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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 Hapsburg Empire. Dating back 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. The interior is equally impressive and decadent; however, to the disappointment of many enticed visitors, you're only able to view about 20 rooms. Still, as one Virtual Tourist writer notes, "The Giant's Room is the most beautiful room of whole Hofburg," with its exquisite frescoes, regal portraits and flamboyant gold touches.

In historic Old Town, the Hofburg is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission to the Imperial Apartments costs €8 EUR (about $11 USD) and you can purchase a combined ticket, which also includes the visiting art exhibition, for €10 (about $14 USD). This attraction is also included in the Innsbruck Card. For more information, check out the Hofburg's website.

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