Old Town Innsbruck: 10 Landmarks To See, a Self-Guided Tour

After exploring Innsbruck, I discovered that while it may not possess the most enchanting and meticulously preserved Old Town in Austria, there are undoubtedly stunning treasures to be found as one wanders through its historic center.

Wandering in Old Town Innsbruck, you will stumble upon fascinating landmarks that offer a glimpse into the rich historical events that paved the way for Europe. And guess what? You’ll also see adorned structures and buildings that provide a unique window into the vibrant Tirolean culture.

Interesting? In this post, I’ll be your guide to the remarkable landmarks of Innsbruck. Not only will I reveal the hidden gems, but I’ll also provide you with a convenient walking route map, ensuring an efficient exploration of the charming Old Town Innsbruck. Let’s go!

If you look at a picture of Innsbruck taken from Nordkette, the city’s highest vantage point, I’m confident you’ll feel a genuine sense of excitement to explore the city.

The view of the Alps and Inn Valley will definitely give you a clue of how special the scenes are in Innsbruck, especially in the Old Town.

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View of the Inn Valley and Innsbruck from Nordkette, Austria
View of the Inn Valley and Innsbruck from Nordkette
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Just picture yourself strolling through Innsbruck’s streets within the Old Town, admiring the beautiful historic landmarks with the magnificent mountains as a breathtaking backdrop. It’s a wonderful experience!

Can’t believe it? Look at a preview of the stunning sights that await you in Old Town Innsbruck below.

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The view of Nordkette from a street in Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
The view of Nordkette from a street in Old Town Innsbruck
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The Old Town Innsbruck, similar to European settlements dating back to medieval times, can be found in the heart of the city. It is specifically situated along the banks of the Inn River, from which it derived its name.

Getting to Old Town Innsbruck couldn’t be simpler if you’re arriving at the city’s central train station. Maria-Theresien-Strasse, the renowned street of Old Town Innsbruck, is a leisurely walk less than 10 minutes from the train station.

However, if you’re arriving in Innsbruck by air, reaching the Old Town requires an additional step. From the airport’s main building, you can simply hop on bus route F to get to Innsbruck’s main station. The journey typically takes around 20 minutes.

While Innsbruck’s train station is conveniently located near the Old Town, it isn’t until you reach Innsbruck’s historic center that you unfold the true charm of the city. So don’t be disheartened if you expect picturesque scenes to welcome you upon arrival in Innsbruck.

In the historic center, you’ll be greeted by the most delightful sight: pastel-colored houses and time-transporting structures with mountains in the backdrop. 

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And as you explore its vibrant streets that have plenty of cafes and restaurants on both sides, a treasure trove of history unfolds before your eyes. You’ll stumble upon important historical landmarks and architectural marvels that have stood the test of time.

Personally, I can’t help but fall in love with the stunning buildings that dot the city center. And let me tell you, the murals (Lüftlmalerei) that grace the facades are breathtaking!

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10 Must-See Places In Old Town Innsbruck 

The Old Town of Innsbruck is charmingly compact and easily navigable, so you needn’t fret about losing your way while exploring its must-see landmarks. However, if you’re unfamiliar with their locations, you may inadvertently overlook the hidden gems.

That’s precisely why I’ve compiled this comprehensive list of must-see landmarks in Old Town Innsbruck. It will ensure you experience the city’s beauty to the fullest while also providing fascinating insights into its historical and cultural significance. 

1. Triumphpforte

Among the must-see landmarks in Innsbruck, the Triumphpforte, or the Triumphal Arch, is the closest to the train station. From the station, you can easily reach the southern end of Maria-Theresien-Straße in less than 10 minutes, where the Triumphpforte is located. 

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Triumphpforte or the Triumphal Arch in Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
Triumphpforte or the Triumphal Arch in Old Town Innsbruck
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Standing tall at the southern end of Maria-Theresein-Strasse, the Triumphpforte not only welcomes you to the enchanting corners of Old Town Innsbruck but also offers a captivating glimpse into the city’s remarkable past.

Triumphpforte is one of Innsbruck’s most famous landmarks, and this should be the reason why. 

Before entering Maria-Theresein-Strasse through the Triumphpforte, I suggest spending a little time appreciating the architecture and design of the arch. After all, this 18th-century landmark is also a moment where you can already discover pieces of Austrian history.

Both facades of the Triumphpforte are richly elaborated with inscriptions and intricate marble reliefs. 

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Beautiful elaborations of Triumphpforte, Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
Beautiful elaborations of Triumphpforte
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Fascinatingly, they depict contrasting meanings—happiness and grief—from two events in the history of Austria that took place nearly at the same time: the wedding of Archduke Leopold and Maria Luisa and the death of Francis Stephen, the father of Leopold. 

