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Court Church of Innsbruck (Hofkirche)

Universitatstrasse 2, Innsbruck, Austria
43 0 512 584302
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Ranked #6 of 40 Attractions in Innsbruck
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Religious Sites
Traveler Description: The Hoffkirche or Court Church of Maximilan I was built to house the tomb of Maximilian I and was completed in 1587.  The tomb lies in the center of... more »
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This church was recommended by the tour guide who did not have time to show us the inside whilst we were on the walking tour. It has a wonderful multimedia show as an introduction and the tomb of Maximillian, housed as the centre piece, is amazing. It's a real surprise when you enter the church and was a highlight of... More

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Worth a visit for the statues alone....good job maximillian didn't finish them all! Fit this in with the museum pass (reductions for over 60's)

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Myrtle Beach, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Every church we saw in Austria was beautiful, this one included. Stop for a moment, get away from the traffic and chaos of tourism. It's free- why not!

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Tyrone, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Emperor Maximilian's ornate black marble cenotaph occupies the center of the nave, which is surrounded by 28 bronze statues of various relatives, ancesters, and heroes (like King Arthur). Don't miss the 16th-century Silver Chapel, up the stairs opposite the entrance.

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Sausalito
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

As previously stated, the Hofkirche is really a museum now. It was built and survives as the resting place of Maximilian I. But, he is not buried here! The tribute has amazing life-size bronze statues of his family surrounding the huge casket (think of an indoor mausoleum) as well as many of the important historic figures of the nation. It... More

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Citrus Heights, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We learned quite a lot about Maximilian I and the Habsburg empire.The tomb and surrounding statuary was really interesting!

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Amazing it was bombed and has been restored perfectly. Why was Maximilians tomb empty? We never found out. Organ and pulpit breathtaking. Altar not so much even if it is a Jans Cranach painting. Great peaceful oasis in hoaching old town full of tourists (yuk)

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California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The Hofkirche is really a museum now. It has amazing life-size bronze statues of many of the important historic figures of the area and of the nation. It is worth a visit, but it is not particularly inspiring religiously. If one is seeking a truly inspiring setting for prayer and meditation in Innsbruck, I would recommend walking a few blocks... More

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Hong Kong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Unique small church next to the palace with life size bronze statues surrounding the King's tomb. The silver altar on the upper level is most exquisite.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

Don't miss this church when you are here. We have visited many churches in Europe but this one is completely unique with its bronze life size statues around the memorial to the king. Be sure to go upstairs to see the silver altar!

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