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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.

Located in the heart of Innsbruck at the terminus of Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse, the Golden Roof can be photographed 24/7. If you wish to go inside the Golden Roof Museum (a memorial to Emperor Maximilian I) and climbing the stairs to the balcony, you can pay about €4 EUR (or approximately $5.50 USD), but the exterior is what most people come to see. Also, admission is included in the Innsbruck Card. Hours vary depending on the time of year. For more information, check out this Innsbruck tourism website.

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#5 Cathedral of St. James 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 ... Read more » äquinoktium / Flickr

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The Hofburg's elegant exterior matches the decadence of the nearby Golden Roof. RachelH / Flickr

The Stradtturm is a famous monument and gorgeous lookout in Aldstadt. nevstokes / Flickr

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