Innsbruck museums which you should visit

Not always imperial, but always interesting

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.


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    Tyrolean panorama with the Museum of the Tyrolean Imperial Infantry

    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".

    ©Alexander Haiden
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    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.

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    Zeughaus (Armoury)

    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. 

    ©Alexander Haiden

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