In my opinion, the best viewing point for the Triumphpforte is from the south.

From this angle, you can see Triumphpforte adorned with festive reliefs depicting portraits of various royals such as Archduke Leopold, Spanish Princess Maria Luisa, and others.

If the weather is fantastic, you can capture photographs of the Triumphpforte along with the majestic mountains of Nordkette in the background when viewing from the south.

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South face of Triumphpforte, Maria-Theresein-Strasse seen from its largest arch, Old Town, Innsbruck, Austria
South face of Triumphpforte, Maria-Theresein-Strasse seen from its largest arch
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On the flip side, you can see a memorial motif commemorating the death of an emperor.

Overall, by checking both sides of the Triumphpforte, you can find several portraits of different royals. Below are the ones I saw:

  • Empress Maria Theresa and Francis Stephen
  • Archduke Leopold and Princess Maria Luisa
  • Duchess Caroline of Lorraine and Duke Charles of Lorraine

These people are members and relatives of the Habsburg family, which would be the focus of your journey into historical discovery in Innsbruck.

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2. Annasäule and Maria-Theresien-Straße

Once you’ve explored Triumphpforte, continue strolling along Maria-Theresien-Straße, the renowned street named after Empress Maria Theresa that has served as Innsbruck’s main thoroughfare for centuries. 

This vibrant street boasts Innsbruck’s architectural gems and iconic landmarks, including Annasäule, a column dating back to the early 18th century, and is located in the heart of Maria-Theresien-Straße.

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The eye-catching column of Annasaule in the middle of Maria-Theresien-Straße, Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
The eye-catching column of Annasaule in the middle of Maria-Theresien-Straße
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In a nutshell, Annasäule is an emblematic monument that commemorates a significant event in Tyrol’s history and pays tribute to the bravery of Tyroleans with their deep religious heritage.

Did you know? Annasäule was erected as an expression of gratitude by the regional authorities to Saint Anne after the Tyroleans were able to drive the invading Bavarian troops out of the city during the feast day of Saint Anne (July 26).

Crafted from exquisite red Kramsach marble and adorned with intricate reliefs depicting cherubic angels, Annasäule is definitely also a religious masterpiece.

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Night and day appearance of Annasaule, Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
Night and day appearance of Annasaule
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Standing proudly in the center of the wide-open Maria-Theresien-Straße, Annasäule is one of the landmarks in Innsbruck that you can see and appreciate with the majestic mountains on a backdrop. Thus, it’s also a great photo opportunity, particularly for travelers fond of taking photos.

The monument also features five statues of prominent religious figures, adding to its profound significance.

On top of the column, you can find the statue of Madonna. In the north, Saint Anna, the mother of Mary. In the east, Saint Vigilius, the patron saint of the Diocese of Trent.

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The sculptures of 4 saints at the base of Annasaule along Maria-Theresien-Straße, Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
The sculptures of 4 saints at the base of Annasaule along Maria-Theresien-Straße
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In the south, Saint George with a dragon and lance, who was the regional patron saint at that time and again since 2006 (now alongside Saint Joseph). And in the west, Saint Cassian, the patron saint of the Diocese of Brixen.

The statues adorning Annasäule today are not the original ones, though, as they have been replaced for preservation reasons. 

However, if you wish to catch a glimpse of the original saint statues, a visit to the Old Landhaus is highly recommended. There, you will find the authentic statues carefully housed.

On the other hand, the statue of the Madonna is currently on loan to the Abbey of St. Georgenberg-Fiecht, where it is prominently displayed in a side chapel of the Fiecht Abbey Church, located near Schwaz, just above the Mary altar.

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Beautiful buildings near Annasaule along along Maria-Theresien-Straße, Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
Beautiful buildings near Annasaule along along Maria-Theresien-Straße

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Annasäule is only one of the beautiful landmarks/buildings that make Maria-Theresien-Straße a must-see place in Innsbruck.

While they may not rival the grandeur of those found in Vienna or other European capital cities, the sights along this street still offer a delightful visual experience.

As you wander down Maria-Theresien-Straße, you’ll be surrounded by eye-pleasing buildings that have stood the test of time. Prepare to be captivated by a lovely mix of Gothic, Baroque, and Italian-inspired landmarks, each boasting its unique charm.

