Kufstein

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Kufstein, Austria
Coat of arms of Kufstein, Austria
Coat of arms
Kufstein, Austria is located in Austria
Kufstein, Austria
Kufstein, Austria
Location within Austria
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
Government
 • Mayor Martin Krumschnabel (Parteifreie)
Area
 • Total 39.37 km2 (15.20 sq mi)
Elevation 499 m (1,637 ft)
Population (1 January 2014)[1]
 • Total 17,497
 • Density 440/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

Kufstein is a city in the Austrian state of Tyrol located along the river Inn, in the lower Inn valley, near the border with Bavaria, Germany, and is the site of a post World War II French sector United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration Displaced Persons camp.[2]

Kufstein is the second largest city in Tyrol and capital of the district of Kufstein.

Kufstein was granted city status in 1393, due to its prominence as a trading and docking point on the Inn River.[3] The greatest landmark of Kufstein is the Kufstein Fortress, which was first mentioned in the 13th century.

Population[edit]

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%

Economy[edit]

Glass manufacturer Riedel, gunmaker Voere, and ski and tennis racket manufacturer Kneissl 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.

Sights[edit]

Panorama View over Kufstein
Architecture style typical for Tirol region in Austria.
Kufstein Fortress
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 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 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.

Transport[edit]

Annual Almabtrieb cow train in Kufstein

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 Fortress.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Kufstein is twinned with

People[edit]

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: Schicksal (1942), Bergkristal, (1949), Blaubart (1951), Weisse Schatten (1951), Das letzte Aufgebot (1953), Das fliegende Klassenzimmer (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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Statistik Austria - Bevölkerung zu Jahres- und Quartalsanfang, 2014-01-01.
  2. ^ Eisterer, Klaus (1991). Französische Besatzungspolitik Tirol und Vorarlberg 1945/46-Innsbrucker Forschungen zur Zeitgeschichte Band 9 (in German). Innsbruck: Haymon Verlag. p. 104. 
  3. ^ Chizzali. Tyrol: Impressions of Tyrol. (Innsbruck: Alpina Printers and Publishers), p. 44

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