Innsbruck Highlight Tour – Guided Walking Tour

Join us on a journey through Innsbruck's history! We will discover Innsbruck's old town with its most beautiful sights and the magnificent Maria Theresien Street.

Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours

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The Golden Roof

Imperial Innsbruck

Our guided walking tour starts with Innsbruck´s imperial past as the city´s appearance and history are closely linked to the House of Habsburg.

We will stroll through the Imperial Court Garden, past the Imperial Palace and the Court Church. The latter holds the funeral monument of emperor Maximilian I. The church, which is known by locals as “Black Men Church“ (Schwarzmanderkirche), owes its name to the 28 larger than life-size bronze statues guarding the empty tomb of the emperor.

Old Town

The baroque Cathedral of St. James is also worth a visit. Its interior contains the cathedral’s most precious treasure, the painting "Mariahilf" (Mary of Succour) by Lucas Cranach the Elder.

Situated at the heart of the old town and just a few footsteps away from the cathedral is Innsbruck's most famous landmark, the Golden Roof. The little alcove balcony got its name from the 2.657 fire-gilded copper tiles covering the roof. Commissioned by emperor Maximilian I around 1500 the Golden Roof had a representative function as a display of power and wealth.

Our stroll continues through narrow streets past colourful historic town houses to the Inn Bridge. It connects the old town with Innsbruck's oldest district St. Nikolaus-Mariahilf. Here we will linger for a while to enjoy a breath-taking view: the river Inn in the foreground, the colourful facades and the Nordkette mountain range as a backdrop.

Modern Innsbruck

Are you interested in modern architecture? During our city walk we will come across many modern architectural highlights, such as:

  • Zaha Hadid's futuristic-looking station of the Hungerburg funicular
  • the new House of Music
  • David Chipperfield's Kaufhaus Tyrol
  • Dominique Perrault's town hall galleries

Maria Theresien Street

The perfect place to conclude our tour is the Maria Theresien Street with its splendid baroque-style buildings, the St. Anne´s Column and the Triumphal Arch.

Bottom line - an entertaining tour enriched with stories and anecdotes that lets you discover the main sights of Innsbruck´s city centre!

All information at a glance:

Meeting point: Bus parking at the Hofgarten, Kaiserjägerstrasse 8 or by arrangement.
Tour duration: 1 to 1,5 hours
Tour itinerary: city walk
Admission fees for attractions and museums are not included in our guide rates.
Free admission to the cathedral; no visits during church services.
Number of participants: for individual guests and groups

A second guide is recommended for groups of 35 or more participants. For 20 or more participants, it is recommended that you bring a Quiet Vox system. Depending on availability, we can also provide audio equipment on site free of charge.

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