As early as 15 BC, an important Roman road passed through “Veldidena”, the vicinity of today’s Innsbruck. The name Innsbruck was firstly mentioned in the year 1167 AD and translates into “a bridge over the Inn river”. During the medieval ages, the Austrian duke Friedrich IV resided in Innsbruck, which was also the capital of the Austrian emperor Maximilian I from 1459-1519. His residence, the “Hofburg”, is still a dominant building central to the old town. Some ten years later, the archduke of Tyrol, Ferdinand II, established his residence in the magnificent Ranessaince castle of Ambras, situated close to the city, which boasts important historical and artistic collections. These days, Innsbruck is the cultural centre and capital of the Western Austrian country of Tyrol. Innsbruck has 120 000 inhabitants and hosts two universities.
SOWI-Faculty, University of Innsbruck
Universitätsstraße 1, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria