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Kufstein (Austria)
Basic data
Country: Austria
State : Tyrol
Political District : Kufstein
License plate : KU
Surface: 39.37 km²
Coordinates : 47 ° 35 '  N , 12 ° 10'  E Coordinates: 47 ° 35 '0 "  N , 12 ° 10' 0"  E
Height : 504  m above sea level A.
Residents : 19,527 (January 1, 2020)
Postal code : 6330
Area code : 05372
Community code : 7 05 13
Address of the
municipal administration:
Unterer Stadtplatz 22
6330 Kufstein
Website: www.kufstein.at
Mayor : Martin Krumschnabel (The Party Free)
Municipal Council : (2016)
(21 members)
A total of 21 seats
  • The party free : 10
  • FPÖ : 5
  • ÖVP : 3
  • Bras : 1
  • GREEN : 1
  • SPÖ : 1
Location of Kufstein in the Kufstein district
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 Tirol (Bundesland)Location of the municipality of Kufstein in the Kufstein district (clickable map)
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The town's landmark: Kufstein Fortress with Pendling mountain
The town's landmark: Kufstein Fortress with Pendling mountain
Source: Municipal data from Statistics Austria

Kufstein ( dialect Kufschtåa [ ˈkxʊfʃtɔ̃ɐ̯̃ ] or Kopfschtåa [ ˈkxopfʃtɔ̃ɐ̯̃ ]) is a municipality in Tyrol on the border with the Free State of Bavaria , and the administrative seat of the Kufstein district . The city is located in the Tiroler Unterland and Unterinntal and with 19,527 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2020) is the second largest city in the state after Innsbruck . The community is located in the judicial district of Kufstein .



The city lies on both sides of the Inn , between the local mountain Pendling and the Maistaller Berg in the west, the Thierberg in the north, the Kaiser Mountains and the Stadtberg in the east and the Kufsteiner Wald in the south. The city is located at around 500 meters above sea level at the exit of the alpine Inn Valley and only a few kilometers from the Bavarian foothills of the Alps . In the municipality is also the Kaisertal , which until recently was the last valley in Austria without road access (in 2006, after a long political discourse, the Anna Tunnel was built between Kufstein and Ebbs ).

In the urban area, numerous streams flow into the Inn, the two largest tributaries to the right of the Inn are the Weißache in the south and the Kaiserbach , which forms the city limits in the north. Other right tributaries are the Mitterndorfer- , the Kien- and the Kreuzbach , left tributaries are the Rochenbach and the Morsbach . Four hills or smaller mountains are located in the middle of the city: Zellerberg , Festungsberg, Kalvarienberg (Heldenhügel) and Lausbichl. There are several lakes within a few kilometers: Stimmersee , Thiersee , Pfrillsee , Längsee , Hechtsee , Egelsee , Kieferer See , Kreutsee , Hödenauersee , Hintersteiner See and Walchsee ; Stimmersee, Thiersee, Kieferer See, Kreutsee and Hödenauersee are among the neighboring communities. Up until the last century there were a few lakes and ponds in the southwest that silted up except for the small Maistaller Lacke . Like the Egelsee, this has been a nature reserve for several years.

The valley floor slopes gently throughout the city towards the Inn, which can be seen, for example, on the Lower Town Square.

City structure

Logo of the city of Kufstein

The municipality includes the following nine localities (population in brackets as of January 1, 2020):

  • Endach (2437)
  • Kufstein (10,042)
  • Kufstein-Kaisertal (2)
  • Kufstein-Stadtberg (21)
  • Mitterndorf (1923)
  • Morsbach (132)
  • Thierberg (302)
  • Weissach (2060)
  • Cell (2608)


Kufstein has always consisted of a handful of districts that developed from former hamlets and small settlements. Due to the heavy construction activity in the 20th century, they grew more and more, but the boundaries of the city districts are still partially recognizable. The village character can only be seen in the westernmost district of Morsbach , where there has been no major construction activity in the last few decades.

The districts can be divided as follows:
The location of the neighborhoods

The city center consists mainly of buildings with three to six floors, there are only a few high-rise buildings on the outskirts. The old town, which was not burned down in 1809, is the oldest part of Kufstein. Since the 1990s, building has been increasing again, which is why the population increased by 2500 between 1991 and 2001. With the construction of shopping centers, a congress building and the expansion of the university of applied sciences, the population will continue to grow.

