Kufstein

Travel Guide Europe Austria Tyrol Kufstein

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Introduction

Kufstein is a city in the western Austrian region of Tyrol, close to the border with Bavaria, Germany. It is a popular tourist destination, in summer as well as in winter for skiing. It became a town in 1393 and was governed until 1505 sometimes by Regensburg bishops, Bavarian and Tyrolean rulers, then from Tyrol by the Habsburgs.

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Sights and Activities

  • The Kufstein Festung (fortress), Festung 2 (Festungsbahn, funicular railway), ☎ +43 5372 66525. 9:00-17:00 daily. The main landmark of Kufstein, its 13th century fortress sits on a hill overlooking the city 507 m above sea level. In its early history it was controlled by the Bavarians, first under Bavarian Duke Ludwig and the bishop of Regensburg, from 1415 onward by Duke of Bavaria Louis VII. The strategic importance of the fortress made it a frequent battleground throughout history between Bavarian and Tyrolean armies. Ironically, Kufstein transitioned peacefully from Bavaria to Tyrol when the son of Bavarian emperor Ludwig gifted the city to his newly wedded wife Margarete, Duchess of Tyrol, in 1342. The peace didn't last long however, and in 1363 the Bavarians attacked the city and took control of the fortress from the Tyroleans. Control switched back to Tyrol after emperor Maximilian I besieged the city in 1504, and expanded the fortress with the addition of the massive round tower constructed between 1518 and 1522. The increased defensive capabilities of the fortress successfully held back the Bavarians until 1703, an occupation that lasted little over a century until the Austro-Hungarian Empire finally regained control in 1814. It then served as prison for Hungarian political prisoners. Since modern times the fortress houses the City Museum of Kufstein, and is frequently used for concerts and other cultural events.
  • Hiking in the Wilder Kaiser mountain range.
  • The Altstadt (old Town) with the Römerhofgasse and the Auracher Löchl a 600 year old restaurant.

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Getting There

By Plane

The closest airports are in Munich, Innsbruck and Salzburg.

By Train

There are train connections to Innsbruck, Verona, Bregenz, Zurich, Munich, Salzburg and Vienna. ÖBB operate the Austrian train service, and their website has timetables and ticket prices.

By Bicycle

The Inn Valley cycle path passes through Kufstein, leading from the upstream Tyrolean valleys down to the Danube where it connects to the Danube cycle path.

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Getting Around

Kufstein is fairly small, and all tourist attractions can easily be reached by foot.

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Eat

  • Die Bohne Tirols (Kaffeehaus), Kinkstraße 30, ☎ +43 5372 20690, e-mail: kaffee@kaffee-haus.at.
  • Restaurant Batzenhäusl, Römerhofgasse 1 (old town / Innpromenade), ☎ +43 5372 62433.

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Drink

  • Inncafe Hell (Kaffehaus, Konditorei), Unterer Stadtplatz 3 (old town / Innpromenade), ☎ +43 5372 62433.
  • Confiserie Brunner (Cafe), Oberer Stadtplatz 16, ☎ +43 5372 64507, e-mail: info@tirolconfiserie.at.

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Sleep

  • Hotel Gisela, Südtiroler Platz 4, ☎ +43 676 7395322, e-mail: info@hotelgisela.at.
  • Aparthotel Andreas Hofer (Apartments, Ferienwohnungen), Hötzendorferstraße 2, ☎ +43 5372 6980, fax: +43 5372 698090, e-mail: info@ferienwohnung-kufstein.at.
  • Hotel Goldener Löwe (Hotel Kufstein), Oberer Stadtplatz 14, ☎ +43 5372 62181, fax: +43 5372 621818, e-mail: hotel@goldener-loewe.at.
  • Beim Dresch, Oberweidau 2, Erl, ☎ +43 5373 8129, fax: +43 5373 8129-3, e-mail: anker@dresch.at.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes are common in bigger cities. Hotels in cities do normally have internet terminals, more expensive hotels provide internet access directly in the rooms. There are many free WiFi Hotspots and quite a few restaurants, cafes and other places offers free wifie. McDonald's has free Wifi, as does Starbucks. Note that some places might charge a fee or includes just limited amounts of time. Be sure that your smartphone is not roaming data, as this will mean a huge bill, especially if you are from outside the EU.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency number is 112.The country calling code to Austria is: 43. To make an international call from Austria, the code is: 00.

Austria has a perfect GSM and 3G (UMTS) network coverage of nearly 100%. If you bring your own cell phone with you assure yourself that it operates on 900 MHz / 1800 MHz (GSM) or 2100Mhz (3G WCDMA). There are cell phones that operate at 1900 MHz (e.g. networks in the United States) which are not supported in Austria. If you plan a longer visit in Austria it might be useful to buy a new mobile with a prepaid card from a local cell phone network provider. Be aware that some remote areas (especially mountainous areas) do not have network coverage yet, though this rather the exception than the rule.Austria has a large number of cell network providers including A1, T-Mobile, Drei, Telering, Bob, Hot and Yesss. Bob, and Yesss have the lowest prices. Prepaid card costs €15 including 100 minutes talking time.

Post

For more information, it is best to check the Austrian Postal Service. They have more information about posting letters, postcards and packages to places both in Austria and to other countries in Europe and intercontinental destinations. The standard price for sending domestic letters/postcards is €0.55. Within Europe the price is €0.65, other places in the world are €0.90 to €1.40 for standard letters and postcards. Post offices typically are open between 8:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Friday, though the main ones are sometimes open a few hours longer and on Saturdays (sometimes only mornings) as well. If you want to send parcels internationally, you might consider using an international company like DHL, TNT, UPS or FedEx, as they offer fast and reliable services at relatively affordable rates.

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