Maria Theresien Strasse, Innsbruck
Maria Theresa Street was named after Empress Maria Theresa , wife of Holy Roman Emperor Francis Stephen. Over 700 years ago, this street in Innsbruck’s “New Town” consisted of just a few farmhouses. It wasn’t long before the aristocracy of Innsbruck began building their houses on this street in close proximity to the local rulers of the time. During the Baroque period, many of those houses were remodelled into opulent palatial residences, you can see some of these in my photos.
At one end is the Triumphal arch which leads to the old town. I really liked this pedestrian area with its pavement cafés, Baroque architecture, Restaurants, benches, street lamps, promenade and views of the stunning mountains from there.
This road is where the resistance fighters marched in 1945 after defeating the remaining Nazi troops.
THIS STREET IS NOT TO BE MISSED, even though it is one of the busiest streets in Innsbruck
Maria-Theresien Strasse is Innsbruck's main street and a wonderful place to stroll around or sit at one of the side cafes and whatch the people go by. When we were there, they were getting ready for UAFA cup and seeing the soccer balls up along the street was lovely.
Maria-Theresien-Strasse it is the entrance to the historical center (Altstadt) of Innbruck. It is the triumphal road of the town with to the sides very beautiful decorated buildings and on the background you can see the mountains that surround the city.
This street starts with the triumph archway at one side and leads to the old town.
In the middle stands the Sint Anna's column, erected in 1706.
By the time I was there, they were demolishing a house. Look at the surrealistic picture !
named in honor of the great and ambitious 18th. century Habsburg empress, is the main boulevard of altstadt Innsbruck aligned from north to south. This historic boulevard extends from Thriumphforte ( see my earlier tip about this monument ) northward to the Inn River. South of the monument the road is called Herzog-Friedrichstrasse. Most of Innsbruck's tourist attractions, as well as the train station, are located on or within 200 meters of MT strasse. Many traditional cafes, shops, fast food joints ( including the dreaded golden arches ), etc., line this grand boulevard. Austrian crystal and other Tirolean handicrafts are sold in the shops. However, the cafes and shops just a couple hundred meters east or west are just as good and much less expensive.
Photo #1 shows MT strasse looking north towards the river and the Alpes. The fascinating buildings shown were built at least 600 years ago, and most still have the original Gothic ground level arcades. The upper levels feature Tirolean Renaissance architecture, while most of the roofs are adorned with Baroque facades. Most tourists including old hund find them impressive. Photo #2 shows Herzog-Friedrichstrasse looking south towards the mountains that provide us with some of the best ski slopes on this great planet. On the left is an authentic maypole, having a long wait ahead until the next Mayday. On the right is a typical Tirolean church, featuring a double onion domed bell tower.
Annasaule ( holy Anna ) monument is located in the center of Maria Theresianstrasse, which is alststadt Innsbruck's main boulevard.
Work on the Annasaule monument was started in 1704 and completed in 1706. It was built in appreciation for the liberation of Innsbruck from the occupation of the Bavarian army which had occupied the city. The liberation took place on Annasaule day, 1703. The monument features a large column of the Corinthian architectural style. The column and most of the monument were cast of pink marble from the surrounding Alpes. The monument features statues of the Virgin Mary and Tirolean saints.
The architecture of the nearby buildings is some of Tirol's best. Most of the buildings in altstadt date to the Gothic era, but most of their present appearance is Renaissance and Baroque.
Notice the trolley ( streetcar ) cables in the photo. The public trolleys are an excellent way to get around Innsbruck. The mountains surrounding Innsbruck provide a perfect backdrop for this beautiful city. Unfortunately rain clouds obstructed the view of them during my brief stay.
Innsbruck's main street was named after the Austrian Empress Maria Theresa (1717 – 1780).
The street is equitably shared by pedestrians, trams and cyclists, and I'm glad to say there are quite a number of good, serviceable bicycle stands.
