5 architectural masterpieces in Innsbruck

The Helblinghaus in Innsbruck

The Helblinghaus in Innsbruck ©timsackton/Flick

Innsbruck, with its picturesque old town and the church towers on the impressive background of the snowy tops of the Alps is the capital of Tyrol, the province that receives the most visitors. Capital Tyrol is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Some architects have ensured the beauty of the city trying to harmonize the new buildings with the old ones built in Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance style.

Today we present 5 architectural masterpieces in Innsbruck including the City Tower called Stadtturm, the Golden Roof, the Helblinghaus building, the Former Governmental Office and the Ferdinandeum building.

Stadtturm, the City Tower of Innsbruck

The Stadtturm from the 14th century is an architectural masterpiece of Innsburck, it is located near the old City Hall and acquired its current Renaissance appearance in 1560. It is 56 meters high and offers excellent views.

The Stadtturm in Innsbruck

The Stadtturm in Innsbruck ©Galli Luca/Flick

Old Government Headquarters in Innsbruck

The Altes Landhaus was built in 1725-1728 by Georg Anton Gumpp and today houses the Tyrolean provincial government headquarters, being considered one of the most beautiful secular building in Austria. It has an attractive courtyard and the façade was decorated by Alessandro Callegari. The niches bordering of the monumental interior staircase are sheltering marble statues and busts of Greek and Roman gods. The frescoes on the ceiling are depicting the Tyrolean eagle with a map of the country. The most luxurious part of the building is the rococo conference room.

The Golden Roof in Innsbruck

The Golden Roof is one of the most famous architectural masterpieces of Innsbruck,  the symbol of the city and is a bay window added in 1500 by Maximilian I to the former residence of Friedrich IV. It is covered with 2657 gilded copper plates. Around 1500, over the balcony of the former residence of the Tyrolean leaders was built a bay window with its many gilded copper plates. Thus was created an observation point from which Emperor Maximilian I could watch the street life of the main city square. The two-story bay window is based on two slender columns. Under the windows of the first floor there are 6 coats of arms and the railing from the second floor is decorated with reliefs. One of them depicts Maximialian I and his two wives, Mary of Burgundy and Bianca Maria Sforza. The second represents the emperor surrounded by the court jesters. In the rear building is a small museum dedicated to the life of King Maximilian.

The Golden Roof in Innsbruck

The Golden Roof in Innsbruck ©thisisbossi/Flick

Ferdinandeum building in Innsbruck

Together with the former arsenal of Maximilian I at no. 1 on the Zeughausgasse, this 19th century building houses the collections of the Tyrolean Provincial Museum named after Archduke Ferdinand II, ruler of Tyrol. The museum has sections on history, environment, arts and crafts and also hosts a library. Among its most precious exhibits are Gothic paintings, sculptures of Michael Pacher and artworks of German and Dutch masters. The museum also exhibits works by Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka.

Helblinghaus building in Innsbruck

The Helblinghaus building, with an elegant Regency style facade situated on the Herzog Friedrich Strasse at no. 10 was originally a Gothic medieval house. In 1725 it was decorated with opulent rococo stucco and it is a gorgeous building of Innsbruck.

The Helblinghaus in Innsbruck

The Helblinghaus in Innsbruck ©timsackton/Flick

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