In the picturesque Inn valley, between the Karwendel mountains in the north and the Stubai and Tuxer Alps in the south, lies the beautiful capital of the Austrian Federal State of Tirol, which is the largest alpine city with its population of 121,000. Innsbruck combines old traditional values and modern business in a highly harmonious manner and is not only widely known for the freedom fighter Andreas Hofer and the hosting of two winter Olympic Games (1964 and 1978) but also for its trade fairs for tourism and alpine agriculture and especially for its optics industry. In addition the university city (which is also a Catholic Bishopric) has stone quarries, mechanical engineering and foodstuffs, metal and chemical industries, breweries, mills and bell foundries. The old fortified city center on the right bank of the river displays a row of further remarkable buildings including the famous Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl).


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