The Golden Roof (or Goldenes Dachl ) is the most well known landmark in the city of Innsbruck. Situated in the heart of the old town and looking down on Herzog-Friedrich-Straße this historic building with it's famous facade was built in the 15th century by Archduke Friedrich IV as the residence of the sovereigns of the Tirol. The actual golden roof itself was added in 1500 for Emperor Maximilian I so that he could use it as a sort of 'royal box' whilst watching the tournaments and other spectacles taking place on the square below.
The balcony is decorated with 2657 fire-gilded copper tiles which give the golden appearance and hence the name "Goldenes Dachl". The balcony includes an image of the Emperor Maximilian I between his two wives, Maria of Burgundy and Bianca Maria Sforza of Milan. Whilst the balcony was built in honour of his marriage to the later, the emperor included his first wife in the image to avoid alienating the Burgundian allies he had gained by his first marriage.
Inside the building (and upstairs) is a museum dedicated to the Emperor Maximilian I and the Tirol of his lifetime. The object is to portray the life of the Emperor and to promote the importance of Innsbruck and the wider Tirol region in late-medieval Europe. Whilst the museum is very informative and makes efforts to be interactive and modern it was still quite a disappointment to me. The interior of the building has been so completely modernised you just don't get the feeling of being in a 15th century building at all.
Admission is included in an Innsbruck card, otherwise it is €4 per adult or €2 for children. It's well worth getting the audioguide but don't try to listen to the commentary on everything or you will spend the whole day in this one place.
from the 21 November till 6 january you will find the Christmas market on the square in front of the Golden Roof . As well as on Maria-Theresien street and Marktplatz. It's magnificent just to walk around with a mug of steaming Jagertee or Gluhwein and admire the beautiful handcrafts and objects that the stands display.
There you can buy all sorts of Christmas decoration, wooden carved biblical statuettes, sweets, flowers , scented candles... Pleanty of local food specialities too, like kaesespaetzle or spinatspaetzle, a sort of noodles wirth cheese or spinach with roasted onions. Krapfen aka Donuts, etc .
wanna rent a stand? Rent a stand for christmas ot easter market
Tadaaaa here it is, the landmark of Innsbruck.
Built in 1420 as a residence of the Tirolean souverain Friedrich IV. Covered with 2738 gold plated copper plaques. Redecorated by Emperor Maximilian I , that added 1500 frescoes in the outside and innside aswell as coat of arms and relefs. Innside is located the treasury for Emperor Maximilan I. He was closely attached to Innsbruck - the seat of his power . From there he pursued his european policy.
In the present days, the Golden roof houses a memorial for the Tirolean sovereign, empasizing his importance for the political ,economical and cultural evolution of Europe. It contains original portraits, Medals , Gold carved objects.A 20 minute long video film that can be seen there, illustrates Maximilian I 's life and his contribution to the developpment of Europe.
Open to visitors daily in the period of 01 may till 30 september from 10.00 - 18.00
and from 1 oct till 30 april from tuesday to saturday 10.00 - 12.30 and 14.00 - 17.00
In the pedestrian old town you will encounter different street artists. There are the living statues, the portrait painters , clowns , jongleurs. They bring a colorful atmosphere and are a joy for the kids .
The Goldenes Dachl / Golden Roof dates back to the year 1420 and was built as an extra balcony for the residence of Friedrich IV and Siegmund der Münzreiche ( Siegmund with the many coins).
2657 gilded copper-tiles gave the name to this building, that is today the most famous sight of Innsbruck. In the frescos and reliefs you may see emperor Maximilian and both of his wifes and various coats of arms.
The Goldenes Dachl is beautifully lighted all night and some of the fine details are best to be seen at night !
The Goldenes Dachl is open daily for visitors :
May - September : 10.00a.m. - 06.00p.m.
October - April : 10.00a.m. - 05.00p.m.
The elaborate decorated front was for a wife of Emporere Maximilian I to impress his wife, and the town folk. The facade has 2,762 copper foils. The balcony is made up of carved coats of arm of the Hapsburgs. This is called also Neuer Hof, and had been the private residence of ruling dukes in the 1400's and foward. The square was once used as a jousting arena.
