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Innsbruck was once the home of the imperial court of the Holy Roman Empire, a focal point of European politics. Today it still is the capital of the Austrian state of Tyrol, and one of Austria's primary tourist destinations, known for its historic buildings, charming town centre and sports facilities. That last attraction has made it the site of some major sports events, including the Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976, the Winter Paralympics in 1984 and 1988, and the UEFA Euro 2008.
Innsbruck has an extensive number of historic buildings, including the Emperial Hofburg and the Hofkirche, museums, parks and squares for visitors to enjoy.
The Golden Roof is a 3 story balcony construction that was built in the 15th century. The construction has over 2,500 gilded copper tiles on it's roof (hence the name: Golden Roof). It was constructed for Emperor Maximilian I who used it as a royal box, to watch the tournaments and games on the main square.
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The Nordkettebahn is a cable car that goes up to the Hafelekarspitze. The first station of the cable car can be found in the center of Innsbruck, making it an easy way to enjoy the panoramic views that can be enjoyed from the different stations. From the highest station, it's a short (and often windy) climb to the top of the Hafelekar at 2,334 m.
On the 4th of January it is Innbruck's turn to host a round of the vierschanzentournee, as ski jumping event held in 4 towns in Germany and Austria. The ski jump from Innsbruck is notorious among the jumpers as from their starting point they have a very nice view at the cementary grounds. The event that takes place on the Olympic ramp draws massive crowds, and is also aired live on television.
Innsbruck has average maximum temperatures of around 24 degrees Celsius from June to early September and winter temperatures slightly above zero during the day and a few degrees below at night (December-February), though records of 37 and -27 respectively have been recorded. Rainfall (or some snow in winter) is quite evenly throughout the year but is June to August are significantly wetter with heavy rainshowers.
|Avg Max||3.5 °C||6.3 °C||11.3 °C||14.8 °C||20.3 °C||22.6 °C||24.7 °C||24.4 °C||20.8 °C||15.8 °C||8.2 °C||3.7 °C|
|Avg Min||-5.2 °C||-3.7 °C||0.2 °C||3.4 °C||7.8 °C||10.8 °C||12.8 °C||12.7 °C||9.3 °C||4.8 °C||-0.5 °C||-4.2 °C|
|Rainfall||43.9 mm||41.4 mm||55.9 mm||57.7 mm||87.1 mm||110.3 mm||137.2 mm||111.3 mm||78.1 mm||57.3 mm||63.2 mm||53.1 mm|
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The following airlines fly to Innsbruck Airport on a regular basis:
Innsbruck's train station is a major regional hub, with connections to Venice, Bolzano, Zurich, Munich, Graz and Vienna. ÖBB operate the Austrian train service, and their website has timetables and ticket prices.
Innsbruck has a public transport system consisting of buses and trams, operated by IVB. The system is integrated, so a single ticket can be used for travel on bus, trams or trains throughout Tyrol. Check timetables and ticket prices on the IVB website.
|Alp Art Hotel||Burgstrasse 7 Goetzens||HOTEL||86|
|ARThotel BinderS||Dr. Glatzstr. 20||hotel||-|
|AWA Innbrucke-Gasthof-Innbrucke||Innstrasse 1 Innsbruck, Austria||Hotel||87|
|AWA Innsbruck Hotel Tautermann||Stanserfeld 5-Hottinger Gasse||Hotel||90|
|AWA Innsbruck Hotel Weisses Lamm||Mariahilfstrasse 12||Guesthouse||-|
|City-Hotel Goldene Krone||Maria-Theresienstrasse 46||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Alpinpark||Pradler strasse 28||hotel||-|
|Hotel Alt Pradl||Pradlerstraße 8||hotel||-|
|Hotel Baer||Römerstraße 14||hotel||88|
|Hotel Central||Gilmstraße 5||hotel||88|
|Hotel Maximilian||Marktgraben 7-9||hotel||-|
|Hotel Tyrolis||Meilstrasse 36||Hotel||89|
|Pension Glockenhaus||weiherburggasse 3 innsbruck/tirol||Hostel||-|
|Youth Hostel Innsbruck||Reichenauerstraße 147||Hostel||74|
|Youth Hostel Fritz Prior Schwedenhaus||Rennweg 17b||Hostel||88|
|Doug's Mountain Getaway||Muehlwiese 12||Hostel||94|
|Gruberhof||Heiligwasserweg 12 Igls||Hotel||85|
|Hotel Sonnenhof Igls Bed & Breakfast||Fernkreuzweg 16||HOTEL||-|
Internet cafes are common in bigger cities. Hotels in cities do normally have internet terminals, more expensive hotels provide internet access directly in the rooms. There are many free WiFi Hotspots and quite a few restaurants, cafes and other places offers free wifie. McDonald's has free Wifi, as does Starbucks. Note that some places might charge a fee or includes just limited amounts of time. Be sure that your smartphone is not roaming data, as this will mean a huge bill, especially if you are from outside the EU.
See also International Telephone Calls
The general emergency number is 112.The country calling code to Austria is: 43. To make an international call from Austria, the code is: 00.
Austria has a perfect GSM and 3G (UMTS) network coverage of nearly 100%. If you bring your own cell phone with you assure yourself that it operates on 900 MHz / 1800 MHz (GSM) or 2100Mhz (3G WCDMA). There are cell phones that operate at 1900 MHz (e.g. networks in the United States) which are not supported in Austria. If you plan a longer visit in Austria it might be useful to buy a new mobile with a prepaid card from a local cell phone network provider. Be aware that some remote areas (especially mountainous areas) do not have network coverage yet, though this rather the exception than the rule.Austria has a large number of cell network providers including A1, T-Mobile, Orange (former called One), Drei (3G), Telering, Tele2, Bob and Yesss. Bob and Yesss have the lowest prices. Prepaid card costs €15 including 100 minutes talking time.
For more information, it is best to check the Austrian Postal Service. They have more information about posting letters, postcards and packages to places both in Austria and to other countries in Europe and intercontinental destinations. The standard price for sending domestic letters/postcards is €0.55. Within Europe the price is €0.65, other places in the world are €0.90 to €1.40 for standard letters and postcards. Post offices typically are open between 8:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Friday, though the main ones are sometimes open a few hours longer and on Saturdays (sometimes only mornings) as well. If you want to send parcels internationally, you might consider using an international company like DHL, TNT, UPS or FedEx, as they offer fast and reliable services at relatively affordable rates.
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