Can Maximilian’s influence still be felt in Innsbruck? It certainly can. In its landmark, for example. The Golden Roof Museum celebrates the 500th Anniversary Year of Emperor Maximilian’s death with a special exhibition.
Maximilian I based the imperial court in Innsbruck in the 1490s, suddenly placing this provincial Alpine town at the heart of European politics and culture. In addition to extending his power base, he promoted science and the arts and he left his mark throughout Innsbruck. He had a huge hand in turning Innsbruck into the amazing town so loved by tourists today – the realization of all these notions in architecture can be seen in Innsbruck’s landmark Goldenes Dachl (“Golden Roof”), a court loggia with a perfect view of the city’s main square which is decorated with allusions to Maximilian’s monarchical program. Situated at the heart of the Old Town district, the Golden Roof is adorned with 2,657 fire-gilt copper tiles. Built for Emperor Maximilian I between 1497 and 1500, this late Gothic oriel with loggia today is part of the Golden Roof Museum where visitors can reach out and touch the past through a wide range of new technologies. As of late January 2019, the museum hosts a special exhibition named “Life in the Age of Maximilian – What Remains?”, dedicated to connect viewers to tales of siege and warfare in Tirol in medieval times and to reveal some secrets of Emperor Maximilian I.