The Heldenorgan on Kufstein Fortress is the largest open-air organ in the world. It was erected in 1931 by the organ builder Oscar Walcker in the citizen's tower of the fortress to commemorate those who fell in World War I. The organ work was originally two-manual and was expanded in 1971 to four manuals with 46 registers and 4,307 pipes. During the general renovation in 2009, the organ was subjected to a technical modernization and expanded to 65 registers and 4,948 pipes. Experience their unique game every day at 12 noon, which can be heard far beyond the city. The organ still plays today to commemorate all victims of armed conflicts and urges peace throughout the world.
August 18, 2020
Kufstein Fortress "the landmark of the city of Kufstein"
The Kufstein Fortress (incorrectly also Geroldseck Fortress) is the landmark of the city of Kufstein and is one of the most imposing medieval buildings in Tyrol.
It is located on the fortress mountain above the town of Kufstein on a 90 m high rock directly on the Inn and can be reached on foot or with the Kaiser Maximilian panorama train.
In 1205 the fortress was first mentioned in a document as "Castrum Caofstein". At that time it was owned by the bishops of Regensburg.
From 1415 onwards, Duke Ludwig the Bearded strengthened the fortifications.
In the course of the Landshut War of Succession in 1504, the later Emperor Maximilian I besieged the town and fortress of Kufstein and conquered them. He had the facility renewed and expanded into a fortress.
In 1703 Bavarian troops invaded Tyrol and also conquered the Kufstein Fortress, but had to evacuate it the following year after the Tyrolean farmers had revolted against the Bavarian occupation. In the 18th century there was a fortress bridge in Kufstein. As a result of the Peace of Pressburg, the fortress came under Bavarian rule again in 1805, together with the whole of Tyrol, before it fell back to Austria in 1814.
During the Austrian Empire and the Austro-Hungarian Dual Monarchy, the fortress served as a prison for numerous Hungarian dissidents, including Ferenc Kazinczy (1799–1800), Gregor Czuczor (1850–1851) and Sándor Rózsa (1859–1865).
The fortress has been owned by the city of Kufstein since 1924, which has leased the fortress to "Top City Kufstein GmbH" since 1996. Following criticism of the articles of association by the Austrian Court of Auditors, it was changed in 2019, and since then the company has been known as “Fortress Kufstein GmbH”.
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October 25, 2021
It is the second largest open-air organ in the world, which means that the music is played into the city through windows that can be opened. The musical mechanism / organ pipe, which has been enlarged 3 times, is located in a tower of the castle. The organist is playing in a small glass house at the foot of the lift.
August 16, 2021
The fortress used to serve as a border fortress between Bavaria and Austria, and ownership changed. It was "successfully" besieged and destroyed 3 times, and each time it was rebuilt and enlarged. In addition, under Emperor Maximilian it was also used as a political prison for unpopular nobles. It is currently a state-of-the-art museum including an app tour and numerous modern installations.
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August 16, 2021
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