Innsbruck: City + Mountains
Innsbruck is the place to go if you want to combine your city trip with experiencing unspoilt Alpine nature.
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Walk along Burggraben street to one of Innsbruck’s most impressive Habsburg landmarks: The Imperial Palace stretches out against the Nordkette mountain range with a bright Baroque facade. During the 15th century, it served as the official seat of the Habsburg Empire and thereby became an important nexus of European power. Take a guided tour of the state rooms, the breathtaking banquet hall, the Imperial apartments, and the tower.
Hop next door for a look at Innsbruck’s Imperial Court Church, which was meant to be the final resting place of Emperor Maximilian I. His elaborate tomb sits empty (Maximilian’s remains lie near Vienna), but 28 larger-than-life bronze statues of historical figures still watch over the cenotaph. These so-called “Schwarzmander” were created over the span of 53 years and involved contributions from a long list of famed 16th-century artists.
Innsbruck is all about local food – especially when it comes to meats and produce. Restaurant Die Wilderin takes this philosophy to the next level by sourcing a highly seasonal menu almost entirely from nearby farms. Find the names and locations of the producers right next to the daily offerings of fresh veggies, herbs, and highest-quality meats.