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Kufstein

The remains of a Stone Age settlement have been found in this health resort and tourist centre on the Bavarian border. On a rocky hill to the north of the town stands the Feste Kufstein, a mighty fortress with a small barbican and the Emperor’s Tower. Today it houses a Regional Museum and, on the ground floor of the tower, the Heldenorgel (Heroes’ Organ), built to commemorate all who were killed in World War I. The late-Gothic Church of St Vitus was rebuilt in the 17th century in the Baroque style, but in the 20th century it was partly returned to its original Gothic appearance. Nearby stands the Holy Trinity Chapel, with a beautiful Baroque altar dating from 1765. Environs: Hechtsee and Stimmersee, two small, scenic lakes west of Kufstein, are excellent for water sports enthusiasts. About 30 km (22 miles) northeast of Kufstein, beyond the Kaisergebirge ridge known as Zahmer Kaiser (Tame Emperor), is Walchsee, a beguiling town and lake of the same name, with many fine houses with picturesque fa?ades and a good water sports centre. The road from Kufstein along the Sparchenbach river leads to Stripsenkopf, at 1,807 m (5,929 ft) the highest peak in the Zahmer Kaiser range, with great views of the Kaisergebirge.

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