Goldenes Dachl or the Golden Roof in Innsbruck’s charming Old Town is the city’s greatest tourist attraction. The balcony was built by Archduke Friedrich IV in the early 15th century for Emperor Maximilian I to mark his wedding to Bianca Maria Sforza. The three-story balcony was used as a royal box so the Emperor and his wife could watch the tournaments and festivals taking place in the square below. Covered in 2,738 fire-gilded copper tiles and frescoes, the Golden Roof has become the city’s most famous symbol. Housed inside the building today are the Innsbruck City Archives, and the Maximilianum, a museum that is a must-visit for all tourists. There are exhibits based on the life of the Emperor, as well as portraits, and costumes and a creative play room for children. Visitors to the attraction will also get to stand on the balcony, like the Emperor Maximilian did and view the lively Old Town.
May to September: Mon-Sun 10.00-17.00 October to April: Tue-Sun 10.00-17:00 Closed in November
Around 1 hour or more
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
The tiles and the frescoes and the museum
The Goldenes Dachl does not have prayer facilities for Muslim visitors. The city of Innsbruck however does have a couple of mosques and Islamic Centres. Some of the more prominent ones include Islamic Center Tyrol, Eltakwa Mosque and the Turkish Islamic Association in Tyrol. Muslims visiting the attraction can therefore ask to be guided to one of these prayer facilities when needed.
Visitors to the Goldenes Dachl will be able to find numerous restaurants and cafés in the Old Town area. The city of Innsbruck is also known to have several Halal restaurants, due to its sizeable Muslim community. Muslim tourists can therefore dine at one of these Halal establishments, or they can dine on suitable seafood and vegetarian dishes at local non-Halal restaurants.