As a former imperial residence (with a view of the Alps, mind you) Innsbruck was an important location in Austrian history. That's why there is a quasi second Hofburg with imperial apartments - as in Vienna. Especially Maximilian I was delighted with his Innsbruck. So delighted that he also wanted to be buried here: the Court Church is actually only there because of him - however he did not live to see the 40 statues, the "black men", which he wanted to have around his grave. Today only 28 remain. Rich ones too.
The world-famous giant circular painting of the battle of Bergisel in 1809 used to be located in the rotunda of the old Hungerburg cable car; since 2010 it can now be found in its brilliant new home near the Bergisel Stadium. So rousingly painted in three dimensions that you want to turn round inside a little bit longer and sink into the sight of more than a 1000 m² of linen. It is definitely a must-see. Afterwards you can get some fresh air on the adjoinng "Panorama Round".
Old Dutch masters such as Rembrandt and Brueghel, but also Kokoschka, Schiele and Egger-Lienz, would have been thrilled to know that there is an app with their works in the Ferdinandeum and that they even have their own hashtag: under #myferdinandeum every visitor can become a curator with the app and the kids are probably also prepared to spend more time with the arts.
An immense imperial arsenal of weapons was once stored here. Today it is a branch of the Ferdinandeum. But the really brilliant thing about it is that Emperor Maximilian's former armoury turns into the "Treibhaus" open-air cinema in August. Cinema performances take place here in the historic courtyard in all kinds of wind and weather.