Innsbruck Vacations & Travel Packages!
With its picture book beauty and legendary graduation from being a historical city to a host of Winter Olympics, the Austrian city of Innsbruck is a honeycomb of all those tourist destinations that a visitor looks for in a city but seldom finds. Innsbruck literally translates to ‘inn bridge’ and maybe this could offer some insight as to how the city has developed and adopted itself to be an evergreen tourist destination. You would find this Austrian city star-studded with all remarkable attractions like cathedrals, museums, historical streets, riverbank, imperial palace, the site of winter Olympics, mesmerizing scenery, cable cars, skiing facilities and a lot more.
Places of Interest in Innsbruck
The Hofkirche and the Emperor's Tomb
Welcome to Rolls Royce standard German Renaissance sculpture. The Hofkirche and the Emperor's Tomb are the two most spectacular attractions in Innsbruck and latter is just about the most glorious thing you shall ever get to see in an Austrian city. The Hofkirche is a 16th century church that has ornate galleries, tall slender columns of red marble and white colored Corinthian capitals. You’d be particularly impressed by the colossal black marble cenotaph here on which stands emperor Maximilian I, the four virtues and twenty four marble relics that exhibiting different phases of his life. In close vicinity are also placed twenty eight bronze statues of King Maximilian I’s ancestors and King Arthur of England.
The Golden Roof
Built for Emperor Maximilian I, the Golden Roof is an alcove balcony pertaining to Late-Gothic style of architecture and is brought to life by 2657 fire-gilded cupreous shingles. It is a highly decorated oriel window is studded with sculpted reliefs, mural paintings and gilded copper tiles that was built in fifteenth century to mark the emperor’s marriage. The Emperor and his wife used the balcony to observe festivals, tournaments, and other events that took place in the square below.
There’s an unfailing streak with historical cities- it is often unworkable to separate their martial histories from their description. The same is true for Innsbruck and Zeughaus takes the honors for the dubious distinction. Zeughaus is the armory of Emperor Maximilian I and it consists of two two-storey wings and two narrow gatehouses that surround a large inner courtyard. This place was specifically chosen because it was a prominent transport hub and there were many copper mines around to help in producing arms and ammunitions. Please note that Zeughaus has now been made into a museum in 1973 AD and was christened as Tyrolean State History Museum.