Tracing the path of Maximilian I at the Golden Roof Museum
Despite the fact that Habsburg Emperor Maximilian I (1459 – 151999 passed away ages ago, his imposing presence can still be felt in Innsbruck and surroundings. Among the numerous traces that you can explore throughout the Emperor’s favourite town is the ‘Goldene Dachl’, the famous Golden Roof, which during the course of the past centuries has turned into one of Innsbruck’s most widely recognized landmarks. Also an opulent, albeit empty, tomb at the nearby Imperial Court Church – a stunning cenotaph guarded by larger-than-life-size bronze figures – represents another unique monument of historic importance bestowed upon the town of Innsbruck by magnificent Renaissance ruler, Maximilian I.
As you browse through the Golden Roof Museum you can get a fascinating glimpse of the most spectacular events during his lifetime, with audio guides in five languages (German, English, French, Italian and Spanish) providing in-depth background to this comprehensive exhibition. The emperor practiced a far-sighted marriage policy by finding politically and strategically suitable partners for his children. Furthermore, his open-mindedness towards other cultures and his enterprising spirit had a significant impact on the European continent, during its transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. You will also become privy to many fascinating tales surrounding the private man that lay behind a striking public figure: Married twice and a passionate hunter, infatuated with nature – most of all with his beloved Tyrolean mountains.
With its exhibition space of 350m² the museum is a veritable ‘hands-on’ venue where kids benefit from special tours for children and themed events. The little ones absolutely adore donning elaborate period costumes for the tours, which include a visit of a multimedia passageway where they can explore mediaeval times via images and music. The absolute highlight of the museum is the close-up view of the Golden Roof that consists of 2,657 fire-gilded copper shingles and covers the building’s historic oriel bay window.
Information: Museum Goldenes Dachl, Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse 15,
tel. +43-512-5360-1441, goldenes-dachl.at
Opening hours: From May until September: Mon to Sun, 10am–5pm; From October until April: Tue to Sun, 10am-5pm.
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