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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, 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 all of Tyrol, before it fell back to Austria in 1814.During the Austrian Empire and in 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. After criticism of the articles of association by the Austrian Court of Audit, it was changed in 2019, and since then the company has been known as "Fortress Kufstein GmbH". de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festung_Kufstein
August 24, 2020
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