Neighboring communities

( district of Rosenheim , By. , DE )
Thiersee Neighboring communities Kirchdorf in Tirol ( District Kitzbühel )
Langkampfen Schwoich
at the Wilder

Greater Kufstein

The Kufstein area consists of the city of Kufstein and the neighboring communities of Kiefersfelden (Bavaria), Ebbs, Niederndorf , Schwoich and Langkampfen. In 2003, around 45,000 people lived in this relatively small area, and the population is growing rapidly. The greater area is located in the Unterinntal conurbation, where over 380,000 people live.

Nature reserves

Kufsteiner and Langkampfener Innauen

Kufstein is part of two nature reserves: The Kaiser Mountains (93 km²) were declared a nature reserve by the Tyrolean state government in 1963 and the Kufstein and Langkampfen Innauen (17.76 ha) in 1972. In the Innauen there is also an old tributary of the Inn, the Lurchweiher , which was declared a natural monument in 1986. See also the list of nature reserves in Tyrol and the list of natural monuments in the Kufstein district .


Average monthly temperatures and precipitation for Kufstein
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. Temperature ( ° C ) 2.2 4.5 9.7 15.1 20.0 22.3 24.5 23.8 19.5 14.7 7.4 2.7 O 13.9
Min. Temperature (° C) -4.5 -3.4 0.2 3.8 8.4 11.6 13.5 13.2 9.9 6.0 0.8 -2.9 O 4.8
Temperature (° C) -1.7 -0.3 3.8 8.5 13.4 16.2 18.2 17.5 13.7 9.2 3.3 -0.5 O 8.5
Precipitation ( mm ) 76 79 103 88 116 159 174 171 111 77 88 87 Σ 1,329
Humidity ( % ) 71.0 63.0 55.0 48.3 49.8 53.3 53.5 55.9 59.3 61.6 70.2 76.5 O 59.8
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec


Tischofer cave

The area around Kufstein has been settled for around 30,000 years, as has been proven by finds of bony arrowheads by Ice Age hunters in the Tischofer Cave in the Kaisertal . Many of these finds are exhibited in the local history museum at the Kufstein Fortress . Thus Kufstein is probably the oldest populated area in Tyrol.

From antiquity to the Middle Ages

Kufstein was captured in the Roman campaign against the Rätier and Vindeliker in 15 BC and assigned to the Roman provinces Rätien (district of Zell) and Noricum (rest of the city) when they were formed in the first half of the following century. Traces of the old Roman military road in the Inn Valley still bear witness to this time . The area was under Roman rule for 500 years and was then repeatedly occupied by the Bavarians. The location is documented as "Caofstein" for the first time in a list of goods by Bishop Arn of Salzburg from around 788-790 with its own church ( ecclesia ). At that time, the Kufstein area was part of the Gaus (" pagus Inter Valles ") in the Lower Inn Valley and was under the Duchy of Bavaria . The Kufstein fortress (castle) was first mentioned in 1205 as the property of the Bishop of Regensburg and the Duke of Bavaria. Until 1213 the Bavarians succeeded in gaining sole rule. Due to its strategically important location, the place was promoted and fortified by the respective rulers until it was granted city rights in 1393 .

Bavaria and Tyrol

Siege of Kufstein
Inscription on the monument to Hans von Pienzenau on Kufsteiner Strasse in Langkampfen

Kufstein was repeatedly the subject of border disputes between Bavaria, Tyrol and the Habsburg Empire of Austria, which also brought the city a lot of use as a border and customs post. Kufstein was part of the Bavarian duchy for a long time and first came to Tyrol as a bridal gift in 1342, when Countess Margarete von Tirol married the Bavarian duke Ludwig the Brandenburger , but had to be returned to Bavaria in the Treaty of Schärding in 1369 . Due to the division of Bavaria , after 50 years of belonging to Bavaria-Ingolstadt, it finally belonged to the domain of the rich dukes of Landshut until its extinction in the male line .

Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian , who ruled from 1314 to 1347, gave the city independent jurisdiction . Towards the end of the 14th century Kufstein received by the Bavarian Duke Stefan the Younger , the town charter . Thanks to Duke Ludwig the Bearded , the strong fortifications with which he had the castle equipped in 1415.

