Art and culture in Innsbruck
Discover the cultural and historical side of Innsbruck
However small Innsbruck may seem, it offers a whole variety of culture and museums. Make your time in Innsbruck even more wonderful with a visit to the theatre or a concert, visit the galleries and find out about the history of Tyrol and Innsbruck in the museums.
Plays have been performed since 1654 opposite the Hofburg on the outskirts of the historical old town. The former court theatre was turned into today's Tiroler Landestheater in Classicism style between 1844 and 1846. The main stage in the large hall is supplemented by a flexible room theatre. The breadth of productions ranges from plays to opera and operettas to musicals and dance theatre. The acoustically and visually impressive Saal Tirol at Congress Innsbruck is also used for concerts.
Cabaret, the alternative art scene and event centres in Innsbruck
The Kleinkunst Innsbruck association is the top address for cabaret. In the past it offered a platform to both the greats of the genre and young talent on the Tyrolean scene. The Treibhaus also established itself as a place where national and international artists come and go and guests of all ages find something to appeal to them. Alternative concerts, cabaret and creative freedom for various formats: the Treibhaus is open to anything. Anyone who wants to experience alternative theatre should definitely take a look at Innsbruck's Kellertheater's programme. Other important event centres in Innsbruck are the VAZ Hafen, the Olympiaworld, the Novum, the FoRum in Rum near Innsbruck as well as Congress Innsbruck and Congresspark Igls.
Important museums in Innsbruck's Hofburg Palace and Hofgarten
Influenced by the reign of Emperor Maximilian as Tyrol's ruler, there is still a great deal today in Innsbruck to remind us of its former heyday as a centre of the arts and politics. The imperial family resided in the magnificent Baroque building time and time again from the 15th century to the end of the monarchy in 1918. The grand heart of the Hofburg in Innsbruck is the ceremonial hall, which is clad with frescoes by the painter Franz Anton Maulbertsch. Original furniture and paintings in the rooms from the Habsburg period are testament to the rich past.
The Goldenes Dachl museum
The history of the unique building and its builder Maximilian I is told in the Goldenes Dachl museum. Interactive elements make the tour entertaining and whisk young and old visitors away into the exciting history of the city of Innsbruck. There are portraits, medallions and gold artefacts among the valuable exhibits.
One highlight in Innsbruck's museum landscape is also the Tyrol Panorama with the Kaiserjägermuseum. The museum houses the impressive Innsbruck giant panoramic painting as a visitor attraction, a 360° illustration of the 3rd battle on the Bergisel in 1809. The connecting Kaiserjägermuseum is dedicated to Tyrol's past from the perspective of nature, life, religion and politics.
Ferdinandeum Tyrolean State Museum
Art and exhibits from the Stone Age to present day take you on a journey back in time through 30,000 years. Besides Romanesque and Gothic masterpieces, an impressive collection of Dutch painters and exhibits from the Baroque period and the 19th century, the museum also exhibits among other things valuable musical instruments, a Biedermeier collection and a modern gallery.
What once served as Emperor Maximilian's arsenal is a museum about Tyrol's cultural history today. Its areas that are really worth seeing include the presentation of prehistoric finds, silver mining and salt production, the struggle for freedom in 1809 and coming to terms with the two world wars.
City tours and guided tours
Experience Innsbruck on foot and find out a great deal: let guides show you the city and discover things that you won't find in any travel guide. You can obtain more information from Innsbruck Tourismus.
Get to know the treasures from Innsbruck's rich past and immerse yourself in the cultural life of this alpine city. For your short break you can book your practical room at B(l)ackhome Innsbruck.