|• Mayor||Martin Krumschnabel (Parteifreie)|
|• Total||39.37 km2 (15.20 sq mi)|
|Elevation||499 m (1,637 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2014)|
|• Density||470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
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.
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. The greatest landmark of Kufstein is the Kufstein Fortress, which was first mentioned in the 13th century.
Kufstein is also home to the University of Applied Sciences Kufstein which specializes in providing business education and is a center for international exchange.
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.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Kufstein is twinned with
- Ferenc Kazinczy (1759–1831), author, the regenerator of the Hungarian language and literature
- Josef Madersperger (1768-1850), tailor and inventor of the sewing machine
- Christian Pravda (1927–94), alpine skier
- Joseph Berkmann (b. 1931), restauranteur and wine merchant
- Franz Schuler (b. 1962), biathlete
- Manfred Linzmaier (b. 1962), soccer player and team manager
- Markus Kronthaler (1967-2006), mountaineer and climber
- Karl Wendlinger (b. 1968), racecar and Formula One driver
- Claus Dalpiaz (b. 1971), ice hockey goaltender
- Leslie H. Sabo, Jr. (1948-1970), Medal of Honor recipient
Media and the Arts
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 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.
Heino sings in Das Kufsteinlied about Kufstein.
- Statistik Austria - Bevölkerung zu Jahres- und Quartalsanfang, 2014-01-01.
- Eisterer, Klaus (1991). Französische Besatzungspolitik Tirol und Vorarlberg 1945/46-Innsbrucker Forschungen zur Zeitgeschichte Band 9 (in German). Innsbruck: Haymon Verlag. p. 104.
- Chizzali. Tyrol: Impressions of Tyrol. (Innsbruck: Alpina Printers and Publishers), p. 44
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kufstein.|
- Official website (German)
- Kufstein Gigapixel Panorama (15.000 Megapixel)
- Kufstein webcam
- Kufstein Tourist Board
- www.heimat-kufstein.at: Historical pictures of Kufstein