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Spitalkirche and the colorful houses along Maria-Theresien-Straße, Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
Spitalkirche and the colorful houses along Maria-Theresien-Straße
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Just a few steps from Triumphpforte, you’ll come across the first of the splendid buildings that line Maria-Theresien-Straße. Keep an eye out for the first batch of these architectural gems as you reach the junction of Meraner Straße and Maria-Theresien-Straße.

Before reaching the junction, you’ll be able to admire the grandeur of several monumental baroque-style buildings, including the Altes Landhaus (No. 43) dating back to 1725, Palais Troyer-Spaur (No. 39) constructed in 1680, and Palais Fugger-Taxis (No. 45).

Among these impressive structures, to me, Palais Troyer-Spaur stands out, particularly due to its captivating and intricate colorful facade.

Also, make sure not to overlook Palais Trapp (No. 38), located opposite Altes Landhaus. Take a moment to appreciate the remarkable details beneath the palace’s balcony. The windows are adorned with exquisite stuccos depicting intricately crafted floral motifs, with the Virgin Mary taking center stage.

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Facade of Palais Fugger-Taxis along Maria-Theresien-Straße, Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
Facade of Palais Fugger-Taxis along Maria-Theresien-Straße
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After the junction with Anichstraße, you’ll encounter a series of stunning buildings along Maria-Theresien-Straße.

Among them, two noteworthy structures are the mixed Renaissance and Haussmannian style corner building (No. 24) and the building with a captivating mural-painted facade (No. 22) adjacent to it.

Also, on the same side of Maria-Theresien-Straße, be sure to spot Gasthaus Alt Insprugg (No. 16), a distinctive building featuring elements of Gothic architecture.

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Facade of Palais Trapp along Maria-Theresien-Straße, Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
Facade of Palais Trapp along Maria-Theresien-Straße
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Last but not least, just a few steps further, you’ll come across Spitalkirche, another magnificent building along Maria-Theresien-Straße. This structure is known for its stucco-decorated windows, which are a true visual delight while wandering in Maria-Theresien-Straße.

Step inside Spitalkirche to be enthralled by the elaborate interiors adorned with intricate stucco decorations, showcasing the rich craftsmanship of the time.

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3. Golden Roof

While strolling along Maria-Theresien-Straße, you may find yourself immersed in a vibrant atmosphere that can be both exciting and bustling, particularly during the peak season.

As you admire the stunning buildings, you’ll also be amidst a lively crowd of fellow wanderers exploring the square, not to mention the magnificent Nordkette mountains that provide a breathtaking backdrop, peeking over the buildings and adding to the scenic beauty of the surroundings.

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Close up view of the Golden Roof from Herzog-Friedrich-Straße, Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
Close up view of the Golden Roof from Herzog-Friedrich-Straße
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You’ll also catch whiffs of enticing aromas emanating from the numerous cafes and restaurants that line the square, tempting you with their delectable culinary offerings. The sensory experiences in this vibrant location are sure to leave a lasting impression.

This beautiful impression of Old Town Innsbruck gets even better when you reach Herzog-Friedrich-Straße, the street past the northern end of Maria-Theresien-Straße.

It is where you can find the Golden Roof, which is the highlight of visiting Innsbruck’s historic center. It serves as the quintessential symbol of Innsbruck itself. And as its name suggests, the Golden Roof is a sight to behold, and you can already guess the reason behind its name.

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Golden 2,657 fire-gilded copper tiles of the Golden Roof, Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
Golden 2,657 fire-gilded copper tiles of the Golden Roof
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The Golden Roof’s historical significance and majestic presence leave no doubt as to why it holds the status of Innsbruck’s iconic landmark. This late Gothic oriel, with a loggia, boasts an impressive display of 2,657 fire-gilded copper tiles, beautifully adorning its roof.

Take a moment to appreciate the intricate murals and reliefs that grace the entire facade as they depict the captivating story of Maximilian I, one of Austria’s most important historical figures. Truly, they’re a feast to the eyes.

There’s more to see in the Golden Roof than its facade, though; it has a museum inside! I encourage you to read my article, Innsbruck’s Golden Roof: Visiting The Symbol of The City, to discover them. 

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View of the Golden Roof from Herzog-Friedrich-Straße and Stadtturm, Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
View of the Golden Roof from Herzog-Friedrich-Straße and Stadtturm
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That post covers various aspects related to the Golden Roof, including its historical background, the museum associated with it, and relevant information for visitors planning to explore the Golden Roof Museum.

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4. Hölbling Haus

While the Golden Roof takes the spotlight as the most iconic attraction in Innsbruck, it’s not the only one that catches the attention of every visitor who ventures to the very heart of the historic center in Herzog-Friedrich-Straße.

