Tyrol’s capital, Innsbruck, is a spectacle to gaze upon! This neighbourhood is about ragged rock towers, alpine hayfields and jingling cowbells. Innsbruck is an excellent representation of Austria with its antiquated Altstadt, Golden Roof, baroque cathedrals, magnificent Habsburg palace and the Olympic Ski jump with roaring mountainous landscapes. During my stay in Innsbruck, I managed to explore, almost all of its famous landmarks, including the one I will be discussing today.
Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof) is the golden miracle and most notable landmark of Innsbruck. Profusely wreathed with murals and 2657 sparkling gilt copper tiles, Golden Roof is anchored, in an ancient building the Old Town of Innsbruck. In the 14th-century, this large upper-storey Gothic bay was made for Roman Emperor Maximilian I, with a window supported, by brackets. These tiles denote Emperor Maximilian’s extravagant wedding to Bianca Maria Sforza. It’s from this gallery, the Emperor and the Queen watched ceremonies, tournaments, and other public events that transpired at the square. The building Oriel is enhanced, with etched contour and wall paintings.
On the 1st-floor, you will discern a balustrade featuring eight sculpted coats of arms and two flanking boards typifying Maximilian’s empires. Above the ensigns, are 15th-century frescoes by Jörg Kölderer displaying knights and heraldic flags illustrating Roman Empire and Tyrol. The two reliefs in the centre display Maximilian. One on the left confers the Emperor with his 2nd-wife Bianca Maria Sforza holding an apple, and on the right, is his precious 1st-wife, Maria. The 2nd-floor balustrade is finished with 8-sculpted reliefs (six overlooking the square and two flanking insets), portraying several drawings linked to Maximilian’s lifestyle.
The additional central relief reveals the Emperor with his chancellor and jester. Wherein the edged Reliefs display Moorish dancers involved in acrobatic and grotesque dancing of Andalusian origin. This ‘particularly’ ancient royal residence served as a regal receptacle for the Emperor and his entourage. However, each of the decorations on the prevailing structure is a replica. The original reliefs are on permanent display at Ferdinandeum, the Tyrolean State Museum. With majestic interiors and exteriors, this museum is worth a look. Besides, it features fantastic city and mountain views, which is why a lot of tourists prefer to stay at their apartments.
The grotesque tournament helmets intended to mirror the Turks of the competitive Ottoman Empire are worth remarking. Golden Roof is not massive but rather built-in sparkling tones that shimmer as the sunrays kiss the copper shingles. Golden Roof is lodged, in the heart of Innsbruck, near Town Tower and Church Saint Jakob, and is surrounded, by various café restaurants and shops. Alpenzoo is within 1.5 km, whereas both Ambras Castle and Innsbruck Airport is a 3-minute drive away. Fun-Fact: A part of Bollywood Blockbuster ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, was filmed here!
Address: Herzog-Friedrich-Straße 15, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Entrance Fee: EUR 4
Timings: 10 AM – 5 PM