Golden Roof in Innsbruck Tour Guide:
Golden Roof is an Innsbruck attraction that figures in the tour itinerary of just about every visitor to the region. A three-storied balcony with a tiled roof made of 2,657 gold-plated copper tiles, the Golden Roof was constructed in the 15th century in celebration of Emperor Maximilian I’s second marriage. It served as a royal box for viewing tournaments and other events at the Town Square below.
In addition to the gold-plated tiles, the Golden Roof features a mural in relief on the second storey of the balcony, depicting the Emperor flanked by both his wives; it is believed that the Emperor commissioned this art to ensure that allies gained from his first marriage did not take offence and alienate themselves.
The first storey of the balcony is adorned with coats of arms representing Austria, Hungary, the double-headed eagle of the Empire, Burgundy and Milan, as well as Tirol and Styria. The Golden Roof also includes a museum with exhibits on the Emperor and the life of Innsbruck residents in that age.
The town square in which the Golden Roof is located is an attraction in itself as well. A classic blend of the old and new, the town square boasts the latest fashion brands and contemporary lifestyle outlets amidst medieval architecture. A notable building that you will see, right opposite the Golden Roof, is the Helblinghaus, a baroque architectural landmark with extravagant baroque stuccoes. Enjoy strolling past the numerous by-lanes, just beyond, for an intrinsic experience of Innsbruck, Austria.