Imperial Hofburg in Innsbruck

Opening times: all year round 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Hofburg Innsbruck

Admission prices: EUR 5.50, reduced EUR 4

Public transport: 5124, 5127 Ferdinandeum

Guided tours: Guided tour fee 29.00 Guided tour fee for non-registered tours of 10 people or more (daily 11:00 am and 2:00 pm) 2.20

Description: Tradition and modernity from the Romanesque to today.

In 1755 Maria Theresa commissioned the conversion of the Gothic Hofburg into a monumental late baroque residence, which was completed by Constantine in 1770. The former imperial state rooms have largely been preserved in their original state with frescoes, wall paintings, pictures and furniture from different eras. The giant hall is considered to be the most splendid festival and ceremonial hall in the Alpine region.

The Imperial Hofburg is currently undergoing a careful renovation and revitalization of the entire Hofburg as well as the construction of the entrance area to the museum. For this it has already received the “Golden Wheelchair” award and has been nominated for the State Prize for Revitalization. The Burghauptmannschaft Österreich was ultimately unable to rank among the award winners because this award is not awarded to state-owned companies. The work should be completed by the beginning of May 2010.

By exposing filled-in areas, e.g. Along the Romanesque city wall, connecting corridors between the entrance areas in Hofgasse and that in Herrengasse were created in today’s basement. This corridor also connects the baroque cellar with the Gothic cellar. Both can now serve as special event areas, but also as an extension of the museum.

Three passage rooms (guard room, giant room, Lorraine room) create a stylish rococo ambience for events. The Gothic hall in the basement offers a unique space connection through its cross-ridge vault with exposed brickwork. The connection of historical building fabric with modern infrastructure enables a gentle, responsible use of the building.