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Things to do in Innsbruck

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The top 24 attractions in Innsbruck

Of Cultural Interest in Innsbruck
Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof)
In the center of Innsbruck is the "Golden Roof". Well all that glitters is not gold or not as golden as it seems in reality. It is made of forged copper which was a gift from Maximilian I to his second wife Blanca Sforza to which, we are told, was hated and regarded as ignorant and unattractive. This square is really beautiful, is surrounded by several period buildings that have managed to keep the Austrians brilliantly.
Cathedrals in Innsbruck
Innsbruck Cathedral
The cathedral was built in honor of St. James in 1722 and in it there is an altar decorated with a painting of Lucas Cranach the Elder which dates from 1520. In this Baroque church, which is decorated with rococo stucco, the pulpit, the organ and the picture of Mary Help of Christians, by the painter Lucas Cranach are outstanding. I only saw it from outside as I was on a flying visit to Innsbruck, but the cathedral was really beautiful. The city of Innsbruck itself is cozy, the people very friendly and I really enjoyed my short time there.
Nature Reserves in Innsbruck
Austrian Alps
I had the amazing opportunity to see the Austrian Alps! It's amazing to walk on a glacier under the bright sun, or to look at one of the 76 lakes. Tyrol and Bavaria, in general, are amazing...the landscapes, the sky, the people...I think it was the trip of a lifetime.
Cities in Innsbruck
Mi maravillosa ciudad de acogida, es precisamente de las mejores ciudades para vivir en Austria y me aventuro a decir del mundo entero. No puedo decir más porque me encanta esta ciudad!! Estas son las vistas desde Nordkette FANTASTICO.
Of Cultural Interest in Innsbruck
The Helblinghaus is the only Baroque building in Innsbruck, be more appropriate for a late-Baroque (XV). The stucco facade was decorated by craftsmen from the Wessobrunn school, back in 1730. It is a marvel (I did not know well with my photo), while it is said that in this place half of its visitors are set in the Golden Roof and the other half in the Helblinghaus, for one is opposite another.
Churches in Innsbruck
Hofkirche (Cenotaph of Emperor Maximilian I)
Facing the Imperial Palace Innsbruck is a place known as the Imperial Church or Court. It is now housing the mausoleum of Emperor Maximilian I. The cenotaph is guarded by twenty-eight bronze statues and twenty-four marble reliefs engraved with scenes from his life. Each statue is approximately two meters tall and weighs about two tons. They represent the ancestors and family of the emperor, from his father and other family members of the nobility, such as King Arthur of England. There is another important person buried here. Andreas Hofer was leader of the rebellion against Napoleon's forces and national hero of Austria.
Churches in Innsbruck
Basilika Wilten
The Basilika Wilten is a church of pilgrimage. Already at the time of the Roman Empire there was a venerated image of the Virgin here. It houses the devotion to Our Lady of the Four Columns. The first church on the site was built in the thirteenth century, and was visited by many of pilgrims. When it collapsed, it was rebuilt in the eighteenth century. The new church, which is the one which stands today, is Rococo with twin towers. In the interior pastel colors predominate, and gold and stucco coated in Rococo style.
Skiing in Innsbruck
Bergisel Ski Jump (Bergiselschanze)
You can see this very modern ski jump from Andreas Hofer Park. It's on the top of mount Bergise, and it was built by Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid in 2001. It's considered to be the most modern ski jump in the world, making it the capital of Innsbruck as the quintessential winter Olympics.
Museums in Innsbruck
Das Tirol Panorama
The Tirol Panorama in a museum within another museum, the Tiroler Landesmuseen. In it is a giant circular mural of over 1,000 square meters that moved there in September 2010. It is the main museum display. This panoramic painting was created in 1881 and represents the 3rd Battle of Bergisel between French Napoleonic troops and the rebels led by Andreas Hofer Tyrolean who managed to defeat the French. It has so many details that it is even shown in the painting the time when it took place, 5 o'clock in the afternoon. There are also nineteenth century developments such as telegraph poles, roads and railway carriages etc.
Hiking in Innsbruck
In Upper Tirol there are some fabulous valleys with high mountain topped by glaciers. Prutz route and the spectacular chairlift Karlesspitze are a must. In the Pitztal Valley, accessed by going through Pillerpass, you can expect to see high mountains and a huge glacial circle that's reached by Rifflsee cable car. There are a several hiking routes when there is no snow and when there is, it's a wonderful track for winter sports.
Streets in Innsbruck
Widening into a square, Maria-Theresien-Strasse opens, the white side of the Santa Ana column, better known to the Innsbruck perspective, the old town and the steep slopes of Nordkette. Among the buildings from different periods are some beautiful baroque palaces: properties Lodron at No. 7, Troyer at No. 39, Trapp at No. 38, Sarnthein at No. 59 and, in the n 43, the Altes Landhaus, the seat of government of the Tyrol.
Historical Monuments in Innsbruck
Triumphal Arch (Triumphpforte)
This triumphal arch was built in the late eighteenth century at the request of Empress Maria Teresa. The south side of the monument commemorates the wedding of Archduke Peter Leopold to the Infanta of Spain; for this occasion, the imperial family came to the city of Innsbruck. However, during their stay, Emperor Franz I died, so the north side of the arch shows a woman's sorrow and a nation in mourning. Well worth seeing.
Gardens in Innsbruck
Andreas Hofer Monument
In 1809, at Mount Bergisel four battles took place in the Franco-Prussian War. Andreas Hofer led the rebellion against Napoleon's invasion. After he was shot in 1810 he was considered a martyr. The Andreas Hofer monument is located in the park at the base of the Bergisel hill to commemorate their battles.
Rivers in Innsbruck
Inn River
A visit to Innsbruck is not complete without a walk along the river Inn. The area is windy, but you can appreciate the different colours on the buildings in the area, in addition to the variety of different roofs and facades and the majestic view of the distant mountains. There are many hotels and shops in the area.
Historical Monuments in Innsbruck
Zillertal High Alpine Road (Zillertaler Hohenstrasse)
This toll road (average cost of 7 per vehicle) is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. The altitude ranges between 555m and 2020m, and we traveled for 48km through the heart of the Alps. Although of course, if you have the legs for walking it, you can try! You could also go on a motorbike. A great spot for admiring the wonderful landscape, and the unique flora.
Sports-Related in Innsbruck
Schaufeljoch Cable Car
Gigantic mountain ranges in Innsbruck, Austria. Is accessible by cable car, and when you reach the top there's a restaurant and a spectacular viewpoint from which you can see the near peaks(and not so near)
Cities in Innsbruck
Castles in Innsbruck

The best things to do in Innsbruck

Of all the things to do in Innsbruck, perhaps the most interesting is to see the change from summer to winter. The city appears totally different in each of the seasons. This city is located in the Inn Valley and surrounded by mountains; this is what gives it a special winter touch. There are many places to visit in Innsbruck and a lot of Innsbruck attractions.

Some of the best attractions in Innsbruck are its wonderful classical buildings, including its precious cathedral and museum. There are many more things to see in Innsbruck in the mountains just outside of town. But as wonderful as the views are, you can't spend the whole trip just looking at them! There are also a lot Innsbruck activities centered around its status as a heritage city. On top of all this you get to breathe clean air and return home with a cleansed body from walking through the mountains.

If you're still wondering what to do in Innsbruck, you can also visit the beautiful Inn River that winds through the city.

While the summers are special, so are the winters, and the city is surrounded by ski resorts, including one which can be reached by a cable car leaving right from the center of town.

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