In the middle of Tirol’s Alpine landscape, one is treated to a close-up look at the lifestyle of prominent Austrians of the past, such as Empress Maria Theresa and “Sisi”: Innsbruck’s Hofburg, one of the three most important historical buildings in Austria, was once a favorite residence of the Habsburgs.
Beautifully glazed porcelain stoves that were heated by servants from hidden passageways; painted mirror frames that created the illusion of a real mirror; silk wall tapestries; opulently laid banquet tables; and precious furniture from various historical periods: a stroll through the Imperial Apartments
of Innsbruck’s Hofburg, which has now been restored to its original luster after a fifteen-year restoration phase, is like a walk through (art) history.
Simply overwhelming is the Giant Hall, regarded by many as the most splendid ceremonial hall in the Alpine region. Rather amusing are some of the everyday items
that reflect imperial life at the time, such as the spittoon of fine walnut and the elegantly decorated bidet. An interesting piece of trivia: separate bedrooms for the imperial couple, common at other European courts, were unheard of in Austria in the days of the Habsburgs. Visitors who after all this Imperial nostalgia
are ready for a nice cup of coffee in an elegant setting should head for the Café Sacher – not the famous Viennese coffeehouse of the same name, of course, but the one located in Innsbruck’s Hofburg. This Café Sacher’s culinary offerings are every bit as “royal” as those of its cousin in the Austrian capital. www.hofburg-innsbruck.at