The attractive town of Kufstein has much to recommend it; as
well as a charming centre, the town is surrounded by glorious
mountain ranges and the sparkling lakes Hechtsee and Stimersee.
Kufstein's position has long made it a sought-after strategic base
for the rulers of both the Tyrol and nearby Bavaria - in
fact, the town is known to have changed hands at least six times
since the Middle Ages.
A pivotal point of the town's defence - the mighty Kufstein
Fortress - is today arguably the town's highlight. This defensive
structure has been perched on a hill above Kufstein since at least
1205, though the imposing Emperor's Tower was added in 1522. Today,
you can roam around the grounds and the castle's ramparts to enjoy
the simply spectacular views of the Inn Valley below.