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    THE KAISER MOUNTAIN RANGE

    by balhannah Written Jun 10, 2014

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    The Wilder Kaiser and Zahmer Kaiser mountain chains dominate this area. When we first saw them, it was wow! these Mountains are high, rugged and beautiful! We had been following this mountain chain from St. Johann in Tirol to Kufstein. In May, with a sunny day and clear blue sky with fields full of yellow daisies and those beautiful mountains, some with snow, how could I not take a heap of photos!

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    Near Kufstein there are two nearly parallel mountain chains, which are called Wilder Kaiser and Zahmer Kaiser. The Wilder Kaiser runs completely through Tirol.

    There are many hikes you can do, I can just imagine the views you would get from the mountains. Luckily there are easy hiking paths that anybody can do.

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    THE RIVER INN

    by balhannah Written Jun 10, 2014

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    The River Inn was full and flowing fast as it passed through Kufstein. There are some really nice buildings and outdoor areas for eating and drinking whilst enjoying views of the River and lovely city.
    A walkway follows the river, this is what I like to do, though I have since found a cycle route starting from Kufstein that follows the river - that sounds great to me!
    It is known as "The Inn Cycle Path," which covers 520 kms and is one of the longest in Europe. The area around here is so pretty that you may just forget sore legs and bottom!
    The Inn Cycle Path consists of five legs. It either begins or ends at Martina, located at the Swiss border, all the way across the Tirol to Kufstein - following the Inn River all the way.

    Well, I settled for a short walk and was happy with that!

    Website for the Inn cycle route is listed.

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    MOST BEAUTIFUL ART NOUVEAU BUILDING IN KUFSTEIN

    by balhannah Written Jun 10, 2014

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    THE PAST & PRESENT HOTEL EGGER

    If you like Art Nouveau buildings, then don't miss these two!

    The one I liked the most, was the former Hotel Egger which is now the savings bank. It is a very large, attractive building with a Tower that looks like it may have been used as a lookout Tower. All types of shapes have been used in this building, and it looks great, no wonder it's the most beautiful Art Nouveau building in Tirol!

    Across the road, is the new Hotel Egger, although to me, the building didn't look new. Once again the style is Art Nouveau.

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    HÖRFARTER MEMORIAL

    by balhannah Written Jun 9, 2014

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    The Hörfarter Memorial was a fountain with a bust of this man, then higher up, impressive columns.
    I thought this impressive monument must have been for somebody very famous! At that time, I didn't know who Mr. Hörfarter was,

    Well, he wasn't a famous person, but the Deacon who set up the 1st Tirol kindergarten. He is also remember as the person who put a lot of hard work and effort into making the town of Kufstein a tourist destination.

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    HOLY TRINITY CHAPEL

    by balhannah Written Jun 9, 2014

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    The Holy Trinity Chapel I found quite close to St. Vitus Church.

    This Chapel was able to be built in 1502 because the Weinränntl family donated money. It was used as a house Chapel for the Augustinians. The architecture is Rococo and Baroque.
    In the crypt beneath the chapel, is a Rococo baldachin altar built in 1765 where the image is of the coronation of the Blessed Mother by the Holy Trinity and underneath the "Madonna vom Schwarzen Gürtel". There are sculptures of the Holy Order of St. Augustine.

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    ST VITUS CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Jun 9, 2014

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    St. Vitus Parish Church is a late Gothic hall church. I wasn't able to see the inside of this Church, this was disappointing as it looked interesting from the photos I have seen

    Some parts of this Church are quite old, like the Chancel which was built between 1390 and 1420. Behind the Altar are remains of frescoes dating to 1420. The Altar itself is from 1840 and many of the frescoes are from 1929.
    The exterior of St. Vitus Parich Church is painted yellow and white and it has an onion dome. It's located halfway up the hill and overlooking Kufstein and the valley. In the old times, Fortress Kufstein would have given good protection as it overlooked this Church.
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    RÖMERHOFGASSE

    by balhannah Written Jun 9, 2014

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    The Römerhofgasse is one street THAT SHOULD NOT BE MISSED!

    The street to me, was the most interesting part of the old town of Kufstein.

    I was absolutely amazed with what I saw when I entered this narrow street - I was transported back in time and really could imagine what it would have been like back in medieval times. The houses are traditional, they ooze charm and character of days long gone by! The ambience of this area just made me want to stay here for ever, or at least for a good part of the day! There was outdoor seating for coffee or a wine or two at one of the inviting historic wine houses. I loved the two covered walkways joining the historic buildings on either side of the street, the old carved timber and the many frescoes on the buildings.
    There was so much to discover here and so many shops to window shop or to venture inside!

    I just loved everything to do with this street!

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    MARIENBRUNNEN

    by balhannah Written Jun 9, 2014

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    Marienbrunnen [Marie fountain] is a lovely fountain situated in the town square near the Rathaus. The cast iron fountain dates back to the Jenbach which was erected in 1861. That old fountain was demolished and this lovely new one built.