If you’re facing the Golden Roof, just cast your gaze to the left, and you’ll be captivated by yet another stunning building. It is called Höbling Haus, sometimes spelled as Helblinghaus.

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The view of the Höbling Haus from Herzog-Friedrich-Straße, Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
The view of the Höbling Haus from Herzog-Friedrich-Straße
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Featuring an ornate Rococo facade adorned with intricate nature motifs, cherubs, and masks, the Höbling Haus undeniably lives up to its reputation as the most beautiful building in Innsbruck. Like the Golden Roof, my eyes were also treated to its captivating beauty.

Beyond its breathtaking physical appearance, what adds intrigue to the Höbling Haus is the ironic details behind it. Following Sebastian Helbling’s operation of a café in the 19th century, the building transformed into the Catholic Casino in the early 20th century.

Wait, what? Catholic and a casino?

Like many others, I was also initially puzzled by its name. But, in actuality, it didn’t function as a gambling venue but as a meeting place for the Catholic Casino movement in Innsbruck.

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The stunning facade and elaboration of the Höbling Haus seen along Herzog-Friedrich-Straße, Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
The stunning facade and elaboration of the Höbling Haus seen along Herzog-Friedrich-Straße
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The movement itself had its roots in southern Germany and emerged as a conservative response to the liberal initiatives aimed at curbing the influence of the Catholic Church, specifically in the realm of education and schools. 

In Innsbruck, the Catholic Casino played a vital role as a meeting spot for the city’s conservative residents.

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5. Stadtturm

The historic center of Old Town Innsbruck has much more to offer beyond its stunning landmarks, such as the Golden Roof and Höbling Haus.

Amazingly, it can also transport you back in time with the presence of Stadtturm, also known as Innsbruck’s City Tower. It is another landmark in Innsbruck that has stood as a guardian of the city since the mid-15th century.

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The panoramic view of Nordkette and overlooking view of Herzog-Friedrich-Straße (Christmas time) from Stadtturm, Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
The panoramic view of Nordkette and overlooking view of Herzog-Friedrich-Straße (Christmas time) from Stadtturm
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Standing at a towering height of 51 meters, Stadtturm dominates the skyline when viewed from Herzog-Friedrich-Straße. The city guards stationed in the tower would definitely have had a clear vantage point to spot any potential enemies approaching the city centuries ago.

While Stadtturm traces its origins back to the medieval ages, its current appearance indicates that its last significant modification occurred during the Renaissance. The unmistakable evidence lies in the octagonal upper section of the tower, which is adorned with an onion-shaped dome.

During your visit, it is highly likely that you will see many people in the middle section of the tower. This is because Stadtturm stands as one of the most exceptional vantage points in Old Town Innsbruck, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding area.

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The appearance of Stadtturm day and night from Herzog-Friedrich-Straße, Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
The appearance of Stadtturm day and night from Herzog-Friedrich-Straße
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Climbing to the top of Stadtturm offers not only a breathtaking experience but it will also allow you to imagine yourself as one of the medieval guards who vigilantly protected the city and warned of impending dangers.

If you want to know what you can expect in climbing Stadtturm, check my full article about the tower, Stadtturm Innsbruck City Tower: The Best Views of Old Town.

And yes, if you want to see a panoramic view of the Alps without leaving the city, Stadtturm is the place to be.

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View inside Stadtturm (Instagrammable staircase), Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
View inside Stadtturm (Instagrammable staircase)
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From the viewing deck of Stadtturm, you can also enjoy a clear and panoramic view of Nordkette. It is the mountain range that serves as Innsbruck’s nearest natural attraction and is home to Hefelekar, which offers the highest viewpoint overlooking Innsbruck.

Discover Nordkette, see what’s the view up from this mountain, and learn about how you can spend time in Nordkette from my post, How to Visit Nordkette: See Hafelekar the Top of Innsbruck.

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6. Hofkirche Innsbruck

From the view deck of Stadtturm, you’ll be treated to a breathtaking 360-degree panorama of Innsbruck, encompassing the majestic mountains, iconic landmarks, and captivating tourist attractions.

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Breathtaking interior inside Hofkirche, Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
Breathtaking interior inside Hofkirche
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Among the enchanting sights that immediately catch your eye as you sweep across Innsbruck’s scenic cityscape is Hofkirche, situated to the east of the tower. Once you’re up on Stadtturm, it’s easy to spot Hofkirche, distinguished by its black roof and onion-shaped lone spire, when you face east.

While you’ll come across several church spires scattered throughout the city, Hofkirche is the must-see after visiting the Golden Roof. This way, you will have a seamless discovery of the rich history of Innsbruck, where influential figures like Maximilian I of the Habsburg dynasty have left an indelible mark.

