Museums and the Innsbruck Card
Innsbruck is full of museums and churches that deserve a visit. If you get the Innsbruck Card you can see all museums for free, a cable car ride, use public transportation and more. You can purchase a card for 24, 48, or 72 hours. With the Innsbruck card you can visit the art museums, Alpine Zoo, Golden Roof Museum, City Museum, City Tower, Imperial Palace, and the Railway Museum just to name a few! So if you plan your visit well you can really get the most out of your Innsbruck Card. Visit www.innsbruck.info for more information.
A few notes on a couple of museums/locations:
–The Museum of Tyrolean Folk Art has an extensive collection that will truly delight those who appreciate arts and crafts. There are historical rooms and traditional costumes as well.
–The Museum of Tyrolean Folk Art connects to the Court Church (Hofkirche) which houses Andreas Hofer’s tomb, the national hero of Tirol (the region) and Maximilian’s cenotaph. The cenotaph, a monumental empty tomb, is impressive in itself. The cenotaph is made up of 24 stone reliefs that depict events in Maximilian’s life, done with exquisite detail. But you won’t notice the tomb right away for it is surrounded by life size bronze statues, again executed with minute detail. The statues range from King Arthur of England to Leopold III Duke of Austria to Ferdinand II King of Aragon. Walk around and notice all of the statues details, the swords, the shields, a small dragon on a shoulder, the rings on fingers, the armor and more. It’s an impressive sight!
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Visiting Innsbruck, Austria
Innsbruck, Austria is a city with a charmingly colorful Old Town, tucked in the Inn Valley and surrounded by soaring mountains – it’s a rather dramatic setting which is would certainly be heightened in the winter by snow and winter lights.
I visited Innsbruck in the summer, finding a richly colored historical center packed with tourists. The Inn River runs through the valley and provides a few bridges, such as the Old Inn Bridge from which you can get views of Amsterdam-like rows of houses (only these are painted in jolly colors).
The first and main sight is the Goldenes Dachl, or Golden Roof. The Golden Roof sits on one end of a small plaza, which is ringed with equally interesting buildings. The Golden Roof was built for Maximilian to mark his wedding and completed in 1500. From that ornate balcony, Maximilian would watch festivities below. Also on this small plaza is the ornately decorated, 18th century Helblinghaus (white building on the corner) which looks like a wedding cake. Note the details of the painted facades, statues on corners, fountains, and the scrolling iron shop signs.
From the Golden Roof you can see the City Tower (Stadtturm), completed in 1450 as part of the Old Town Hall. Guards kept watch over the town from that tower for almost 450 years! Now you can climb up the tower to 31 meters where the viewing platform lies and see 360 degrees. The panoramic views are wonderful! With that birds eye view you can see the landscape of the city.
While you wander around the Old Town, it’s likely you’ll hear music and spot groups in traditional dress. This would be one of over 300 local brass bands in the region that play year-round. These bands have been a tradition for over 200 years and you’ll notice the age range of those band members, allowing for generations to play together. So keep an ear out for a musical note.
For more travel photography of Innsbruck, Austria click here for Monica Goslin Photography – photos available as prints, canvas prints, framed photos and more.