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Stroll through downtown Innsbruck

Innsbruck’s medieval downtown radiates a very special atmosphere. In the 800-years-old historic city centre with the city tower and the famous Golden Roof numerous cafés invite you to have a rest. In summer various open air concerts change the city centre into a spectacular stage.

Main boulevard Maria Theresia Street  © Innsbruck Tourismus
Main boulevard Maria Theresia Street © Innsbruck Tourismus
Golden Roof and Helbling House © Innsbruck Tourismus
Golden Roof and Helbling House © Innsbruck Tourismus
Innsbruck’s Old Town at night © Innsbruck Tourismus
Innsbruck’s Old Town at night © Innsbruck Tourismus
Amidst the houses of charming Old Town, which are built in a mix of Gothic and Baroque style, you will find Innsbruck´s most characteristic landmark: The famous Golden Roof. It was built by Archduke Friedrich IV in the early 15th century as the residence of the Tyrolean sovereigns. The Golden Roof actually is the three-story balcony on the central plaza at the heart of the Old Town. It has 2,657 gilded roof tiles. It was constructed for Emperor Maximilian I from the royal Habsburg family to serve as a royal box where he could sit in luxury and enjoy tournaments that took place on the square below. Opposite the Golden Roof is the Helbling House – a Gothic town house dating from the 15th century and decorated with Baroque stuccos. Just around the corner of the Old Town you cross the Innbrücke, the bridge over the river Inn which gave Innsbruck its name.

The Imperial Palace was built in the 15th century and used to be the residence of the Austrian royal family from which they reigned the Austrian Empire from the 15th century onward. Extended in late Gothic style under the rule of Empress Maria Theresa, the splendid rooms and apartments and – most notably - the central Giant’s Hall are decorated with precious furnishings and paintings and provide eloquent testimony of courtly life. The museum is open to public visits.

The Imperial Church is the most impressive sight in the western part of Austria. The memorial tomb for Emperor Maximilian I from the royal Habsburg family is surrounded by 28 larger than life bronze statues, called the “Black Men”, depicting members of the royal family. The tomb is one of the most important art treasures of Renaissance art in Austria today.

To round off your city stroll Innsbruck's cafés and restaurants take advantage of the nice weather with outdoor seating becoming very popular just as it is elsewhere in the world – however, nowhere else in the world is the splendid mountain scenery so fine a dining companion.

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