At the Reichstag in Cologne in 1505, the Habsburg Maximilian I decided the Landshut War of Succession through an arbitration award and thereby formally secured the area around Kufstein for himself.

This was preceded by the fact that the Bavarian commandant of Kufstein Castle, Hans von Pienzenau , first swore an oath on Maximilian, but then switched to the Palatinate side for 30,000 guilders. He would not be persuaded to hand over the city. A fierce battle for the castle ensued. Maximilian had the castle bombarded with 100 kg iron balls from the giant cannons Purlepaus and Weckauf , which were specially brought from Innsbruck, along with other main pieces and the harsher "Löwen" . The castle and town were then taken by Maximilian and, contrary to customary customs, executed (beheaded) by Pienzenau. A document shows that the formal handover of rule, castle and town of Kufstein, including the regional court, took place on February 8, 1506.

Maximilian had the damage caused by the siege and the bombardment with the cannons repaired and the castle expanded into a fortress by his master builder Martin Zeller. The city and the surrounding areas belonged to Tyrol and thus to Austria . The Upper Bavarian Land Law of Ludwig of Bavaria continued to apply in Kufstein until the 19th century.

The name Geroldseck is wrongly ascribed to the castle (supposedly in memory of Gerold , the legendary brother-in-law of Charlemagne ) . This is, however, a confusion with Hohengeroldseck Castle in the Black Forest. This castle, which was then in the Palatinate, was besieged in the Landshut War of Succession.

In 1522, Emperor Maximilian had the large, round imperial tower built for 7,000  guilders , which became Kufstein's landmark and impresses visitors with 5 to 7 m thick walls and intermediate vaults. Even the ballroom is hidden behind these thick walls.

In the 16th and 17th centuries, Kufstein was an important transit and toll point thanks to the lively carriage traffic and the Inn shipping . Trade and industry also flourished during this politically relatively calm period.

That changed with the beginning of the Spanish War of Succession , when Elector Max Emanuel of Bavaria invaded Tyrol as an ally of France and successfully besieged the city, which was largely destroyed by fire. On the orders of the Tyrolean military director v. The suburbs north of the city walls had been set on fire. When the often occurring upstream wind (the “Boarian”) carried the flames over the wall, the city and fortress caught fire and the powder stores in the castle exploded. In the resulting chaos, a Bavarian troop managed to break into the castle through an open window and take the crew there by surprise. As early as 1704, however , the Bavarians had to withdraw again, as Kufstein was awarded to Austria by the Ilbesheim Treaty .

In 1740 the last fortifications were built under the court architect Johann Gumpp the Elder. J. erected. This includes the Josefsburg with its 150 m long casemate ring .

In 1805, in the course of the Third Coalition War against Napoleon , Kufstein was again taken by the Bavarians after the fortress surrendered without a fight and, together with all of Tyrol, also formally assigned to the Kingdom of Bavaria in the Peace of Pressburg . It could not be recovered in the Tyrolean uprising in 1809 after weeks of siege, as the Bavarian garrison relied on the fortress, which was impregnable for the rebels. The uprising was brutally suppressed for good in 1813. When Bavaria left the alliance with Napoleon and switched to the side of the Allies, Bavaria and Austria agreed in the Ried Treaty to return Tyrol (and thus also Kufstein) to Austria. In return, Austria assured Bavaria of its ownership and corresponding compensation for the loss of Tyrol by expanding ownership on the Lower Main and on the left of the Rhine. The agreement was carried out in 1814, making Kufstein permanently Austrian and Bavaria winning the Grand Duchy of Würzburg and the Rhine Palatinate.

The Kufstein Fortress thus lost its military importance and was used as a state prison for political prisoners of Austrian, Polish, Italian and Hungarian origin until the late 19th century. Criminals were also imprisoned here, such as the 13-time murderer and sentenced to death Rózsa Sándor , who was later pardoned.

Time of the industrial revolution

In 1842 the first industry was established with the Kink cement works in Endach . In 1858 Kufstein's access to tourism opened up with the Kufstein – Innsbruck railway line . In 1894 the first aqueduct from the Kaisertal was built. In 1898 the first electric light shone in Kufstein. At the beginning of the 20th century, several railway projects were on the verge of being realized: the Kufstein - Kössen - Reit im Winkl - Traunstein , Kufstein - Thiersee - Bayrischzell routes and two projects in the Kaiser Mountains. However, it was never implemented (in full) because it failed because of the costs or the First World War .

time of the nationalsocialism

In 1938, when Austria was annexed to the German Reich , Kufstein became a district town in the Tyrol-Vorarlberg district . Shortly before the end of World War II , the city was bombed and shelled with artillery, destroying many historic buildings. After the end of the war, Kufstein was occupied by the Americans and the French one after the other.


