Castles, palaces and ruins are typical of the Tyrolean landscape scenery and enchant again and again.
In 1221, Trautson Castle was built, which was owned by the Lords of Matrei and passed to the Lords of Trautson in 1369. After several changes, Trautson, which had been expanded into a castle, passed to the Auersperg princes in 1600. When the Brenner railway was built in 1868 and a tunnel was blown up directly below the castle hill, the castle was severely damaged. Furthermore, on 2 April 1945, several aerial bombs hit the castle and, apart from the chaplaincy and parts of the keep, everything was destroyed. The bombs were actually intended to hit the Brenner railway. Today, the castle is being restored in a comprehensive project and the castle grounds are being made accessible to visitors. A first step was the 150 m suspension bridge over the Sill Gorge from Pfons to the castle, which can already be walked on. There is also a great circular trail that leads from the train station to the castle and back through historic Matrei.
The sight alone of the Imperial Palace in Innsbruck gives a sense of anticipation of what magnificent rooms are hidden away behind its historic walls. The Hofburg was the third and final seat of the Tyrolean state ruler after the Andechs Burg next to the Inn Bridge and the so-called Neuhof (building of the Golden Roof). Plots of land, and houses in the area of the later constructions were purchased gradually at the end of the 14th century. It was constructed under Sigmund of Austria (Siegmund dem Münzreichen) around 1460, and remodelled under order of Empress Maria Theresa (1754-1773). Viewing of the magnificent grand hall, the ceiling frescos, portraits of the Imperial Family, as well as the Imperial apartment (25 splendid Imperial rooms) is recommended.
The Ambras Castle, visibly situated far above Innsbruck, counts among the most eminent historic sights of the state capital of Innsbruck. Its cultural significance is intrinsically tied to the figure of Archduke Ferdinand II (1529-1595), who, as a genuine Renaissance Prince, patronised the arts and science. He founded the magnificent Ambras collections and built a specially conceived museum space in the castle basement area according to the most modern criteria. In today’s exhibition, the intention has been to reconstruct the Archduke’s art and curiosity chamber, his armoury of heroes and suits of armour, as well as his hall of antiquities.
Hasegg Castle was built shortly after town status was granted, for protection of the town, the waterways from the Inn and for observation of the old salt route. Hasegg Castle experienced its most significant upturn in 1567. The Archduke Ferdinand II stated that the coinage was transferred by Sigmund of Austria (Siegmund dem Münzreichen) in 1477 from Meran to Hall. The Haller Taler (coins) enjoyed worldwide fame. The final coins were minted in 1809. The imposing rooms with their unique atmosphere and perceptible air of history make a visit an appealing prospect.
Experience a journey through time into the Middle Ages by means of a fascinating audio drama guide, in which Emperor Maximilian I and other aristocratic ancestors of the Tratzberg, will personally relate to you the more than 500-year-old, originally furnished castle. At the Tratzberg Castle, gothic as well as renaissance elements are represented in equal measure, and it has been renovated with much commitment to be once again the embodiment of the 16th century Tyrolean castle and, therefore, one of the most significant art and cultural monuments in the country. Children can discover the castle and the age of chivalry, at the same time, on an exciting fairy tale guided tour with their parents.