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The Winter World Masters Games 2020 are already on the finishing line.  To make sure you take as many best memories as possible with you back home, here is a list of sightseeing to do before you leave.

Before we all come together this evening in Masters Village (Maria-Theresien-Straße) for another wonderful celebration of Winter Sport Festival, you get a plenty of time to enjoy a walk in the centre and see some great sights.

Programme at Master Village for today on https://www.innsbruck2020.com/en/programme/culture-events

The city of Innsbruck, the capital of Tyrol and heart of the Winter World Masters Games 2020, is located 574 meters above sea level in the mountain ranges of the Alps. Innsbruck is well-known not only for ski resorts and breath-taking views of the majestic mountains, but also for its rich cultural heritage.

In the Old Town many Baroque buildings have been preserved, but the very first one you should see is definitely the Golden Roof (Herzog-Friedrich-Straße, 15). The Golden Roof is a covered balcony with two and a half thousand gilded copper petals. It can be seen from afar. You should find out more about it inside the building - now there's a museum, where once Kaiser Maximilian I, ruler of the Holy Roman Empire, used to look down onto his subordinates.

Altstadt c Innsbruck Tourismus Christof Lackner

Next on the list is another interesting place for your cultural walk in the centre – the Imperial Palace (Rennweg, 1), which was built in 1465. This Gothic castle with its banquet hall was once one of the most important houses outside of Vienna.

Nearby you can find the Court Church (Universitatstrasse, 2) – humble on the outside with exceptionally beautiful interior decoration, it is the pride of Innsbruck's religious buildings. Here you will see the impressive black marble sarcophagus of Maximilian I, whose construction took eighty years.

Ferdinandeum, also known as the Tyrolean State Museum (Museumstrasse, 15) offers you an insight into the traditions of the Austrian Alps. There are household items, costumes and jewellery handmade by the Tyrolean people. The museum keeps artefacts from the Stone Age to the present day. The place was named after the Archduke, who left a significant trace in the history of Innsbruck.

More information on https://www.innsbruck.info/en/sightseeing/highlights/top-attractions.html

Must see before leaving

To take pleasure in the altitude make sure to visit Bergisel Ski Jump (Bergiselweg, 3) designed by architect Zaha Hadid in 2001. It was there that the Olympic flame was lit three times - in 1964, 1976 und 2012. At the top, in addition to the 360-degree view of the Tyrolean mountain scenery, there is a restaurant where you can eat.

Not far from the Ski Jump is the Tyrol Panorama Museum (Bergisel, 1-2), which offers a great view on Innsbruck. The main exhibit of the youngest museum in the city is the famous canvas depicting this very panorama. The painting was created for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bergisel (1809).

If you plan to see as much as possible in one day, know that this museum has an underground passage to another one – the Museum of the Royal Infantry (Kaiserjägermuseum), which features the military history of Tyrol in 18-20 centuries.

If you would like to enjoy the meal at an altitude of 1905 meters and admire the views of the Tyrolean Mountains, you should visit the Seegrube Restaurant (Hohe Straße, 145), where you can try traditional delicacies and other culinary delights. To reach there you can take the “Hungerburgbahn” funicular.

Explore the city to the top and enjoy the experience with the Innsbruck Card to save your time and money. Numerous attractions and Hop-on hop-off bus throughout Innsbruck included.  

More information about Innsbruck Card on https://www.innsbruck.info/en/sightseeing/innsbruck-card.html

Copyright photos: Innsbruck Tourismus Christof Lackner

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