Kufstein

Flanked by the Brandenberg Alps to the west and the mighty Kaiser Mountains to the east, Kufstein is a town near the Bavarian border which acts as a gateway to the alpine Inntal Valley.

With a population of around 18,400, it is the second-largest settlement in Tirol. At its heart lies the mighty Kufstein Castle. This fortress dates back more than 800 years and is not only the symbol of Kufstein but also home to a museum and the largest open-air organ in the world. Another sight in the old-town worth a visit is the Römerhofgasse, a medieval passage lined with houses decorated with beautiful frescoes. In other parts of the town visitors will find examples of art nouveau architecture, while the Wasserbastei on the banks of the Inn contains the remains of the protective wall which surrounded Kufstein in the Middle Ages. The town also has a thriving arts scene and puts on a number of open-air operettas each year in August. Hikers can explore the large network of trails in the surrounding mountains, while in winter there is the nearby SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental, the largest interconnected wintersports resort in Austria.

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