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Culture of Innsbruck. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Innsbruck Golden Roof is one of the symbols of the city. The roof decorates a beautiful historical building of the 15th century. On the facade of the building you will see an amazingly elegant painting depicting the royal family. The roof of the former imperial residence consists of 2738 gilded tiles. Nowadays the building houses the exhibition of Historical Museum. You should definitely visit the city’s tower, which is equipped with a large observation deck. If you climb on it, you will be able to examine the city in details – the view from the tower is truly breathtaking.
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The Arch of Triumph is a prominent architectural monument, which was built by the order of Maria Theresa. It was a wedding gift to Kaiser Leopold II. Among the most striking religious attractions of the city is, without a doubt, Cathedral of St. James, which was completed in the first half of the 17th century. The cathedral is made in the Baroque style. Its chief ornament is a beautiful painting of Virgin Mary. Fans of classical music should visit Palace of Congresses, which often hosts performances of Symphonic Orchestra. This beautiful historic site was built in 1629 and originally served as the royal theater.
If you want to see priceless works of art, you should not forget to visit Ferdinandeum Museum. In its halls you will find paintings by famous Austrian painters. Patriot Hall is a collection of unique historical artifacts. Connoisseurs of art can continue the acquaintance with the works of famous Austrian artists in Hofkirche Church, one of the rooms of which has been also converted into a museum. Bergisel Mountain is very popular among fans of eco-tourism. Beautiful nature is not the only attraction of this place. Several centuries age Bergisel Mountain was the location of major military operations. Today you will find there Andreas Hofer Museum. The museum tells the guests about the important events of the past. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Among other notable museums are the following: (1) the “Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum”, where you can get acquainted with the cultural traditions of the region; “Audioversum”, the science center where the focus is on to sounds and music, and the exhibits are mostly interactive; as well as the unique “Glockengiesserei Grassmayr”, immersive in a fabulous atmosphere. Lovers of the history of medicine and surgery will find it fascinating to visit the Anatomisches Museum. Also in the city on the Inn River, is the interesting Tiroler MuseumsBahnen which will definitely please transport and technology enthusiasts.
Innsbruck The Schloss Ambras Innsbruck whose specific attractions are peacocks, attracts tourists with both its exterior and interior decoration. Also here you can look at interesting exhibits like works of art and knight’s armor. History lovers will be delighted to have the opportunity of visiting such a significant historical place, whose construction dates back to the 10th century. The castle fell into disrepair and was destroyed more than once, but was always restored from the ashes, like a Phoenix bird – and this is what makes it interesting.
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Helblinghaus is considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the Alpine capital. It is built in the Baroque style, and is notable for being a residential building, despite the fact that it is an important historical monument of the city on the Inn River. Graceful annulets give tourists the feeling as though standing before them is not a building, but a cake that they want to eat. Another interesting building can be seen while walking along the Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse waterfront. We are here referring to Ottoburg, which you can recognize by the monument to the freedom fighters of Tirol in 1809, situated in front of the building itself. It was built at the end of the 15th century by order of Maximilian I. Today, the mini-palace is a restaurant which serves excellent cuisine. Lovers of atmospheric places will be unimaginably delighted from going in and out the building.
The Jesuit Church of Innsbruck is considered to be one of the most beautiful religious temples in the entire region. The main attraction of the cathedral is a bell weighing 9 tons. It is also here that Duke Leopold and his better half are laid to rest. The church was built in the Baroque style, and the time of its construction dates back to the year 1619. The small church Landschaftlichen Pfarre Maria Hilf attracts the attention of people with its extraordinary spaciousness and incredible sense of peace. Georgskapelle, a small charming chapel, is yet another interesting place from the point of view of its interior – the interior decorations are simply amazing from the very first minutes.
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Cathedral of Saint James, Innsbruck

Location on the map:   Facts: » The church has unique religious objects preserved. There is a work by a German Renaissance painter – Madonna and Child. The icon is called Maria Hilf and is located in the centre of the altar. The carved frame is gilded.
»  There’s a tomb of Maximilian III, an archduke from the Austrian dynasty (1620). There is an organ in the room. Its shining tubes stand out against a dark blue background. The organ is dressed in a wooden case. Columns rise in the hall. They are made of pink marble. The walls are covered with frescoes.
»  The cathedral was constructed between 1717 and 1724. There is evidence that there used to be a 12th-century church on this site. Pilgrims found shelter in it.
»  The earthquake of 1689 destroyed the building. Thirty years later, it was restored.
»  Another major reconstruction took place in the 1960s. The building was seriously damaged during the Second World War artillery strike.
»  The facade is decorated with arch-shaped window openings.
»  The church has two bell towers. One has a working clockwork. The watch is over 300 years old. The other one has 48 bells. They ring at noon glorifying the world.

Ambras Castle, Innsbruck

» The 16th-century white-stone castle stands on an alpine hill. It was used by royals as a recreation house.
»  There used to be a medieval fortress on the site. Italian architects had to turn the citadel into a palace.
»  The archduke was keen on collecting unusual artifacts. The bottom level of the building has a collection of old weapons, printed publications, and manuscripts. The sculptural compositions of horsemen and horses are of interest. All riders are dressed in combat gear.
»  One of the halls exhibits 200 portraits of the Habsburg dynasty representatives painted by famous artists.
»  The Chamber of Art and Wonders is sort of an exhibition of images depicting unusual characters, for example, the sketches of Vlad Dracula. The Death figurine is made of real bone.
»  The monarch fulfilled his idea of a specific location of objects. The area dedicated to art has lots of caskets, statuettes, bronze items, and crafts from shrubs with openwork carving. The items of the same structure (wood, metal, silver) are placed side by side. A colour background is chosen for each of them: gold glitters against blue; wooden items are located against red; stones look better against green.