Today Kufstein is the largest city in the Kufstein district and the second largest city in the state of Tyrol after Innsbruck . In 2014, Kufstein was in 27th place in Austria .

In 2013 Kufstein was awarded the silver medal in the city category by the Entente Florale Europe for the floral decorations and other sustainable projects.


Around 20,000 people currently live in Kufstein. Between 1991 and 2001 the population increased by around 14%, in 2002 and 2003 by around 1% in each case. About 45,000 people live in the Kufstein area (Kufstein, Schwoich, Langkampfen, Thiersee, Kiefersfelden, Ebbs and Niederndorf).

In the 2001 census, 69.9% of Kufstein residents were Roman Catholics, 9.8% Islamic, 8.9% without confession and around 4.6% Protestant. 47.2% are men, 52.8% women. 82.6% had Austrian citizenship, 13.7% foreigners (without EU citizenship) and 3.7% were other EU citizens. 17.7% were under 15 years old, 19.6% over 60 years old.

In 2001, 3,058 citizens commuted from the city, while 5,414 from the inland commuted to Kufstein. The largest number of commuters make up 683 Ebbser, 442 Wörgler, 419 Thierseer and 403 Langkampfner. 556 Kufsteiners commuted to Wörgl, 212 to Langkampfen, 211 to Innsbruck and 180 to Ebbs. It is not known how many commuters travel between Kufstein and neighboring Bavaria, but the figures are likely to be comparable.

Only 18% or 7.1 square kilometers of the municipal area are permanent settlements. Thus the real population density in Kufstein is around 2,370 people per square kilometer.

A West Central Bavarian dialect is spoken in Kufstein, which shares only minor southern Bavarian features such as the affricated "k".

The Kufsteinerische east like all Tyrolean dialects of the Zillertal - - strongly from Innsbruck dialect is different. But there are also differences to the surrounding communities, especially to those in the Bavarian Inn Valley. Some words have traces of East Bavarian dialect, e.g. B. “du kust” instead of “du kånnst” (you can) or “is des vüü” instead of “is des fui” (that's a lot).

Population development


The place name goes back to the Kopfstoa rock ridge, which first gave its name to the corridor and finally to the settlement. As a starting form, a compound from Old High German chuofa - (barrel) and - stone would be easily imaginable, which can be translated as rock shaped like a barrel . The genesis of the toponym (in excerpts): 798 "Caofstein", 924 "Chuofstein", 12th century "Chofstein". In the late Middle Ages the sound of Kufstein prevailed.


Municipal council

The municipal council consists of 21 members. In addition to a mayor, the city ​​council consists of two mayor deputies and currently (2016) four city councilors, who are delegated from the local council.

Municipal council
Voter turnout (%) 88.4 82.1 61.0 62.4 59.4
The Party Free * - 4th 4th 5 10
Kufstein People's Party (ÖVP) 8th 8th 9 7th 3
Joint Kufstein List (FPÖ) * 7th 5 2 3 5
Social Democratic Party Kufstein (SPÖ) 4th 3 3 2 1
Open Green Forum (Greens) 2 1 1 1 1
Citizens' List (BHS) - - 2 3 1

In Tyrol, parties often change their name with each election. For a better overview, the common designation is used without personal names; * Up to and including the municipal council elections in 1992, The Party Free and the Free Party ran together under one list.

