Kaiser Maximilian

Commemorate the emperor with us. At Kufstein Fortress.

A ‘maximal’ anniversary year for everyone.

Kufstein fortress renders homage to Emperor Maximilian I, continuing with the tradition of his innovative spirit. As well as the opening of four impressive exhibitions, the ‘Kaiserjahr’ will feature numerous events in honour of the Romano-German Emperor. A new guidance and information system makes the outdoor area a museum experience, transforming your visit into an exciting trip. Find out everything about life on the fortress, the claims to power, the architectural history and the exciting military conflicts. Investigate the cannons, the Heroes’ Organ, the 60 metre deep well, the mysterious rocky path and much more. Valiant knights and fair maidens, saddle up your horses and make your way to Kufstein fortress!

Opening exhibitions


Opening of a permanent exhibition "Emperor Maximilian I."

Enjoy a first-hand experience of the Romo-German emperor.

This unique permanent exhibition takes you through the exciting life of Emperor Maximilian I. who made Kufstein Fortress what it is today. Immerse yourself in this unique history, based around chivalry, military technology, pioneering inventions and visions, media, love affairs and much more. Along with impressive exhibits and extensive information, the "digital" Emperor even tells you about his thrilling story in person.


Opening of a permanent exhibition in Artillerie Laboratorium

Emperor Maximilian I – »Last Knight « and »Father of the Landsknechte soldiers«. From chivalry to the modern era.

Emperor Maximilian I, self-styled »Last Knight« and »Father of the Landsknechte soldiers« bridges the chivalrous ideal of medieval times and the modern era in a new, pioneering military section. The exhibition reveals the exciting juxtaposition of these two groups, highlighting differences in areas including social background, clothing, combat styles and much more. Another exciting voyage through time in the extensive range offered at Kufstein fortress.


Permanent exhibition in the Fuchsturm

Here you are in the centre of history.

On the ground floor in the Fuchsturm an impressive 270° projection, which draws you into the midst of all the action, awaits. A rousing film provides you with all the information you need about how Kufstein fortress came to be, the spirited disputes and claims to power. An enormous map on the top floor invites you to find out about the cities and towns using digital telescopes, and to load more exciting information and video sequences on the screen. Awaken your spirit of exploration!


Permanent exhibition in the Kaiserturm

The erstwhile state prison awaits. As do goose bumps.

You won’t be able to get this exhibition, designed and built from scratch in the former state prison, out of your mind! In the cell block, you might well feel a shiver down your spine; if only these walls could talk! However, it is a convict who does the talking. He recounts his sad and touching story – intriguingly vivid – is this perhaps a genuine fortress ghost? After a seemingly supernatural encounter many people need a little sit-down and that is when we consolidate your knowledge about the convicts and their fates, in a straightforward, interactive manner using one of the many tablet computers. In a nutshell – you just have to go to the slammer!



03.05.2019Fr. 14:00

Emperor Maximilian Rally

An interactive ‘knowledge rally’

03.05.2019Fr. 19:00

Emperor Maximilian themed guided tour

Austria Guides open up the realm of Emperor Maximilian I to you.

01.06.2019Sa. 19:30

Boys’ choirs for Maximilian

with a concert by the »Austrian Baroque Company« beforehand at 6:00 p.m

Who better to render homage to the emperor than the pure, divine voices of the Vienna Sängerknaben, Augsburger Domsingknaben, Wiltener Sängerknaben and Regensburger Domspatzen? Pay a visit to this unique gathering of internationally renowned boys’ choirs, all of which date back to the time of Emperor Maximilian. Indeed, the Vienna Sängerknaben were founded by him.

The concert beforehand by the »Austrian Baroque Company« takes place at 6:00 p.m. in the Kaiserturm, while the main concert will take place from 7:30 p.m. in the Festungsarena. Advance ticket sales available at Bürgerservice or TVB Kufsteinerland

07.06.2019bis 10.6.19

Knights’ Festival under the banner of Emperor Maximilian I.

A trip to medieval times to enjoy an audience with the Emperor.

The Knights’ Festival at Pentecost, particularly in this anniversary year, is one of the highlights at Kufstein fortress. More than 500 participants fill the entire fortress facility with medieval life and all kinds of shenanigans. Mix with foot soldiers, and maybe be called to enjoy an audience with Emperor Maximilian.