Jesuitenkirche, Innsbruck

» The Roman Catholic parish of the Jesuits of the Holy Trinity (1627-1676) is part of the city university, thus it’s also called the University Church. Sermons and rituals are done in 20 languages here. The members of the community engage in the cultural and religious educational activities.
»  The crypt of the house of God has sarcophagi of Emperor Leopold and his wife. Some of the priests were also buried here. A 9-ton bell hangs in the belfry. The shape of the building resembles an elongated cross. There are two towers.
»  The facade has lancet windows and is decorated with sculptures. The coat of arms of the Habsburgs is put above the central portal.
»  The flooring inside is mosaic. There’s also an openwork iron wall with the crucified Christ against it. Entering the temple, parishioners see the face of Blessed Catherine. She is revered as the protector of those who study sciences.
»  The interior of the hall is replete with stucco and bas-reliefs. There are marble columns with twisted patterns.
»  The fresco on the ceiling makes the dome seem higher. The painter made a flat picture seem to extend beyond the borders. The play of light and shade makes the image “move”.

Basilika Wilten, Innsbruck

» The basilica was erected on the site of the ancient sanctuary. In 1140, Wilten was under the patronage of Presbyterian monks.
»  Centuries later, a new building with twin towers was constructed. The belfries were built on both sides of the main building. They have a distinctive feature – carved tops and high spires. An inscription dedicated to Benedict XVI, the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church, is engraved above the central portal.
»  The building is distinct in multiple stucco decorations and architectural ledges. Many details are gilded. The ceiling is covered with biblical frescoes. The organ has 24 registers. The altar elevation is dotted with intricate curls. The altar is surrounded by 4 columns. It is topped by a wreath-shaped dome symbolizing the glory to the Mother of God.
»  Under the tent, there is a sculpture of the Virgin Mary dating from the 14th century. The figure is made of sandstone. Thousands of pilgrims come here to bow to the holy object. The palette of colours is subdued. Pastel shades prevail. The yellow cloister with white ornament looks gorgeous against the backdrop of an alpine hill.
»  Wilten Basilica is a functioning parish church.

Statdturm, Innsbruck

» The tower was erected in 1450.
»  The round embossed walls under a bright green roof are more similar to a house from a fairy tale than a building intended for defence.
»  The 31-meter city building served as a reminder of power. The bourgeoisie thus declared its readiness to defend the city.
»  The 148-step gatehouse was used by messengers hourly to inform the townspeople of the exact time of day, the news, and disasters. The city council announced the first guard on Stadtturm in 1529.
»  A woman became the last messenger informing from the top of Stadtturm. It happened in 1967.
»  The place was used for fair shows and trade. There used to be snack bars and shops. The guilty ones were executed here as well. Later, instead of heralds, the clock installed at the top informed the laity of the time.
»  The Tower of Innsbruck is lined with yellow and pink sandstone of a light shade. It is crowned by a spire with a lantern.
»  There is a small room inside. The room is designed for 15 people. It is currently allowed to organize celebrations in the hall.
»  The drainage is also remarkable. The gutters made of iron take the form of strange creatures.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Innsbruck

Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof)
Where: Herzog Friedrich Strasse 15, Innsbruck; Telephone: +43 (0)512 58 11 11;
Hofburg (Imperial Palace)
Where: Rennweg 1, Innsbruck; Telephone: +43 (0)512 58 71 86; Tickets: adults €5.50;
Hofkirche (Imperial Church)
Where: Universitätsstr. 2, Innsbruck; Tickets: adult €3;
Schloss Ambras (Ambras Castle)
Where: Schloss Strasse 20, Innsbruck; More info: Closed during november;
Basilika Wilten
Where: Haymongasse 6, Innsbruck; Tickets: free;
The Bergisel Ski Jump
Where: Bergiselweg 3, Innsbruck; Telephone: +43 (0)512 58 92 59; Tickets: adult €8.30;
Cathedral St. Jacob (dom St. Jakob)
Where: Domplatz, Innsbruck; Tickets: free;
Alpenzoo
Where: Weiherburggasse 37, Innsbruck; Telephone: +43 (0)512 29 23 23; Tickets: adult €8;
Reference information
Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Innsbruck
♥   Palace 'Schloss Ambras' Innsbruck, 2.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Linderhof Palace' , 47.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'New Castle' , 58.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Innsbruck
♥   Herz-Jesu-Basilika, Hall in Tirol, 8.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilika Mariathal, Kramsach, 40.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilika of St. Benedikt, Benediktbeuern, 49 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Wallfahrtskirche zum Gegeißelten Heiland auf der Wies, Steingaden, 59.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Abtei Neustift, Varna (Vahrn), 61.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Kathedrale Mariä Himmelfahrt und St. Kassian, Bressanone (Brixen), 64.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilika St. Michael, Altenstadt, 73.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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