Hofburg (Imperial Palace)

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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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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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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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