The church in the photo is the Spitalkirche, which was built in its present form from 1701 to 1705, though there was a church here as early as 1320.
Second, third and fourth photos: Cyclists in Maria-Theresien-Straße.
Fifth photo: Tourists in Maria-Theresien-Straße
MariaTheresien Strasse is the very stylish main street of Innsbrück with the impressive Austrian Alps in the background.
You can follow it on your way to the Old town and the Golden Roof. There are plenty of sidewalk cafes where you could stop for refreshments.
But be warned, this street is a very expensive part of Innsbrück.
Mariatheresastrasse is the main street of Innsbruck's old town. It is the continuation of Herzog-Friedrichstrasse and runs all the way to the Triumphpforte.
On it you will find many restaurants and boutiques. You can also soak up the architecture and delightful view of the mountains. My favourite building on this street was the rose-coloured Spitalkirche (whose tower is in the centre of the photo).
Further south, Mariatheresastrasse also has two of Innsbruck's best-known monuments: the Annasaule (St. Anna's Column), built in 1706 as a tribute to the successful defense of Innsbruck against the Bavarians during the War of the Spanish Succession; and the Triumphforte (Arch of Triumph), built on the order of Empress Maria Theresa in 1765 to honour both her son (the future Emperor Leopold II) and her deceased husband (Francis I Stephen).
Maria Theresien Strasse has absolutely beautiful and vesatile architecture .It is the main shopping street in Innsbruck and more or less a pedestrian zone with a tram and cars here and there,but no heavy traffic. You will follow it on your way to the Old town and the Golden Roof. It is dominated by the imposant Nordkette mountain ridge that overlooks the city from north. There are plenty of sidewalk caffes where you could have a drink ,or nordsee fish n chips on your way to explore the city.
The "Altes Landhaus" in Innsbruck was built by Georg Anton Gumpp between 1725 and 1728 and it is certainly one of the most beautiful baroque buildings in Innsbruck. Especially the stair-cases are worth seeing, but unfortunately the building is still used by the local governement of Tyrol and seeing all of its beauty inside is rather hard for tourists.
I also was in a hurry, when I took these pics in Innsbruck last time,so I did not get inside !
Another interesting building you will pass by, when walking on Maria Theresienstrasse towards the centre of town : On the left you will see Palais Trapp (the former Palais Wolkenstein, built in the year 1700 by Johann Martin Gumpp dem Älteren)
When you click on my picture you may see the fine details of the facade.
The name Trapp or sometimes also von Trapp is well known especially outside of Austria by all fans of the movie "Sound of Music" , who was living in Salzburg, but I could not find any connection between this part of the family & this palais in Innsbruck. But Trapp is definitely a quite rare name in Austria.
This lovely building with a beautiful facade is also not mentioned in any guidebook of Innsbruck, but I am sure it would deserve to take a closer look at !
When you click on my picture, you will see empress Maria Theresia, 2 angels and some decorations and coats of arms. This facade might need some restoration works to be done, but you may easily see this facade is similar to baroque facades in Italy - a kind of influence that you may see at many buildings all over Innsbruck and some of them have big stones and other structures painted on the facade that looks 3-dimensional, although it is totally flat !
The Spitalskirche dates back to the year 1700 and was built by Johann Martin Gumpp next to a hospital dating back to the year 1307. That former hospital is a school today.
During the day - after 08.30a.m. you may enter that church freely and without restrictions and I may highly recommend to take a short look inside, when you are interested in beautiful churches.
Spitalskirche is the name of this church, at the the very end of Maria Theresienstrasse, not far from Burggraben and when you click on my picture you may as well see the smallest house in Innsbruck on the left of it. This small house is just 211 cm wide and it used to be the entrance for a cemetery behind the church.When the cemetery was taken away at the end of the 19th century, the small house was built.
Spitalskirche is really beautiful from inside - see my next picture !!