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Alpenzoo (Alpine Zoo)

The biggest zoo in Europe, Alpenzoo is located on the southern slope of the Hungerburg plateau. It is home to around 2000 different Alpine animals including eagles, ibexes, bears, otters, bison, bearded vultures, and rare species resting safely in the beautiful alpine flora and fauna. While on a visit to the zoo, get acquainted with their breeding programs intended to protect the endangered species and return them securely to their natural habitat.

Address: Weiherburggasse 37 6020 Innsbruck, Austria

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Hofkirche Innsbruck

The Hofkirche is a Gothic church erected by Ferdinand I in memory of his grandfather Emperor Maximilian I, whose cenotaph bears an astonishing collection of German Renaissance sculpture. Built between 1553 and 1563 by Ferdinand I, Hofkirche is a popular tourist attraction. The most interesting amongst them are the 28 bronze statues of “black men” standing beside the tomb. Tyrol's national hero, Andreas Hofer is also buried in the church.

Address: Universitätsstraße 2 6020 Innsbruck, Austria

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Hofkirche (Court Church)

The Hofkirche is a Gothic church erected by Ferdinand I in memory of his grandfather Emperor Maximilian I, whose cenotaph bears an astonishing collection of German Renaissance sculpture. The most interesting amongst them are the 28 bronze statues of “black men” standing beside the tomb. Tyrol's national hero, Andreas Hofer is also buried in the church.

Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof)
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A famous tourist destination, Goldenes Dachl is also a spectacular landmark in Innsbruck. Covered with 2657 fire-gilded copper tiles, the roof was constructed for the Holy Roman Emperor, Maximilian I so that he could watch and enjoy the events and tournaments happening in the square below.

Address: Herzog-Friedrich-Straße 15 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Tel.: + 43 512 53601441

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Triumphpforte (Triumphal Arch)

Translated as Triumphal Arch, Triumphpforte is an honorary gate commissioned by Empress Maria Theresa on the event of her son Leopold's marriage. A photographer's delight, the Arch impressions have a distinct Italian identity inspired from the Roman Triumph Arch. One side of the arch expresses happiness through a series of detailed marble reliefs and the joy of marriage, while the other side grieves over the death of Emperor Franz Stephan, husband of Empress Maria Theresa, who died during the wedding celebrations.

Address: Maria-​Theresien-Strasse, Innsbruck 6020, Austria

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Stadtturm (Town Tower)

The Stadtturm is a 15th century medieval tower situated in the Old Town district of Innsbruck. Stadtturm is one of the well-identified tourist attractions in the city. Standing at 167 feet (51 metres) tall, this soaring tower gives splendid views of Innsbruck's various landmarks and monuments along with the far-away Nordkette Mountains.

Address: Herzog-Friedrich-Str. 21 6020 Innsbruck, Austria

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Kristallwelten Swarovski ( Visit Site )

A man made hill with a beautiful waterfall, Swarovski Kristallwelten is designed by Andrew Heller, Viennese multimedia artist. There is a wall of crystal with around 12 tons of fine cut stones at the entrance. Inside, the modern art gallery features larger than life creations crafted with Austrian crystals.

Address: Kristallweltenstraße 1 6112 Wattens, Austria
Tel.: +43 522 451080

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Altes Landhaus

Situated in the centre of Innsbruck, Altes Landhaus was built between 1725 and 1728. It consists of a two-floor regional parliamentary room, an ornate staircase and various statues and frescoes showing off the beautiful landscapes of the Tyrol.

Address: Maria-Theresien-Strase 43 6021 Innsbruck, Austria
Tel.: +43 512 5902113

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Hungerburgbahn ( Visit Site )

Hungerburgbahn is a futuristic cable railway connecting the city of Innsbruck with the panoramic city district of Hungerburg. The work of Zaha Hadid, who was also the brains behind the Bergisel Ski Jump, this funicular railway presents stunning imagery of Alpine scenery and is also a convenient boarding stop for skiers, snowboarders and hikers who are on their way up to the mountains.

Address: Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen Betriebs GmbH. Höhenstrasse 145. 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Tel.: +43 512 293344

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Top Innsbruck Landmarks

Goldenes Dachl Museum (Golden Roof)

The Goldenes Dachl in Innsbruck was explicitly created to commemorate the wedding of Emperor Maximilian I to Bianca Maria Sforza from Milan. Built-in 1500, the golden roof's elaborate decoration with 2657 fire-gilded copper shingles attracts many photographers and visitors from all over the world. Today, it is home to a two-storied museum whose main purpose is to document and display the era of Kaiser Maximilian I. Latest technologies such as sound installations and touch screens installed at the museum give visitors a close-up view of the late medieval Tyrol.

Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace is one of the three most important cultural landmarks in Austria alongside the Hofburg castle and Schönbrunn Castle in Vienna. Built by Archduke Siegmund in Gothic style in around 1460, the castle was once the seat of the Tyrolean sovereigns. The palace was redesigned in Baroque style between 1754 and 1773 on the orders of Empress Maria Theresa. An impressive two-story Riesensaal painted in gold and white, themed museum areas and gala rooms exemplify the magnificence of the Imperial Palace. Emperor Maximilian, the Hapsburgs, and Tyrolean folk hero Andreas Hofer all have enjoyed the grandeur of this majestic castle.

Schloss Ambras (Ambras Castle)

The Ambras Castle, a Schloss located in the hills of Innsbruck, was the residence of Archduke Ferdinand II from 1563 to 1595. It's a culturally and historically important landmark of Tyrol since Ferdinand II was well-known to collect and promote grand art collections during his tenure, preserving them in his own prototype of a museum at the castle. Visitors will be able to view this priceless collection, covering thousands of years of European history, at the Lower & Upper Castle.

Bergisel Ski Jump

The Bergisel Ski Jump, towering above the Bergiselschanze hill is a redesigned, spectacular ski jump created by architect Zaha Hadid. Historically, the hill has witnessed many battles against the French and Bavarian forces. Today, the ski jump stands at 47 meters tall and accommodates 28,000 spectators for the annual Four Hills Tournament in January and the Summer Grand Prix Jumping Event. Fine dining restaurants, modern facilities, and panoramic views of the surrounding peaks of Patscherkofel, Nordkette, Hohe Munde, and Serles prettify the ambiance of this place.

Tyrolean State Museum (Ferdinandeum)

The Tylorean State Museum, also known as the Ferdinandeum after Archduke Ferdinand, was founded in 1823 and reopened in 2003 after extensive renovation. Highlights at the museum include a superb Dutch collection from the 12th century along with relics dating from prehistoric times to the Roman era. Special exhibitions are held from time to time, to show off the rare collections preserved at the museum.

Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum (Tyrolean Folk Art Museum)

The Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum is situated right next to the Hofkirche church and houses a permanent exhibition of Tyrolean craftsmanship. One can find a wide variety of Christmas exhibits, old Tyrolean arts and crafts, masks, and traditional costumes made by the locals from various social strata, right from peasants to the nobles.