Be enchanted by the charm of Innsbruck, the capital city of Tyrol. A visit to the Innsbruck Old Town is a must during your holiday in Tyrol! Discover the numerous sightseeing attractions and enjoy the special flair of this city.
Irrespective of how you wish to explore Innsbruck – whether alone, with a trained city guide or in a sightseeing bus – Innsbruck is in every case a plus for your holiday in Tyrol.
Golden Roof, Hofkirche and Hofgarten
In the heart of the Gothic Old Town, one of the loveliest medieval city centres in Austria, lies Innsbruck’s most famous emblem: the Golden Roof. The Golden Roof building contains the “Golden Roof Museum”. By means of an audio-guide visitors can see a richly facetted exhibition that traces the imposing life of Emperor Maximilian I. You can enter the oriel of the Golden Roof and enjoy the unique view of the Innsbruck Old Town when visiting this museum.
Innsbruck Hofburg and Hofgarten
Together with the Golden Roof, you should plan for a visit to the Imperial Hofburg. In the Innsbruck Hofburg, that was once the seat of the sovereign princes of Tyrol, you can see the former sumptuous rooms and the Hofgarten.
An interesting undertaking in the Innsbruck Old Town is a tour of the Hofkirche. This church was built by Emperor Maximilian I as a sepulchre. The church, which is also known as the Church of St Francis or the “Church of the Black Men”, accommodates the Ebert organ, the largest preserved Renaissance organ in Austria. Due to the grave of the freedom fighter Andreas Hofer at the church, this place of worship is of great importance to the people of Tyrol.
St Jacob’s Cathedral
Another sacred building that you should not miss is St Jacob’s Cathedral. The Baroque edifice was built from 1717 to 1724 on the site of a Gothic church. Worth seeing is the famous Madonna and Child picture by Lukas Cranach the Elder, as well as the effusive ceiling frescos and stucco work by the Asam brothers. St Jacob’s Cathedral is also famous for the so-called carillon – a “peace” glockenspiel.
Ambras Castle lies to the south of Innsbruck. This grand castle functions as a branch of the Museum of Art History in Vienna. It was built by Archduke Ferdinand II who used the castle to exhibit his collections of portraits and suits of armour. The major part of this archducal collection, however, is to be seen today in Vienna. Nevertheless, Ambras Castle contains interesting collections. A tour of the Spanish Hall and the English-styled castle park will count among the further highlights of your visit. You can enjoy castle concerts at Ambras Castle during the summer.
The Innsbruck Old Town is perfect for a shopping spree. A deep-rooted city centre, modern shops and urban flair – the Innsbruck inner city is a shopping paradise of a special kind. Among the most famous shopping streets in the Old Town count the Maria-Theresien-Straße and the Herzog-Friedrich-Straße pedestrian zone, which lead directly to the Golden Roof. You will find a modern and popular shopping centre in the Town Hall Galleries.
The numerous cafes and restaurants with their guest gardens invite one to linger. Enjoy the unique ambiance of the Innsbruck Old Town and the busy bustle over a relaxed cappuccino or a glass of wine.
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