Court Church, Innsbruck

Court Church, Innsbruck: Our most recommended tours and activities

Innsbruck: Private City Tour by a licenced "Austria Guide"

1. Innsbruck: Private City Tour by a licenced "Austria Guide"

On this walking Tour, together with your personal Guide, you will explore the center of Innsbruck, the so called "Old Town". Set between the surrounding Northern and Central Alps, Innsbruck is since several thousand years a crossing between North- and Southeurope. Todays Maria Theresien Straße was the first suburb of Innsbruck, several old baroque Town Palais of the then Nobel Families line the street. We will start our trip there, and then cross into the Old Town, the medival city center with many houses dating back to the times of Emperor Maximilain I. around 1500. Follow the narrow streets and get back into times, when international merchants brought their products from far countries into the town. From the name giving brige over the river Inn, we enjoy a spectacular view on the Northern Chain, the Alpine range north of the city. Back in the busy city, the Golden Roof, Innsbrucks best known sight seeing spot brings alive the time of the court of Emperor Maximilian and his family, the Habsburgs. We will enter the Dome of St. James and have a look at one of the most remarkable pieces of Art in Innsbruck, Lucas Cranach the Elder`s picture "Maria Hilf or Mary with Child". The Dome is also burial place to one of the Souvereigns of Tyrol and well known for its splendid ceiling paintings and interior. We will end our Tour in front of the Imperial Palace, home to the local Tyrolian branch of the Habsburg Family and the Court Church, memorial grave of Emperor Maximilian and most likely the most important and beautiful Grave of an Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. For tours lasting 2 or more hours, we recommend - optionally - entries into either the Imperial Castle, the Court Church or any of the Museums in Town.

Innsbruck: City Exploration Game and Tour on your Phone

2. Innsbruck: City Exploration Game and Tour on your Phone

You’re looking for a fun way to explore the city at your own pace? Then, this city-exploration game is made for you! You’ll entertain all your group with interesting questions, while still teaching them fun facts about the city. Your mission (should you choose to accept it): Jackson Wilde, the famous city-explorer, needs your help… Help him solve quizzes to gather as many points as possible. With this self-guided tour, you will be guided through the following locations: 1. Triumphal Arch 2. St. Anne's Column 3. Spitalskirche 4. Hofburg Palace 5. Cathedral 6. Golden Roof 7. Stadtturm 8. Market Square Viewpoint Download the app on Android or iOS (or access it directly through your browser) to get access to your self-guided tour and your city exploration activity. So, are you ready to explore Innsbruck?

Innsbruck: Old Town Private Walking Tour

3. Innsbruck: Old Town Private Walking Tour

Start your tour by a visit to the Stadtturm, also known as the Innsbruck City Tower. It stands 51 meters high and was previously also used as a part of the Town Hall for important meetings. A viewing deck is about 31 meters high from where you will see beautiful views of the city. The Medieval tower dates back to the 14th century along with the Old Rathaus (The Old Town Hall) which adjoins it. You will see one of the most famous landmarks of Innsbruck, the Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof) located in the Old Town of Innsbruck. Its roof is made up of 2657 gold plated copper tiles. It was built to mark the wedding of the Emperor Emperor Maximilian I to Bianca Maria Sforza and used to watch events in the square below. Admire the architecture of the Hofburg (The Imperial Palace). It was a royal palace that was built between the 15th and 16th centuries and further remodeled in the 18th century to Baroque and Rococo styles. It is currently a museum and houses portraits of the royal family. It is amongst the topmost important historical and cultural monuments in Austria. It took 15 years of work to restore it to what it would have looked like. The rooms of especially Maria Theresa and the Empress Elizabeth are worth a visit. Visit the Hofkirche (the Court Church) which has a Gothic and Renaissance style. It was built in 1553 by the Emperor Ferdinand I. Here you will see the tomb of the Emperor Maximilian I along with 28 bronze statues of the emperor's ancestors and close aides. You will have a chance to see the Dom zu St. Jakob (the Cathedral of Saint James) which is also known as the Innsbruck Cathedral. Although the Cathedral dates back to the 18th century, a Church already existed on its site as early as the 12th century. Here you will see the famous painting known as the Maria Hilf by the German artist Lucas Cranach the Elder. Stroll on the Maria Theresia street where you will see houses dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Here you will find many shops offering souvenirs. You will see beautiful mountain views towards the north of the street. As you continue to stroll, famous landmarks such as the St. Anne's Column and the Triumphal Arch will be seen along the way. Finish your tour at the Triumphpforte (The triumphal Arch) located towards the Southern end of the Maria Theresa street. It was built in August 1765 to mark the wedding of Archduke Leopold to Maria Luisa, the Spanish princess. He was the second son of Empress Maria Theresa and Francis Stephen of Lorraine. Francis Stephen died shortly after the wedding in a span of 13 days. The northern facade of the arch depicts the mourning of the emperor while the southern facade depicts the wedding.

Salzburg: Private Day Trip to Innsbruck

4. Salzburg: Private Day Trip to Innsbruck

Travel from Salzburg to Innsbruck in a private vehicle and explore the charming Alpine town with a 5-Star Local Guide. Immerse yourself in stories of the Imperial House of Habsburgs, learn about the bombing of Innsbruck in World War II, and admire the medieval and Baroque remains in the picturesque Alpine setting. Let us take you on a full-day adventure in Innsbruck! Choose the 9-hour option to see the best of Innsbruck. Early in the morning, your private driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Salzburg in a clean, air-conditioned vehicle and drive you straight to the capital of Tyrol in the heart of Wipp Valley. Your Private Guide will meet you in Innsbruck and take you on a walking tour of the Old Town. Attractions include a visit to 2 historic churches. Inside the Baroque Cathedral of St. Jacob you will discover one of the most venerated Marian images in Christendom, Maria Hilf (Mary of Succor) by Lucas Cranach the Elder. Inside Hofkirche you will explore galleries filled with art and statues, Emperor Maximilian's cenotaph and the tomb of Andreas Hofer, Tyrol's national hero. Other places of interest include the Hofburg Palace, Golden Roof, St. Ann’s Column and Triumphal Arch. After the guided tour the driver will take you to the Bergisel Ski Jump Observation Deck. The viewing terrace of the Bergisel Tower offers panoramic views of the whole city surrounded by Alps. Tickets include elevator access. In addition to admiring the amazing views, you can stop for lunch at the restaurant „Bergisel Sky”, which is located at an altitude of 40 meters. After free time for lunch and souvenir shopping, the driver will take you back to your accommodation in Salzburg. Choose the 12-hour option to see the best of Innsbruck and visit the magnificent Ambras Castle, one of the oldest museums in the world. This extended tour includes skip-the-line tickets, so you will not have to wait in lines at the ticket office. Explore the Renaissance castle with an audio-guide to discover the famous Spanish Hall, the extensive Habsburg Portrait gallery, and the collection of armory, weapons, Chinese woodwork, Persian art and other objects collected by Archduke Ferdinand II. It’s a cultural experience not to be missed!

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