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Tyrol is a relatively narrow region (at its narrowest point only 32 km across) and is sandwiched between Germany and Italy. Its land area is 12,647.71 km² and the number of inhabitants 704,092.
The borders of Tyrol therefore touch more international territory (Germany, Italy and Switzerland) than Austrian (Salzburg to the East and Vorarlberg to the west). It is shaped largely by the valley of the Inn and its side valleys and surrounding mountains and includes the Ausserfern to the northwest and the Kitzbühel Ache region in the northeast. The provincial capital is Innsbruck.
For Innsbruck, tourism represents an important source of revenue. Thanks to its numerous buildings from the time of Emperor Maximilian I, its unique location in the mountains of Tyrol and not least on account of its sports facilities, Innsbruck is a popular destination for visitors from across the world.
In the old town you will find the world-famous house with the Golden Roof, St. Jacob’s Cathedral, the Helblinghaus and the Imperial Palace with the Imperial Church – because of its larger-than-life bronze statues that surround the tomb of the Emperor Maximilian I, the church is also known as the “Schwarzmander Church”.
Many tourists come for established events such as the Tanzsommer, the festival weeks for old music and the Ambras Castle concerts. Very popular with guests, especially those from Italy are the Christmas market and the “Bergsilvester” (New Year’s Eve in the mountains).
In summer especially Tyrol offers its visitors a wide and diverse range of activities.
Tyrol is known for its cultural heritage but also for its nature which is absolutely incomparable. Austria’s highest peak – 3,798 m – is to be found in these mountains which are an important destination for hikers and climbers. Tyrol is also a land with abundant rivers and lakes such as Lake Achensee.
As a province dominated by the Alps, Tyrol offers numerous opportunities for alpine skiing. Nearly every alpine valley has one or more ski areas equipped with numerous lifts (cable cars, chair lifts, T-bars). The large ski areas have 50 or more lift facilities and sometimes over 100 km of prepared ski runs. Many ski areas offer combinations of winter activities, such as cross-country skiing, tobogganing and thermal spas. In addition there are some glacier ski areas in Tyrol with all-year snow offering winter sports all-year-round.feratel>Webcams / weather>Austria>Tirol
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