Hofburg Imperial Palace Tour Guide:
Once a pleasure palace, then an imperial residence and now a museum, the Hofburg Imperial Palace at Innsbruck has donned several roles. Explore it with a guided tour; walk the rooms once inhabited by the Habsburg imperial rulers including Empress Maria Theresa, the first female ruler of the Habsburg Dominion; marvel at the ornate interiors and original furnishings.
Superbly maintained, the Imperial Palace gives you a feel of the grand lifestyle of the Habsburgs. Even in its first role as a pleasure palace commissioned by Archduke Siegmund the Rich, in the 15th century, it was far ahead of its times with features such as a heated banquet hall and a living room that broke traditions with its large windows. After its redecoration and up gradation to the Baroque style with Rocco features by Empress Maria Theresa, the palace became even more splendid.
Experience its grandeur with a tour; currently, 20 of its original 25 rooms are open for the public. The centrepiece or highlight of any tour is the Giant Hall, a large hall with an exquisitely painted ceiling, gilded chandeliers and beautiful portraits of Empress Maria Theresa’s children. Explore the differences in styles and decor between the 18th century Rooms of Empress Theresa and the 19th century Royal Apartments of her daughter, Empress Elisabeth.
Take a tour of the Furniture Gallery, which houses the different styles of furniture that graced the palace through the years, right from its existence to the 19th century. Ascend the Grand Staircase lined with magnificent portraits of all members of the Habsburg family before browsing through the masterworks of renowned artists of the time at the Paintings Gallery. Take a themed tour and explore the palace further, going on to the Silver Chapel, Cathedral Gallery, Gallery in the Hofkirche, the cellar and even the attics.