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Innsbruck is a lively and colourful city nestled in the Austrian Alps. The colourful buildings lining the waters of the Inn river in the background of snow-capped mountains make it a picture-perfect city to visit. The alpine city is famous for skiing, snowboarding, winter sports, folk traditions, Golden Roof and the nearby Swarovski Crystal Worlds.

Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)

The Goldenes Dachl in Innsbruck was explicitly created to commemorate the wedding of Emperor Maximilian I to Bianca Maria Sforza from Milan. Built in 1500, the Golden Roof's elaborate decoration with 2657 fire-gilded copper shingles attracts many photographers and visitors worldwide. Today, it is home to a two-storied museum whose primary purpose is to document and display the era of Kaiser Maximilian I.

Address: Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse 15 6020 Innsbruck, Austria

Alpine Zoo (Alpenzoo)

The biggest zoo in Europe, Alpenzoo, is located on the southern slope of the Hungerburg plateau. It is home to around 2000 different Alpine animals, including eagles, ibexes, bears, otters, bison, bearded vultures, and rare species resting safely in the beautiful alpine flora and fauna. While visiting the zoo, get acquainted with their breeding programs intended to protect the endangered species and return them securely to their natural habitat.

Address: Weiherburggasse 37a, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria

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Court Church (Hofkirche)

The Hofkirche is a Gothic church erected by Ferdinand I in memory of his grandfather Emperor Maximilian I, whose cenotaph bears an astonishing collection of German Renaissance sculpture. Built between 1553 and 1563, Hofkirche is a part of the grand Hofburg Imperial Palace. The most interesting are the 28 bronze statues of "black men" standing beside the tomb. Tyrol's national hero, Andreas Hofer, is also buried in the church.

Address: Universitätsstrasse 2 6020 Innsbruck, Austria

Swarovski Crystal Worlds (Kristallwelten Swarovski)

An artificial hill with a beautiful waterfall, Swarovski Kristallwelten is designed by Andrew Heller, a Viennese multimedia artist. It is the most popular tourist attraction in Austria. It consists of a park, play tower, carousel, crystal cloud with over 800,000 crystals, exhibition spaces, museums, retail areas, and restaurants.

Address: Kristallweltenstrasse 1 6112 Wattens, Austria

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Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

The Imperial Palace is an important cultural landmark in Austria alongside the Hofburg castle and Schönbrunn Castle in Vienna. Built by Archduke Siegmund in Gothic style around 1460, the castle was once the seat of the Tyrolean sovereigns. The palace was redesigned in Baroque style between 1754 and 1773 on the orders of Empress Maria Theresa. An impressive two-story Riesensaal painted in gold and white, themed museum areas and gala rooms exemplify the magnificence of the Imperial Palace. Emperor Maximilian, the Hapsburgs, and Tyrolean folk hero Andreas Hofer all have enjoyed the grandeur of this majestic castle.

Address: Rennweg 1/3, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria

Triumphal Arch (Triumphpforte)

Triumphpforte is an honorary gate commissioned by Empress Maria Theresa on her son Leopold's marriage. A photographer's delight, the Arch impressions have a distinct Italian identity inspired from the Roman Triumph Arch. One side of the arch expresses happiness through a series of detailed marble reliefs and the joy of marriage. In contrast, the other side grieves over the death of Emperor Franz Stephan, husband of Empress Maria Theresa, who died during the wedding celebrations.

Address: Leopoldstrasse Triumphbogen, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria

Hungerburg Railway (Hungerburgbahn)

Hungerburgbahn is a futuristic cable railway connecting the city of Innsbruck with the panoramic city district of Hungerburg. The work of Zaha Hadid, who was also the brains behind the Bergisel Ski Jump, this funicular railway presents stunning views of Alpine. It is also a convenient boarding stop for skiers, snowboarders, and hikers on their way up to the mountains.

Address: Höhenstrasse 145. 6020 Innsbruck, Austria

Ambras Castle (Schloss Ambras)

The Ambras Castle, located in the hills of Innsbruck, was the residence of Archduke Ferdinand II from 1563 to 1595. It is a culturally and historically important landmark of Tyrol since Ferdinand II was well-known to collect and promote art collections during his tenure, preserving them in his prototype of a museum at the castle. Visitors will get to see this priceless collection, covering thousands of years of European history, at the Lower & Upper Castle.

Address: Schlossstrasse 20, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria

Altes Landhaus

Situated in the centre of Innsbruck, Altes Landhaus was built between 1725 and 1728. It consists of a two-floor regional parliamentary room, an ornate staircase and various statues and frescoes showing off the beautiful landscapes of the Tyrol.

Address: Maria-Theresien-Strase 43 6021 Innsbruck, Austria

City Tower (Stadtturm)

The Stadtturm is a 15th century medieval tower situated in the Old Town district of Innsbruck. Standing at 167ft (51m) tall, this soaring tower gives splendid views of Innsbruck's various landmarks and monuments along with the far-away Nordkette Mountains.

Address: Herzog-Friedrich-Str. 21 6020 Innsbruck, Austria