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Innsbruck 500th Anniversary Celebrations


The Capital of the Alps, Innsbruck is set to quite literally shine the spotlight on one of its most iconic forefathers this winter. Bringing the historic right up to date, the 500th anniversary of the death of Emperor Maximilian I is to be commemorated in style with a specially commissioned laser light show to delight visitors to the city.

Created by internationally renowned Viennese light art collective, Lichttapete, the display will illuminate the courtyard of Innsbruck’s Imperial Palace each night between November 20 and January 20, 2019.

The LIGHTSHOW MAX 500 is an open-air audiovisual 3D light extravaganza that will be one of the most elaborate and spectacular centrepieces of Maximilian Year 2019 celebrations.

The show charts the legacy of the powerful Habsburg dynasty’s colourful and innovative figurehead – a Renaissance patron of the arts and sciences whose mark on Innsbruck includes the iconic Golden Roof, Hofburg Imperial Palace and Hofkirche Court Church.

Peter Unsinn, Head of Market Management at Innsbruck Tourism said: “Emperor Maximilian was the “last knight” of the Middle Ages at the dawn of the Renaissance. His legacy on Innsbruck’s past and present is vast and the celebrations of the 500th anniversary will bring his story to a whole new generation in a style befitting of Innsbruck’s most famous sovereign.“

Tickets for LIGHTSHOW MAX 500 are available online from mid-October at Adults €10, Children (6 to 12 years) €3, under 6’s accompanied by an adult are free.

To see a preview of the spectacular 3D audiovisual show, visit

For more information on the unique Alpine, urban and imperial attractions that make Innsbruck a must-see city visit and for details of further special 500th anniversary events visit

There are flights to Innsbruck from major UK airports, with the city centre just ten minutes away.

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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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