Hofkirche (Court Church)

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Universitätsstraße 2

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Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
3.6

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  • 3.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

You'll find this Gothic church, which dates back to 1553, in Old Town. Commissioned to house the tomb of Emperor Maximilian I, the church does not actually contain the remains of the Holy Roman Emperor – his remains are entombed outside Vienna in Wiener Neustadt. But even though it boasts an empty tomb surrounded by a gilded cage, the church is still a popular sightseeing spot thanks to the 28 life-size bronze figures standing watch over the tomb. Other highlights include the Silver Chapel where Philippine Welser, Ferdinand II's wife, is buried, as well as the church's two organs, one nearly 500 years old.

Past visitors were wowed by this church, describing it as one of the most impressive they've ever seen. Reviewers also recommend paying a visit to the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum next door to the church (combo tickets to both attractions are available).

The church is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays and holidays from 12:30 to 5 p.m. There is a fee of 7 euros (about $8) to enter the church, though on select days there is free admission. Entrance to both the church and neighboring museum is free with the purchase of the Innsbruck Card. Visit the official website for more information.

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#1 Maria-Theresien-Strasse (Maria Theresa Street)

One of Innsbruck's most famous streets, Maria Theresien Street is a glorious remnant of the city's baroque past, dating back 700 years. Now a pedestrian promenade, the street, which is located outside Old Town, is lined with palaces once owned by the city's aristocracy, as well as cafes, shops and landmarks like St. Anne's Column and the Triumphal Arch.

Recent visitors raved about the amazing views of the mountains seen from the street and recommended seeing the Christmas market set up on the street during the holidays. However, a few reviewers warned that the prices at the shops, cafes and restaurants that line the street are too high. For unobstructed photos, plan a morning visit.

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