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If you are travelling in Europe, make sure that you make a stop at Innsbruck at least once. There are historical sites to visit, beautiful nature and its mystery to discover and the old medieval town to explore. Here are some of the must-visit sites in Innsbruck that you should include in your to-travel list. Its history dates way back to the 15th century. Know about kings, nobles and lords through the monuments, buildings and valuable remnants that they left behind.
Innsbruck has been described as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. The charming villages, the Tyrolean Alps, the snow-capped mountains, the overflowing flower beds, the belongings of the great Emperor Maximilian I and the medieval feel of the city defines Innsbruck. Discover the beauty, explore the city and unravel the mystery of Innsbruck with the help of this brief tourist’s guide. There are some of the places that you must absolutely visit.
The Golden Roof- The Golden Roof is a work of art which features a Late Gothic oriels window which has a roof made of gilded copper tiles. To commemorate the marriage of Maximilian I and Bianca Maria Sforza, this structure was built. It served the purpose of a box from where the people of the court would watch festival. This highly decorated Golden Roof is unique in its style, construction and looks. This is a site you must take a look at if you happen to be around Innsbruck.
The Hofburg – This used to be Innsbruck’s old Court Palace which was built in the 15th century. Its architecture incorporates Gothic style with fine painted ceilings, lavish rooms, Riesesnaal, the giant marble hall, painting gallery and furniture museum. If you want to delve into the past and look at the art and creations, then visit the Hofburg Palace. Besides the palace, the Hofburg district has its own beauty and grandeur. The Silver Chapel which was built in 1587 still remains there. Some other highlights of the Hofburg district are the Old University, the Capuchin Convent, the Jesuit Church, the Hofgarten and the Tyrolean Provincial Theater.
Ambras Palace- Built in the 15th century, this palace belonged to Archduke Ferdinand from 1563 to 1585. The palace is mainly divided into two parts. The Lower castle consists of two large rooms which upkeeps a splendid collection of armor and arms. Another section keeps an excellent collection of valuable art, sculptures, and applied art. The bathroom of Philippine Welser is also worth seeing. The frescos of Tyrolese nobles, the painted ceilings are a treat to the eyes of a traveler.
Bergisel Ski Jump- If you are travelling South from Innsbruck, you are sure to confront the 746-meter high hill named as Bergisel. This infamous hill is eminent for its winter sports events among which are the all time popular Olympia ski jump. You can get a dazzling view from the new tower which was built in the year 2003. This is also the ground where many historic battles were fought. Its popularity and value owe to the battles against France and Bavaria. You can also see the memorial and the memorial chapel which lies just below the ski jump. The memorial is to honor those soldiers and Tyrolese peasants who fought for their freedom.
Swarovski Crystal World Museum – Amidst the bewildering mountains of Innsbruck, lies the sparkling world of Swarovski crystals. Thousands of tourists visit this dazzling world every year to see the museum, the art installations and the all-time-famous giant guard at the entrance. This site was opened in the year 1995. It has 14 chambers, with each chamber being the work of art of renowned and established artists and designers. This theme park is sure to spur your imaginations as you walk through the shimmering chambers of the world of Swarovski Crystal.