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The in-valley stretches as far the eye can see, and down in the heart of the valley lies Innsbruck, the capital of the Tyrol.
Innsbruck is surrounded on both sides by towering mountains which in turn has made at a skiers paradise.
The skiers have the advantage of being able to enjoy all that the city has to offer, plus pursuing their favorite winter sport.
There aren't many cities in the world that can boast such a combination.
I wouldn't wanna be learning there at the very edge. [[Laughter]]
Classes are held up here every morning seven thousand feet above the city.
Meanwhile, down below, the main street of Innsbruck is bustling with its daily routine.
You know you'd expect to see a lot of old-fashioned show winter [[rolling]] in town this time of year.
But for the past years, there's been considerable lack of it.
It seems there's a strange warm wind, called the foehn that sweeps up from the southern valleys and quickly melts any snow.
Also the people believe that this foehn is responsible for many ills of body, and disposition.
For instance, if a husband is unduly unkind to his wife, they say he was suffering from the foehn and really not to blame.
How's that for an excuse?
This is the oldest part of Innsbruck, dating back to the 1200's. The time-worn arcades, so characteristic of then, are still busy with their shops today.
Also, here is the world-famous Goldenes Dachl, meaning 'Golden Roof'.
This balcony was built in 1500 by Maximilian the First, so that he and his court could watch the strolling players down in the square below.
It gets it's name from this gilded roof, which is made from thousands of small copper plates.
When it was first built, the roof covering alone cost over $70,000.