Personally, Hofkirche stands out as one of the highlights of a trip to Innsbruck, and without a doubt, you’ll be captivated by the unique treasures that await you inside.

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The cenotaph of Emperor Maximilian I (Hofkirche’s first unique treasure), Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
The cenotaph of Emperor Maximilian I (Hofkirche’s first unique treasure)
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So, what is Hofkirche all about? Hofkirche, also known as the Innsbruck Court Church, is a remarkable place built by Emperor Ferdinand I as a tribute to his esteemed grandfather, Maximilian I.

Within the walls of this church, you’ll encounter some of the most treasured artifacts in Innsbruck, including the breathtaking cenotaph of Emperor Maximilian I and the exquisitely crafted sculptures known as the “Black Men” in the German Renaissance style.

If you’re in search of awe-inspiring artworks during your time in Innsbruck, your quest will be fulfilled the moment you lay eyes on Emperor Maximilian I’s cenotaph and the remarkable Black Men statues. These masterpieces are truly the most captivating works I’ve had the pleasure of discovering in Innsbruck.

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The Black Men statues (Hofkirche’s second unique treasure), Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
The Black Men statues (Hofkirche’s second unique treasure)
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In addition to its extraordinary treasures, Hofkirche is an absolute must-see in Innsbruck due to its exceptional architecture. Every detail within the church is a testament to intricate craftsmanship and artistic brilliance.

From the intricately adorned vaulted ceiling adorned with stunning stuccos to the meticulously crafted wrought iron railings that gracefully divide the different sections of the church, every aspect left me in awe, and I’m sure it will have the same effect on you.

Moreover, Hofkirche is also home to the tomb of Andreas Hofer, a remarkable figure who started as a Tyrolean innkeeper and went on to become a revered leader during the Tyrolean Rebellion against Napoleon’s army and the Bavarian Invasion. Today, he is celebrated as the national hero of Tyrol.

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The beautiful architecture, wood works, and wrought iron railings inside Hofkirche, Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
The beautiful architecture, wood works, and wrought iron railings inside Hofkirche
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Want to go to Hofkirche? 

It’s a mere three-minute walk along Hofgasse from Herzog-Friedrich-Straße, where the Golden Roof is situated, to reach Hofkirche. The entrance to Hofkirche can be accessed through the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum, which conveniently adjoins Hofkirche along Universitätsstraße.

There’s more that I can share about the beauty that you can find inside Hofkirche. So I invite you to read my article, Court Church Innsbruck: 3 Reasons Why You Must See It, dedicated to showing the awe-inspiring details of Hofkirche. Visitor information is included in the post.

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7. Hofburg Innsbruck

As you make your way from the Golden Roof to Hofkirche, you’ll undoubtedly notice the magnificent Hofburg. This grand, white, and elegant building will catch your eye as you emerge from Hofgasse and continue walking along Universitätsstraße towards Hofkirche. 

Hofburg, also known as the Imperial Palace, holds a place of utmost importance in Innsbruck, much like the Golden Roof and Hofkirche.

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The view of the entire facade of Hofburg from Rennweg, Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
The view of the entire facade of Hofburg from Rennweg
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I even think it comes as no surprise that Hofburg is also widely recognized as a significant landmark not just in Innsbruck but across all of Austria. Because throughout history, it has served as the residence for numerous royals who reigned over the Holy Roman Empire for extended periods.

Renowned figures such as Emperor Maximilian I, Empress Maria Theresa, Duke Leopold IV, and many other prominent names have called Hofburg their home.

While Hofburg Innsbruck may not possess the same grandeur on its exterior as the Imperial Palace in Vienna, it would be a mistake for visitors to overlook this remarkable landmark. If you have an appreciation for marvelous architectural masterpieces, Hofburg has a wealth of treasures to offer.

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Main entry to Hofburg, Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
Main entry to Hofburg
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With its long and storied history, stretching for seven centuries, the palace has undergone numerous renovations and repairs commissioned by the empresses and emperors who once resided there.

As a result, Hofburg has become a captivating blend of architectural styles. Exploring the halls and imperial apartments, you’ll be treated to not just two or three architectural styles but an impressive array of five: Italian, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo.

A visit to Hofburg offers more than just admiring the grand and opulent rooms, though. You’ll also discover a modern exhibition dedicated to Maximilian I, which beautifully complements your historical learning journey from the Golden Roof to Hofkirche.

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View of Hofburg at night, Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
View of Hofburg at night
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Among the exhibition’s highlights is the digitization of Maximilian I’s renowned cenotaph located inside Hofkirche, providing a truly unique and immersive experience with this historical masterpiece. 

When I last checked Hofburg, photography inside was not allowed, which means I can’t share many pictures of its interior.

However, I’d be more than happy to provide you with a better idea of what to expect during your visit by referring to my post titled “Visiting Hofburg Innsbruck: What’s In The Imperial Palace.” In that post, you’ll find detailed descriptions, interesting facts, and valuable visitor information that will give you a comprehensive understanding of what awaits you at Hofburg.

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8. Innsbruck Cathedral

Innsbruck impressed me with its abundance of awe-inspiring attractions, more than I had anticipated. Even better, they are all located in close proximity to one another, making sightseeing both easy and enjoyable.

Let’s say you have just finished visiting the Golden Roof, Hofkirche, or Hofburg, the next place of interest to visit, Innsbruck Cathedral, is only a few steps away.

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Night and day look of Innsbruck Cathedral, Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
Night and day look of Innsbruck Cathedral
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If you climb to Stadtturm’s vantage point of Old Town Innsbruck, you can personally see how close these landmarks are to each other–including Stadtturm!

By the way, Stadtturm provides a fantastic vantage point to capture a stunning photograph of Innsbruck Cathedral, perfectly framed against the majestic backdrop of the snow-capped Nordkette mountains. It’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss. 

Innsbruck Cathedral is an absolute must-see due to its status as one of the most significant Baroque structures in Tyrol. At first glance, the facade may not reveal its true grandeur, but the moment you step inside, you’ll be captivated by its undeniable beauty.

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Overwhelming Baroque elaboration inside Innsbruck Cathedral, Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
Overwhelming Baroque elaboration inside Innsbruck Cathedral
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If you’re already familiar with the renowned Asam Brothers from Bavaria and their incredible contribution to the interiors of Innsbruck Cathedral, you’ll not doubt the sheer beauty of this magnificent place even if you haven’t seen it yet. 

The artistic genius of the Asam Brothers radiates throughout every inch of the church, making Innsbruck Cathedral a true masterpiece.

Did you know that the Asam Brothers actually have their very own church right in the heart of Munich? Although it may be small in size, this enchanting sanctuary holds a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike. In fact, it’s widely regarded as one of the most awe-inspiring gems in the vibrant city of Munich.

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The stunning frescoes and stucco works by the Asam brothers at the ceiling of Inactivity Cathedral, Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
The stunning frescoes and stucco works by the Asam brothers at the ceiling of Inactivity Cathedral
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Going back to Innsbruck Cathedral… As you step inside the captivating church, your eyes will be irresistibly drawn to its remarkable ceiling. One cannot help but marvel at the extraordinary cycle of frescoes adorning the ceiling, vividly portraying the life of Saint James, the church’s patron saint.

These breathtaking frescoes were skillfully painted by none other than Cosmas Damian Asam, who employed mesmerizing optical illusions, creating a sense of endless space that captivates the imagination.

But that’s not all! The stucco works within Innsbruck Cathedral were expertly crafted by Egid Quirin Asam, the talented younger brother of Cosmas Damian.

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Angels under the pulpit and the harmonious colors of the Innsbruck Cathedral, Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
Angels under the pulpit and the harmonious colors of the Innsbruck Cathedral
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Through his meticulous attention to detail and the vibrant form and colors he employed, Egid Quirin bestowed upon the cathedral an impressive touch of Renaissance visual vocabulary. 

What’s even more remarkable is how harmoniously the stucco works and frescoes created by the Asam brothers complement each other, especially evident in their thoughtful color selection.

The result is a visually stunning masterpiece that leaves a lasting impression on all who enter.

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Maria Hilf (Mary of Succor) at the altar of Innsbruck Cathedral, Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
Maria Hilf (Mary of Succor) at the altar of Innsbruck Cathedral
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While it’s true that the breathtaking frescoes and intricate stucco works adorning the domes of Innsbruck Cathedral will likely captivate your gaze, it would be a mistake to overlook the remarkable marvel beneath your feet.

Make sure to take a moment to appreciate the mesmerizing marble floor, which boasts an imaginative display of intricate geometric patterns. In fact, this remarkable floor is renowned as one of the finest examples of its kind throughout all of Austria

For those who hold deep religious faith, visiting Innsbruck Cathedral offers an extraordinary opportunity to witness the revered painting of Maria Hilf (Mary of Succor) by Lucas Cranach the Elder, dating back to 1530.

