Museum Tirol Panorama
Covering an area of more than 1,000m², rising up to 11 m and boasting a top edge radius of 30 metres, Innsbruck’s spectacular giant panoramic painting provides a sweeping panoramic view of the third battle at the Bergisel which took place on 13 August 1809. Depicting Tyrolean freedom fighters in their repeated attempts at liberating the country from Bavarian-French occupation during the 19th century, this fascinating historic cyclorama is the most impressive giant panoramic painting on view in Austria and consists of twenty-seven skilfully painted canvas sheets giving visitors the impression of finding themselves in the middle of the battle.
The painting was commissioned from Munich-based landscape painter Michael Zeno Diemer (1867 - 1939) who, together with his skilled team, completed the entire cyclorama in a mere ten months. The painting’s authentic and detailed design is the result of Diemer’s painstaking research into all aspects of the 1809 battles.
Once finished, the impressive piece of art was originally put on display in a purpose-built wooden rotunda in Innsbruck’s Saggen district on 13 June 1896. In 1906, the Giant Panoramic Painting embarked on a memorable journey to England where it garnered a gold medal at the London World Exhibition. In autumn 2010, the Innsbruck Giant Panoramic Painting set out on its last journey so far to the newly built Tirol Panorama museum on Bergisel. Following extensive restoration works, it has been strikingly displayed at its new premises since 2011 and enchants visitors from all over the world with a fascinating, 360° view of Tyrolean history at the Bergisel in Innsbruck.