Along with Schönbrunn Palace and the Vienna Hofburg, the Hofburg in Innsbruck in Tyrol is one of the most important historical buildings of Austria.
The Hofburg is the centrepiece of the complex that formed the old imperial residence. It includes the following listed buildings: the Noblewomen’s Collegiate Foundation (with today’s Stiftskeller Restaurant), the Silver Chapel, the Hofkirche or Court Church (with the cenotaph of Maximilian I and the Black Men statues), the Neues Stift or New Abbey (now the Theological Faculty and Museum of Popular Art), the Cathedral, the Ball Games House (now Congress Innsbruck) and the Hofgarten.
Following refurbishment, the Hofburg comprises five themed museum areas: Maria Theresa’s Rooms in the original style of the 18th century, the accurately reproduced Empress Elisabeth Apartment from the 19th century, a small Furniture Museum illustrating the court’s changing tastes in furniture, an Ancestral Gallery on the splendid main staircase and a small Painting Gallery. Themed rooms serve to illustrate aspects of the political and cultural history of the former imperial residence of Maximilian I, which remained in the possession of the Habsburgs for more than 450 years.