Along with Schönbrunn Palace and the Vienna Hofburg, the Hofburg in Innsbruck in Tyrol is one of Austria’s three most important historical buildings. In the last 15 years, more than 23.4 million euros have been spent on a multi-stage refurbishment.
The Hofburg is the centrepiece of the complex that formed the old imperial residence. It includes the following listed buildings: the Noblewomen’s Collegiate Foundation (with today’s Stiftskeller Restaurant), the Silver Chapel, the Hofkirche or Court Church (with the cenotaph of Maximilian I and the Black Men statues), the Neues Stift or New Abbey (now the Theological Faculty and Museum of Popular Art), the Cathedral, the Ball Games House (now Congress Innsbruck) and the Hofgarten.
Five themed areas
Following refurbishment, the Hofburg comprises five themed museum areas: Maria Theresa’s Rooms in the original style of the 18th century, the accurately reproduced Empress Elisabeth Apartment from the 19th century, a small Furniture Museum illustrating the court’s changing tastes in furniture, an Ancestral Gallery on the splendid main staircase and a small Painting Gallery. Themed rooms serve to illustrate aspects of the political and cultural history of the former imperial residence of Maximilian I, which remained in the possession of the Habsburgs for more than 450 years.
Themed guided tours
In addition to special programmes for children and young persons, themed guided tours are available for visitors who want to know and see more. These tours go beyond the Imperial Apartments and include such gems as the Cathedral Gallery, the Gallery in the Hofkirche, the Silver Chapel with its Renaissance organ, and the cellar and attics.
“The Innsbruck Hofburg” by Benedikt Sauer is the perfect book for further reading. The author, who lives in Innsbruck, summarises the results of research to elucidate countless aspects of the Hofburg and its past.