Mayor since 1835

  • 1835–1840 Franz Kink
  • 1849-1852 Franz Kink
  • 1852–1861 Johann Nepomuk Stenzl
  • 1861–1864 Anton Kink
  • 1864–1872 Johann Nepomuk Stenzl
  • 1872–1872 Josef Reisch
  • 1872–1875 Georg Anker
  • 1875–1876 Josef Ungerer
  • 1876–1878 Georg Anker
  • 1878–1882 Anton Karg
  • 1882–1887 Johann Stenzl
  • 1887–1893 Johann "Hans" Reisch
  • 1893–1904 Josef Praxmarer ( German Freedom Party )
  • 1904–1919 Josef Egger (German progressive citizens and farmers' association)
  • 1919–1922 Oskar Pirlo (United Liberal Citizens' Party)
  • 1922–1938 Georg Pirmoser (progressive citizens' association)
  • 1938–1939 Hans F. Reisch ( NSDAP )
  • 1939–1941 Max Schierl (NSDAP)
  • 1941–1941 Karl Kraft (NSDAP, acting)
  • 1941–1945 Siegfried Dillersberger sen. (NSDAP)
  • 1945–1946 Andreas Rupprechter (ÖVP)
  • 1946–1947 Thomas Sappl ( ÖVP )
  • 1947–1950 Konrad Philipp (ÖVP)
  • 1950–1956 Fritz Egger (ÖVP)
  • 1956–1959 Karl Jäger sen.
  • 1959–1974 Rudolf Wahrstötter ( SPÖ )
  • 1974–1987 Siegfried Dillersberger ( Freedom Party of Austria )
  • 1987–1992 Lothar Held (The Party Free)
  • 1992–2010 Herbert Marschitz (ÖVP)
  • since 2010 Martin Krumschnabel (The Party Free)

coat of arms

AUT Kufstein COA.svg

The city's coat of arms shows :

A silver salt barrel with gold fittings, which stands on three mountains. The background is red.

The salt barrel ( Middle High German  Kufe , cf. Küfer ) in the talking coat of arms indicates the enormous importance of the city when, for centuries, salt in particular was shipped across the Inn. The three mountains ( stones ) represent the three small mountains in the municipality: Festungsberg , Zeller Berg and Kalvarienberg .


In the interwar period and shortly after the Second World War, the city ​​of Kufstein made several territorial claims to the Tyrolean state government, some of which were granted (1937 Thierberg, 1956 Zellerberg, Morsbach, Kleinholz). The city also called for the northern side of the Kaisertal and Eichelwang from Ebbs, as well as Maistall and the Stimmersee area from Langkampfen . Instead of ceding the areas mentioned, the village community of Langkampfen financially participated in the construction of a new elementary school, which was also attended by Langkampner children. No consideration was agreed with the Ebbs municipal administration, but Eichelwang has long since grown together with Kufstein and enjoys Kufstein's infrastructure such as cable TV, internet, city buses, water and electricity. Even the phone code and postcode are the same as those of Kufstein.

Regional policy

The city is a member or part of several regional associations and clubs or confederations:

Town twinning

Frauenfeld / Switzerland : During the Second World War, the area from Wörgl to Kufstein was heavily drawn. Bombings, especially on the train stations, destroyed parts of these two cities. The city of Frauenfeld helped rebuild Kufstein by allowing many Kufstein children to spend their summer holidays in Switzerland. Since then there has been a solid partnership between these two cities, which both express themselves with new ideas and projects.
Rovereto / Italy : Kufstein was the northernmost, Rovereto the southernmost city in the state of Tyrol. (South Tyrol and Trentino have been politically part of Italy since 1918. ) To commemorate this circumstance, Kufstein and Rovereto became twin cities.
AUT Langenlois COA.png
Langenlois / Austria : When the Lower Austrian town of Langenlois was badly hit by a flood in 2002, Kufstein helped with firefighters, machines and money. To commemorate this help, the town twinning was established in 2012.

Economy and Infrastructure

Most of the trade in the center consists of smaller shops and boutiques. The Inntalcenter and Kufstein Galleries ( Kufstein shopping center ) are also located there. A new shopping center called KISS - Kufsteiner Innenstadt Shops is currently being built in the immediate vicinity .

The arcade and the Hans Reisch-Straße - Marktgasse are also right in the center of the city. The municipality is also a small banking center with the seat of the sixth largest Austrian Volksbank (according to its own information, 2003). On the outskirts of the city, new industrial and commercial areas are constantly emerging, such as the Weissach , Kufstein Süd , Kufstein Nord , Münchner Straße , Innpark Kufstein and Grissemann industrial parks .

But Kufstein is also the seat of numerous large companies. The fortress city is no longer the seat of the largest Austrian private company SPAR Austria , but its founding city. The company was founded in 1954 by Hans Reisch with a first branch on Untere Stadtplatz, which still exists.

