Goldenes Dachl

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Wildcat Dianne on December 9, 2005

The Goldenes Dachl or House with the Golden Roof is located in Innbruck's Old Town Pedestrian Zone and is one of the most popular sights in downtown Innsbruck.

The Goldenes Dachl was built as a gift to the people of Innsbruck by Emperor Maximillian I in 1494, who insisted on having all of the 2,600 copper tiles covered in gold in his appreciation. The Goldenes Dachl, with its Gothic oriel window and famous roof, was designed by architect Niklas Turing, who added the first balustrade on the first level for Maximillian I to watch medieval tournaments and dancing whenever he was in town. The Dachl's exterior also includes the Coat of Arms of Austria and Hungary, along with the Austrian Eagle that represented the Habsburg Empire from Burgundy to Milan and other parts of Europe. One wall of the Goldenes Dachl is covered with a fresco of the Nativity that Maximillian I wanted to show Innsbruck's Catholic loyalty to Rome.

The Goldenes Dachl turned out to be an expensive extravagance and angered many residents of Austria because Maximillian I took out a loan to pay for all of the work done on the building. Today you can only see the Goldenes Dachl from the outside, and it is considered one of Innsbruck's tourist traps. I recommend taking 10 to 20 minutes to admire the architecture and beauty of the Goldenes Dachl and taking pictures.

Goldenes Dachl
Herzog-Friedrich-Stra├če 15
Innsbruck, Austria, 6020

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