Innsbruck is the capital city of the federal state of Tyrol in western Austria. It is located in the Inn Valley at the junction with the Wipptal (Sill River), which provides access to the Brenner Pass, some 30 kilometers (19 mi) south of Innsbruck. Located in a broad valley between high mountains, it is an internationally renowned winter sports centre.
Innsbruck serves as an ideal place for skiing in winter, and mountaineering in summer. There are several ski resorts around Innsbruck as well as nearby, which include the Axamer Lizum, Patscherkofel, Igls, Seefeld, Tulfes and Stubai Valley.
The city of Innsbruck is suffused with the spirit of the Habsburg dynasty.
The Habsburgs’ legacy in Innsbruck is sumptuous and palatial majestic and has left many architectural landmarks in the city.
Top 10 Innsbruck Landmarks
Goldenes Dachl Museum (Golden Roof) ( Visit Site )
The Goldenes Dachl in Innsbruck was explicitly created to commemorate the wedding of Emperor Maximilian I to Bianca Maria Sforza from Milan. Built in 1500, the golden roof's elaborate decoration with 2657 fire-gilded copper shingles attracts many photographers and visitors from all over the world. Today, it is home to a two-storied museum whose main purpose is to document and display the era of Kaiser Maximilian I. Latest technologies such as sound installations and touch screens installed at the museum give visitors a close-up view of the late medieval Tyrol.
Imperial Palace ( Visit Site )
The Imperial Palace is one of the three most important cultural landmarks in Austria alongside the Hofburg castle and Schönbrunn Castle in Vienna. Built by Archduke Siegmund in Gothic style in around 1460, the castle was once the seat of the Tyrolean sovereigns. The palace was redesigned in Baroque style between 1754 and 1773 on the orders of Empress Maria Theresa. An impressive two-storey Riesensaal painted in gold and white, themed museum areas and gala rooms exemplify the magnificence of the Imperial Palace. Emperor Maximilian, the Hapsburgs and Tyrolean folk hero Andreas Hofer all have enjoyed the grandeur of this majestic castle.
Hofkirche (Court Church) ( Wikipedia )
The Hofkirche is a Gothic church erected by Ferdinand I in memory of his grandfather Emperor Maximilian I, whose cenotaph bears an astonishing collection of German Renaissance sculpture. The most interesting amongst them are the 28 bronze statues of “black men” standing beside the tomb. Tyrol's national hero, Andreas Hofer is also buried in the church.
Alpenzoo (Alpine Zoo) ( Visit Site )
The highest zoo in Europe, Alpenzoo cares for animals typical to the Alps. Here, you can find a great variety of animal species resting safely in the beautiful alpine flora and fauna. While on a visit to the zoo, get acquainted with their breeding programs intended to protect the endangered species and return them securely to their natural habitat.
Schloss Ambras (Ambras Castle) ( Visit Site )
The Ambras Castle, a schloss located in the hills of Innsbruck, was the residence of Archduke Ferdinand II from 1563 to 1595. It's a culturally and historically important landmark of Tyrol since Ferdinand II was well-known to collect and promote grand art collections during his tenure, preserving them in his own prototype of a museum at the castle. Visitors will be able to view this priceless collection, covering thousands of years of European history, at the Lower & Upper Castle.
Bergisel Ski Jump ( Visit Site )
The Bergisel Ski Jump, towering above the Bergiselschanze hill is a redesigned, spectacular ski jump created by architect Zaha Hadid. Historically, the hill has witnessed many battles against the French and Bavarian forces. Today, the ski jump stands at 47 meters tall and accommodates 28,000 spectators for the annual Four Hills Tournament in January and the Summer Grand Prix Jumping Event. Fine dining restaurants, modern facilities and panoramic views of the surrounding peaks of Patscherkofel, Nordkette, Hohe Munde and Serles prettify the ambience of this place.
Tyrolean State Museum (Ferdinandeum) ( Visit Site )
The Tylorean State Museum, also known as the Ferdinandeum after Archduke Ferdinand, was founded in 1823 and reopened in 2003 after extensive renovation. Highlights at the museum include a superb Dutch collection from the 12th century along with relics dating from prehistoric times to the Roman era. Special exhibitions are held from time to time, to show off the rare collections preserved at the museum.
Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum (Tyrolean Folk Art Museum) ( Visit Site )
The Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum is situated right next to the Hofkirche church and houses a permanent exhibition of Tyrolean craftsmanship. One can find a wide variety of Christmas exhibits, old Tyrolean arts and crafts, masks and traditional costumes made by the locals from various social strata, right from peasants to the nobles.
Stadtturm (Town Tower)
The Stadtturm is a 15th century medieval tower situated in the Old Town district of Innsbruck. Standing at almost 67 meters, this soaring tower gives splendid views of Innsbruck's various landmarks and monuments along with the far-away Nordkette Mountains.
Triumphpforte (Triumphal Arch)
Translated as Triumphal Arch, Triumphpforte is an honorary gate commissioned by Empress Maria Theresa on the event of her son Leopold's marriage. A photographer's delight, the Arch impressions have a distinct Italian identity inspired from the Roman Triumph Arch.