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Kufstein Fortress

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Kufstein Fortress

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Lorenzo Mylos F wrote a review Aug 2020
Brissago-Valtravaglia, Italy29 contributions1 helpful vote
Magic fortress overlooking this tiny Tyrolean town. Managed to go till the top of the fortress via the steps since the lift to get up there could only carry eight people at a time and there were just too many people. The view from the top of the Festung is breathtaking and it embraces the river Inn so majestically flowing through the town. While visiting it, I really felt transported into another era, during the Middle Ages and really loved the experience. When in Kufstein a visit to the fortress is definitely a must
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Date of experience: August 2020
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MarcusHurley wrote a review Aug 2020
Bristol, United Kingdom6,821 contributions856 helpful votes
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Kufstein is a beautiful Austrian Tyrolean town on the river Inn (of Innsbruk fame) that just happens to be dominated by a massive castle. This is built on a sheer rock outcrop and over the years has expanded to cover the entire upper surface of the rock. The castle bounced between the control of Bavaria and the Habsburgs for 500 years with Maximillian I creating the famous round tower that is a symbol of the castle. After its military purpose ended it became a political prison for those deemed too liberal by the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Which was just about anyone who lifted their forehead off the ground. It is now a tourist attraction and museum. We parked in the town centre and then promptly lost sight of the aforementioned castle that dominates the town and got lost. I crossed the river to get my bearings, such as they are and then we headed in a vaguely correct direction until we found the castle entrance. We paid our €25 entrance and took the funicular to the upper courtyard and keep complex. The castle is well signposted for each of the museums and they generally have a decent amount of English explanations, although some were lacking. Before the funicular there was a man powered treadmill to get goods from the ground to the upper levels of the castle! This is still in place along with a wooden gallery overlooking the courtyard. The next courtyard has the castle cafe where we paused for a coffee before continuing our tour. The castle includes museums of local history, costumes and culture, arms and armour (including replicas you can try on), a history of Maximillian I and the castle and the political prison. There are also gun batteries, a herb garden, the worlds largest open air organ (that we didn't visit) and a rock cut tunnel that extended for a couple of hundred metres linking two parts of the castle. Although I'm sure you're thinking this was just another castle it was that but also a superb set of museums and a tour through 500 years of Tyrolean history. The views were pretty good too. We left the castle after about three hours and wandered around the town before making our way home.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Happiness114307 wrote a review Feb 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Wort a bist. Beautiful views into the mountains and Kufstein. In general loved the old architecture. Was a throwback into old times!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Janet P wrote a review Feb 2020
8 contributions5 helpful votes
The guide books suggest an hour for the visit, but we spent longer. The lunchtime organ concert was brilliant and we enjoyed the various displays around different parts of the castle.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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stopmaster wrote a review Jan 2020
Kiryat Yam, Israel241 contributions22 helpful votes
While in Kufstein hard to miss this fortress on a rocky outcrop high above town. Lift gets visitors to the upper level, plenty to see: surrounding area, downtown,several interesting exhibitions ( give torture chamber a miss, I'm sorry I didn't), extensive grounds with towers,underground passages, bastions, large open air organ. Gain a free entry with your Kufsteiner Card. Very enjoyable couple of hours.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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