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Traveled back in time strolling through the 800 year old city center of Innsbruck…
A classic Austrian hybrid of Gothic and Baroque, the Old Town exudes a special charm and sophistication that is unique in the Alps.
In the heart of Tirol, only two hours away from Salzburg and Munich, Innsbruck’s Altstadt – Old Town is a small area of sturdy medieval houses. Many of which are painted in lively pastel colors and supported by sloping buttresses.
As you stroll along the main street of the Old Town Innsbruck, you’ll feel as if you had taken a trip back in time to an era of knights and medieval merchants.
While you’re here, don’t forget to stop by the Folk Art Museum, the Imperial Palace and the Imperial Chapel, all of which give great insight into Innsbruck’s past.
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The Goldenes Dachl
|The Golden Roof
Goldenes Dachl means: “Golden Roof”.
The Golden Roof is a landmark structure located in the Old Town section of Innsbruck, Austria.
Busy street cafes afford great views of Innsbruck’s landmark, the Golden Roof, and its 2,738 gold-plated copper tiles.
Constructed for Emperor Maximilian I in the early 15th century, it served as a royal box where he could sit in luxury and enjoy tournaments in the square below. It was constructed also, to mark his wedding to Bianca Maria Sforza.
|Goldenes Dachl A.K.A. The Golden Roof in Innsbruck, Austria
In the past, the emperor and his wife used the balcony to observe festivals, tournaments, and other events that took place in the square below.
It is considered the city’s most famous symbol.
Fast forward present-day..Surely Emperor Maximilian I, would be pleased to see now – busy shopping streets with many exquisite boutiques, craft-shops and restaurants bring the square back to life.
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