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Innsbruck - Heart of the Mountainous Tirol Region in Austria   by Felicity Walker

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Innsbruck, located in the centre of the Tirol region in Austria, is a mountain lover's paradise. The Tirol region is surrounded by huge mountain ranges in three directions, and whether you love winter sports or summer hiking, you're sure to be satisfied with the choices available.

Although Innsbruck makes a wonderful starting point for an extended exploration of the Tirol region, it would be a mistake not to spend some time enjoying the city's own attractions.
 In recent times it has become an important centre for winter sports, and has staged the Winter Olympics twice in the last fifty years.

Innsbruck is tucked into the valley of the Inn River, with mountain ranges to the north and south. It seems that in every direction there are stunning mountain views. The city itself, however, has some beautiful buildings to look at, when you can take your eyes off the mountains. 

The Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof) is certainly a good place to begin. Covered with over 2,500 gilded copper tiles, the roof shimmers and shines and provides lots of beautiful reflections above a Gothic oriel window. 

View of Goldenes Dachl and Herzog Friedrich Strasse from Stadtturm (City Tower), Innsbruck, Austria
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There is also a small museum inside, mostly devoted to Emperor Maximilian.

The Hofburg (Imperial Palace) is fascinating to explore, with both baroque and rococo styles in evidence. Close by is Dom St Jakob (St James' Cathedral) which has a completely amazing baroque interior. No expense spared, and it's hard to find an inch of space not covered by art and stuccowork.

Another interesting church is the Hofkirche (Imperial Church), which contains the sarcophagus of Maximilian I. The tomb itself is magnificent, but it is the sight of the twin rows of giant bronze statues on either side that remains in the memory. 
Buildings on Banks of Inn River, Innsbruck, Austria
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There are many more baroque facades to be seen along Herzog Friedrich Strasse and around the centre of town, so taking a stroll is the best way to take it all in.

If you like to see wildlife up close, then it's worth travelling the couple of kilometres to the Alpenzoo (Alpine Zoo), where you can explore a substantial collection of alpine animals, including elk and wolves.

In the end, though, it's impossible to ignore the call of the mountains, which is what makes Innsbruck so special. It also makes Innsbruck a great place to stay while you explore the surrounding region. There is good transport to nearby skifields, or if you feel adventurous, you can even ski on a glacier!

If you have plans to visit Austria, then make sure you include Innsbruck and the Tirol Region in your itinerary. There is so much to enjoy and admire, and something to suit everybody's taste. Except of course if you don't like to either look at or visit mountains! 

Copyright Felicity Walker 2005 

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Austrotel Innsbruck
This Innsbruck hotel is close to Schloss Ambras and Tivoli Neu Stadium. Also nearby are Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum and Hofkirche. Austrotel Innsbruck has a sauna. Business amenities at this 4.0-star property include a business center, wireless Internet access, and meeting rooms for small groups. Austrotel Innsbruck has a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Guests are served a complimentary breakfast each morning. This property provides a ski shuttle. Event facilities include conference rooms. Additional amenities include ski storage and an elevator (lift). 
Central Hotel Innsbruck
This city-center hotel is located in Innsbruck, close to Annasaule, Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, and Alpenverein-Museum. Also nearby are Galerie im Taxispalais and Hofkirche. Hotel Central has a steam room, a sauna, and ski-in/ski-out access. Hotel Central has a restaurant. Transportation services at this property include an airport shuttle (surcharge) and a ski shuttle. Event facilities include conference rooms. The staff can arrange tour/ticket assistance, dry cleaning/laundry services, and currency exchange. Additional amenities include valet parking, a concierge desk, and multilingual staff. The property has designated areas for smoking. 
Romantikhotel Schwarzer Adler Innsbruck
Located in the city of Innsbruck. This hotel combines 15th- century Tyrolean traditions with 21st-century luxury. The hotel offers comfortable guestroom and suites that are traditionally equipped and furnished with numerous amenities. Few suites come with a fabulous Swarovski crystall bathroom, wonderful views and crackling fire burning in the open fireplace.  Guests can experience the finest culinary delights- the creative regional and international cuisine that will pamper even the most discerning gourmet. The wine cellar contains exquisite bottles from all the worlds regions. Leisure facilities include a sauna, whirlpool and a massaging centre.
Sporthotel Penz Innsbruck
This Innsbruck property is conveniently close to the airport, near University of Innsbruck and Triumphpforte. Also nearby are Galerie im Taxispalais and Golden Roof. In addition to a restaurant and a bar/lounge, Sporthotel Penz features room service during limited hours and laundry facilities. Business amenities include business services and audio-visual equipment. Guests are served a complimentary breakfast each morning. Guest parking is complimentary. The staff can arrange dry cleaning/laundry services. Additional amenities include multilingual staff, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. The front desk is open 24 hours a day. 
Tyrolis Hotel Innsbruck  10 kms from Innsbruck
Located in the heart of Tyrol with a magnificent view of the mountains. Innsbruck, the Olympic city and capital of the federal country Tyrol, is at a distance of 10 kilometres and the Olympic skiing-area, Seefeld is 15 kilometres away. The Innsbruck- Kranebitten Airport is located 10 kilometres from the hotel.  With typical Tyrolese hospitality, the hotel offers modern and comfortable rooms, all tastefully furnished. You can dine at the in-house restaurant, serving Tyrolese specialities as well as international dishes. The hotel also caters to the needs of its business travellers by providing conference and meeting facilities.
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