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Travel Guide to Innsbruck, Austria

Surrounded by a ridge of picturesque mountains, Innsbruck is a beautiful place that attracts numerous tourists. Every year, the city and the ski resorts located near it are visited by approximately two million people. Innsbruck has become so popular due to a unique combination of cultural, natural and sporting attractions. Even ancient Romans knew that the confluence of the Inn and the Schill is the best place to live. They founded Wilden – a forerunner of the modern city of Innsbruck.
Cuisine of Innsbruck for gourmet
Gourmet travellers will find numerous original institutions in Innsbruck. Not only fashionable restaurants, but also cafes and bars offer to guests interesting dishes. The restaurant named Tiroler...
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During its development, the city has become an important medieval center of commerce and the capital of Tyrol. Innsbruck is the location of numerous beautiful buildings made in the baroque style. The majority of them can be found in the Old City. However, the rest of the city has no less interesting sights, such as the Alpine Zoo or a historic site, where Andreas Hofer, the leader of the rebellion of Tyrol peasants against French and Bavarian invaders, won an important victory in 1809. Innsbruck is the starting point for discovering Tyrol.
Friedrich Street
is the main street of the Old Town. Several typical ancient streets are adjacent to Friedrich Street. Tourists, who visit this place, are immediately (show on map ) immersed in the atmosphere of Baroque. However, you will find other architectural styles there. Number 15 in this street is the location of the most famous symbol of Innsbruck – “Golden Roof” ("Das goldene Dach") . This large, 16 m tall building with bay windows is covered with gilded copper roof tiles. In 1500 it was added to the palace of Tyrol rulers of that time, so Kaiser could observe life in the square from that house. One of the reliefs on the façade depicts curious Kaiser and his two wives. Not far away from the house, near the Old Town Hall (Alte Rathaus) (XV century) tourists will find the City Tower , which is 56 meters in height and which is equipped with an observation platform. The tower was built in the XIV century, and later it was modified to suit the traditions of the XVI century. If you enjoy a fusion of styles, you should not forget to visit Helblinghaus, which is located on the other side of the street. Originally built in the Gothic style, in the XVIII century the building was richly decorated in the rococo style.
Cultural sights in 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...
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Cathedral Square (Domplatz) is the location of St. Jacob Cathedral built in the Baroque style . The building of the cathedral was finished in the beginning of the XVIII century. During the 50s of the last century, the cathedral was restored in order to eliminate the effects of severe damage received during the last war. Only after restoration the roof of the cathedral was decorated with an equestrian image of St. Jacobs. By the way, this image was in the original idea of the architect of the cathedral. Luxurious interior of the cathedral is the work of the three brothers - Asam, Kosmas Damian and Aegis Quirinus, who were responsible for the painting and the sculptures.
Imperial Palace (Hofburg).
Hofburg is located nearby. The palace was the residence of prince, and it was built in the middle of the XV century. Three centuries later, a large amount of money derived from taxes was used to rebuild the palace according to the order of Empress Maria Theresia. Therefore, a wing in the Baroque style was added to the palace, the appearance of its façade was also changed, the interior was changed to rococo, and the palace got a garden, which is still open to visitors. The street, named in honor of Maria Theresa, is home to the old Landhaus , which is built in the style that can be described as late Baroque. Many years ago the house was occupied by the government of Tyrol. The new Landhaus is located behind the old one.
Innsbruck tips: making best out of
1. The city and its surroundings are best to travel by public transport. Catching a taxi on the street of the city is extremely problematic, so, if you need one, it’s better to call to order it...
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The Ferdinandeum Museum exhibits a collection of the National Museum of Tyrol. The “Art” section is represented not only by priceless works of old masters, such as Rembrandt and Bruegel, but also by works of modern Austrian artists, such as Klimt and Kokoschka. The “Patriotic Hall” is dedicated to the history of the Andreas Hofer time.
Hofkirche Church features another noteworthy collection of art. . The church is located approximately opposite to Hofburg, and it was built by order of Ferdinand I, who wanted to place a tomb of Emperor Maximilian I in it. The tomb is actually located in Hofkirche, but it is empty. The remains of Maximilian I are kept in Neustadt, Vienna. Nevertheless, Hofkirche has much to see – pictures that depict various notable personalities, drawings in the memory of Andreas Hofer (1767-1810) and the fight for freedom, which he did. However, Silver Chapel (Silberne Kapelle) is known as the most famous attraction of the church of Hofkirche. The chapel was built by order of Archduke Ferdinand II. Adjacent to the church, the chapel served as a burial place for his wives, who were not from aristocracy. The archduke himself is also buried there. The chapel has got its name because of a silver image of Mary on the altar.
Habits and lifestyle of Innsbruck inhabitants
At first glance, the locals may seem proud and arrogant, but, in fact, they are quite welcoming and very friendly to visitors. Citizens of Innsbruck are very polite and courteous. They raise their...
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Ambras Castle.
Ambras Castle is located closer to outskirts of the city. Many years ago it was home to the most powerful people of Tyrol. In the XVI century, two castles adjacent to each other were built on this site. One castle was at the top, and the second one - at the bottom. They were connected to each other by the hall made in the early Renaissance style. Fans of art will be delighted with the gallery with portraits of the Habsburgs. Among the pictures present here, there are works by Rubens.
Bergizel Mountain
Mount Bergizel is one of the most visited places in the country. This is a true paradise for fans of walking. In this place, in 1809 the peasant army of Andreas Hofer defeated the army of invaders that consisted of French and Bavarian soldiers. At that time Tyrol was under the oppression of Bavarian dukes, who were Napoleon allies. A statue of this national hero and a museum dedicated to him still remind of that war. If you visit Mount Bergizel, do not forget to attend the Alpine Zoo (you can reach it by funicular road). The zoo is the location of more than 150 species of animals from all over the region.
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