der Salzach. The 3,500 Bavarians and three cannons retreated north to Salzburg. Lefebvre, with 2,000 of Stengel's troops attacked Hallein on 3 October. Haspinger's force, which had lingered in the town, was chased back into the mountains, leaving their six cannons behind.Andereas Hofer was later betrayed to the French and shot in Mantua 20FEB1810.
The 360 degree panorama painting depicts the third battle on the Bergisel Heights above Innsbruck. Enjoy the photos of this marvelous spectacle.
|Church in 1809 from painting|
|Church today from Bergisel Hill|
|Church close up|
Attached to the panaroma by means of an underground passage is the Kaiserjager Regimental Museum. Plenty of other tourist-worthy sights to see in Innsbruck. A few of those other sights as well as the Kaiserjager Museum may appear in future posts.