Walking through Innsbruck, Austria

18 October, 2012 2 Comments

Innsbruck

The capital of the Austrian Tyrol and one of the most popular holiday destinations, the city of Innsbruck, is located in the heart of the Austrian Alps. Innsbruck is, thanks to its location, an international centre of winter sports. In fact, this city has been the headquarters of the Olympic Winter Games on two occasions, in 1964 and 1976.

Innsbruck, with its 800 years of history and cultural heritage, is one of the favourite places of Austria for the tourists. The beauty of Innsbruck is protected by the architects to ensure that the new structures in the city are in harmony with its Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance-style buildings. A large part of the city of Innsbruck appears under the significant influence of the baroque, being the Cathedral of Santiago is an example of this. On the other hand, on the outskirts we found the Castle Ambras castle, which is probably the best renaissance palace of Austria. The modern urban development extends along the Inn River toward the east and west, away from the historic neighbourhoods protected.

The centre of this Tyrolean town dates from the end of the Middle Ages. In the fifteenth century, Innsbruck became a “Residenzstadt“, a centre for the representation and administration, by Emperor Maximilian I.

This Emperor ordered the building of a balcony with a golden roof called “Goldenes Dachl”, which remains the main attraction of the city. Near the “Goldenes Dachl” you can see the majesty of the Habsburg Empire in the Hofburg Imperial Palace and Hofkirche, where statues of kings and heroes protect the empty tomb of the emperor.

Don’t forget to explore the narrow streets and ancient courts, and then get down to the river and admire the Arc de Triomphe ( “Triumphbogen”) which was ordered to build by Empress Maria Theresa in 1655. Today, the architecture of this period still characterizes the urban landscape of Innsbruck.

Innsbruck

Let’s talk a little bit of its History … In 1805 the armies of Napoleon defeated Austria and the Tyrol fell into the hands of the Bavarians. Andreas Hofer, Tyrolean combatant, resisted the attacks of the French and Bavarians in a war when Austria had already surrendered. Andreas Hofer is a national hero and you will find references to his feat on your trip in the Tyrol, especially in the museums.

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