Innsbruck Tourist Attractions

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Innsbruck lies in the wide Inn valley at the intersection of two important traffic routes, between Germany and Italy and between Vienna and Switzerland. Innsbruck still preserves its medieval core, the historic old town with its narrow, twisting streets and tall houses in Late Gothic style, many of them with handsome oriel windows and fine doorways. The newer parts of the town lie outside this central nucleus, particularly to the east and north.

Old Town

Maria-Theresien-Strasse and Side Streets

The busy Maria-Theresien-Strasse, lined with handsome 17th and 18th C. houses and numerous shops, affords a magnificent vista of the mountains to the north, towering up to over 2,300m/7,500ft. The northern part of the street opens out almost into the proportions of a square.

St Anne's Column

In the middle of Innsbruck's Maria-Theresien-Strasse, in front of the Rathaus (1849), stands the Annasäule (St Anne's Column), erected in 1706 to commemorate the withdrawal of Bavarian troops on St Anne's Day in 1703. The column is surmounted by a statue of the Virgin Mary; St Anna stands on the base near St George, the patron saint of Tirol, and other saints.

Altes Landhaus

At the corner of Innsbruck's Maria-Theresien-Strasse and Meraner Strasse is the Altes Landhaus, a monumental Baroque palace (1725-28) with a sumptuous and elaborately articulated facade, which now houses the Provincial Assembly and Provincial Government (Landesregierung). In the courtyard between the two wings of the building stands a chapel.
The Landhaus was built by G.A. Gumpp.

Neues Landhaus

Adjoining Innsbruck's Altes Landhaus on the east, with its main front on Wilhelm-Greil-Strasse, stands the Neues Landhaus, built in 1938-40 in the style of the period.

War Memorial

To the south of Innsbruck's Neues Landhaus, in the spacious Landhausplatz, stands a 14m/46ft high Memorial to the events of 1945, with an inscription commemorating the dead ("In memoriam pro Austria mortuis").

Museum of the Alpine Association

Innsbruck's Alpensvereinsmuseum (Museum of the Alpine Association) is worth a visit. Exhibited are paintings and reliefs.
The museum holds an extensive collection of Alpine art, relief models of mountain ranges from throughout the Alps, articles showing the development of high Alpine cartography and historic Alpine equipment.
Address: Wilhelm-Greil-Strasse 15, A-6010 Innsbruck, Austria

Servite Church

Obliquely across from Innsbruck's Altes Landhaus stands the Servite Church, built in 1615 but with many later alterations. There is a fresco of the Holy Trinity near an oriel window on the outside wall, and inside are some finely carved pews (17th C.).

Triumphal Gateway

At the southern end of Innsbruck's Maria-Theresien-Strasse, against the backdrop of the jagged summits of the Serles group, towers the Triumphpforte (Triumphal Gateway), erected by Maria Theresa in 1765 on what was then the boundary of the city to mark the marriage of her son Leopold (later Emperor Leopold II) to the Spanish Infanta Maria Ludovica; the gateway was built with stone from the earlier St George's Gate, pulled down to make way for the new one. The marble reliefs (1774) on the southern side depict the wedding and those on the northern side lament the sudden death of the Emperor Francis I during the festivities.

Hofburg District

River Inn Walking Tour

There is a walking tour on the river Inn in Innsbruck.

Mariahilf District

The Alte Innbrücke leads into Innsbruck's Mariahilf district, noted for its Baroque Mariahilfkirche (1649; frescos of 1689) and the Botanic Garden (Observatory).

Hötting

To the north of Innsbruck's Mariahilf lies the district of Hötting, with the tower of the old parish church (Alte Pfarrkirche: originally Late Gothic, enlarged c. 1750) rising above the new parish church (1911). At Hötinger Gasse 15 will be found a tablet commemorating Peter Mitterhofer (1822-93) of Partschins in South Tirol, an inventor of the typewriter.

Hötting Ridgeway

From the Innsbruck Alte Pfarrkirche the Höttinger Höhenstrasse (Hötting Ridgeway; fine views) turns off to the northwest, reaching after 5km/3mi the upper station of the Hungerburg funicular and the lower station of the Nordkettenbahn (cableway).

St Nikolaus District

Further downstream the River Inn stretches Innsbruck's St Nikolaus district, part of Innsbruck. Its Neo-Gothic church is worth a visit.

Alpine Zoo

About 1km/0.75mi north of Innsbruck's St Nikolaus district we come to the 15th century Schloss Weiherburg and the Alpine Zoo with its aquarium. All kinds of mountain animals from the Alpine regions are to be seen, and the beautifully situated zoo has become very popular with both experts and tourists alike.
A total of 2,000 animals from 150 different Alpine species are kept in the zoo, which also includes the world's largest cold-water aquarium.
Address: Weiherburggasse 37, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria

Mühlau

Downstream from Innsbruck's Alpine Zoo on a hill above the Inn will be found the villa suburb of Mühlau, with its attractive Baroque church (1748). In the new cemetery, in front of the chapel, lies the grave of the Salzburg poet Georg Trakl (1887-1914).

Tirolese Museum of Folk Art

Adjoining the Innsbruck Hofkirche (Court Church) on the east, in the Neues Stift (New Abbey) or Theresianum (16th and 18th C.) can be found the Tirolese Museum of Folk Art. The museum's extensive collections, excellently displayed on three floors, include more than 20 Tirolese rooms, including brick-built houses with oriel windows from the Upper Inn valley and half-timbered houses from the Ziller valley, and a rich store of costumes, peasant furniture and tools from the various regions of Tirol, glass and pottery, cane chairs and textiles and metalwork, There is also a collection of Nativity groups from the 18th C. to the present day. In the cloister on the west side of the building lies the tomb of the Innsbruck sculptor Alexander Colin (d. 1612), by Colin himself.
The museum also plays host to numerous temporary exhibitions.
Address: Universitästrasse 2, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria

Tirolese Provincial Museum

Worth a visit is the Tirolese Provincial Museum (Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum) in Innsbruck's Museumstrasse, off the Burggraben. It has rich collections on the history and art of Tirol (numerous works from the Gothic period) and a gallery of Dutch and Flemish masters. The originals of the sculptures on the Goldenes Dachl are also displayed here.
The museum also has collections from pre- and early historic times.
Address: Museumstrasse 15, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria

Tirolese Regional Museum

Further east of Innsbruck's Tirolese Provincial Museum, on the banks of the Sill, stands the old Arsenal (Alte Zeughaus), now occupied by the Tirolese Regional Museum, a museum of cultural and natural history covering a very wide field, including mineralogy, mining, coining, cartography, hunting, technology, etc. There is also a collection of clocks and musical instruments, as well as an exhibition on the story of the Tirolese struggle for liberation in 1809.
Address: Zeughausgasse, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck Market

To the south of the Alte Innbrücke (Old Inn Bridge), which passes over the River Inn from the old town, on the Innrain, lies the Innsbruck Market, a scene of lively activity in summer.

St John's Church

In the middle of Innsbruck's Innrain, here much widened, stands the striking St John's Church (Johanniskirche), a lively High Baroque building with a twin-towered gabled front; it contains ceiling paintings of 1794.

New University

To the south of Innsbruck's St John's church, near the University Bridge, can be found the University Library (Universitätsbibliothek) and the New University ("Leopold-Franzens-Universität", 1914-23), with various clinics and institutes.
Address: Christoph Probst Platz 1, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria

University Botanical Gardens Alpinum

The Botanical Garden was established around 1911 and has more than 5000 species from different plant communities and climates of the world.

Wilten Parish Church

In Innsbruck's southern district of Wilten stands one of the finest Roccoco churches in northern Tirol, the twin-towered parish church (1751-55). The interior is decorated with ceiling frescos by Matthäus Günther and stucco-work by Franz Xaver Feichtmayr; on the high altar is a 14th C. sandstone figure of "Mary under the Four Pillars".

