Maria Theresa Street Tour Guide:
People-watch, enjoy a drink and simply soak in the Innsbruck cultural experience at Maria Theresa Street or Maria Theresien Strasse. Named in honor of the first female Habsburg ruler, Empress Maria Theresa, this boulevard is one of the most beautiful boulevards of Europe and boasts all along its length a number of historical and architectural landmarks, famous shopping venues and a wealth of dining and entertainment options.
The best way to experience and take in the whole beauty of Maria Theresa Street would be to enjoy a stroll along its length. Begin your stroll from the Triumphal Arch of Innsbruck, an arch of Triumph built on the style of those in Rome, to commemorate the marriage of the Empress’ son as well as the death of her husband.
Midway on the Maria Theresa Street is another magnificent monument of note, the St. Anne’s Column. Commissioned in celebration of the withdrawal of Bavarian troupes during the Spanish War of Succession, this monument is a Corinthian-style red marble column with statues of Saints Cassianus, Virgilius, George and Anna surrounding the base and the statue of Virgin Mary atop a crescent moon at the very top.
All along, you will find exquisite architectural masterworks from the medieval century and later. Stop at the street-side cafes and refresh yourself with a cool drink and indulge in people-watching; shop for souvenirs and clothing at the many shops along the Main street or head to the Kaufhaus tyrol and Rathauspassagen shopping precincts for a mall experience. The Maria Theresa Street ends at the Old Town, where you can visit sights such as the Golden Roof, Helblinghaus and other landmarks.