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Hofkirche, Innsbruck

Monument · Religious Site
Explore the gallery featuring statues of the patron saints of the House of Hapbsurg at Hofkirche, built in 1553 by Emperor Ferdinand I as a memorial to his grandfather Emperor Maximilian I. This Gothic church houses a Renaissance organ described as one of the five most famous organs in the world, as well as the black marble sarcophagus of Emperor Maximilian I, surrounded by 28 sizeable bronze figures of friends, family, and historical figures like King Arthur of England. Admire the high altar with Viennese academic painter Johann Carl Auerbach's depiction of the crucifixion. Start your visit with the multimedia show that takes you through a series of rooms, giving you information about the historical significance of each area. Do'’t forget to visit the 16th-century Silver Chapel up the stairs opposite the entrance to the church. Take a look at our Innsbruck online trip maker to schedule your visit to Hofkirche and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • We aren't religious people at all, therefore have a tendency not to visit too many churches on our vacations. Didn't plan to go to this one, especially not pay for it but it was included in our...  more »
  • Love this church with its enormous (empty) Habsburg grave/cenothaph. Statues are absolutely amazing and give an idea of the habsburg empire  more »
  • Impressive display of the coffin of Maximilian I, although he is not in it himself. Especially the statues around it are cool and the whole setting. The silver chapel was a bit of a quiet place. Also....  more »
  • If you like highly ornate churches, you'll enjoy this one. Huge painted ceiling frescoes and a beautiful dome. Extremely grand, ornate organ pipes over the entrance if you look back from the alter end of the aisle. The whole alter area is just as grand. It is free to enter but if you want to take photographs you need to buy a €1 photo pass (good for 1 hour) from the automated ticket machines as you go in. A papal paparazzi pass...
  • It is a "Must" place to go. An interior of the church is rather different from most place I have seen. Plus the history of Maximilian tomb is very interesting.
  • Quite impressive frescoes and life-sized statues. It's worthy
  • This Gothic church is located at the Old Town part of Innsbruck, the cenotaph of Emperor Maximilian is at the center, enclosed in a fine wrought iron grill and sorrounded by the life size bronze statues. The altar and the Choirstalls are beautiful too, you can visit the Silver Chapel too. A must see when you are in Innsbruck. We bought the combo ticket worth 11€.
  • A different kind of church interior, dominated by the tomb of Maximilian I, surrounded by life-sized statues. The multimedia display was cool, too. Worth the 7 Euros entry fee.

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