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An Exciting Travel Guide – Innsbruck, Austria

An Exciting Travel Guide – Innsbruck, Austria

Cathedrals and Churches? Well, what better place than Austria! Austria becomes the tenth international travel destination and the tenth part of this travel series!

Innsbruck – June 2015

Age: 12 years

Note: We covered Austria in a day as it was more of a stop between Switzerland and our next stop ….(Won’t be revealing that now 😉 )

Point 1: Old Town Innsbruck

Old Town Innsbruck

The semi-circular quarter of the Old Town would remind you essentially of old Tyrolese architecture typical to Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo buildings. Highlights would be the Baroque Helblinghaus, and the 16th-century Golden Eagle (Goldener Adler), an old inn once as popular with emperors as it was with writers like Goethe.

Point 2:  The Court Church & Emperor’s Tomb

The Court Church & Emperor's Tomb
Tyrol Tl – The Court Church & Emperor’s Tomb

Innsbruck’s spectacular Court Church is one of the finest works of German Renaissance sculpture. The central feature of the monument is its massive black marble sarcophagus with a bronze figure of the Emperor, engulfed an iron screen and 24 marble reliefs depicting events in the Emperor’s life. Also of note are the 28 bronze statues of the Emperor’s ancestors and contemporaries.

Point 3: The Golden Roof

The Golden Roof

This magnificent Late Gothic oriel window, roofed with gilded copper tiles, was built in 1496 to commemorate Maximilian I’s marriage to Bianca Maria Sforza and served as a box from which the court watched civic festivities in the square below. Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs.

Yet, here’s a tip – the street which houses The Golden Roof has some fantastic restaurants – especially pizzerias. They are just….. speechless worthy food!

Point 3: The Hofburg

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Pikist – Austria

Innsbruck’s old Court Palace, the Hofburg looks fabulous if you are driving by – a spectacle to behold on the Austrian streets. It was the former imperial palace originally built in the 15th and 16th centuries — was remodeled in Baroque and Rococo style in the 18th century upon instructions from Empress Maria Theresa. 

Point 4: Innsbruck Cathedral

Innsbruck Cathedral

Innsbruck Cathedral is known for its twin-towered west front and the high dome over the choir, built in Baroque style in 1724 and fully restored after World War II.Today, visitors from around the world are attracted to the cathedral by the unmistakable sound of the cathedral bells. Once inside, high baroque ceiling frescos by Cosmas Damian Asam show scenes from the life of St. James.[1]

Point 5: Maria-Theresien Strasse

Maria-Theresien Strasse

Maria Theresien Street is a glorious remnant of the city’s past, though now a pedestrian promenade, the street, is lined with palaces once owned by the city’s aristocracy, cafes, shops and landmarks like St. Anne’s Column and the Triumphal Arch.

Point 6 – Swarovski Headquarters

Swarovski Headquarters

Swarovski Headquarters are the most sparkling and shining headquarters you could ever witness! The attraction is very much a “world” of crystals. Built into the Austrian Alps, there’s a huge face-shaped fountain, houses a passage built through a body of water that houses an orchard of “Crystal Trees”.

The attraction is home to numerous art exhibits and installations, all held under the Chambers of Wonders. There are 17 underground rooms in the Chambers of Wonder, the highlights being – Crystal Dome, Ice Passage, Into Lattice Sun, and Eden.

This is one of the best places you could visit and a spectacle that brings Austria its glory!

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Nothing could ever beat Swarovski !


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References:

  1. Cathedral of St James,
    https://www.innsbruck.info/en/sightseeing/sightseeing/churches-and-monasteries/detail/infrastruktur/dom-zu-st-jakob-innsbruck.html

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Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower Innsbruckis richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs. Made up of 2,657 gilded Innsbruck tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows Innsbruckfigural reliefsMade up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the InnsbruckRoof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs

Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower Innsbruckis richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs. Made up of 2,657 gilded Innsbruck tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows Innsbruckfigural reliefsMade up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the InnsbruckRoof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs

Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower Innsbruckis richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs. Made up of 2,657 gilded Innsbruck tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows Innsbruckfigural reliefsMade up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the InnsbruckRoof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs

Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower Innsbruckis richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs. Made up of 2,657 gilded Innsbruck tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows Innsbruckfigural reliefsMade up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the InnsbruckRoof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs

Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower Innsbruckis richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs. Made up of 2,657 gilded Innsbruck tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows Innsbruckfigural reliefsMade up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the InnsbruckRoof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs

Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower Innsbruckis richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs. Made up of 2,657 gilded Innsbruck tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows Innsbruckfigural reliefsMade up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the InnsbruckRoof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs

Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower Innsbruckis richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs. Made up of 2,657 gilded Innsbruck tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows Innsbruckfigural reliefsMade up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the InnsbruckRoof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs

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This magnificent Late Gothic oriel window, roofed with gilded copper tiles, was built in 1496 to commemorate Maximilian I’s marriage to Bianca Maria Sforza and served as a box from which the court watched civic festivities in the square below. Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs.Insbruck.Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs

This magnificent Late Gothic oriel window, roofed with gilded copper tiles, was built in 1496 to commemorate Maximilian I’s marriage to Bianca Maria Sforza and served as a box from which the court watched civic festivities in the square below. Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs.Insbruck.Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs

This magnificent Late Gothic oriel window, roofed with gilded copper tiles, was built in 1496 to commemorate Maximilian I’s marriage to Bianca Maria Sforza and served as a box from which the court watched civic festivities in the square below. Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs.Insbruck.Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs

This magnificent Late Gothic oriel window, roofed with gilded copper tiles, was built in 1496 to commemorate Maximilian I’s marriage to Bianca Maria Sforza and served as a box from which the court watched civic festivities in the square below. Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs.Insbruck.Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs

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This magnificent Late Gothic oriel window, roofed with gilded copper tiles, was built in 1496 to commemorate Maximilian I’s marriage to Bianca Maria Sforza and served as a box from which the court watched civic festivities in the square below. Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs.Insbruck.Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs

This magnificent Late Gothic oriel window, roofed with gilded copper tiles, was built in 1496 to commemorate Maximilian I’s marriage to Bianca Maria Sforza and served as a box from which the court watched civic festivities in the square below. Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs.Insbruck.Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs

This magnificent Late Gothic oriel window, roofed with gilded copper tiles, was built in 1496 to commemorate Maximilian I’s marriage to Bianca Maria Sforza and served as a box from which the court watched civic festivities in the square below. Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs.Insbruck.Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs

This magnificent Late Gothic oriel window, roofed with gilded copper tiles, was built in 1496 to commemorate Maximilian I’s marriage to Bianca Maria Sforza and served as a box from which the court watched civic festivities in the square below. Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs.Insbruck.Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs

This magnificent Late Gothic oriel window, roofed with gilded copper tiles, was built in 1496 to commemorate Maximilian I’s marriage to Bianca Maria Sforza and served as a box from which the court watched civic festivities in the square below. Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs.Insbruck.Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs

This magnificent Late Gothic oriel window, roofed with gilded copper tiles, was built in 1496 to commemorate Maximilian I’s marriage to Bianca Maria Sforza and served as a box from which the court watched civic festivities in the square below. Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs.Insbruck.Made up of 2,657 gilded copper tiles, the Golden Roof’s lower balustrade is richly decorated with coats of arms, while the open balcony above shows ten figural reliefs

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