Dom St Jakob
Innsbruck's 18th-century cathedral is a feast of over-the-top baroque. The Asam brothers from Munich completed much of the sumptuous art...
Innsbruck’s pride and joy is the Gothic Hofkirche, one of Europe’s finest royal court churches. It was commissioned in 1553 by Ferdinand...
Next door to the Hofkirche, Volkskunst Museum presents a fascinating romp through Tyrolean folk art from hand-carved sleighs and...
Das Stadtcafe sports a glam interior and a people-watching terrace facing the Hofburg. It can feel a bit schickimiki (self-consciously...
Sidling up to the Hofburg, this grand chandelier-lit cafe is the place to linger over chocolate Sacher Torte , salads or lunch. There...
Lonely Planet review
Demanding attention with its imposing facade and cupolas, the Hofburg was built as a castle for Archduke Sigmund the Rich in the 15th century, expanded by Emperor Maximilian I in the the 16th century and given a total baroque makeover by Empress Maria Theresia in the 18th century.
The centrepiece of the lavish rococo state apartments is the 31m-long Riesensaal (Giant’s Hall), adorned with frescoes and paintings of Maria Theresia and her 16 children (including Marie Antoinette), who look strangely identical – maybe the artist was intent on avoiding royal wrath arising from sibling rivalry in the beauty stakes.