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Mesmerizing marble floor of Innsbruck Cathedral, Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
Mesmerizing marble floor of Innsbruck Cathedral
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This iconic masterpiece holds a significant place among the most venerated Marian images in all of Christendom. You’ll find it prominently displayed above the main altar, serving as a powerful symbol of devotion and inspiration. 

Learn more about Innsbruck Cathedral here — Innsbruck Cathedral: 5 Beautiful Reasons To Visit

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9. Herzog-Friedrich-Straße Landmarks

Exploring Old Town Innsbruck wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the most iconic view of the city. Head over to Innbruck, the bridge that spans the River Inn, where you’ll be treated to a picturesque sight of the city’s colorful houses against the backdrop of majestic mountains.

If you’re already in Old Town Innsbruck and near the cherished landmarks we just discussed, reaching this bridge is a breeze. 

While there are several routes to choose from, I highly recommend taking a leisurely stroll along Herzog-Friedrich-Straße for a more enjoyable experience in Innsbruck. By the way, if you haven’t heard about it yet, Herzog-Friedrich-Straße is also home to other notable attractions like the Golden Roof and the Höbling Haus.

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The colorful Herzog-Friedrich-Straße street in Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
The colorful Herzog-Friedrich-Straße street in Old Town Innsbruck
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As you continue down this street, you’ll also come across three more magnificent buildings: Gasthof Goldener Adler, Ottoburg, and Altes Regierungsgebäude.

They’re the three beautiful buildings you’ll see before you emerge to Herzog-Otto-Straße, the road parallel to the River Inn.

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Altes Regierungsgebäude

On your way along Herzog-Friedrich-Straße towards the Innbruck bridge, I’m positive that you’ll like the Baroque building you’ll see on your right, known as the Altes Regierungsgebäude.

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Facade of Altes Regierungsgebäude along Herzog-Friedrich-Straße in Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
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Its elegance is remarkable, with exquisitely detailed reliefs adorning the entire frontage. Even from a distance, it catches the eye and leaves a beautiful impression.

Originally named Zerrenmantelhaus, this architectural gem became the old government building in 1569 when Archduke Ferdinand II acquired it. For many years, it served as a vital hub for political, judicial, and administrative services in Tyrol.

Initially a Gothic structure like many other beautiful houses in Innsbruck, the building underwent a redesign after the 1689 earthquake that struck the city. While its facade was altered, traces of the Gothic style can still be seen within its rooms, adding to its unique character.

Across from Altes Regierungsgebäude stands another captivating building in Innsbruck, brimming with character and adorned with eye-catching murals on its facade.

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Gasthof Goldener Adler

This remarkable establishment is known as Gasthof Goldener Adler or the Golden Eagle, and it has held its place as one of the most beloved historical inns in Innsbruck for many years.

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Eye-catching facade of Gasthof Goldener Adler along Herzog-Friedrich-Straße in Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
Eye-catching facade of Gasthof Goldener Adler along Herzog-Friedrich-Straße in Old Town Innsbruck
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Here’s an interesting tidbit: did you know that Andreas Hofer, the Tyrolean freedom fighter, once addressed the people of Innsbruck from the balcony of the Golden Eagle after capturing the city?

If you’re curious, keep an eye out for a plaque near the entrance of the inn tucked under the arches. It serves as a testament to the momentous speech delivered by Andreas Hofer in 1809.

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The plaque commemorating Andreas Hofer at the beautiful wall of Gasthof Goldener Adler, Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
The plaque commemorating Andreas Hofer at the beautiful wall of Gasthof Goldener Adler
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As Innsbruck acts as a gateway between Germany and Italy, it’s no surprise that not only common folk but also kings, nobles, and artists have graced the halls of Gasthof Goldener Adler. In fact, even the esteemed Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, renowned for his significant contributions to German literature, had the pleasure of staying at this illustrious inn.

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Ottoburg

As you continue your leisurely stroll along Herzog-Friedrich-Straße, just before reaching the Inn River, you’ll come across a rather intriguing building known as Ottoburg. This distinctive structure catches the eye with its windows adorned in the colors of the Austrian flag.

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Ottoburg at the end of Herzog-Friedrich-Straße (view from the River Inn side), Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
Ottoburg at the end of Herzog-Friedrich-Straße (view from the River Inn side)
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Dating back to medieval times, Ottoburg originally served as one of Innsbruck’s fortifications at the Inn Gate. Intriguingly, after it was converted into a residential building and privately owned in the late 15th century, it remained unoccupied for an extended period.

It was the time when locals began referring to it as the “öd burg,” which translates to “empty castle.” Over time, this name transformed into what we know today—Ottoburg.

