Innsbruck - Austria

Innsbruck, the capital of the federal state Tyrol is the fifth largest city in Austria with more than 121.300 inhabitants.

The first traces of settlements in the Innsbruck date back to the Neolithic.
Innsbruck seen from Bergisel

 1420 Duke Frederick IV, nicknamed “with empty pockets”, made Innsbruck his residence and had the Hofgarten, a protected park, laid out. 

After the death of Frederick IV, his son Sigismund, called in Tyrol 'rich in coin', was under the guardianship of his uncle Kaiser Frederick III. who could make good use of the income of rich Tyrol for a long time. 

Goldenes Dachl - Golden Roof in Innsbruck
Goldenes Dachl
Only after the Tyroleans threatened him with the rebellion, Sigismund 1446 could take over the reign. Due to his dissipated lifestyle the same persons, however, forced Sigismund 1490 to resign and king Maximilian I. took over the government and became Emperor in 1493.

Innsbruck owes Maximilian I. the “
Golden Roof”, a magnificent oriel with 2,657 fire-gilded copper tiles, which he had built at the turn of the century, to create a striking symbol of the golden age which was to begin. Today it is the landmark of city.

Bergisel Innsbruck Venue of Olympic Winter Games Austria Innsbruck was venue of the Olympic Winter Games in 1964 and in 1976.

 At Bergisel, the local mountain of Innsbruck, a statue reminds of Andreas Hofer, whom his ultimate loyalty to the emperor, at the end cost his life. 

Castle Ambras near Innsbruck in Tyrol Austria
Ambrass Castle
Ferdinand II purchased and rebuilt Castle Ambrass, in the southeast of Innsbruck, for his Chamber of Art and Curiosities as well as his portrait and armouries collection.

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