The Info List - Kufstein

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Coordinates: 47°35′00″N 12°10′00″E / 47.58333°N 12.16667°E / 47.58333; 12.16667Coordinates: 47°35′00″N 12°10′00″E / 47.58333°N 12.16667°E / 47.58333; 12.16667

Country Austria

State Tyrol

District Kufstein


 • Mayor Martin Krumschnabel (Independent)


 • Total 39.37 km2 (15.20 sq mi)

Elevation 499 m (1,637 ft)

Population (1 January 2016)[1]

 • Total 18,726

 • Density 480/km2 (1,200/sq mi)

Time zone CET (UTC+1)

 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Postal codes 6330-6333

Area code 05372

Vehicle registration KU

Website www.kufstein.at

is a town in the Austrian state of Tyrol, the administrative seat of Kufstein
District. With a population of about 18,400, it is the second largest Tyrolean town after the state capital Innsbruck. The greatest landmark is Kufstein
Fortress, first mentioned in the 13th century.


1 Geography

1.1 Climate

2 Population 3 Economy 4 Transport 5 History 6 Sights 7 International relations

7.1 Twin towns — Sister cities

8 Notable people 9 Media and the Arts

9.1 Film and television 9.2 Music

10 References 11 External links

Geography[edit] It is located in the Tyrolean Unterland
Tyrolean Unterland
region on the river Inn, at the confluence with its Weißache
and Kaiserbach
tributaries, near the border to Bavaria, Germany. The municipal area stretches along the Lower Inn Valley
Lower Inn Valley
between the Brandenberg Alps
Brandenberg Alps
in the northwest and the Kaiser Mountains
Kaiser Mountains
in the southeast. The remote Kaisertal
until recently was the last settled valley in Austria
without transport connections, prior to the construction of a tunnel road from Kufstein
to neighbouring Ebbs
in 2006. North of the town, the Inn river leaves the Northern Limestone Alps
Northern Limestone Alps
and enters the Bavarian Alpine Foreland. The town area comprises several small lakes, such as Pfrillsee, Längsee, and Hechtsee; Egelsee and Maistaller Lacke are protected nature reserves. The municipal arrangement comprises the cadastral communities of Kufstein, Mosbach and Thierberg; the town itself is divided into five quarters (Zentrum, Sparchen, Weissach, Endach, and Zell). Climate[edit]

Climate data for Kufstein

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Average high °C (°F) 2 (36) 5 (41) 10 (50) 14 (57) 19 (66) 21 (70) 24 (75) 23 (73) 19 (66) 14 (57) 7 (45) 3 (37) 13.4 (56.1)

Average low °C (°F) −4 (25) −3 (27) 0 (32) 3 (37) 8 (46) 11 (52) 13 (55) 13 (55) 10 (50) 5 (41) 0 (32) −3 (27) 4.4 (39.9)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 81 (3.19) 72 (2.83) 93 (3.66) 95 (3.74) 110 (4.33) 155 (6.10) 175 (6.89) 153 (6.02) 102 (4.02) 73 (2.87) 95 (3.74) 88 (3.46) 1,292 (50.85)

Source: SmartTripWeather[2]


Historical population

Year Pop. ±%

1869 2,777 —    

1880 3,787 +36.4%

1890 4,067 +7.4%

1900 4,791 +17.8%

1910 6,717 +40.2%

1923 7,103 +5.7%

1934 7,551 +6.3%

1939 8,233 +9.0%

1951 11,268 +36.9%

1961 11,215 −0.5%

1971 12,913 +15.1%

1981 13,118 +1.6%

1991 13,484 +2.8%

2001 15,358 +13.9%

2011 17,388 +13.2%

2015 20,064 +15.4%

Economy[edit] Glass manufacturer Riedel, gunmaker Voere, and textile mat manufacturer Kleen-Tex are based in Kufstein. Kufstein
is also home to the University of Applied Sciences Kufstein which specializes in providing business education and is a center for international exchange. Transport[edit]

Annual Almabtrieb
cow train in Kufstein

has two exits along the A12 motorway (autobahn) from Innsbruck
to Rosenheim. Kufstein
railway station, opened in 1876, forms part of the Lower Inn Valley railway section of the Brenner-axis from Munich
to Verona. The Festungsbahn is a funicular that links the city centre with the Kufstein

History[edit] Archaeological findings in the Tischofer Cave
Tischofer Cave
in Kaisertal
denote a settlement of the area more than 30,000 years ago, the oldest traces of human habitation in Tyrol. Incorporated into the Roman Empire
Roman Empire
in 15 BC, the Inn river formed the border between the Roman provinces of Raetia
and Noricum. A church at Caofstein was first mentioned in a 788 deed issued by Bishop Arno of Salzburg. At that time, the Lower Inn Valley
Lower Inn Valley
was part of the Bavarian realm under the Agilolfing duke Tassilo III, who was deposed by Charlemagne
and replaced by Prefect Gerold. The Fortress is first documented in 1205 as a possession of the Bishop of Regensburg and the Duke of Bavaria. In the early 14th century, the Wittelsbach emperor Louis IV, also Bavarian duke, vested the Kufstein
citizens with rights of jurisdiction. Kufstein
passed to the County of Tyrol
County of Tyrol
in 1342, when it was a wedding gift to Countess Margaret from her husband, Emperor Louis's son Louis the Brandenburger. However, it fell back to Bavaria upon Margaret's death in 1369. Duke Stephen III of Bavaria
granted Kufstein
city status in 1393, due to its prominence as a trading and docking point on the Inn River.[3] From 1415 onwards, his son and successor Duke Louis VII had the Fortress largely rebuilt and expanded.

