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Sandwiched between the Golden Roof and the Cathedral of St. James, this imposing baroque palace was once the royal residence for many monarchs of the Habsburg Empire. Dating to the 16th century, its current exterior can be credited to Empress Maria Theresa, the powerful sovereign of the Holy Roman Empire and the mother of Marie Antoinette. Today, visitors can tour a portion of the palace, including the chapel, several halls, the imperial apartments and the crest tower.

Recent visitors say the palace is stunning but warn that no pictures are allowed. Several reviewers also recommended opting for the guided tour, which is offered every Sunday at 2 p.m. Tours cost 3.50 euros (less than $4) for adults and 2.50 euros (less than $3) for children. What's more, admission to the palace is free every Sunday for kids and up to two adults.

Located in the historic Old Town, the Hofburg is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., though it does close several days throughout the year, so check the schedule before you go. Admission to the Imperial Apartments costs 9.50 euros for adults (about $10.50; entrance is free for youths up to age 19. Admission to the palace is also covered by the Innsbruck Card. For more information, check out the Hofburg's website.

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