The Voere Precision Technology GmbH is a manufacturer of hunting and precision weapons, as well as precision components for high-tech industries, electrical, plant and machinery . The company was founded in 1948 by Erich VOEtter and Paul REstle in Furtwangen in the Black Forest, the acquisition of Sportwaffen Tyrol in 1965 established the move of the merged company to Kufstein.

In the neighboring communities there are companies such as Stihl Tirol , which was founded in 1981 under the name "Viking" in Kufstein, Sandoz , Coveris Flexibles Austria GmbH (former Britton Unterland GmbH), SPZ Zementwerke , Moguntia , some of which are poor in building land because of the high land costs City have migrated to the surrounding area.

According to the market report “Wohnen in Tirol” from 2012, real estate prices in Kufstein are 2391 € / m² for apartments in the first sale and 1479 € / m² for resale. The price per square meter for undeveloped land was € 375 according to the survey of actual transactions from the land register.

The Kufstein - Rosenheim - Salzburg economic area is closely linked and dependent on one another. Numerous commuters work, study or shop across borders in Tyrol , Bavaria and Salzburg, which is specifically promoted through projects (Inn shipping, 'boundless' cycling and hiking trails, cultural guides, etc.).

Public facilities



The high-ranking transport network in Kufstein
View over the Inn
Passenger ship "St. Nikolaus "at the pier (2010)


The city lies on the Inntal  motorway A12 with two exits (Kufstein North / Center and Kufstein South / Felbertauern). The A12 leads from Rosenheim via Kufstein (up to here as the German A 93 ) into the Tyrolean Oberinntal .

The B 171 leads from Kirchbichl through the city to the state border in Kiefersfelden , the B 173 comes from Schwoich and joins the B 171, the B 175 leads from the B 171 from the city to Ebbs and on via Niederndorf to the state border at Niederndorferberg .

City bus

The Kufstein city bus is operated by the Kufstein municipal utilities and the Achhorner company. Three lines run every 20 minutes.

line From To
1 Endach - Weissach - center - Sparchen - Kaisertal
2 Kaisertal - Sparchen - Center - Weissach - Endach
3 Cell - Sparchen - Center - Zell

Regional bus

Regional buses can be used in the urban area or in the Kufstein tariff zone like city buses.

line operator From Kufstein to
4026 VVT / Ledermair - Schwoich - Bad Häring - Kirchbichl - Wörgl
4030 VVT / Ledermair - Ebbs - Niederndorf - Walchsee - Kössen
4036 VVT / Ledermair - Ebbs - Niederndorf - Erl - Niederndorferberg
4046 VVT / Ledermair - Thiersee - Hinterthiersee - Landl
4055 VVT / Ledermair - Schaftenau - Niederbreitenbach - Kirchbichl - Wörgl
4068 VVT / Ledermair - Schaftenau - Niederbreitenbach - Mariastein - Wörgl
4902 VVT / Ledermair - Schwoich - Söll
9577 RVO / Chr. Margreiter - Kiefersfelden - Oberaudorf - Brannenburg - Raubling - Rosenheim

Night traffic

Several lines operate in the area on weekends:

line operator From Kufstein to
S 1 VVT / ÖBB - Schaftenau - Langkampfen - Kirchbichl - Wörgl - Innsbruck
N5 Chr. Margreither - Kiefersfelden - Oberaudorf - Brannenburg - Raubling - Rosenheim
NBL society - Ebbs - Niederndorf - Erl - Walchsee - Kössen


The Kufstein station is located on the railway line from Rosenheim to Innsbruck (Unterinntalbahn). The number of travelers is around 5000 people per day.

Long-distance services run every 2 hours from Budapest or Vienna via Kufstein to Zurich and every 2 hours from Munich via Kufstein to Bologna or Venice. In addition, an ÖBB Nightjet runs daily from Hamburg via Kufstein to Innsbruck.

