innsbruck (german: [ˈɪnsbʁʊk]; bavarian: [ˈɪnʃprʊk]) is the capital city of tyrol and the fifth-largest city in austria. it is in the inn valley, at its junction with the wipp valley, which provides access to the brenner pass some 30 km (18.6 mi) to the south.
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; it 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 name translates as 'bridge over the river inn'.