Top 4 Places to Visit in Innsbruck, Austria
The capital city of Tyrol, Innsbruck, is undoubtedly one of the most superb places to visit in Austria. Found in the North Tyrolean Alps, Innsbruck is filled with history such as in the late-medieval Altstadt (old town), as well as being home to many cultural highlights. Whatever your interests, you are sure to find something to suit you in Innsbruck.
1. Goldenes Dachl
Located in the heart of Innsbruck is one of the most popular sights for tourists to visit – the Golden Roof. This distinctive landmark is made up of 2657 gold-plated copper tiles and was built by Archduke Friedrich IV at the beginning of the 15th century. It was completed in the early 16th century and was constructed in honour of Emperor Maximilian’ second marriage.
As the “Goldenes Dachl” is so popular with tourists, if you wish to visit this landmark then expect the area surrounding it to be very busy. However, the popularity of this attraction means that the surrounding area is filled with shops and cafes, so it is an animated and lively scene. Also, if you walk down the street adjacent to the Golden Roof, it takes you out to a less congested area where you can easily get public transport and there are many larger shops and shopping centres.
Furthermore, there are many other popular places to visit within walking distance of this landmark, such as the Swarovski Innsbruck shop which is one of the largest Swarovski stores worldwide.
2. Bergisel Ski Jump
Having been used in two Olympic games (the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics) the Bergisel Ski Jump really is a spectacular places to visit and a must see for those visiting Innsbruck. A funicular takes you up part of the Bergisel Ski Jump and you can take a lift or the stairs to the highest point. Located at the top of the ski jump is a panorama restaurant with incredible views of the jump and over Innsbruck. The ski jump is located not too far away from the heart on Innsbruck and you can get to it easily by getting on a tram (Number 1) in the main streets of downtown Innsbruck. There is also a sightseeing bus which you can hop on and hop off, which takes you to this attraction.
3. Innsbruck Cathedral
Built between 1717and 1724, Innsbruck Cathedral is an exquisite place to visit. Also known as the Cathedral of St. James, this beautiful Baroque cathedral is located just a short walk from the Golden Roof. In such a dynamic area the Cathedral can provide a peaceful break, where you can take in the striking interior and admire the stunning architecture. The Cathedral is free to enter and the square opposite to the Cathedral is much more relaxed and less hectic than the Goldenes Dachl.
Within the Cathedral you can view "Mariahilf” at the main altar - the famous painting of Virgin Mary by Lucas Cranach the Elder. Located in the north aisle of the cathedral is the tomb of Archduke Maximilian III. This was erected in 1629, in the church which was previously located where the cathedral now is. Even if visiting a Cathedral wouldn’t normally be on your list of things to do, the Innsbruck Cathedral has such a stunning interior that it is definitely worth a visit.
4. Tiroler Landestheater
Founded in 1629 the Tyrolean State Theatre, the Tiroler Landestheater, is perhaps a less well known place to visit in Innsbruck. This is the main venue to see productions within Innsbruck and is particularly appealing to those interested in music and the arts. The theatre hosts many premieres, showing a diverse variety of productions to appeal to people of various interests and to people of all ages.
If you wish to pre-book your tickets to see a show here, you may reserve tickets and are asked to collect them at least 5 days before the date of your show. You may also purchase tickets online on the Tiroler Landestheater website. Although being located in a German speaking country, the staff at the theatre are friendly and information is readily available in English. It is clear to see that the performers take great pride in their performances and this is a lovely place to experience a traditional Tyrolean evening.
By Catriona Kidd