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Kufstein, Austria


Some participants may wish to come to Kufstein before the conference begins, or leave later, to take advantage of the many recreational activities in the area.   

Kufstein is a charming town on the Tyrolean border with Bavaria.  Situated on the main transit route between Germany and Italy, it serves as a gateway to the Alps, attracting skiers in winter and hikers in spring, summer and autumn.  Though nestled in nature, Kufstein is readily accessible from Innsbruck (40 minutes by train), Munich and Salzburg (each 1¼ hours). 


Joining down-home tradition with a sophisticated modern outlook, Kufstein presents a variety of images.  For German speakers, it is the Kufsteinlied (“Kufstein, the Pearl of Tyrol”), which every Austrian or German can sing – or hum, or yodel.  In the wider world, meanwhile, Kufstein is known best to wine-lovers as the home of hand-blown Riedel glassware. 

Cultural offerings tend to follow the seasons.  Summer events include, for example, an open-air Operettensommer in the fortress courtyard as well as a passion play and the flower parade in neighboring villages.

Kufstein is compact: the university, principal hotels, town center and train station are all within a five-minute walk of each other.

Above all, Kufstein stands proudly as one of the few places in Europe with a statue of an economist.