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Innsbruck is the fifth-largest city in Austria and one of the largest cities in the Alps. Located in a valley of the river Inn between mountain ranges of above 2000 m above sea level, halfway between Bavaria and northern Italy, it is a hub of a region popular for skiing and other mountain-related activities and a busy tourist destination. Its popularity as a winter sports resort was underscored by its hosting the Winter Olympic Games twice.

There is a substantial number of ski resorts located in the mountains surrounding Innsbruck, many of which offer free ski buses from the city center so long as you have ski gear and/or a valid ski pass, making it a great place to base one's self. Some notable ski areas easily accessible from Innsbruck include Nordpark and Patscherkofelbahn.

Innsbruck's Hofkirche has the most important emperor's tomb monument of emperor Maximilian I in Europe. Special attractions include the larger-than-life bronzes ("schwarze Mander") that show members of different dynasties. Schloss Ambras is a renaissance style castle that was built on behalf of archduke Ferdinand II of Tyrol. Interesting things to see are portrait- and armor-collections, art and curiosity cabinets, the Spanish hall and the palace garden.

Maria-Theresien-Straße is Innsbruck's Boulevard and central pedestrian area. St. Anna's Column and the prominent Nordkette mountain range make popular backgrounds for holiday photos. Sparkassenplatz and BTV Forum are Innsbruck's modern urban center, accessible from Maria-Theresien-Straße and close to the Old Town. Has a range of cafés and restaurants, as well as shops. Farmers' market on Fridays and free concerts, film screenings and concerts in summer.

The Alpenzoo is Europe's highest situated zoo (727 m), and it specialises in alpine animals. It contains outdoor enclosures, terrariums, aviaries, aquariums (world's biggest collection of alpine fish species) and a barnyard with old farm animal races.

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