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Days 6-7
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Austria's Tyrolean capital nestles in the Alps. Its Baroque buildings, musical vibes, and compact size make it a memorable, easy-to-explore destination.
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  • History
  • Architecture


  • The Golden Roof is a late-Gothic mansion topped indeed by a gold dome. It's home to a museum dedicated to Emperor Maximilian I.
  • Let the Nordpark Funicular whisk you up the Hungerburg Plateau for breathtaking views of Innsbruck. You can take a leisurely hike along the mountain trail and see the flora and fauna at the Alpine zoo.
  • Maximilian I's palace, the Hofburg, dates to the 15th century. Be sure to see the Giant's Hall, with its impressive trompe l'oeil ceiling.


  • The Festival of Early Music—featuring classical works from the 14th to 18th centuries—is held mid-July through late August.
  • The Innsbruck Summer Dance Series runs from mid-June through mid-July.

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