Innsbruck is the capital city of the federal state of Tyrol (Tirol) in western Austria.It is located in the Inn Valley at the junction with the Wipptal (Sill River), which provides access to the Brenner Pass, some 30 km (18.6 mi) to the south.Innsbruck lies about half way between Munich (Germany) and Verona (Italy). Located in the broad valley between high mountains, the so-called North Chain in the Karwendel Alps (Hafelekarspitze, 2,334 metres or 7,657 feet) to the north, and the Patscherkofel (2,246 m or 7,369 ft) and Serles (2,718 m or 8,917 ft) to the south.Innsbruck is an internationally renowned winter sports centre, and hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics as well as the 1984 and 1988 Winter Paralympics. Innsbruck also hosted the first Winter Youth Olympics in 2012. The word bruck comes from the same root as the modern German word "Brücke" meaning "bridge" which leads to "the bridge over the Inn".Innsbruck is a very popular tourist destination, organizing the following events every year:Innsbrucker Tanzsommer, Bergsilvester (New Year's Eve), Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik (Innsbruck Festival of Early Music), Christkindlmarkt (Christmas fair).
Alte Innbrücke (Old Inn Bridge), Ambras Castle, Andreas Hofer's tomb, Annasäule (Anna Pillar), Bergiselschanze (Bergisel Tower), Büchsenhausen Castle, Canisianum, Casino Innsbruck,City Hall (Stadtsaal), Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof), Helblinghaus, Hofburg (Imperial Palace), Hungerburgbahn, Leopold Brunnen (Leopold's Fountain), Maria-Theresien-Straße, Maximilian's Cenotaph and the Black Men (Schwarzen Männer), Old Federal State Parliament (Altes Landhaus), Old Town (Altstadt), Silberne Kapelle (Silver Chapel), Stadtturm (City Tower), Triumphal Arch (Triumphpforte),Tyrolean State Theatren are the main buildings & monuments in Innsbruck.Alpine Club Museum, Ambras Castle, Armoury, City Archives, Grassmayr Bell Foundry and Museum, Innsbruck Stubaital station, Kaiserjäger Museum, Riesenrundgemälde, Tyrolean Folk Art Museum (Tiroler Volkunstmuseum), Tyrolean State Museum (Tiroler Landesmuseum or Ferdinandeum), Tyrolean Museum Railways (Tiroler Museumsbahnen) are the famous museum in Innsbruck.The major churches in Innsbruck are Hofkirche (Court Church), Innsbruck Cathedral (Dom zu St. Jakob), Jesuit Church, Liebfrauenkirche, Mariahilfkirche, Servitenkirche, Spitalskirche, Ursulinenkirche, Wilten Abbey (Stift Wilten), Wilten Basilica (Wiltener Basilika).Main sights are Alpine Zoo (Alpenzoo), Innsbruck University Botanic Garden, Hofgarten (Court Garden), Rapoldipark, Schlosspark Ambras.