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Reutte in Tirol.

Our Favourite Place in Austria.

View over Reutte on walk up to Urisee. - Reutte

View over Reutte on walk up to Urisee. - Reutte

Reutte in Tirol.

Reutte in Tirol is a special place for my husband and I. We taught there on two summer courses shortly after we met and as part of our teaching duties, we also took the children hiking, thus we learned a lot of the wonderful surrounding walks. We have been to Reutte many, many times. We no longer work there, but go there entirely for pleasure.

How we spend our days in Reutte.

Our trips to Reutte will typically consist of a long walk with stops at any lakes we pass for icy refreshing swims. In the evenings we will down plentiful quantities of wonderful Austrian beers and schnitzels.

Why visit Reutte?

Reutte is often overlooked by tourists as it has a fair bit of industry such as the electricity generating works. It is also used as a base for visiting Fussen and the castles of King Ludvig the second or the Zugspitze Mountain, but it has lots of beautiful scenery and lovely walks and lakes all of its own.

The Town Of Reutte.

Within the town of Reutte itself there are beautiful churches, shrines, fountains, some lovely old painted houses, a museum in the Green House, a beautiful little rose filled park, shops and restaurants.

Reutte's little park - Reutte

Reutte's little park - Reutte

The Town Of Reutte

The Town Of Reutte

The Town Of Reutte

The Town Of Reutte

The Town Of Reutte

The Town Of Reutte

Reutte War Memorial. - Reutte

Reutte War Memorial. - Reutte

Swim In The Urisee.

The Urisee is a lovely lake that can be reached on foot from the centre of Reutte in around 30 minutes. Head in the direction of Muhl. This lovely lake is wonderful for a cold swim. Or if you are not brave enough, you can walk around and enjoy the scenery. The Urisee Gasthaus next to the lake is available for food and drink. It's very pleasant.

Swim In The Urisee

Swim In The Urisee

Swimming In An Icy Lake

Swimming In An Icy Lake

Swimming In An Icy Lake

Swimming In An Icy Lake

Swimming In An Icy Lake

Swimming In An Icy Lake

Swimming In An Icy Lake

Swimming In An Icy Lake

Hiking.

To get the most out of Reutte don't restrict your stay to the town itself, go hiking in the beautiful surrounding countryside. Walks vary in difficulty. The scenery is truly marvellous. Our favourite walks include the Frauensee, the Urisee, the Durrenberger Alm, the Plansee and the Heiterwanger See.

Hiking

Hiking

Hiking

Hiking

Hiking

Hiking

Climb The Durrenberger Alm.

We have climbed up to the heutte on this alm many times, but it is getting more difficult as we get older and less fit. The climb is steep, hard work but lovely. The views from the heutte are stunning and we usually celebrate our arrival with beer for hubby and buttermilk for me. Check next to the Urisee to see when ruhetag (closed day) is so you won't be disappointed.

Climb The Durrenberger Alm

Climb The Durrenberger Alm

Climb The Durrenberger Alm

Climb The Durrenberger Alm

The Stuibenfalle Waterfalls.

These waterfalls are about 30 minutes walk from the centre of Reutte in the direction of Muhl. Nowadays you get there by walking along the side of the electricity works. It looks like it will be horrible, then you are past the works and surrounded by beautiful Alpine scenery. There are several falls. The smaller ones are near each other. The bigger one is further on and nowadays it normally has people on some sort of outward bound course leaping in from the cliff above the waterfall's pool. The pools the waterfalls flow into are swimmable but ice cold. In our youth we used to take a dip in one for around 30 seconds at the start of our holiday in order to make all the other lakes seem warm by comparison.

The Stuibenfalle Waterfalls

The Stuibenfalle Waterfalls

The Stuibenfalle Waterfalls

The Stuibenfalle Waterfalls

The Stuibenfalle Waterfalls

The Stuibenfalle Waterfalls

The Plansee And Heiterwangersee.

You can walk to these lakes from Reutte by continuing on past the waterfalls. It is around another 30/40 minutes from the waterfalls to the Plansee lake. I love the walk along the lakes' edges from the Plansee to the Heiterwangersee with their steep mountains and clear blue waters. At the Plansee there is a kiosk for snacks and drinks, a gasthaus for meals and a grassy area where you can sunbathe between swims. There is a boat which can take you from the Plansee to the Heiterwangersee. From Heiterwang you can walk back to Reutte in a couple of hours or, if you are feeling lazy, take the train. At the Heiterwangersee you can take an icy dip. There is a campsite by the lake and a gasthaus. The town of Heiterwang is around 15 minutes walk from the lake. Heiterwang has a lovely church.

