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A city with rich cultural history

Innsbruck, AustriaEmerald green valley of the Inn river, vibrant nights with live dance and music, winter sports all year around - Innsbruck is a bustling city of western Austria. University of Innsbruck, castles, cathedrals, palaces are some better known attractions in Innsbruck. Innsbruck has rich cultural history. Great deal of beauty and charm flourishes in Innsbruck, which is a city full of folklore and custom. Take rest from sightseeing to enjoy adventure activities like skiing, walking, shopping or mountain climbing.
Innsbruck is situated at the center of Alps. Capital of the federal state of Tyrol, Innsbruck is located in the Inn valley at the junction with the Wipptal (Sill River). Sightseeing, skiing, walking, shopping or mountain climbing are Innsbruck attractions but there is something unique in the Innsbruck menu. One can enjoy brass bands, yodeling, folk dancing and a drink in the evening in Innsbruck. Orchestra, drama, comedy, opera and ballet as well as cinema are also on offer.

Facts and Figures
State Tyrol
Location 47°16'N 11°23'E
Area 104.91 km²
Altitude 574 m above sea level
Population 117,916 (01.01.2007)
Density 1,119 /km²
Area Calling Code +43 - 0512

Tourist Places in Innsbruck
Take a quick tour of the worth seeing attractions of this cultural alpine city:

» Goldenes Dachl
Golden Dachl or Golden Roof is the most attractive building in Innsbruck and one of the city's landmark. Sturdy medieval houses attractively painted in pastel colors and supported by sloping earthquake buttresses, flourish in Innsbruck Old Town. Golden Roof is a three-story balcony on a house in the Old Town. Its Gothic oriels are capped with 2,657 gold-plated tiles. It was constructed for Emperor Maximilian I to show his extravagance.

» Maximilianeum
Maximilianeum is a small museum on the second floor of the municipal building that is attached to the Goldenes Dachl. Costumes, silver chalices coins and portraits here depict era and personality of the Innsbruck-based Hapsburg emperor

» Alpen Zoo
Highest situated zoo (727 m)in Europe specialized in alpine animals with world's biggest collection of alpine fish species. Other outdoor enclosures terrariums, aviaries, aquariums and a barnyard with old farm animal races. Alpenzoo is a short distance visit from the Hungerberg station. Entry is free of cost and the zoo is worth a visit in any season.

» Swarovski Kristallwelten
If you want to recall your fascinating world of childhood fairy tales come to the museum of Swarovski. Glittering world of crystals dedicated to Daniel Swarovski, founder of the world's leading crystal manufacturers. Wonderful collection of crystals and all Swarovski pieces (jewelry, collectibles, eye glasses etc) can be seen. A man-made hill welcomes you with a giant face spouting a waterfall. It presents a tremendous view to the visitors.

» Hofburg
Hofburg was the residence of Emperor Maximilian I during 15th century. The baroque styled imperial palace was later rebuilt by Maria Theresia in 18th century. The palace, flanked by a set of domed towers, is a fine example of baroque secular architecture.

» Dom zu St. Jakob
Its lavishly baroque interior and roofed domes are fine examples of Austrian architecture. Heavily damaged during the world war II , church was again rebuilt in 1724. It is based on designs by the baroque architect Johann Jakob Herkommer.

» Hofkirche
The Gothic royal court church and tomb was built by Ferdinand I in 1553. Its most important treasure is the cenotaph of Maximilian I, depicting the glory of Holy Roman Empire. The church is a marvelous example of German Renaissance style of sculpture.

» Ambras Castle
Ambras Castle includes Europe's oldest collection of arts and armories, the Spanish Hall, and the Portrait Gallery, featuring some 250 works from the 14th and 15th century. Archduke Ferdinand II (1529-1595) converted the medieval Ambras Castle into the present Renaissance castle to display his collections of world-wide fame.

The Rathaus Galerien is a shopping destination of Innsbruck to make shopping easier and comfortable. This superb shopping mall offers extraordinary selection of fashion accessories, clothes, jewelery etc with an excellent ambiance. One can change his lifestyle in Rathaus Galerien in few minutes with its superb collection of shopping stuff. Maria-Theresien-Straße, the Old Town, Franziskanerplatz, Sparkassenplatz and Anichstraße provides numerous shops.

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