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Innsbruck , Austria
Street Rennweg 1
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adult/child €8/free
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Lonely Planet review

Demanding attention with its imposing facade and cupolas, the Hofburg was built as a castle for Archduke Sigmund the Rich in the 15th century, expanded by Emperor Maximilian I in the the 16th century and given a total baroque makeover by Empress Maria Theresia in the 18th century.

The centrepiece of the lavish rococo state apartments is the 31m-long Riesensaal (Giant’s Hall), adorned with frescoes and paintings of Maria Theresia and her 16 children (including Marie Antoinette), who look strangely identical – maybe the artist was intent on avoiding royal wrath arising from sibling rivalry in the beauty stakes.