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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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    #1 in Innsbruck
    0.4 miles to city center
    Cafes, Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    1 to 2 hours
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    0.4 miles to city center
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    One of Innsbruck's most famous streets, Maria Theresien Street is a glorious remnant of the city's baroque past, dating back 700 years. Now a pedestrian promenade, the street, which is located outside Old Town, is lined with palaces once owned by the city's aristocracy, as well as cafes, shops and landmarks like St. Anne's Column and the Triumphal Arch.

    Recent visitors raved about the amazing views of the mountains seen from the street and recommended seeing the Christmas market set up on the street during the holidays. However, a few reviewers warned that the prices at the shops, cafes and restaurants that line the street are too high. For unobstructed photos, plan a morning visit.

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    Altstadt von Innsbruck (Old Town)
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    1 to 2 hours
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    An easy way to enjoy a comprehensive overview of Innsbruck and many of its best-known sights is to stroll through Old Town – an area full of pastel-colored medieval buildings. There you will find popular attractions like the Golden Roof, the Imperial Palace, the Triumphal Arch and Maria-Theresien Street. When you're done taking in the sights, enjoy some shopping or stop for a break at one of the area's many charming cafes and restaurants (though a few past travelers said food and drinks are overpriced in this area).

    Recent visitors say the area is very clean and perfect for a stroll, but advise that many restaurants close early. So, while you can visit this area any time, dining may be out of the question at night. Others were particularly enchanted with Old Town during the holiday season, when Christmas markets set up shop.

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    The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)
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    0.3 miles to city center
    Monuments and Memorials, Museums, Sightseeing, Free
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    0.3 miles to city center
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    Innsbruck's best-known landmark, the Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), is located in the old portion of the city. Emperor Maximilian commissioned the construction of the glittering roof, which has more than 2,000 copper tiles, more than 500 years ago over a balcony that allowed him to survey his city below. Famously, the roof features the naked backside of a figure, and to this day, no one knows why.

    Past visitors applauded the site's small museum, and many advised stopping by Old Town at night to see the Golden Roof illuminated.

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    Cathedral of St. James
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    0.3 miles to city center
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    0.3 miles to city center
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    Also known as Innsbruck Cathedral or Dom zu St. Jakob, this church was rebuilt in the 1700s and has long been part of the ancient Christian pilgrimage route, the Way of St. James. The cathedral is known for its 57 bells, which includes the second-largest bell in the Tyrol region. Inside, you'll see frescoes depicting the life of Jesus' apostle, St. James. It's also famous for the painting, "Maria Hilf," of the Madonna and Child, which is the most popular such image in the Alps.

    Recent travelers advised that there is some restoration work taking place, but say the cathedral is beautiful and a "must-visit."

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    Triumphal Arch
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    Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    It's tough to miss the grand Triumphal Arch when visiting Innsbruck. Empress Maria Theresa commissioned the arch, which only dates to the 18th century, in honor of her son's upcoming wedding. Built from stone that was once used in the town's medieval city gate, the arch features marble friezes that convey a variety of emotions to commemorate the event, including the joy of the marriage as well as the mourning of her husband, who died during the wedding festivities.

    Past travelers said the arch is beautiful when lit at night, but warn it's a busy spot with traffic.

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    Wilten Abbey Basilica
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    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free
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    Using the remains of an ancient church that sits below the modern structure, it's believed that this rococo church has a history that dates to the fifth century. Home of the Wilten Boys' Choir, the church is known for the figure depicting "Our Lady Under the Four Columns." Inside, you'll find rocaille stucco, ceiling frescoes and gold accents.

    According to recent visitors, the basilica is a bit of a walk from Old Town but they say its interiors are gorgeous. Others recommend walking through the small cemetery located outside the church.

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    Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing, Free
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