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Tyrolean travel & culture guide

Fortress of Kufstein

When the way belongs to the destination.

We will be happy if you already enjoy the day of your arrival to Thiersee to the full. Depending on the weather the day of departure will also offer interesting stops. Discover excursion destinations and sights which you can simply connect with your travel to and from Hinterthiersee. 




For decades, plays, readings and music have been performed live here each summer – both at the fortress as well as in the chic Festspielhaus. An interesting fusion of nature and culture in the middle of the Alps inspires visitors enjoying a “lazy summer” under the shade of an umbrella.

Creative artists create space for conversation, well-being and reflection.
Thank you!

© TVB Kufsteinerland

Excerpt from the 2024 programme

glück.tage in Kufsteinerland – Kufstein
20 March 2024

Known well beyond Austria, the glück.tage festival gives visitors the opportunity to collect plenty of fresh, witty input. With three top speakers, the organisers once again demonstrate their excellent sense for contemporary topics at special venues. First-class ideas from the areas of philosophy, literature, nature, cuisine and art of living captivate the audience and give them plenty to think about.

MusicalSommer Kufstein
“SISTER ACT” | 26 July – 11 August 2024

“Sister Act” – a heavenly musical based on the film of the same name starring Whoopi Goldberg. The score for the musical was composed by Alan Menken. A less than successful lounge singer is the only witness in a murder trial against a powerful underworld boss.

Learn more about the programme here.

Excursion destinations & sights

From sights in the region to a detour to Innsbruck and to the Crystal Worlds to a regional shopping experience - around Thiersee and on your travel there, interesting stops and excursion destinations will await you. No matter if you come from Innsbruck or from the Munich region: Hinterthiersee in Tyrol is always worth a journey.

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HOTEL JUFFING ©Netzwerk Kulinarik/

Noble brandies from Uncle Hans

Our guests love the "schnapps by Uncle Hans". Drop in on Kathi and Hans Stix in the distillery in Vorderthiersee, there are awarded delicacies, a wonderful regional gin and special rarities that Uncle Hans lovingly hoards. Family Stix can be found on the main road in Vorderthiersee.

Festspielhaus in Kufsteinerland
FESTIVAL HOUSE ERL ©TVB Kufsteinerland, lolin

Passion Plays and festivals in Erl

Those interested in art and architecture should definitely visit Erl - the traditional town of the Passion Plays and also the Tyrol Festival since 1998. The Passion Plays celebrated their 400-year anniversary in 2013. Impressive: the newly built Festival House of Erl! 

Garden center hoednerhof, person planting saplings

Green things from the Hödnerhof, Ebbs

Plan a detour to a fragrant green paradise - to the 6000 m2 big flower world near Ebbs. More than 1 million plants are grown in the green house every year: Pansies, primroses, geraniums, surfinia varieties, various shrubberies, poinsettias, all herbs and vegetable, plants and a lot more - ideal for your home! 

Two people standing at a table talking
RIEDEL GLASS ©TVB Kufsteinerland, Christian Vorhofer

Hand-blown glass craft at Riedel, Kufstein

Do you know the "pearl of Tyrol" - towered by the Medieval fortress with the "organ for the heroes", the world's biggest open air organ? And afterwards you will stroll along the Inn promenade. Absolutely worth seeing: the "Sinnfonie - adventure of the perceptions" in the show glass hut at "Riedel Glas". Buy hand-blown treasures in the shop at a favourable price!

Museum farms of tyrol in Kramsach
MUSEUM OF TYROLEAN FARMS ©TVB Alpbachtal, Gabriel Grießenböck

Hiking through Tyrolean farms, Kramsach

In the open air museum you will find buildings of old Tyrolean folk architecture. A tour will take you back to the life and work of days long past that dominated life in Tyrol for a long time. Fourteen farms from the different valleys of Tyrol have been rebuilt here, including their gardens and ponds with small animals, farm outbuildings, alps and chapels. 

Rattenberg city centre
TOWN CENTRE RATTENBERG ©TVB Alpbachtal, Gabriel Grießenböck

Middle Ages in Rattenberg

Walk through the picturesque small town at the Inn river with its ancients streets and the medieval cityscape, visit the fortress ruin at the castle mountain. The glass specialist shops there are especially worth visiting - a unique opportunity to look over the shoulders of glass blowers, cutters and painters at their creative work. 