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    KUFSTEIN RATHAUS

    by balhannah Written Jun 9, 2014

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    The Kufstein Rathaus is believed to have been built out of stone in 1502, then used as a bread bank for the baker. Between the years 1921/24 it was renovated and the stepped gable with the coat of arms of all North and South Tyrolean towns was added.
    Worth a look at!

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    KUFSTEIN FORTRESS MUSEUMS

    by balhannah Updated Jun 8, 2014

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    The Fortress has quite a few museums and exhibits to see! If you want to view these, leave plenty of time to see them and the Fortress.

    One museum is about the Fortress and a local history museum. Another, in the Burgerturm is where a display of uniforms of the legendary Kaiserschützen regiment are on display. This unit was formed by Emperor Franz I in 1804.
    The Heimatmuseum or regional museum, displays are of local Tyrolian stuff. Some of the broken pots looked to be very old.

    There is a lot to see and for me, the museums were very interesting.
    All included in the one entry price.

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    KAISER MAXIMILLAN FUNICULAR

    by balhannah Updated Jun 8, 2014

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    ?Kaiser Maximilian? funicular

    Originally where the funicular is, was the former hoist up to the fortress. The hoist is believed to date back to the 17th century and was used to transport food supplies and artillery. It was closed and dismantled in 1965.

    Now located in this area, is where we catch the “Kaiser Maximilian” funicular which is included in the entry fee, or walk via stair access. I chose the funicular and was the only one, so could move around and take all the photos I wanted ! There isn't a driver, it just works once your in and locked away!

    Follow the directions from the Ticket booth.

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    INSIDE KUFSTEIN FORTRESS WALLS

    by balhannah Written Jun 8, 2014

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    After alighting from the funicular into Kufstein Fortress courtyard, I realized I had a lot of area to cover.

    Altogether there are 18 sites, this includes the new Fortress courtyard and the Funicular, or as they call it, the Panorama cable car.
    The covered walkway was built around the 16th century, this must have been in bad dis-repair as the whole lot had been rebuilt with new wood. There are several Tower, some big Bastions, the Castle Rotunda, Barracks, Gunpowder Magazine, Battery, Well, Laboratory and Prison, all of which can be seen.
    One of the Towers was used as a state prison in times of the monarchy. Lots of people were imprisoned behind the heavy walls of the tower.

    On top of all this is a Museum - see next review.

    OPEN -Summer daily from 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.(April - October)
    Winter daily from 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. (November - March)

    Entry prices
    Adults: Summer € 11,00 / Winter € 8,80
    Families (2 adults / 2 children):Summer € 23,00 / Winter € 19,00
    School pupils, Students up to the age of 26:Summer € 6,50 / Winter € 5,00

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    KUFSTEIN FORTRESS

    by balhannah Written Jun 8, 2014

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    Kufstein fortress has been in this location since 1205. At that time it belonged to Bavarian Duke Ludwig and the Bishop of Regensburg. Over many years the Fortress has survived many battles and has quite a history!

    Next question - Do you want to only view the outside or go and see the inside? I decided to go inside, I was glad I did!

    In 1342, Margarete “Maultasch”, Duchess of the Tyrol, received Kufstein as a wedding present from her husband Ludwig of Brandenburg, son of Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian. Over the years, Kufstein changed hands between Austria and Bavaria, eventually in 1814, being returned to Austrian rule.
    After World War I, the Republic of Austria sold the fortress to the city of Kufstein, which has owned it since 1924.

    There is a fair bit to see and it took me quite a while to look around. I had to miss one section because of an allotted meeting time with my husband.
    The views from here are incredible!

    A MUST SEE

    The main entrance to Kufstein Fortress is situated near the town hall, on the right-hand side via the access road to St. Vitus parish church. Go straight through the archway. Tickets for visiting Kufstein Fortress can be purchased at the Festungskasse ticket booth.

    OPEN DAILY 9 - 6pm

    ADMISSION 2014/2015
    ADULTS summer 11 euros Winter 9.5 euros
    Children/pupils (6 - 18) & students (19 - 25) with ID Card € 6,50 and € 5,50
    Families: 2 adults & Children € 23,00 and € 20,00

    THE FORTRESS RESTAURANT
    Summer season daily from 10 am to 5 pm
    Winter season daily from 11 am to 4 pm

    PARK YOUR CAR AT: Zentrumsgarage
    Arkadenplatz Praxmarer Straße, Kufstein

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    Die Festung Kufstein

    by gordonilla Written Jan 28, 2012

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    Die Festung Kufstein has been the centre of history since 1205 - a coveted gem longed for by Bavaria and Tyrol.

    It is romantic and very impressive - my visit was in January and the snow was heavy and deep. It made the setting all the more impressive. I was only one of a few brave souls who visited during that Saturday afternoon.

    It was in fact so cold they had problems with their computers and the cable car - I caught the car up (see the video) but it had failed for when i wished to return to the ground. This was good as i was able to see much more of the fortress than I had planned to in the first place.

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    Burg Kufstein

    by Fesl Updated Sep 15, 2010

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    foto from www.www.kufstein.at

    Kufstein is a big castle in the inn-valley and it is a nice village also, not very big and it is close to the Autobahn from germany to Innsbruck.
    Also the village Kufstein is very nice and good for shopping.

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