Wilten Basilica

Opposite Innsbruck's Wilten Parish Church is sited the large complex of buildings (remodeled in Baroque style 1670-95) of Stift Wilten, a Premonstratensian abbey founded in 1138. The church (1651-65) has in the porch a large Gothic figure of the giant Haymon, to whom legend attributes a share in the foundation of the monastery. In the pediment above the high altar is the "Throne of Solomon".

Bergisel

South of Innsbruck rises the hill (under which the Brenner railroad and motorway pass in tunnels) known as Bergisel (750m/2,460ft; a 15-minute walk from Wilten). On the hill there are various sports facilities: the Olympia ski-jump (known as the "Bergiselschanze", constructed in 1964 for jumps of up to 104m/340ft), from the top of which there is a splendid view, the Olympia Ice Stadium with sprinting lane and the Olympia artificial ice rink. The hill owes its fame to the heroic battles of 1809, when the Tirolese peasants, led by Andreas Hofer, three times freed their capital from the French and Bavarian occupying forces. On the north side of the hill, below the ski jump, stands a memorial to all the Tirolese who fought for their country's freedom. The central feature of this is the Andreas Hofer Monument (1893); adjoining that is a memorial chapel (1909) and to its rear the Tomb of the Tirolese Kaiserjäger (Imperial Riflemen).
Bergisel - Floor plan map Bergisel Map

Tiroler-Kaiserjäger-Museum

The Tiroler-Kaiserjäger-Museum with many relics and mementos of the struggle for liberation and the history of the Kaiserjäger up to the World War I; from the Hall of Honor, which contains 1954 volumes with the names of all the Tirolese who fell between 1796-1945, there is a splendid view of Innsbruck and the mountains to the north.
Address: Bergisel 1, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria

Hungerburg and Hafelekar

To the north of Innsbruck, on a terrace (900m/2,950ft; extensive views), is the site of the outlying villa suburb of Hungerburg, which can be reached either by the Hungerburgbahn, a funicular which runs up from the Mühlauer Brücke (at a circular building with the Bergisel Panorama, depicting the battle of 1809), or on the Höttinger Höhenstrasse. From Hungerburg the Nordkettenbahn, a cableway 3.5km/2mi long, ascends via the intermediate station of Seegrube (1,905m/6,250ft) to Hafelekar (2,334m/7,658ft), from which there are superb views.
Panorama from Hafelekar - Floor plan map Panorama from Hafelekar Map

Ambras Palace

Southeast of Innsbruck, beyond the Inn valley motorway, is the location of Schloss Ambras or Amras, a residence of Archduke Ferdinand from 1563-95. In the Unterschloss (Lower Castle) are two rooms containing arms and armor; on the first floor of the Kornschüttgebäude is a valuable art collection (sculpture, applied art); In the Hochschloss (Upper Castle) can be seen the bathroom of Philippine Welser, Ferdinand's wife; paintings and sculpture are on display on the first and second floors. The splendid Spanish Hall, between the Lower and Upper Castles, is one of the earliest examples of German Renaissance interiors (1507-71); it has a beautiful coffered ceiling and frescos of Tirolese nobles on the walls.
The palace is also often used for special exhibitions.
Address: Schloss-Strasse 20, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria

Sellrain Valley

To the west of Innsbruck, at Kematen, is the mouth of the beautiful Sellrain Valley, which attracts many visitors both in summer and for winter sports. From the chief place in the valley, Sellrain (909m/2,982ft), there are a number of attractive walks and climbs - for example, to the west by way of the little Late Gothic mountain church of St Quirin (1,243m/4,078ft) to the Rosskogel (2,649m/8,691ft; five hours, not difficult), or south to the Potsdamer Hütte (2,020m/6,628ft; good skiing), above which, to the west, towers the peak of Sömen (2,797m/9,177ft).

Lüsenstal (Alm Kühtai)

From Gries (1,238m/4,062ft) a road leads southwards into the Lüsenstal. The Sellraintal Road continues westwards from Gries via the Kühtaisattel (2,016m/6,641ft) to Alm Kühtai (1,967m/6,454ft), a health and winter sports resort with cableways and ski lifts. It is the starting point for good climbs and walks, and there are many small mountain lakes in the vicinity.

Other Sights

Sights of interest in the city of Innsbruck include the state theater and Leopold's fountain.

City Tower

Innsbruck's city tower is one of the most unique in Austria. The tower was originally built between 1442 - 50, but the pointed roofs were replaced with rounded ones in 1560.

Leopold's Fountain

The fountain includes a statue of Archduke Leopold V (1619-32) riding a horse. It is believed to be the oldest depiction of a rearing horse to be found north of the Alps.

Butterfly Exhibition Hall

The hall includes thousands of butterflies, left to fly freely in a tropical garden.

Giant Panoramic Painting

This oil painting covers 1,000 sq. m of canvas, and depicts the Battle on the Bergisel in 1809.

Grassmayr Bell-Foundry

The bell-foundry was built in the 1500s. Daily exhibitions and demonstrations show how ore was transformed into bells.

Rudolph's Fountain

The fountain was erected in 1877 in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Tyrol's unification with Austria.

State Theater

The Landestheater was built between 1844 and 1846 in the classical style to replace the former court theater.
Address: Rennweg 2, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria

Swarovski Crystal World

This three-dimensional adventure museum includes the famous Swarovski crystals, mixed with light and sound orchestrated by international media artist André Heller.
Address: Kristallweltenstrasse 1, A-6112 Wattens, Austria

Town Archives

The town archives include various exhibitions on the history of the town.
Address: Badgasse 2, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria

Events

There are many festivals and events in Innsbruck.

Tyrolean Summer

This annual festival runs throughout the summer and includes all types of events. Classical orchestras, symphonies, brass bands, jazz and folk groups, soloist, opera companies and other performers come together to provide a full program intended to please every visitor to Innsbruck.
The venues are equally impressive and include Ambras Castle, Igls Parish Church, Wilten Basilica, Court Church and Golden Roof Square.

Church Concerts

Innsbruck is known as the "Organ Town" and showcases its two most interesting organs every year. The Ebert organ, dating from 1558, and the Italian Renaissance organ are located in the Silver Chapel. They are highlighted in a series of organ concerts running annually between May and September.
The season ends with the International Organ Competition in September.

Festival Weeks of Early Music

This annual eight-week festival takes place in July and August. The series of Early Music Concerts is dedicated to historical instruments and Baroque operas, and has gained international acclaim. The venues include the 18th century Hapsburg Palace, the Hofkirche, the Tirol Landestheater and Ambras Castle.
Address: Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse 21, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria

Concerts at Ambras Castle

The Spanish Hall of the Castle is opened from late June to early August for a series of concerts every Tuesday night.
The concerts first began in 1962.
Address: Schöpfstrasse 20, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria

International Folk Festival

This is a folk festival of authentic and elaborate dance, music and song held at the end of June.

International Dance Theater Festival

This week-long festival takes place in late April.

Surroundings

Innsbruck-Igls - Skiing

This is the place to visit if you want to combine a European holiday with a ski vacation. This is not your typical ski town with nothing but bars, restaurants, discos and expensive shops. The capital of Tirol, Innsbruck is a former Imperial city of the Habsburgs and boasts an 800-year history. The only slight drawback is that you are a bus ride from the slopes but the good news is the wide choice of skiing. Six different areas are linked by a free shuttle service and one ski pass covers 500 km of trails and 200 lifts. The nearby ski village of Igls has spectacular views over Innsbruck and here you can ski the men's downhill course where Franz Klammer won his Olympic gold medal in 1976. Innsbruck is one of the few cities to host the Winter Olympics on two occasions.
Expert skiers will want to head for the Hungerburg-Seegrube which is the gateway to the expert runs of the Hafelkar. The Axamer-Lizum, the slopes of the village of Axams, 10 km outside Innsbruck, also hosted Olympic events and the Tulfes and Mutters areas offer good intermediate terrain. And if it's a winter with lousy snow, you can head for the Stubai glacier, which features skiing year-round, with the same ski pass.

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