Goldenes Dachl

Innsbruck, Austria

The Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof) is a landmark structure of Innsbruck, considered the city's most famous symbol. Completed in 1500, the roof was decorated with 2,738 fire-gilded copper tiles for Emperor Maximilian I to mark his wedding to Bianca Maria Sforza. The Emperor and his wife used the balcony to observe festivals, tournaments, and other events that took place in the square below.

The entire oriel is decorated in sculpted reliefs and mural paintings. The first-floor balustrade is adorned with eight sculpted coats of arms, six facing the square and two flanking panels, representing Maximilian's territories. Above the coats of arms are frescoes by Jörg Kölderer, painted in 1500, showing two knights bearing heraldic flags representing the Holy Roman Empire and Tyrol.

The second-floor balustrade is decorated in eight sculpted reliefs, six facing the square and two flanking panels, depicting various images associated with Maximilian's life. The two central reliefs show Maximilian. The one on the left shows the Emperor with his second wife Bianca Maria Sforza on the left holding an apple, and his beloved first wife Maria of Burgundy on the right. The other central relief shows the Emperor with his court jester and his chancellor.

The frescoes that adorn the interior of the loggia were also painted by Jörg Kölderer and show scenes from the aristocratic life of that time.

The building that bears the Goldenes Dachl was constructed by Archduke Friedrich IV in the early 15th century as the residence of the Tyrolean sovereigns. The Goldenes Dachl was designed to serve as a royal box where the Emperor and his imperial entourage could sit in state and enjoy festivals, tournaments, and other events that took place in the square below.



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Founded: 1500
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Austria

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Snigdha Bhattacharyya Basak (15 months ago)
The Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof) is a landmark structure located in the Old Town (Altstadt). It is well worth taking a look up close. The Town area which I thought was very charming and walkable. Get your picture and then find a good place to eat or shop.
Faisal Imdad (15 months ago)
Beautiful old town, all places you need to visit in Innsbruck old town are around this area. Right at the end you get to see this golden roof balcony that is distinctively different from the rest of the building. There are many other colorful buildings around with full of history and culture. So many food options around including McD.
Shreya Shanbhag (18 months ago)
Very pretty landmark building situated in an amazing town square. Did not go inside but would like to someday. Highly recommend chill afternoon in and around this little Innsbruck area. Lots to do nearby. Food, shopping, grocery, souvenirs (quite expensive than other places though). Very good vibes.
Jeremy Koh (18 months ago)
Very quaint and easy to stroll small old town. Right at the end you get to see this golden roof balcony that is distinctive different from the rest of the building. Filled with rich history and apparently is converted to a museum now
Yashodhan Bhadsawale (18 months ago)
Great Historical Place. You will feel you have entered in the year 1890. Great architectural work. You can take hundreds of photos. Good place to do shopping.You can buy Fashionable cloths fashion accessories and many more. Spend atleast two hours to feel the place.
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