Hotels in Innsbruck
What to see by foot: Innsbruck
Innsbruck's sights are mainly situated in the old town (Altstadt) and are easily
reached on foot. Sightseeing is a true pleasure here, due to the marvellous
baroque and medieval buildings as well as the lack of traffic - the area becomes
strictly pedestrian after 10:30.
The Altstadt features a number of exquisite examples of architecture ranging
from the 14th to 17th centuries, most of which can be found on Herzog Friedrich
Strasse. Innsbruck's major attraction, the magnificent Goldenes Dachl (Golden
Roof), is a three-storey balcony on a house in the Altstadt crowned with 2,657
gold-plated tiles. It was originally constructed for Emperor Maximilian I as
a luxurious viewpoint from which he could watch events in the square below.
The City Tower (Stadtturm) dates back to the 15th century and originally served
as a prison. From the top, visitors can enjoy a magnificent view of the city's
buildings and mountain peaks in the distance. Alternatively, the Cathedral of
St James, based on designs by the baroque architect Johann Jakob Herkommer,
was rebuilt in the 18th century. Although the church was damaged during WWII,
it is still worth seeing for its domed roof, rich baroque interior and the painting
of Maria Hilf on the main altar.
The Imperial Palace (Hofburg) was originally built in Gothic style by Archduke
Siegmund the Rich around 1460, but was later rebuilt in baroque style with rococo
detailing between 1754 and 1773, on the orders of Empress Maria Theresa. It
has four wings, includes its original elegant interior decorations, and is flanked
by two domed towers. The two-storey Riesensaal (Giant's Hall) is painted in
white and gold, and is filled with portraits. The Gothic cellar is rented out
for special events.
Another fascinating attraction in the old town is the Schwarzmanderkirche church,
where 28 bronze figures stand guard over the sarcophagus of Emperor Maximilian
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