Innsbruck Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Innsbruck

Set high in the Alps, Innsbruck – the capital city of Austrian Tyrol – is known primarily as a ski destination. Other than winter sports, it is also famous for Imperial and modern architecture. If you wish to take a break from skiing (in winter) or mountaineering (in summer) whilst in Innsbruck, you may wish to use this orientation walk and discover the historical and cultural side of this fascinating city.
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Innsbruck Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Innsbruck Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: Austria » Innsbruck (See other walking tours in Innsbruck)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 19
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Author: irenes
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Triumphpforte
  • Eduard-Wallnöfer-Platz
  • Befreiungsdenkmal
  • Servitenkirche
  • Altes Landhaus
  • Kunstraum Innsbruck
  • Annasäule
  • Rathausgalerie
  • Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum
  • Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum
  • Hofkirche
  • Hofburg - The Imperial Palace
  • Goldenes Dachl
  • Stadtturm
  • Helblinghaus
  • Dom zu St. Jakob
  • Tiroler Landestheater
  • Kongress - und Konzerthaus
  • HofGarten

1) Triumphpforte (must see)

Triumphpforte, German for "Triumphal Arch," is a very nice construction with an interesting story. It was built to celebrate and commemorate the engagement of the future Emperor Leopold I to Maria Ludovica from Spain. Tragically, during the wedding festivities, Emperor Franz Stephan I died. That's why one side of the Triumphpforte, which faces the southern region of the town, is depicted with joyful figures and the other end with sadness and mourning.

2) Eduard-Wallnöfer-Platz

Befreiungsdenkmal is the Liberation Monument and its situated in Eduard-Wallnöfer Square (formerly the Country House Square). The monument was built almost 70 years ago at the initiative of the French occupation forces to those forces who have sacrificed their lives. Befreiungsdenkma was designed by the architect Pascoud and symbolizes the liberty of the Austrian people.
Sight description based on wikipedia

3) Befreiungsdenkmal

Befreiungsdenkmal is the Liberation Monument and its situated in Eduard-Wallnöfer Square (formerly the Country House Square). The monument was built almost 70 years ago at the initiative of the French occupation forces to those forces who have sacrificed their lives. Befreiungsdenkma was designed by the architect Pascoud and symbolizes the liberty of the Austrian people.

4) Servitenkirche

Servitenkirche, also known under the name Servite Church, is located at the Maria-Theresienstraße in Innsbruck. Doors are open for prayer every Saturday and Sunday, as well as during the week. It is a nice church, depicted in beautiful frescoes, icons, candles, and sacred images. The church is attached to the St. Joseph's Basilica. It was built during 1613-1616.
Altes Landhaus

5) Altes Landhaus

Altes Landhaus is the old federal state parliament house. The former parliament is situated in the historic center of Innsbruck. Altes Landhaus is tagged as one of the most admirable Baroque buildings of the town and all of Tyrol. It's an old edifice, beautifully decorated and embellished with paintings, frescoes, fireplaces, ornate staircases, and statues.
Kunstraum Innsbruck

6) Kunstraum Innsbruck

Expressive art objects, moder art, and impressive art pieces are all displayed at Kunstraum Innsbruck. Located on Maria Theresien Straße, where a multitude of various attractions and landmarks are situated, Kunstraum offers the ideal forum for experimentation, far from the gallery and museum constraints. Kunstraum Innsbruck was founded in 1996 as a charitable association and offers 300 m2 of exhibition hall for exhibitions, meetings, lectures, discussions, readings, and concerts.

Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday: 12.00 – 18.00; Saturday: 10.00 – 15.00; closed on Sunday/Monday or on public holidays.

7) Annasäule

Annasäule (Anne's column) is actually a Maria column, located in downtown Innsbruck. Annasäule was established in 1706 after a two year promise made by public authorities. The column is based off St. Anne's Day (July 26, 1703) in which Bavarian invaders were defeated and expelled from the Tyrol. The monument was created by Italian sculptor Cristoforo Benedetti.
Sight description based on wikipedia

8) Rathausgalerie

Rathausgalerie is a large shopping center, encased in a glass roof. The shopping center is easily one of the best destinations in town, as it combines the most renowned and acclaimed brand names of high quality. Rathausgalerie is located on the famous Maria Theresien Straße, where other shops, cafés, restaurants, and the Annasäule statue are conveniently situated.
Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum

9) Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum (must see)

The Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum is an impressive infrastructure with a vast collection of history, natural science, music, and art. The museum was established almost two centuries ago, in 1823 during the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In that time it was the one of the oldest museums but in present it is considered to be one of the world's top museums.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum

10) Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum (must see)

Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum is he Tyrolean Folk Art Museum, which was established more than a hundred years ago, in 1888. Actually it is tagged as one of the most beautiful folklore museums of Europe, so I'd suggest you not to miss the chance and visit it while walking through the old streets of the city. Here are gathered and displayed one of the most wonderful crafts, furniture, accessories, ceramics, artistic creations, clothes and lots of other art works. Through the museum you will be guided by the Lucifer a kind of provocative agent. You will have the opportunity to enjoy various exhibitions and performers.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

11) Hofkirche (must see)

The Hofkirche is a Gothic church built 1553–1563 by Ferdinand I as a memorial to his grandfather Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, whose cenotaph within boasts a remarkable collection of German Renaissance sculpture. Although Maximilian's will had directed that he be buried in the castle chapel in Wiener Neustadt, it proved impractical to construct there the large memorial whose plans he had supervised in detail, and Ferdinand I as executor planned construction of a new church and monastery in Innsbruck for a suitable memorial. In the end, however, Maximilian's simple tomb remained in Wiener Neustadt and the Hofkirche serves as a cenotaph.

