Beautiful Sights to See in Old Town Innsbruck

January 14, 2020 12 Comments

Matt and I went to Austria and Germany on our honeymoon and saw some amazing places, but Innsbruck was our favorite city that we saw! It was absolutely beautiful and so colorful, it wasn’t too crowded, and the backdrop of the Alps was spectacular. So it was the perfect place for our honeymoon photoshoot! We spent day exploring the pretty city, and if you’re looking for some sights to see, these are some of the beautiful historic sights you can see in old town Innsbruck!

Beautiful Sights to See in Old Town Innsbruck

History of Innsbruck

Innsbruck actually dates all the way back to the Stone Age! There were settlements in the areas for centuries, and in the 4th century, the Romans used the area as a military base. The town started being built up around 1180 when the Counts of Andechs acquired the area. The river and route through the Alps was vital for transport across the region, so Innsbruck was built up and became more populated. It became the capital of Tyrol in 1429, and Emperor Maximilian I lived in Innsbruck in the 1490s.

Pink clock tower in Innsbruck

Walking street in Innsbruck

Walking street in Old City Innsbruck

Historic architecture in Innsbruck

Walking street in Innsbruck

Historic sights in old town Innsbruck

There is SO much to see in old town Innsbruck! There are lots of walking streets with shops and restaurants (we may have done a little shopping while we were there). I loved the variety of colorful architecture, and it was cool to see the mix of everything from Renaissance to Victorian buildings. If you have time to meander around the streets and take in the sights, I recommend it!

Old City Innsbruck

Colorful architecture in Innsbruck

Historic architecture in Innsbruck

Victorian architecture in Innsbruck

Art deco architecture in Innsbruck

Old City Innsbruck

Fountain in Innsbruck

Dragon fountain in Innsbruck

Hofburg Palace

Historic church in Innsbruck

Historic architecture in Innsbruck

Hofburg Palace

The Hapsburgs began ruling the area in 1361, and they started purchasing land and buildings in Innsbruck. They built the Hofburg in the 1400s in the Baroque style, and later it was expanded and enlarged in the Gothic style. And even later, the style changed during the Renaissance period.

We didn’t have time to take a tour of the Hofburg (I want to go back for a tour though!), but we did get to check out the courtyard! And if you have time, there’s a cafe in the palace that I was told has some great cakes and pastries.

Hofburg Palace

Hofburg Palace

Colorful architecture in Innsbruck

Clock tour in Innsbruck

Walking street in Innsbruck

The Golden Roof

I’ll be honest, I hadn’t heard of the Golden Roof before we planned our trip, but it’s one of the most famous sights in Innsbruck! The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) is an ornate balcony in the old town. The building was constructed under Archduke Friedrich IV, and Emperor Maximilian I commissioned the balcony in 1493 from Nikolaus Turing the Elder, who added the 2,657 fire-gilded copper tiles to the Golden Roof. Maximilian I and his wife would sit in the balcony and watch tournaments and events in the square below.

Golden roof in Innsbruck

Golden roof in Innsbruck

Golden roof in Innsbruck

The Golden Roof is a very popular site in Innsbruck, so there was quite a crowd taking pictures below. It was near impossible to get a picture of the whole building without people in it, so you might want to try taking pictures of it from different angles.

Golden roof in Innsbruck

Golden roof in Innsbruck

Golden Roof in Innsbruck with mountains

The Golden Roof with the Alps in the background is such a beautiful sight!

Walking street in Innsbruck

Historic architecture in Innsbruck

Mountains in Innsbruck

Bike decor in Innsbruck

Swarovski store in Innsbruck

Swarovski is headquartered in the area, so it’s a great souvenir!

Swarovski store in Innsbruck

Gelato in Innsbruck

Colorful houses of Innsbruck

I can’t write about Innsbruck without mentioning the colorful houses! This was the main attraction that I knew about Innsbruck before visiting, and it was amazing to see in person. Interestingly, I couldn’t really find any history of the houses, so I’m not sure when they were built. But I’m sure they’re at least a couple hundred years old!

The colorful houses are so pretty, and I love the backdrop against the Alps. I was hoping that you could see a reflection of the houses in the water, but sadly, it was pretty cloudy (I checked photos other people had taken and it always seems to be that color). But even if the river isn’t the prettiest, the houses and mountains make up for it!

Colorful houses of Innsbruck

Colorful houses of Innsbruck

Colorful houses of Innsbruck

Colorful houses of Innsbruck

Colorful houses of Innsbruck

Colorful houses of Innsbruck

Colorful houses of Innsbruck

If you’re taking a stroll through old town Innsbruck, these are the beautiful sights you can’t miss! If you have more time, Innsbruck does have museums to tour (and you can tour the Hofburg), so there are lots of things to do in this small city 🙂

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12 Comments

  1. Reply

    Amy Dent

    January 24, 2020

    Ok, now I need to go, too! lol

    • Reply

      Julia

      January 24, 2020

      You would love it!!

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    Brittany Sneller

    January 16, 2020

    Innsbruck was honestly one of the most surprsingly stunning cities/towns we visited on our backpacking trip through Europe! Did you whisper into the arch wall where you can talk to your partner on the other end from the echo?! xx

    • Reply

      Julia

      January 17, 2020

      Yeah I was surprised how much I loved it! I didn’t, we’ll have to go back and try that!!

  3. Reply

    supal

    January 15, 2020

    OMG Im dying to go there! It looks like an absolute fairytale with its classic architecture and colorful buildings 🙂 Also, seemed like you had beautiful weather!

    • Reply

      Julia

      January 16, 2020

      Yes it was a beautiful day there! I hope you’re able to go soon! 🙂

  4. Reply

    Hannah

    January 15, 2020

    Innsbruck looks lovely! I have to be honest, it isn’t a destination I knew much about before reading your post. I’m surprised by how much there is to see and do there! I’m also in love with those colourful houses! Thanks for the fantastic guide!

    Hannah | https://getlost.blog/

    • Reply

      Julia

      January 16, 2020

      I didn’t know much about it before visiting, but I definitely recommend it now! 🙂

  5. Reply

    Patti

    January 15, 2020

    I love these historical European towns. They are so charming.

    • Reply

      Julia

      January 15, 2020

      They’re my favorite places to visit!

  6. Reply

    Anna

    January 15, 2020

    I haven´t made it to Innsbruck yet, but the architecture there looks stunning! Colorful houses and the Golden Roof would be my first stops!

    • Reply

      Julia

      January 15, 2020

      The architecture really is amazing! 🙂

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