Sightseeing & Culture
Places in Innsbruck
From the Middle Ages to the present: The old town of Innsbruck dates back 800 years and has plenty of attractions worth exploring. Ancient sights tell of the city's eventful history. Innsbruck's commitment to the future is reflected in many highlights of modern architecture.
So why not stay a couple of days longer? Innsbruck has so much to see and offers a wealth of cultural highlights that deserve a little more time to appreciate. And don't forget that this is a city that loves to enjoy itself all year round, always against the impressive backdrop of the Nordkette mountain range!
Covered in fire-gilded copper tiles, the Goldenes Dachl is the world-famous landmark of Innsbruck. Emperor Maximilian commissioned the splendid oriel to be added to the former residence of Duke Frederick IV to mark the occasion of his wedding to Bianca Maria Sforza of Milan. 2,657 fire-gilded copper tiles befitted the status of the ruler of what was then the centre of Europe. Today, the building of the Goldenes Dachl houses a museum that tells visitors about the life of the Emperor Maximilian.
The kaiserliche Hofkirche imperial church is the most important imperial monument of the Alps and accommodates works by artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Peter Vischer the Elder, Alexander Colin and many more. The extensive funeral monument consists of a cenotaph with the figure of the kneeling Emperor and 24 reliefs of his deeds on the sarcophagus at the centre of the nave and of 28 (40 were planned originally) larger-than-life statues of his ancestors between the columns of the nave and at the entrance to the chancel. The Renaissance organ by Jörg Ebert of Ravensburg is one of the five most famous organs in the world and the largest, almost completely intact Renaissance organ in Austria.
Ambras Castle is located in the hills above Innsbruck and is one of the city's most notable attractions. The castle houses a museum - the only one outside of Vienna that has federal status - with art collections of Archduke Ferdinand II and exhibitions that change on a regular basis. The beautiful castle grounds are also worth a visit - the gardens have preserved some of the original features designed under Archduke Ferdinand II. Once a year, a Renaissance festival takes place in the castle grounds, where adults and children are taken back to the wondrous world of the Renaissance with story-tellers, musicians, jugglers and stilt walkers.
Looking north from the top of Maria-Theresien-Straße, visitors will immediately be captured by the imposing peaks of the Nordkette mountain range that throne high above the Goldenes Dachl and make a distinctive backdrop to the old town. The numerous street cafés, beer gardens, splendid buildings and beautiful shops of Maria-Theresien-Straße invite you to enjoy a leisurely stroll and enjoy some shopping and refreshments along the way. The state-of-the-art Tyrol department store and the Rathauspassage are also well worth a visit.
The triumphal arch at the southern end of Maria-Theresien-Straße is modelled on ancient Roman monuments and was built by Empress Maria Theresia to mark the marriage of her son, Archduke Leopold, to Spanish princess Maria Ludovica.
The splendour of times long gone becomes palpable in the staterooms of the Hofburg. Following the recently completed extensive renovation works, the rooms are now as resplendent as they were in the 18th century. The museum located in the Hofburg contains hundreds of exhibits that tell the story of life at court. Special guided tours bring the history of the palace to life. Changing exhibitions in the foyer gallery and shows in the Gothic cellar are also part of the palace's versatile cultural programme that is completed by concerts and theatrical performances. During the summer months, the popular promenade concerts take place in the inner courtyard.
Reach Austria's largest nature park directly from the city centre in just a few minutes! The breath-taking 360° panoramic view with the capital of the Alps on the one side and the Karwendel Nature Park on the other is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
A visit to the Bergisel stadium in Innsbruck will literally take your breath away. The ski-jump stadium (cabin cable car, tower lift, panorama café and viewing terrace on the jumping tower) are open for visitors daily from 9am until 5pm. The panorama café houses up to 180 guests and is perfect for exclusive events with fantastic views of Innsbruck.
The 51 metre-high Stadtturm tower in Innsbruck was added to the Old Town Hall between 1442 and 1450 and is one of Innsbruck's most distinctive landmarks, together with the Goldenes Dachl. Climb 148 steps to reach the viewing platform in the tower at an altitude of 31 metres. The strenuous ascent is rewarded by magnificent view of the old town.
To give thanks for the withdrawal of Bavarian troops on the feast day of St. Anna (26 July), St. Anna's Column was erected at a busy point of Maria-Theresien-Straße by the Tyrolean estates in 1703. At the top of the Corinthian column made from red marble thrones a statue of St. Mary Immaculate on a sickle moon. The pedestal is surrounded by statues of St. Cassian, St. Vigil, St. George and St. Anna, all created by sculptor Christoforo Benedetti from Trento.
The "myth of the Tyrol" is highlighted from different angles in the TIROL PANORAMA, giving comprehensive insights into this exciting, complex subject. The gigantic panoramic painting spans 1000 square metres and documents the Tyrolean struggle for freedom in a fascinating manner. The painting was created in 1896 and documents all the many facets that make up the "myth of the Tyrol". It depicts landscapes and people, an irrepressible thirst for freedom and the struggle to obtain it, and the strong ties to God and religion that are characteristic of the region.
Highlights in Innsbruck
Top attractions and must-sees in the Capital of the Alps!
Whether it's the Golden Roof with its adjoining museum, the Imperial Palace, the medieval City Tower or Ambras Palace, these buildings and places belong are a must for any visitor to Innsbruck. Look for your favourite place, or simply visit them all.