Kufstein is the end and starting point of the hourly S1 line of the S-Bahn Tirol via Wörgl and Innsbruck to Telfs-Pfaffenhofen and the regional express to Brennero / Brenner. There is also an hourly direct connection to Munich via Rosenheim with the Meridian .

line Line course Tact
Railjet logo.svg Vienna Hbf - Vienna Meidling - St. Pölten Hbf - Linz Hbf - Salzburg Hbf - Kufstein - Wörgl Hbf - Innsbruck Hbf - Ötztal - Landeck-Zams - St. Anton am Arlberg - Bludenz - Feldkirch - Buchs SG - Sargans - Zurich HB Every 2 hours
EuroCity Logo.svg Munich Hbf - Munich East - Rosenheim - Kufstein - Wörgl - Jenbach - Innsbruck Hbf - Brennero / Brenner - Fortezza / Franzensfeste - Bressanone / Brixen - Bolzano / Bozen - Trento - Rovereto - Verona Porta Nuova - Bologna Centrale or Venezia Santa Lucia Every 2 hours
Regional Express # Austria Kufstein - Kirchbichl - Wörgl - Kundl - Brixlegg - Jenbach - Schwaz - Hall iT - Rum - Innsbruck Hbf - Matrei am Brenner - Steinach am Brenner - St. Jodok am Brenner - Gries am Brenner - Brennero / Brenner Hourly
S-Bahn Tirol Kufstein - Schaftenau - Langkampfen - Kirchbichl - Wörgl main station -… - Innsbruck main station -… - Telfs-Pfaffenhofen Hourly
M. Kufstein - Kiefersfelden - Oberaudorf - Flintsbach - Brannenburg station - Raubling - Rosenheim - Großkarolinenfeld - Ostermünchen station - Aßling (Oberbay) - Grafing station - Munich East - Munich Hbf Hourly
NJ Hamburg Altona - Hamburg Dammtor - Hamburg Hbf - Hannover Hbf - Göttingen - Würzburg Hbf - Nürnberg Hbf - Augsburg Hbf - Munich Hbf - Kufstein - Wörgl Hbf - Jenbach - Innsbruck Hbf once a day


In the summer season until 2011 there was cross-border passenger shipping on the Inn between Kufstein and Oberaudorf (Bavaria). In the meantime, shipping has been discontinued for reasons of profitability, the ship “St. Nikolaus “sold to Hamburg in 2013.

air traffic

A little outside the city limits is the Kufstein-Langkampfen airfield (LOIK), from which mainly glider pilots take off. The international airports of Innsbruck , Munich and Salzburg are each a good hour's drive away.


In the city area there are the following bridges over the Inn (with use):

  • Motorway feeder south (A 12)
  • Bahnhofsbrücke (Münchner Strasse) - old city bridge since the Middle Ages
  • Endacher Steg (pedestrians and cyclists)
  • Fischergries-Steg (pedestrians and cyclists)
  • Wendlinger Bridge (B 171)
  • Wildbichler Bridge (A 12 and B 175)

In the area of ​​the Fischergries a further bridge is planned to relieve the southern and northern access roads into the center and, together with a bypass, to save traffic in this district as well.

Culture and sights

View over Kufstein from the fortress
Interior of the parish church of St. Vitus
The lower town square
  • Kufstein Fortress : The most important landmark is without a doubt the Kufstein Fortress on the 90 m high fortress hill in the center of the city, which was first mentioned in the 13th century. The representative imperial tower, which was built between 1518 and 1522, is visible from afar. In the 18th century and during the occupation after World War II, the fortress served as a prison.
  • Organ of the Kufstein Fortress : The Kufstein Fortress is home to the Hero's Organ, which can be heard across the city, the largest open-air organ in the world and a local museum.
  • The Josefsburg event area on the castle hill offers space for up to 5000 people; since 2006 it has been equipped with a weatherproof fold-out roof.
  • Thierberg ruins
  • Hohenstaffing Castle
  • Kufstein Town Hall : The town hall has been showing the coats of arms of the Tyrolean cities of Innsbruck, Sterzing , Imst , Vils , Lienz , Rattenberg , Brixen , Bruneck , Schwaz , Klausen , Kitzbühel , Glurns , Bozen , Landeck , Meran , Hall and under the gable tip of Kufstein since 1925 .
  • Parts of the old town (Römerhofgasse, Kirchgasse, Unterer Stadtplatz, Innpromenade) are popular as tourist destinations, such as the Weinhaus Batzenhäusl and the former inn and today's Weinhaus & Hotel Auracher Löchl , where Karl Ganzer wrote the Kufstein song . Most of the typical Inn-Salzach style was lost in Kufstein during a great fire in the Middle Ages, which destroyed almost the entire city at that time. On the lower town square, however, some buildings still have features such as front walls, arcades (but built in) and large bay windows. There are some imposing Art Nouveau buildings between Oberen Stadtplatz and Madersperger Strasse , such as the Sparkasse building, the former Hotel Egger, today's Stadtschule elementary school and the Bundesrealgymnasium.
  • Parish church Kufstein-St. Vitus : The old town is dominated by the baroque tower of the St. Vitus Church. It was built in 1390–1420 and redesigned in Baroque style in 1660–1661. On the northern edge of the old town, the water bastion on the Inn is worth seeing, a remnant of the medieval city wall. There are many monuments scattered throughout the city, such as that of Friedrich List . There is a small Madersperger museum in Kinkstrasse .
  • Parish church Kufstein-Endach
  • Parish church Kufstein-Sparchen
  • A large number of interesting villas from the Wilhelminian era are located in the districts of Kienbichl and Mitterndorf.