Dairy in Plangger
CHEESE DAIRY PLANGGER ©TVB Kufsteinerland, vanmeyphotography

Organic cheese dairies in Niederndorf

Many guests ask for regional organic products. We recommend the BIO organic cheese dairy Hatzenstädt in Niederndorferberg where cheese has been produced for over 70 years GMO-free and without additives and the cattle of the mountain farmers only get organic food (also open on Sunday mornings, per car via Kufstein, Ebbs, then towards Walchsee and in the village part of Sebi towards the left up to Aschau in 20 min). Or you stop already earlier on the route in Niederndorf and visit the rock cellar of the BIO cheese dairy Plangger that is known far and wide for its organic hay milk cheese specialties. And those who would like to can make a detour to the nearby wildlife park! 

Pond and grass sculpture in swarovski crystal world
©Swarovski Crystal Worlds, TVB Hall-Wattens

Glittering treasures in Wattens

The Swarovski Crystal Worlds were opened in 1995 on the occasion of its 100-year company anniversary. The multimedia artist André Heller designed a unique place of the imagination that has been giving moments of astonishment to over 15 million visitors from all over the world. You will be surprised, touched and maybe even transformed by crystal in all its facets!

View of innsbruck from afar

Panoramic views in Innsbruck

More than 2000 animals can be watched in the Alpenzoo, Europe's highest zoo. Afterwards you can go up to the Hafelekar with the new Nordkettenbahn - what a view! Museum lovers will want to visit the Tyrolean museum Ferdinandeum, the Maximilianeum or Ambras Castle with its museum of history of art. And have you already been to the new Bergisel Olympia ski jump with an imposing view? You will be impressed.


Events around Thiersee

Curtain up! Kufsteinerland offers countless opportunities and extra activities to help you enjoy first-class cultural events – from the Tyrolean Festival in Erl to the Musicalsommer festival at Kufstein Fortress – to the fullest.

Passion Plays Thiersee & Erl
Thiersee with hills and meadow

Since 1799, the small town of Thiersee has put on a traditional Passion Play. Every six years, the residents of Thiersee bring the last days of Christ’s life to the stage in a grand way. The last performance took place from June to October 2022 with the help of 250 Thierseers of all ages. The next Thiersee Passion Play will be held in 2028. Learn more here.

Located just a 30-minute drive from Thiersee, the village of Erl is the oldest passion play location in the German-speaking region. Since 1613, around 600 amateur actors from Erl’s 1,450 residents have performed the passion play there every six years as an offer of thanks for God’s protection and help from illness, plague and the danger of war! The next Passion Play in Erl will be held in 2025 at the Passion Play House. Built exclusively for the performance of the Passion Play, this venue accommodates up to 1,500 visitors and features unique architecture and acoustics. The script was revised by Felix Mitterer. More information can be found here.

Tyrolean Winter Festival in Erl


The Tyrolean Festival in Erl has once again put together an interesting programme for the time between Christmas, New Year and Epiphany.

A snowflake learns about love and a postilion learns about his career opportunities on the opera stage – audiences will be treated to a touching opera rarity with “Snegurochka” (Russian for “Snowflake”) and the acclaimed successful production “The Postilion of Lonjumeau”.

Find more information about the programme of events here.

Kufstein Festival of Lights


In the “Voice of the Castle” audio-visual production, the fortress breaks its silence. The audience embarks on a journey through the past and present, medieval walls and eventful life stories. Never before has Kufstein’s landmark shone in such a colourful, deeply moving and vibrant light.

Find more information about this event here.

Winter Activity Programme


Experience winter in Kufsteinerland. Incredible landscapes blanketed in snow and wintry magic in the Tyrolean mountains. With this winter programme, you can explore the area in a new way alongside guides. Offers such as snowshoe hiking, herbal workshops and exciting city or night watchman tours give you a closer look at the culture of Kufsteinerland.

Find more information here.

Regional culture in the Thierseetal

Public concerts by the local brass bands, musical evenings or theatre performances on the folk stage Alpenland - week after week our guests have the opportunity to also experience regional cultural events! All current dates can be found in the daily morning mail on your breakfast table or in the weekly journal at the reception. 

Event shuttle

Guests as well as locals can use the free shuttle to get to and from the Tyrol Festival Erl or the summer of operettas also this year. The shuttle bus ONLY leaves if you sign up at the reception before. 
More infos on the timetable can be found here