Museums & Culture in Innsbruck
Innsbruck isn't just for outdoorsy adventurers - it combines nature with inimitable culture.
As the oldest museum in the world, Schloss Ambras is the perfect setting to explore historic collections of art and armour. Time travel through Austria's past at the Habsburg Portrait Gallery featuring Habsburg rulers and other luminaries from the 14th-18th centuries. The 200 works by painters like Hans Burgkmair, Lucas Cranach the Younger, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Peter Paul Rubens, Diego Velázquez, and others, rival the quality and volume of some of Europe's most established collections.
The Imperial Palace is a beautiful and elaborate Gothic style castle with large representation rooms, a chapel, a state-of-the-art and heated (!) banquet hall, a chancellery, and a tradition-breaking living room with large windows, a winding staircase, wall coverings and a stretch bed. Interestingly, Archduke Siegmund integrated three prominent constructional elements of the Medieval city fortification in the construction of the Imperial Palace: the Medieval city wall, two city towers and nearby houses, which can be still seen today.
Nearly half a millennium ago, Ferdinand I built the Hofkirche (Court Church) Innsbruck, a Gothic memorial to his grandfather Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (1459–1519). It was a familial gesture, but today everyone can be astounded by the architectural achievement.
The most prominent tomb memorial for an emperor in Europe, the church boasts an incredible collection of German Renaissance sculpture, and an ornate black marble cenotaph at the centre of the nave. Over two dozen larger-than-life statues occupy the hall, and the embellishments throughout are elaborate enough to have taken decades.
The infamous Golden Roof was built for the wedding of Emperor Maximilian I to Bianca Maria Sforza and comprises 2,657 fire-gilded copper tiles. Walk inside the 16th century construction and learn about Maximilian’s incredible legacy in Austrian and the rest of Europe. There are temporary exhibits on display that focus on the region's Imperial legacy.
Learn more about Tirolean life from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages - or during the times of folk hero Andreas Hofer! The Tyrolean State Museum contains extensive collections on early history, art and art history, cartography, and everyday life in Tirol. The spoils of archaeological excavations in Tirol are also on display here. You can find paintings, information about the history of mining, and much, much more.