Court Church & Imperial Palace & Golden Roof
On this guided tour we follow in the imperial footsteps of the Habsburgs. We will visit, according to your request, one or more of these imperial sights.
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Innsbruck's history has been closely linked to the Habsburgs since the 14th century. The building activities of Emperor Maximilian I and Empress Maria Theresa have shaped the appearance of the Tyrolean capital to this day.
Learn more about the reign of the Habsburgs during a visit to:
- The Court Church
- The Golden Roof
- The Imperial Palace
The Court Church
Emperor Maximilian I made Innsbruck a central place in his life and politics. Long before his death, he was concerned with the plans for his tomb. Maximilian's grandchildren and great-grandchildren complied with Maximilian's wish for eternal "memory" and built the Court Church in Innsbruck.
Its interior houses the most monumental imperial tomb in Europe. A bronze funeral cortege, consisting of 28 larger-than-life statues, surrounds the funerary monument. The statuary gave the Court Church the popularly used name “Black Men Church“ (Schwarzmanderkirche).
The Golden Roof
Innsbruck owes its landmark, the Golden Roof, to Emperor Maximilian I. The magnificent alcove balcony, which was built around 1500 as a court loggia and for representative purposes, still holds many an unsolved secret - such as the enigmatic inscription band behind the figures of the Morisco dancers.
If you would like to learn more about Innsbruck's landmark, the Golden Roof and Emperor Maximilian I, you can do so with us on a guided tour of the Golden Roof Museum. A special highlight is the view of Innsbruck's old town from the balcony - just as Emperor Maximilian I did over 500 years ago.
The Imperial Palace
The present appearance of the Imperial Hofburg in Baroque and Rococo style goes back to Empress Maria Theresa.
During a guided tour of the Hofburg we will show you:
- The state rooms from the time of Maria Theresa
- The Giant's Hall, the most beautiful banqueting hall in the Alpine region
- The Empress Elisabeth (Sissi) Apartment
Immerse yourself in the personal lives of these two extraordinary ladies and learn interesting and amusing facts about the imperial household and life at court.
The Triumphal Arch - a symbol of joy and grief
On the occasion of the wedding of her son Leopold in Innsbruck, Maria Theresa ordered the Triumphal Arch built. However, the unexpected death of her beloved husband brought the celebrations to a tragic end.
The Triumphal Arch with its reliefs still pays tribute to these two events.
All information at a glance:
Meeting point: Bus parking at the Hofgarten, Kaiserjägerstrasse 8 or by arrangement.
Tour itinerary: Walking tour of the old town with a visit to one or more imperial sights.
Tour duration: 2 to 3 hours
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.