Nestled in the Alps and encircled by ski resorts, Innsbruck is a compact city cradled by towering mountains. It has a rich history: Maximilian I based his imperial court here in the 1490s, placing the city at the heart of European politics for a century and a half. This combination of historical pedigree and proximity to the mountains has put Innsbruck firmly on the tourist trail.

Most attractions are confined to the central Altstadt, bounded by the river and the Graben (Marktgraben and Burggraben), a road that follows the course of the medieval townʹs moat.

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