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Hofburg Palace in Innsbruck: medieval grandeur in the city center

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Hofburg Palace in Innsbruck: medieval grandeur in the city center

The Hofburg Imperial Palace in Innsbruck deserves close attention during a city tour. Going to Innsbruck, take a few hours to walk around the palace, in its beautiful park, visit museum rooms. The palace has a long history: it was rebuilt, changed its appearance, expanded. Today it is a testament to the life of imperial families of that time: unique interiors and collections of the Habsburgs open to tourists.

Short story

The palace was founded in the 1460s by Archduke Sigismund: the former location of the defensive walls of the city was chosen as the place. Sigismund expanded the boundaries of Hofburg by buying neighboring houses. The grand opening of the palace took place in 1463: it took place in a heated large hall, which was a rarity in the 15th century.

In 1500 there was an expansion of the residence, and it began to have today's size, at the same time the construction of the palace in the Gothic style was completed. The artist Dürer captured the Hofburg courtyard in the paintings of 1495 and 1496. In 1520-1530, the Hofburg was changed: it became a closed complex, and in 1534 - the residence of Ferdinand I (the emperor liked the palace, and he almost never left it).

In 1534, a fire destroyed several elements of the palace, after which the Hofburg was rebuilt by an Italian architect, after which, until 1754, there were almost no changes here. In 1754, Empress Maria Theresa decided that Gothic spiky elements oppressed and ordered the baroque palace to be rebuilt. In 1776, the project was completed - in addition to the Baroque style, Rococo elements were added.

During the reign of Maria Theresa, a chapel was built on the site of the room where her husband died in 1766. In the years 1814-1815, another renovation of the palace was carried out when it was transformed in the style of Schönbrunn. In 1918, the residence passed into the possession of the Austrian state, and in 2006-2010 there was the last major renovation.

What can be seen?

  1. Garden - it deserves special attention, made in the form of strict landscape design.
  2. Exterior - a beautiful and majestic palace attracts from afar with its size and rich decoration with round towers.
  3. Apartments of the emperors: 25 rooms, equipped with furniture samples of that time, rich in tapestries and carpets, stucco molding on the walls, luxurious decorative mirrors.
  4. The Hall of the Giants (it was named because of ceilings 2 floors high): there were imperial banquets and other events, on the walls are portraits of the entire Hofburg dynasty.
  5. Cellar - food supplies were located here in case of unforeseen hostilities.
  6. The collection of art objects is a unique collection of works in various genres.

Admission to Hofburg is 29.9 € for adults and 18 € for children, with the Innsbruck Card free admission to the palace.

Interesting Facts

  • Hofburg - Austria's third most important historical site.
  • Today, many state events and international summits are held here.
  • The cellar of the palace is available for rental by individuals.


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