Since 1913, Ottoburg has been serving as a delightful restaurant, offering an array of mouthwatering Tyrolean specialties. You might want to step inside and treat yourself to some delicious Tyrolean cuisine before you finally see the most iconic view of Old Town Innsbruck with its colorful houses!

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10. Innbrück and the Colorful Houses

After meandering through the enchanting streets of Old Town Innsbruck and immersing yourself in its rich heritage, there’s no grander finale than reaching the spot that offers the most iconic view of Innsbruck.

In that spot, you can have the moment when you can truly say that you have experienced the essence of Innsbruck, as the view encompasses the River Inn, the towering mountains, and the picturesque, colorful cityscape. It’s the perfect opportunity to capture unforgettable photos and delightful selfies, serving as enduring mementos of your journey to Innsbruck.

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The colorful houses of Innsbruck from the River Inn (Marktplatz), Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
The colorful houses of Innsbruck from the River Inn (Marktplatz)
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So, where can you find this breathtaking view? Look no further than the Innbruck Bridge itself—the very bridge that spans across the River Inn. Once you reach this vantage point, you’ll be treated to a sight that epitomizes the beauty of Innsbruck, leaving you with lasting memories of this remarkable city.

If you’re yearning for an even more awe-inspiring view of Innsbruck, I highly recommend exploring the tourist attractions nestled on the scenic hills surrounding the city.

Not only will you be rewarded with breathtaking panoramas that showcase the majestic Nordkette mountain range, but you’ll also be treated to a fascinating blend of art and history.

These attractions boast unique artworks that vividly depict the rich heritage of Innsbruck, along with an impressive collection associated with Archduke Ferdinand II. Make sure to add these must-visit places to your itinerary:

  1. Visiting Schloss Ambras: What to See in Innsbruck’s Castle (World’s First Museum)
  2. Tirol Panorama Museum: A Must-See Historical Masterpiece 
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Old Town Innsbruck Map: Landmarks and Walking Tour Route

To enhance your visit to Old Town Innsbruck and navigate its historic center with ease, I’m delighted to provide you with these detailed maps showing the locations of various landmarks and points of interest in Innsbruck.

These maps also feature suggested routes that you can follow to efficiently explore the enchanting Old Town. They will serve as valuable companions, ensuring you don’t miss out on any of the captivating sights that Innsbruck has to offer.

Enjoy your exploration of Old Town Innsbruck!

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Map of Innsbruck showing the location of the airport, train station, and Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
Map of Innsbruck showing the location of the airport, train station, and Old Town Innsbruck
Map of Innsbruck showing the most efficient path (with streets label) for a walking tour of Old Town Innsbruck, Austria
Map of Innsbruck showing the most efficient path (with streets label) for a walking tour of Old Town Innsbruck
Map of Old Town Innsbruck showing the location of the places of interest along Maria-Theresien-Straße, Innsbruck, Austria
Map of Old Town Innsbruck showing the location of the places of interest along Maria-Theresien-Straße
Map of Old Town Innsbruck showing the location of the tourist attractions in the historic center and Herzog-Friedrich-Straße, Innsbruck, Austria
Map of Old Town Innsbruck showing the location of the tourist attractions in the historic center and Herzog-Friedrich-Straße
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See my other travel inspiration posts for Innsbruck:

Get an idea of how you can spend day(s) in Innsbruck:

3 Different Ways to Spend 1 Day in Innsbruck Itinerary

Spend 2 Days In Innsbruck, Austria (a Budget Itinerary)

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Resources: Old Town Innsbruck

I hope you find my post about Old Town Innsbruck very helpful. I hope this guide will help you have a great time in this wonderful city in the Alps.

If you want to learn more about other landmarks and tourist attractions I mentioned in the post but did not have a dedicated article for, you can find link(s) to more information below.

If you are planning to visit Innsbruck and you don’t have accommodation yet, here’s where you can find the best hotel accommodation in Innsbruck. 

You might also want to get an Innsbruck City Card. The Innsbruck City Card is a valuable resource for visitors in Innsbruck, as it provides a range of benefits that enhance their experience.

With this card, visitors gain one-time entry to various museums and attractions, enjoy complimentary public transport on buses and trams, have access to a convenient hop-on hop-off bus service, a shuttle bus to Swarovski Crystal Worlds, and even cable car rides.

These included amenities not only save visitors money but also offer convenient and efficient transportation options, making it easier for them to explore the city’s key attractions.

Innsbruck City Card includes the entry to Golden Roof museum, Stadtturm, Hofkirche, and Hofburg which are the primary attractions in Old Town Innsbruck. You can learn more about the Innsbruck City Card here.

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