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.
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.
just look which destinations we have selected for you.
Noble brandies from Uncle Hans
Passion Plays and festivals in Erl
Green things from the Hödnerhof, Ebbs
Hand-blown glass craft at Riedel, Kufstein
Hiking through Tyrolean farms, Kramsach
Middle Ages in Rattenberg
Organic cheese dairies in Niederndorf
Glittering treasures in Wattens
Panoramic views in Innsbruck
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.
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.
ERL FESTIVAL HALL, 26 DECEMBER 2023 – 7 JANUARY 2024
THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE WINTER SEASON
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 FORTRESS, 24 NOVEMBER 2023 – 17 DECEMBER 2023, EVERY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
Even the Kufstein Fortress gets all gussied up for the holidays.
Visitors can stroll through the historic grounds as part of the “Christmas Magic” market at the fortress. The historic casemates contain stalls of regional craftsmen who are the stars and focus of this market, and their craftsmanship is presented live and up-close. Enjoy making crafts in the Christmas craft room, and the angel post office accepts all the wishes and letters of the youngest visitors as the brass and bell players provide music to add to the Christmas magic. Admission is free with the KufsteinerlandCard guest card.
Find more information and opening hours here.
KUFSTEIN CITY PARK, 24 NOVEMBER 2023 – 23 DECEMBER 2023
WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM, SATURDAY, SUNDAY AND HOLIDAYS: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
A festive holiday meeting place awaits you in the Kufstein city park. Look forward to browsing small gifts and trying Tyrolean delicacies such as Zillertal donuts and “Kiachln”. Different varieties of punch and mulled wine are served in traditional stoneware jugs. Kids will love a ride on the carousel and nostalgic train. Live Christmas music, a decorated and light-filled city park, and lots of little surprises create a special Christmas atmosphere in the Kufstein city centre.
RATTENBERG, EVERY FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY FROM 24 NOVEMBER 2023 – 17 DECEMBER 2023
The holiday season is celebrated in medieval Rattenberg, Austria’s smallest city. You won’t find traditional Christmas market stalls here – instead, you’ll be treated to lots of candlelight, fire pits for warming up, and special wine.
Find more information here.
SCHWAZ, 24 NOVEMBER 2023 – 23 DECEMBER 2023
Visitors to the Schwaz Advent market on Maximilianplatz in the heart of the city can get into the Christmas spirit with mulled wine, punch and baked chestnuts. Every weekend from the end of November and on selected additional days, Tyrolean Christmas is celebrated in the “Silver City” with traditional customs, plenty of music and a cosy, warm atmosphere. The adjacent craft market with unique handmade items is the perfect spot to find special Christmas gifts. The Schwaz Advent Market opens on Friday, 24 November.
Find more information here.
ST JOHANN IN TIROL, EVERY FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY FROM 1 DECEMBER 2023 – 24 DECEMBER 2023
Celebrate a special Christmastime in St Johann. Eating, drinking, sitting by the fire and enjoying the music are all part of the celebrations here. Look forward to a special focus on Advent customs and delicious treats.
PERTISAU, EVERY THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY FROM 23 NOVEMBER 2023 – 17 DECEMBER 2023
Even before the first candle on the Advent wreath has been lit, the Achensee Christmas season unfolds.
Learn more here.
INNSBRUCK, 15 NOVEMBER 2023 – 6 JANUARY 2024
Six Christmas markets, over 200 stalls, and a 14-metre-tall Christmas tree full of sparkling crystals – if you want to experience Christmastime in Tyrol, you have so much to choose from at the Innsbruck Mountain Christmas, from the Golden Roof all the way up to the Hungerburg towering 300 meters above the city.
KUFSTEIN FORTRESS, 27 DECEMBER 2023 – 28 JANUARY 2024
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.
KUFSTEINERLAND, 30 OCTOBER 2023 – 18 DECEMBER 2023
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.
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.
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