The building itself has a great deal of flower splendor with gerainiams hanging all out. The square also has some real nice shops to visit and a couple of eating places. Is is now an Olympic museum.
We came across this on our little walkabout...and discovered that The Golden Roof actually is a three-story balcony on the central plaza at the heart of the Old Town. The roof is capped with 2,738 gold-plated copper tiles and it was constructed for Emperor Maximilian I to serve as a royal box where he could sit in luxury and enjoy tournaments that included jousting in the square below.
The Golden Roof was built by Archduke Friedrich IV in the early 15th century as the residence of the Tirolean sovereigns.
Since January 2003, the Golden Roof has been housing the International Alpine Convention’s Office.
The Alpine Convention is a coalition of eight Alpine Countries united by a shared commitment to sustainable development in the European Alps.
The famous city symbol is located in the old gothic part of the city, one of the most beautiful historical medieval centers of Austria.
The Emperor Maximilian has requested it to be built in the old house of Arciduca Frederic IV for his wedding with Bianca Maria Sforza, using 2657 bronze bricks, with gold, making it as symbol of center Europe.
On the southern side of Herzog-Frierich-Strasse you can see the Neuer Hof. The building was made as a private residence by the dukes Fredrik IV and Sigismund of the Tirol in 1420. On the facade of this building there is the famous Goldenes Dachl: a gold canopy covered by 2657 copper foils gilded to fire. Under the canopy there is a loggia build between 1494 and 1496, from the emperor Max I on a project of Turing the Old. The loggia is formed with a balcony decorated by coats of arms carved by Turing and frescos made by Kolderer.
Golden Roof is the landmark of Innsbruck, Austria. Built in 1500, it was decorated with almost 3000 gold-plated copper tiles for Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor.
There's nothing much to it, that you can't see in the pictures. However, if you pass by Innsbruck, as it is the landmark, be sure to take a peek / picture. You can also buy souvenirs from shop nearby.
I was just starting to think there weren't any tourists in Innsbruck, when I turned a corner into the Old Town, and there they were, all taking pictures of the Goldenes Dachl or Golden Roof.
This is on a house which was built in 1420 at the end of the Friedrichstraße. The Golden Roof was added in 1500.
Second photo: Tourists in the Friedrichstraße, with the Golden Roof in the background.
Third photo: Tourists in the Hofgasse.
The Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof) is a famous landmark in Innsbruck and it was built in 1500.
It was decorated with almost 3000 gold plated copper tiles for Maximilian I the Holy Roman Emperor. There are reliefs on the balcony which show the coats of arms and symbols and in his life.
The emperor used the balcony to watch events in the square below. So I guess I was in good company when a troupe of medieval trumpeters performed from the balcony as I watched from the square.
Interestingly, the Goldenes Dachl is said to be Innsbruck's greatest tourist attraction. It was built between 1494 and 1496 by Nikolaus Tuening for Emperor Maximilian I's second wedding, this one to Bianca Maria Sforza of Milan. The late Gothic oriels are capped with 2,738 gold-plated copper tiles. The Goldenes Dachl was constructed for Maximilian to serve as a royal box where he could sit and enjoy tournaments in the square below. The mural paintings depict two standard-bearers with the flags of the Empire and the Province of Tirol, while the reliefs show the coat of arms of Maximilan's territories (Austrian Empire, Hungary, Tirol, Styria, Burgundy, Milan, Germany...).
The Goldenes Dachl is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except from October to April when it closes at 5 p.m. and remains closed on Mondays. However, we never went inside because just seeing the roof from the street satisfied our curiosity.
The "Goldenes Dachl" (translated: Golden roof) is the main tourist sight of Innsbruck and it's smaller than you would think. But that doesn't make it less beautiful and interesting to see.
It is very much related to the history of Tyrol and it's struggle for independance in the 18th and 19th century. In the end, Tyrol remains to be a part of Austria and is now also a main transit route between Germany and Italy.
Innsbruck’s famous Golden Roof is not as old as legend have you think! It is old and
legend has it that a 1500s nobleman, tired of being ridiculed for his lack of money, covered the roof with gold to show that he wasn't as poor as people thought.