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Innsbruck (A)

A city abundant with culture and history

Innsbruck is situated around 60 km south of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. From afar you are greeted by views of the large ski jump above Innsbruck, which majestically sits on the historic Bergisel. This is where the Olympic Flame was lit during the 1964 and 1976 Olympic Games. Today the redesigned jump is an architectural attraction.

Once in Innsbruck, you will immediately want to go to the picturesque old town, which is home to the most famous attraction of the Tyrolean capital, the "Golden Roof”. Emperor Maximilian built this pompous oriel. It then marked the center of Europe with 2738 fire gilded copper shingles.

Only a few minutes’ walk away from the Golden Roof, you can explore the Hofburg. 25 magnificent imperial rooms from the 18th and 19th centuries and the “Riesensaal” hall, give evidence of a long gone time of splendor. The same is true for the Hofkirche church with the empty tomb of Emperor Maximilian I, the sarcophagus of the kneeling emperor, framed by over 28 life-size bronze statues. Very impressive.

No less impressive is the huge round painting at the edge of the city on the other side of the river Inn. Painted on over 1000 m² canvas, it depicts the battle of the Tyroleans in 1809. A unique work of art with great depth!

The Hungerburgbahn will then take you from the painting straight to the zoo. The Alpine zoo to be exact. Europe’s highest zoo is mainly home to Alpine animals.

Swarovski Crystal Worlds

A detour well worth the time is a trip to Swarovski Crystal Worlds at Wattens. Inside the “Riesen” you will see miracle underground chambers with a huge variety of crystals in all colours and shapes. Under the direction of André Heller, original interpretations of renowned international artists melt into a kaleidoscope of the senses.

When submitting the GaPa-Card at the cash desk of the Swarovski Crystal Worlds you will receive a discount.