07.06.2019Fr. 19:00

Emperor Maximilian themed guided tour

Austria Guides open up the realm of Emperor Maximilian I to you.

12.07.2019Fr. 19:00

Emperor Maximilian themed guided tour

Austria Guides open up the realm of Emperor Maximilian I to you.

23.08.2019Fr. 19:00

Emperor Maximilian themed guided tour

Austria Guides open up the realm of Emperor Maximilian I to you.

24.08.2019Sa. 19:00

Emperor’s Ball – Historic costume ball

In earlier times it was swords that were wielded. Today it is dancing that is the order of the day.

Fine warriors and fair maidens don that face paint! The Emperor invites you to the unique Emperor’s Ball in the impressive Kaiserturm. Maximilian takes care of his entourage and provides the loan of exquisite costumes, there is exulting music and plenty of food and drink to fill your belly! Tickets available at www.festung.kufstein.at

13.09.2019Fr. 19:00


A feast with historic meals, garb and medieval music.

Get ready. At the ‘Kaiser.Küche’ event you can expect a food-filled, action-packed spectacle. The master chef prepares all sorts of meals and drinks in the style of the time. Musicians and minstrels provide a suitable musical backdrop and also whimsical fun. So this is a true feast for the eyes, appropriate medieval garb is available to hire. More information can be found on the Internet at www.festung.kufstein.at

20.09.2019Fr. 19:00

Emperor Maximilian themed guided tour

Austria Guides open up the realm of Emperor Maximilian I to you.

04.10.2019Fr. 19:00

Emperor Maximilian themed guided tour

Austria Guides open up the realm of Emperor Maximilian I to you.



Your ticket includes access and entrance to all exhibitions

  • Adults € 12,50
  • Students € 7,50
  • Family: 2 Adults & Children € 26,00
  • Groups: 10 persons and more - per person € 11,50
  • guided school groups - per person € 5,50

Opening times

Kufstein Fortress is open daily, including all public holidays.

from 9 am until 6 pm
last entrance: 5 pm


Getting here

  • TrainTrain
  • BusBus/Taxi
  • CarCar

Getting to Kufstein Fortress by train

The train takes you direct to the ÖBB and DB stop in Kufstein. Kufstein train station, in the centre of the town, has connecting services and is the start of the Munich-Rosenheim – Kufstein, and Kufstein – Innsbruck rail routes. There is also a long-distance route every 2 hours from Vienna via Kufstein to Zurich, and from Munich via Kufstein to Bologna and Venice. The ÖBB Nightjet operates daily from Hamburg via Kufstein to Innsbruck. The S Bahn Tirol service operates hourly via Wörgl and Innsbruck to Telfs-Pfaffenhofen, and there is the Regional Express to Brennero / Brenner. Regionalbahn Meridian operates hourly from Munich to Kufstein and back.


  • Railjet - every 2 hours – Vienna main station – Vienna Meidling – St. Pölten main station – Linz main station – Salzburg main station – Kufstein
  • EC - every 2 hours - Munich main station – Munich East – Rosenheim – Kufstein

Get here with ease by bus and taxi!

Kufstein is a border station for Austria and Germany, with stops for the ICE, IC and Railjet services. This means that the town of Kufstein is ideal to get to by train. Starting from Kufstein you have the option of getting to your destination using the regional buses, or by taxi. Kufstein’s Stadtbus operates throughout Kufstein, every 20 minutes, with three lines - from Monday to Friday, 6.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. The ‘Regional’ and ‘Stadt’ buses can be used in the town area and in the Kufstein tariff zone. Alternatively, you can also get from one town to another via our reliable taxis. The local taxi ranks are at the train station forecourt, at Oberer Stadtplatz and at the district hospital.

Taxi services in the town

  • Kaisertaxi +43 5373 42000
  • Wheel-chair and hire car service Harald Hofer +43 664 5866645

Travelling by car!

Coming from the north (D, NL, B, GB): A8 to Salzburg, Inntal-Dreieck (triangle) on the A93 to Kufstein Coming from the west (CH): A12 Inntalautobahn motorway, to Kufstein Coming from the east (Salzburg): A1 to Salzburg, A8 to Munich, Inntal-Dreieck (triangle) on the A93, Kufstein Coming from the south (IT): A22 to Brenner, A13 to Innsbruck, A12 Inntalautobahn motorway to Kufstein