Kufstein is the second largest town in Tyrol after the capital of Innsbruck and has a population of just over 18,000. The town itself lies on the river Inn and is surrounded by the Northern Limestone Alps and edges onto the Bavarian Alpine Foreland.
Settlements and human presence has been dated as far back as the Stone Age, and also traces of the Roman Empire have been found. In later history, Kufstein saw many different rulers owing to its important position and the large fortress that remains an important part of the town’s culture today.
With a traditional Austrian feel and such beautiful streets as the Romerhofgasse, coupled together with the multitude of outdoor activities, Kufstein is a true tourist gem.
Let’s explore the best things to do in Kufstein:
1. Kufstein Fortress
This imposing hillside fortress is without a doubt the most visited attraction in Kufstein and it is easy to see why.
Looming over the small town, the castle is hard to miss and has been an important site in the region of Tyrol for hundreds of years.
Conquered by the Emperor Maximillian II in the 1500’s the fortress saw much expansion with the inclusion of its outer walls and the huge iconic round tower.
The amazing location of the castle, its outstanding design and striking white walls, plus the views it offers over Kufstein make it a brilliant tourist attraction.
Inside the castle is a museum and the fabled open air organ which earns a slot in this article in its own right.