Exploring Innsbruck at Dusk

Innsbruck's City Tower

Rising up 51 metres, Innsbruck’s City Tower was built between 1442 and 1450 as an extension of the former City Hall and to this day it ranks among the town’s most important historical landmarks, together with the Golden Roof and St. Anne’s Column.

I arrived in Innsbruck anxiously anticipating my paragliding adventure planned for the following day.  Tired from a long trip from Ljubljana and nursing a sick wife I almost did not go out that night, but my wife being the trooper that she is urged me to leave her at the hotel and explore the city on my own.

Knowing very little about Innsbruck I was pleasantly surprised.  I found that Innsbruck possesses a wealth of architectural masterpieces.

Innsbruck Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of St. James (Dom zu St. Jakob), is an eighteenth-century Baroque cathedral

Innsbruck Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of St. James (Dom zu St. Jakob), is an eighteenth-century Baroque cathedral.

Even at night past and future meet in the heart of the Alps, where Innsbruck’s world-famous sights, which testify to the Tirol province’s great past, stand alongside post-modern international architecture to create a fascinating blend.

The streets just outside the Imperial Castle at dusk

The streets of Innsbruck at dusk full of residents and visitors

Innsbruck is much more than a ski hub, with futuristic architecture, imperial history, and cozy cafes.

An outdoor patio in Innsbruck

 The capital of the Austrian state of Tirol neatly combines an impressive mountain setting with a storied and historic past.

The Imperial Palace at Innsbruck - the Capital of the Alps - once was seat of the Tyrolean sovereigns.

The Imperial Palace at Innsbruck – the Capital of the Alps – once was seat of the Tyrolean sovereigns.

A door to a monestary in Innsbruck

You can stroll through the city’s old town and you’ll feel like you’ve gatecrashed the set of a medieval movie; look up, and you’re surrounded by the peaks of the Nordkette mountains.

Restaurant Goldenes Dachl

Restaurant Goldenes Dachl

In Innsbruck not all roads lead to Rome but most of them take you directly to streets full of history and culture.  Streets like Hofgasse, Maria Teresa, or Herzog Friedrich have rich pasts and great symbolic architecture some of which I will in a future posts.  We will dive into the history of the Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof) located in the Gothic neighborhood and the ancient palace of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor.  Stay tuned for more of this enchanting capital city of Tyrol.

3 Responses to Exploring Innsbruck at Dusk

  1. Hi Will – seeing this post on Austria reminds me I want to ask you:
    if you had an extra couple of days would you spend them in Vienna or Budapest? We will visit them both- perhaps only briefly -as we only have time for extra days in one. (I remember from your Viennese post you thought it was pricey.) I will be leaving next week for Europe and then following the Danube starting on the 4th of May.

    cindamackinnon April 23, 2014 at 5:21 AM Reply
    • Hi Cinda, I hope you’re doing well. IF I had to choose I would spend more time in Budapest, although, there is more to see in Vienna. I didn’t like Vienna that much, found it too expensive, and just not interesting enough. I prefer Budapest, I personally think it has more character. I hope this helps and I look forward to reading about your trip. Cheers!

      Will Castillo April 26, 2014 at 5:46 PM Reply

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