Emperor Maximilian entering Kufstein, 1836 drawing

The possession of the strategically important Kufstein
border fortress remained disputed. In 1504, the Habsburg emperor Maximilian I took the opportunity of the War of the Succession of Landshut within the Bavarian Wittelsbach dynasty: his Austrian forces laid siege to the town, and at the Imperial Diet in Cologne
the next year, the emperor resolved upon the cession of the Kufstein
territories to the Habsburg lands of Tyrol. Maximilian had the prominent Kaiserturm tower of the fortress erected, which was finished in 1522. During the War of the Spanish Succession, the castle was again besieged by Bavarian troops under Elector Maximilian II Emanuel in 1703, nevertheless the Austrian domains were confirmed by the Treaty of Ilbersheim the next year. After the War of the Third Coalition, Kufstein
once again was awarded to the newly established Kingdom of Bavaria
in the 1805 Peace of Pressburg and the Tyrolean Rebellion
Tyrolean Rebellion
of 1809 was crushed by the Bavarian Army. Finally in 1813/14 it passed to the Austrian Empire. In the 19th century, Kufstein Fortress
Kufstein Fortress
was turned into a bastille for political prisoners, such as the Hungarian outlaw Sándor Rózsa, who spent several years here before he was finally pardonned in 1868. The town's economic development was decisively promoted by the opening of the Lower Inn Valley
Lower Inn Valley
Railway line in 1858. In the late days of World War II
World War II
the historic town centre suffered from Allied bombing. After the war, Kufstein
was occupied by French and US forces; it was the site of a French sector United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration Displaced Persons camp.[4] Sights[edit]

Panorama View over Kufstein

Architecture style typical for Tirol region in Austria.


Wasserbastion, a part of the medieval wall.

Saint Vitus Church.

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 metres (300 feet). 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 picturesque 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 style. Later, it was converted into a baroque 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. In the Southern part of the wall, a former gate called Auracher Löchl can be seen.

International relations[edit] See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Austria Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

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is twinned with

Frauenfeld, Switzerland Rovereto, Italy Langenlois, Austria

Notable people[edit]

Ferenc Kazinczy

Ferenc Kazinczy
Ferenc Kazinczy
(1759–1831), author, the regenerator of the Hungarian language
Hungarian language
and literature Josef Madersperger
Josef Madersperger
(1768–1850), tailor and one of the inventors of the sewing machine Adele Stürzl (1892–1944), communist and resistance fighter against National Socialism Max Reisch
Max Reisch
(1912–1985), Orient-researcher and writer Claus Josef Riedel (1925–2004), entrepreneur and glass designer Cornelius Rost
Cornelius Rost
(1919–1983), Wehrmacht officer and a template for the novel As far as your feet will carry Christian Pravda (1927–1994), alpine skier Günter Pichler (born 1940), musician and professor Franz Schuler (born 1962), biathlete Manfred Linzmaier (born 1962), soccer player and team manager Armin Kircher (1966–2015), church musician and composer Markus Kronthaler
Markus Kronthaler
(1967–2006), mountaineer and climber Karl Wendlinger
Karl Wendlinger
(born 1968), racecar and Formula One driver Claus Dalpiaz
Claus Dalpiaz
(born 1971), ice hockey goaltender Leslie H. Sabo, Jr.
Leslie H. Sabo, Jr.
(1948–1970), US-soldier, Medal of Honor recipient

Media and the Arts[edit] Film and television[edit] Locations in and around Kufstein
have been used for a number of films and television programmes: Destiny (1942), Mountain Crystal
Mountain Crystal
(1949), Bluebeard (1951), White Shadows (1951), Das letzte Aufgebot (1953), The Flying Classroom (1954), Graf Porno und die liebesdurstigen Töchter (1969), Vanessa (1977), Sachrang (1978), TV documentary series Bilderbuch Deutschland (1996), Da wo das Glück beginnt (2006), Da wo es noch Treue gibt (2006), and Da wo die Freundschaft zahlt (2007). For further information see the Internet Movie Database. Music[edit] Heino
sings in Das Kufsteinlied about Kufstein. Franzl Lang sings "Kufstein-lied." References[edit]

^ Statistik Austria
- Bevölkerung zu Jahresbeginn 2002-2016 nach Gemeinden (Gebietsstand 1.1.2016) for Kufstein. ^ "Monthly Averages for Kufstein, Austria". Retrieved 19 August 2016.  ^ Chizzali. Tyrol: Impressions of Tyrol. (Innsbruck: Alpina Printers and Publishers), p. 44 ^ Eisterer, Klaus (1991). Französische Besatzungspolitik Tirol und Vorarlberg 1945/46-Innsbrucker Forschungen zur Zeitgeschichte Band 9 (in German). Innsbruck: Haymon Verlag. p. 104. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kufstein.

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Kufstein.

Official website (in German) Kufstein
Gigapixel Panorama (15.000 Megapixel) Kufstein
webcam Kufstein
Tourist Board[permanent dead link] www.heimat-kufstein.at: Historical pictures of Kufstein

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Municipalities in the district of Kufstein

Alpbach Angath Angerberg Bad Häring Brandenberg Breitenbach am Inn Brixlegg Ebbs Ellmau Erl Kirchbichl Kramsach Kufstein Kundl Langkampfen Mariastein Münster Niederndorf Niederndorferberg Radfeld Rattenberg Reith im Alpbachtal Rettenschöss Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser Schwoich Söll Thiersee Walchsee Wildschönau Wörgl

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 132578343 GND: 4033488-0 BNF: