Kufstein is a city in Tyrol
Tyrol (state)
Tyrol is a state or Bundesland, located in the west of Austria. It comprises the Austrian part of the historical region of Tyrol.The state is split into two parts–called North Tyrol and East Tyrol–by a -wide strip of land where the state of Salzburg borders directly on the Italian province of...

, Austria
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, located along the river Inn
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, in the lower Inn valley, near the border with Bavaria
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, Germany
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, and is the site of a post World War II
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 French sector United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration
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 Displaced Persons camp
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Kufstein is the second largest city in Tyrol and capital of the district (Bezirk
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) Kufstein
Kufstein (district)
The Bezirk Kufstein is an administrative district in Tyrol, Austria. It borders Bavaria in the north, the Kitzbühel district in the southeast, and the Schwaz district in the southwest....


The greatest landmark
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 of Kufstein is the Kufstein Fortress
Kufstein Fortress
The Kufstein Fortress is the main landmark of Kufstein, a city of Tyrol in Austria. It is sometimes wrongly referred to as Geroldseck Fortress. It is located on a hill commanding Kufstein proper.-History:...

, which was first mentioned in the 13th century.


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    Josef Madersperger
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     (1768-1850), tailor and inventor of the sewing machine
  • Christian Pravda
    Christian Pravda
    Christian Pravda was an alpine ski racer.He was born in Kufstein, Austria.At age 20, he participated in the 1948 Winter Olympics in the slalom, but was disqualified....

     (1927-94), alpine skier
  • Joseph Berkmann (b. 1931), restauranteur and wine merchant
  • Franz Schuler
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     (b. 1962), biathlete
  • Manfred Linzmaier
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     (b. 1962), soccer player and team manager
  • Markus Kronthaler
    Markus Kronthaler
    Markus Kronthaler was an Austrian mountaineer and climber.Kronthaler was born in Kufstein, Tyrol. He was an officer in the alpine section of Austria's Gendarmerie, which he left in 2003 to become a professional climber...

     (1967-2006), mountaineer and climber
  • Karl Wendlinger
    Karl Wendlinger
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     (b. 1968), racecar and Formula One driver
  • Claus Dalpiaz
    Claus Dalpiaz
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     (b. 1971), ice hockey goaltender


Glass manufacturer Riedel
Riedel l), is a manufacturer of high-quality crystal wine glasses and related glass products based in Kufstein, Austria.Originally established in Bohemia in 1756, the company has been owned by the same family for more than 250 years...

, gunmaker Voere
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, and ski and tennis racket manufacturer Kneissl
Kneissl is an Austrian manufacturer of hand made skis, biking and tennis equipment and apparel, based in Kufstein in the state of Tyrol and established by Franz Kneissl in 1861. Kneissl was accredited with the invention of “big foot” skis.-External links:...

 are based in Kufstein.


Due to its long history, the city of Kufstein has various sights to offer:
  • The Fortress (Festung) is built on a rock the height of which amounts to 90 m. Sometimes erroneously called Schloss Garoldseck, the fortress was mentioned as Castrum Caofstein in a document for the first time in 1205. It was enlarged several times. The most important tower, the round and impressive Kaiserturm, was built from 1518-22. Several times in its history, the fortress was used as a prison. Today it is famous for its large organ (Heldenorgel).

  • The old city center (Altstadt) with several pinturesque lanes the most famous of which is Römerhofgasse.

  • The sightworthy City Hall (Rathaus) is on a square called Stadtplatz.

  • Saint Vitus Church is the oldest church of Kufstein. It was built from 1390-1420 in a typical Gothic
    Gothic architecture
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     style. Later, it was converted into a baroque
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     church from 1660-61.

  • A part of the medieval city wall is well-preserved and worth a visit. The sightworthy Wasserbastei is in the Northern part of the old city center on the river Inn
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    . In the Southern part of the wall, a former gate called Auracher Löchl can be seen.


Kufstein has two exits along the A12 motorway (autobahn) from Innsbruck
- Main sights :- Buildings :*Golden Roof*Kaiserliche Hofburg *Hofkirche with the cenotaph of Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor*Altes Landhaus...

 to Rosenheim
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Kufstein railway station
Kufstein railway station
Kufstein railway station serves the city of Kufstein, in the Kufstein district of the Austrian federal state of Tyrol. Opened in 1876, it is an Austrian-German border station, close to the border between Tyrol and Bavaria....

, opened in 1876, forms part of the Lower Inn Valley railway
Lower Inn Valley railway
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 section of the Brenner-axis from Munich
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 to Verona
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Twin towns — Sister cities

Kufstein is twinned with
Town twinning
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Frauenfeld is the capital of the canton of Thurgau in Switzerland.-Early history:The earliest trace of human settlement are several La Tène era graves to the east of Langdorf. The Roman road from Oberwinterthur to Pfyn ran through what is now the Allmend in Frauenfeld. Two Roman villas were...

, Switzerland
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Rovereto is a city and comune in Trentino in northern Italy, located in the Vallagarina valley of the Adige River.-History:Rovereto was an ancient fortress town standing at the frontier between the bishopric of Trento - an independent state until 1797 - and the republic of Venice, and later...

 in Italy
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Film and television

Locations in and around Kufstein have been used for a number of films and television programmes: Schicksal (1942), Bergkristal, (1949), Blaubart (1951), Weisse Schatten (1951), Das letzte Aufgebot (1953), Das fliegende Klassenzimmer (1954), Graf Porno und die liebesdurstigen Tochter (1969), Vanessa (1977), Sachrang (1978), TV documentary series Bilderbuch Deutschland (1996), Da wo das Gluck beginnt (2006), Da wo es noch Treue gibt (2006), and Da wo die Freundschaft zahlt (2007). For further information see the Internet Movie Database.

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