The Golden Roof, Innsbruck, Austria

While on a roadtrip visiting the Swiss Alps and North Italy, we decided to overnight in Bolzano, Italy. We stayed at the Park Hotel Laurin. The Park Hotel was mesmerizing! Artwork displayed on every wall. It felt like we were back in France, in a castle as our hotel.

The next day we visited Innsbruck. It was an incredible experience for us. The architecture of the old towns reminded us of Medieval times. The town of Innsbruck was clean, safe and full of cafés and small restaurants. We loved strolling around the town, where their most famous building resides – the Golden Roof (wiki). It’s so amazing. I really thought it was going to be a huge rooftop building of some sort; but what I was gazing at, with surprise, was a small building with golden roof tiles. It’s still an incredible site to gaze at. The Golden Roof is a symbol of Innsbruck. It overlooks the Herzog-Friedrichstrasse , which is the main street of the old town. Tourists stood in the middle of the street watching and taking pictures which was kind of difficult to do as the street the Golden Roof (a three story building) stood on a very small street. We were visiting on an off-peak day, so not many tourists were around. The Golden Roof is capped with 3.657″ goldplated tiles on a porch built by Maximillian. Legend has it that it was on this same balcony that the emperor sat and feasted his eyes on the beauty of the Alps. We had lunch overlooking the Golden Roof. It was a superb experience to just sit at the restaurant and to be able to soak in the glory of the view of the Swiss Alps.

I remembered the peaceful bustle of the town and village people; us stopping by the small and clean park with a bright yellow bench and fooling around taking pictures. It was so serene.

Our road trip took us to “The Siegestor” (wiki) in Munich, a three-arched triumphal arch crowned with a statue of Bavaria with a lion-quadriga, similar in style to the Arch of Constantine in Rome, the Marble Arch in London, the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin. It is located between the Ludwig Maximilian University and the Ohmstraße, where the Ludwigstraße (south) ends and the Leopoldstraße (north) begins.

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