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.
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.
pictured on the top of the hill overlooking the town is festung (fortress) kufstein. festung kulfstein is the town's major tourist attraction. the fortress was originally built by the bishops of regensburg in 1205. after 1313 the castle was owned by the dukes of bavaria. in 1504 emperor maximilian I conquered kufstein and enlarged the castle. there were additional enlargements to the castle in the 17th century. festung kulfstein is a must see site when in kufstein.
It was first mentioned in 1205 as being owned by the the Patriarch of Regensburg. It joined Tirol under the reign of Kaiser Maximilian I. The Fortress was sieged and conquered in 1504 and was rebuilt and fortified until 1522. From that time is dating the Emperor's Tower - Kaiserturm that was later turned into Jail for political criminals. Today here is located the local museum and in the castle tower - Burgenturm in 1931 was built the biggest open air organ in the world.
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There are two ways to get to the fortress - the corridors that you see on the photo or the panorama elevator Maximilian. it's up to you which one you'll choose . The walkway has a humid authentic dungeon atmosphere,with some windows here and there, from which you can admire the city. The elevator is way to quick for my taste.
Unterer Stadtplatz is the most famous and central street in Kufstein descending steeply down to the central bridge over the Inn river.On its way it passes by the Town hall and the Kufstein Fortress on its left, aswell as a couple of italian Pizzarias - say hello to Nino ;)) On its right side you will find book and souvenir stores, a grocery store, some cafes , a restaurant and a famous golden statue.
At the end if it , just before you go to the bridge, take a look to the left - here is hiding the Magic street of Auracher Lochl
From the gardens of the fortress you can see Kufstein from a bird's view with the Inn river dividing it in two and the Pendling mountain (1565m) that had always brought associations with a vulcano in my mind.
Romerhof Lane - Part of the Kufstein Old Town with the famous "Auracher Lochl" and "Batzenhausl" wine taverns. The small street located at the foot of the castle and is the most enchanting place in Kufstein. It contains souvenir shops where you can buy traditional "Tracht" - austrian national costumes, a shop for ethno jewellry , a club, one of the oldest restaurents in Kufstein, Hotel Auracher ,the memorial of Karl Ganzer - composer of the world famous Kufstein Lied
located in the center of town is the unterer stadplatz. this area has numerous restaurants and shops. a great place to stop for lunch when traveling on the A12 motorway through the austrian tirol.
Climb the Thierberg! It is really easy to reach when there is no snow or ice and it only takes one small hour. From there you have a beatifull view over the mountains!
In a rainy day you can go to the movies at the Cineplexxx Cinema. Or just hang out in the bar innside.At the end of the street , when you enlarge the pic ,you can see the towers of the fortress.
The Inn Promenade at sunset dominated by the castle , watching over the town as a silent sentinel and contemplating his reflection in the waters of the Inn river.
Remains From the Prehistorical ages - bear squelettons that have been found in Tishofer Hohle / Tishofer Cave located nearby in the Kaiser valley
The backyard of the castle is where special events and concerts are taking place, there is also a small botanical garden and modern art statues