The Top 10 Things To Do And See In Innsbruck's Old Town

Ashley Spotts

Innsbruck’s Old Town offers a retreat from the present day. Christmas markets can be found during the winter season, while Innsbruck also glows in the summer, with beautiful sites such as the famous Golden Roof and Tyrolean houses. The Culture Trip brings you the things every traveller should see when in this gorgeous, immersive neighborhood.

The Golden Roof

The Golden Roof, or Goldenes Dachl, housed the very first government and administrative activities of the Hapsburg Dynasty. Its 2,657 copper shingles, fire-gilded and gold, were placed on the roof in honor of Emperor Maximilian I’s marriage to Bianca Maria Sforza. After being completed in 1500, The Golden Roof’s alcove balcony was meant for Emperor Maximilian to watch over the city’s tournaments, festivals and other activities. Today, guests may take guided tours of the Emperor Maximilian exhibition inside and learn the history of The Golden Roof.

The Golden Roof, Herzog-Friedrich-Straße 15, Innsbruck, Austria, +43 512 53601441

Triumphal Arch

Triumphpforte is another one of Innsbruck’s famous sights, located at the end of Maria-Theresien Strasse. After the Triumphal Arch was built in 1765 in Roman architecture styles, Maria Theresa planned to personalize it in celebration of Leopold II’s marriage to princess Maria Ludovica of Spain. However, Kaiser Franz I, Empress Maria Theresa’s husband, died during wedding festivities, and part of the Triumphal Arch is dedicated to the passing of her husband; the north side of the arch is dedicated to the mourning of Kaiser Franz I while the southern face celebrates the marriage.

Triumphpforte, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, +43 512 5985084

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