The Inn shipping, reintroduced in 1998 (May to October) led from Fischergries via Kiefersfelden, Ebbs, Niederndorf to Oberaudorf in Bavaria. There were plans to expand shipping to Rosenheim by 2009 . Obstacles were the power station in between, failures due to floods and the moderate number of passengers. In the summer of 2010, the suspension of shipping was discussed, which was then officially decided in 2011.

A historical look at Kufstein raises the black and white feature film The Flying Classroom of Erich Kastner . This film was shot entirely in Kufstein in 1953. The old sports field, Upper and Lower Town Square and much more can be seen.


In the Kufsteinlied - text and melody from 1947, by Karl Ganzer (1920–1988) - the fortress city is sung about all over the world. This song is considered to be one of the most sung and best-selling (100 million copies) popular songs in the world. The song also gave the city the slogan The Pearl of Tyrol and the river the nickname The Green Inn .


  • Innpark (at the Fischergries)
  • Inn promenade (on both sides of the Inn in the entire city area)
  • Kalvarienberg (am Kienbichl, Andreas Hofer monument)
  • Kinkpark (in Endach)
  • Stadtpark (in the city center)
  • Zellerberg (in Zell, forest mile, nature trail)

Regular events

Every year on December 30th, the Kufstein New Year takes place. Until 2003 there were no visitor limits, which is why it is estimated that over 30,000 people celebrated in the city center at that time. In 2004 the spectacle took place in the center and on the Josefsburg, the number of visitors was limited to 12,500 people, in 2005 they could be increased again to 15,000 by expanding the party area.

  • Almabtrieb
  • Autumn market
  • Imperial Festival
  • Kufstein Unlimited (Festival since 2011)
  • Operetta summer (since 2007 at Kufstein Fortress)
  • Country life in Kufstein (farmers and handicraft market)
  • Night shopping
  • Easter market
  • Knight Festival (since 2009 at the Kufstein Fortress)
  • Day of 1000 lights
  • Dance summer
  • New Year's Eve (fireworks on December 30th)
  • Christmas magic on the fortress
  • Wine festival
  • WoasstEh! -Wonderful culture days in Kufstein


The FC Kufstein plays in the Regionalliga West . The Sport-Union Kufstein Vikings became national champions in the Austrian Baseball League in 2002 and 2004 . The HC-Kufstein Dragons play in the National Amateur Hockey League . The Kufstein Towers basketball club plays in the West Regional Basketball League and the Tyrolean Championship.

Every year the Generali Bambini Cup takes place in the Kufstein Arena , where many young tennis stars from all over the world come to Kufstein.

In 2005 and 2007, Kufstein was also a stage destination of the Deutschland Radrundfahrt .


There are many restaurants from the train station via the Lower and Upper Stadtplatz to Franz-Josefs-Platz and Georg-Pirmoser-Straße. At the northern end of the city in Sparchen and Eichelwang there are more bars.

Inn promenade and fortress at night

Honorary citizen

  • Siegfried Dillersberger (born December 21, 1942), former mayor (1974–1987)
  • Anton Karg (November 1, 1835 to April 23, 1919), former mayor (1878–1882)
  • Herbert Marschitz, former mayor (1992–2010)
  • Rudolf Wahrstötter (July 15, 1921 to November 26, 2009), former mayor (1959–1974)


Web links

Commons : Kufstein  - album with pictures, videos and audio files
Wikivoyage: Kufstein  - travel guide
Wiktionary: Kufstein  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

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