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Notes on the Geography of Austria : Innsbruck

Inssbruck, population 130,000, is the metropolis of Tyrol.  It's also at the point on the Inn where traffic heads south to the Brenner Pass and Italy.

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Best place to start: the City Tower, built in 1358 though in its present form from 1560.  Stairs are good for you.

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The Herzog Friedrich Strasse is another vehicle-free street. Note the long ridges and solidly built-up blocks, along with the modern buildings in the distance.

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The Eiffel Tower of Innsbruck, the Goldener Dachl, covered about 1500 with gold-plated copper tiles in a display of conspicuous consumption by Maximilian I.

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Nearby, the Dom St. Jakob, or Cathedral of St. James.

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The Hofburg adjoins the cathedral; it's the city's palace and took its present form in 1770, when Maria Theresa was on the throne.

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Circling back to the Goldener Dachl and admiring the corner taper.

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Another instance.

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It's not evident, but these apartments around the cathedral square have a similar batter.


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