Located in the heart of Innsbruck's old town, the Basilius Kunstklause is a dream for all those who love traditional decorations and toys: wooden sculptures, tin cars and trains, fine table linen and hand-crafted stationery are just a few of the delights on offer.
Humans have always felt the urge to make themselves and their surroundings as beautiful as possible. Simple yet intricately decorated combs dating back to the Stone Age prove that our species has never been content with plain, purely practical objects.
All things bright and beautiful
This eternal quest for beauty is the inspiration behind the Basilius Kunstklause, a small shop located in the quiet Kiebachgasse passage in Innsbruck's old town, close to the Golden Roof yet far from the crowds of tourists. It is a treasure trove and a "haven of useless things" in the very best sense of the term – objects not made to be practical or useful but to be simply enchanting and beautiful.
However, a word of warning. With so many delicate items in such a small space, visitors to the Basilius Kunstklause should be careful when turning around with a large bag in their hand or gesturing too vigorously while telling an entertaining story – if they are not careful they will soon find themselves picking up pieces of broken glass and porcelain from the shop floor!
The Basilius Kunstklause is well worth a visit whatever the occasion and whatever the time of year. Pop in to find out why only few people can resist the temptation of buying a small present (be it for themselves or someone else) in this delightful city-centre boutique.