The church was designed in the traditional German form of a hall church that consists of three naves with a setback three-sided choir, round and pointed arch windows, and a steep crippled hip roof. Its layered buttresses reflect compromise of contemporary Renaissance design with German late Gothic style. The interior contains galleries, high slender colonnettes of red marble with white stylized Corinthian capitals, and a lectern. The gallery's original ribs made from sandstone from Mittenwald have been preserved, but after the main vault was damaged by earthquake in the 17th century, it was rebuilt in the baroque style.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Hofburg - The Imperial Palace

12) Hofburg - The Imperial Palace (must see)

Hofburg Palace has housed some of the most powerful people in Austrian history, including the Habsburg dynasty, rulers of the Austro-Hungarian empire. It currently serves as the official residence of the President of Austria. It was the Habsburgs' principal winter residence, as the Schönbrunn Palace was their preferred summer residence.

The Hofburg area has been the documented seat of government since 1279 for various empires and republics. The Hofburg has been expanded over the centuries to include: various residences, the chapel, museums, the Imperial Library, the treasury, the national theatre, the riding school, the horse stables and the Hofburg Congress Center. The Hofburg faces the Heldenplatz ordered under the reign of Emperor Francis Joseph, as part of what was to become a Kaiserforum that was never completed.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Goldenes Dachl

13) Goldenes Dachl (must see)

The Golden Roof (German: Goldenes Dachl) was built in 1500. It was decorated with 2657 fire-gilded copper tiles for Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor. The reliefs on the balcony show coats of arms, symbols and other figures in his life. The Golden Roof actually is the three-story balcony on the central plaza at the heart of the Old Town. It was constructed for Emperor Maximilian I to serve as a royal box where he could sit in state and enjoy tournaments in the square below. Completed at the dawn of the 16th century, the Golden Roof was built in honor of Maximilian's second marriage, to Bianca Maria Sforza of Milan. Not wishing to alienate the allies gained by his first marriage, to Maria of Burgundy, he had an image of himself between the two women painted on his balcony.

Since January 2003, the Golden Roof has been housing the International Alpine Convention’s Office. The Alpine Convention is a coalition of eight Alpine Countries united by a shared commitment to sustainable development in the European Alps. A museum, the Maximilianum, is also contained in the building as well as the Innsbruck City Archives.
Sight description based on wikipedia

14) Stadtturm (must see)

Stadtturm is the main medieval tower in Innsbruck, as it dates back to 1450. Initially, the tower was used as a prison but has slowly transformed into one of the most attractive civic towers. In the middle of the 16th century it was reconstructed and it can be found in the very heart of Old Town.

15) Helblinghaus

Helblinghaus, also called Casa Helbling, is located at the Herzog Friedrich Straße in Innsbruck. The area is famous for the multitude of Baroque facades situated on it. Most of the terrific facades were built in the 15th and 16th centuries. It is really impressive.
Dom zu St. Jakob

16) Dom zu St. Jakob (must see)

While walking through the numerous streets in Innsbruck, visitors will be sure to notice the multitude of Baroque styled buildings, edifices, and churches. The Dom zu St. Jakob, German for the Cathedral of St. Jacob, is one of the most grand. The church dates back to the 18th century and amazingly survived the Second World War.
Tiroler Landestheater

17) Tiroler Landestheater (must see)

Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck is the State Theatre near the historic old town area, surrounded by Imperial Palace, the Hofgarten and SOWI Faculty of the University of Innsbruck. The man theatre has about 800 seats and the studio theatre in the basement has around 250. Plays, operas, operettas, musicals and dance theatre are performed at the theatre.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Kongress - und Konzerthaus

18) Kongress - und Konzerthaus

Kongress - und Konzerthaus is the main building for Innsbruck's Congress, which until 1966, was known under the name of Dogana. The Archduke Ferdinand II first used the venue during the 16th century as a building for balloon games and popular Italian musical comedies. Later, the building transformed into a riding school and had served as a model for the construction of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.

19) HofGarten (must see)

The Hofgarten in Innsbruck is a protected park in Innsbruck. The park covers an area of 10 hectares (25 acres). During its 600 year existence this icon of garden styles that was originally a river meadow has been turned into a Renaissance garden, a French formal garden and, for the last 150 years or so, an English landscape garden. The Hofgarten management is responsible for taking care of the park. It is notable that there are still plants in the park that were planted personally by the Austrian Empress, Maria Theresa.

In the middle of the park is a pavilion dating to 1733, in which numerous events - mainly concerts - take place, whilst chess tournaments are fought on the outsize chess board there. There is a lawn for sunbathing in the Hofgarten with a children's playpark. Otherwise walking on the ornate lawns is not permitted because they are susceptible to excessive use. In the palm house is a comprehensive collection of about 1,700 species of plant, which may be viewed mostly on working days. During the temporary art and sculpture exhibitions in the summer season the palm house may also be visited at weekends.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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