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Free Things To Do in Innsbruck

If you have extra time, The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Innsbruck
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    Acting as the triumphant entrance into the medieval Innsbruck, Maria Theresien-Strasse funnels visitors through a long procession of shops and restaurants. The avenue, though historic, has now become a bit overrun with tourists snapping photos of every gorgeous building they see (which are also quite numerous). The tourists, architecture, shops and restaurants also translates to inflated prices, so beware of the small price tags on objects and price-less menus at cafes.

    When you're in need of a stroll, you can follow Maria-Theresien-Strasse through Old Town (or the Altstadt) to the Golden Roof. The area is safe during the day and night, but watch your pockets in crowded spots.

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    Cathedral of St. James
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    The tolling bells and multiple clocks of the Cathedral of St. James have kept the town on time for almost three centuries. But it's more than just an oversized clock; this church is also a fine example of Baroque architecture and an exhibition of the excessive wealth of the Hapsburg Empire. Constructed in the early 17th century, St. James is easily recognized by its oxidized bronze domes -- two small ones in front and one above the transept crossing. You'll spot them from any of the city's lookouts like the Stadtturm.

    Inside, pink marble columns draw the eye upward to the exquisitely painted ceilings. It's a vista that moves parishioners and tourists alike. One TripAdvisor user says: "If you're in Innsbruck, it's a must. The art on the interior ceilings is impressive and for free admission it's a great place to sit and rest your feet for a few minutes."

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    The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)
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    Most roll their eyes at the suggestion: Go see a roof. But if you don't take a few photos atop the Goldenes Dachl then people won't believe that you've actually visited Innsbruck. This site is by far the city's most popular, despite its ability to underwhelm. One TripAdvisor user remarks: "The roof is gold colored but only covers one small awning. Not only that, but the roof isn't true gold, but gold plated copper. Take a photo on the way by, because there really isn't much else to do here."

    Despite the projection's lack of awe, Emperor Maximilian I, who built the projection in the 15th century, was on to something -- people watching. Overlooking a bustling square, the Golden Roof is the heart of historic Innsbruck and a great place to have a costly coffee and watch the street traffic at a nearby café -- just don't expect Maximilian's ideal vantage point.

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