The town is known as the "capital of the Alps" as it is the perfect destination for skiing and snowboarding in winter, and mountaineering and hiking in summer. The town itself offers countless sporting activities all year round, and has a beautiful town centre with historic buildings and an extremely friendly atmosphere. The town is surrounded by impressive mountains.
The old town dates back to the Middle Ages and still consists of a number of charming medieval houses. Facing the central square is the Golden Roof, built as the residence of the Tyrolean kings and queens in the 15th century. From here they could watch the tournaments in the town square without leaving their palaces. The Golden Roof itself is a balcony covered with almost 3,000 copper roof tiles.
The Imperial Palace is built in the late Gothic style and dates back to 1460. The palace consists of four wings around a gigantic hall in the middle (Riesensaal), which is beautifully painted in white and gold and is well worth a visit on a mini break or ski holiday to Austria!
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