The Plansee And Heiterwangersee

The Plansee And Heiterwangersee

The Plansee And Heiterwangersee

The Plansee And Heiterwangersee

The Plansee And Heiterwangersee

The Plansee And Heiterwangersee

The Plansee And Heiterwangersee

The Plansee And Heiterwangersee

The Plansee And Heiterwangersee

The Plansee And Heiterwangersee

Heiterwang And Around.

The Heiterwang area is very pretty and picturesque with its towering, steep mountains and the lovely lake. The town of Heiterwang is pretty but there is not much to do there.

Heiterwang And Around

Heiterwang And Around

Heiterwang And Around

Heiterwang And Around

Heiterwang And Around

Heiterwang And Around

The Ehrenberg, Schlosskopf,Klause And Fort Claudia.

There are several castles and remains in Reutte. The Klause is a kind of gatehouse below the Ehrenberg. It used to have a gasthaus there. We did not go this year but got talking to someone who mentioned visiting the museum there, so it may be fairly different from our last visit. The Klause and Erhenberg host a mediaeval festival each July. There is music, food, people in mediaeval costumes, exhibitions of craft etc. The Ehrenberg ruins are worth the climb and there are good views from there. Schlosskopf is high up and while it is worth seeing and the views are great. It is quite a trek. We have only been to it once. Fort Claudia we have not visited yet.

The Ehrenberg, Schlosskopf,Klause And Fort Claudia.

The Ehrenberg, Schlosskopf,Klause And Fort Claudia.

The Ehrenberg, Schlosskopf,Klause And Fort Claudia.

The Ehrenberg, Schlosskopf,Klause And Fort Claudia.

The Ehrenberg, Schlosskopf,Klause And Fort Claudia.

The Ehrenberg, Schlosskopf,Klause And Fort Claudia.

The Frauensee.

To get to this lovely mountain lake, walk from Reutte to Lechashau then head towards Wangle. Before Wangle head off to the right. It is signposted. There is a steep route to the lake up a hill or a gentler route up the road. There is a new gasthaus by the lake. There were signs up this year saying you have to pay for a swim. This has not been the case in the last few years. We did not pay and no-one asked us to. I think they were not expecting anyone to be mad enough to swim on the dull day we went.

The Frauensee

The Frauensee

Stroll By The Sides Of The River Lech.

There is a lovely walk along the Lech River. This river is very swift moving and freezing cold. It runs through the centre of town and it is possible to stroll along its banks. In the evening by the water, beware of the horseflies though, they can give you a nasty bite and they are very irritating.

Duck, Reutte in Tirol.

Duck, Reutte in Tirol.

Stroll By The Sides Of The River Lech

Stroll By The Sides Of The River Lech

Cable Car In Hofen.

Walk to Hofen via Wangle or take the bus from Reutte and you can take the cable car up to the Alpine garden. The views from the top are lovely. I'll have to scan photos later as we did not do it this time.

Cable Car In Hofen

Cable Car In Hofen

Cable Car In Hofen

Cable Car In Hofen

Cable Car In Hofen

Cable Car In Hofen

Cable Car In Hofen

Cable Car In Hofen

Cable Car In Hofen

Cable Car In Hofen

Visit Wangle.

This lovely village can be combined with the cable car or the Frauensee. It has a wonderful old atmospheric church with lovely paintings and a serene, peaceful atmosphere. Wangle also has a gasthaus which does good food and drinks.

Visit Wangle

Visit Wangle

Visit Wangle

Visit Wangle

Festivals: Ritterfest.

Every summer a mediaeval festival takes place next to the castle on the Ehrenberg. It is quite entertaining to visit with mediaeval food, mediaeval music, knights fencing, re-enactments of battles, traditional crafts etc. Sadly we have had the misfortune of staying next door to the performing bands in our bed and breakfast on two occasions. I say misfortune as they make rather noisy neighbours!!!!!!

Ritterfest

Ritterfest

Ritterfest

Ritterfest

Ritterfest

Ritterfest

Ritterfest

Ritterfest

Ritterfest

Ritterfest

Traditional Festivals.

Austrians love any excuse to wear their traditional clothes, play their traditional music, drink large quantities of traditional beer and eat lots of traditional big greasy sausages. Such events are fun to watch and once you are there it would just be rude not to join in on the beer and sausage front.

Traditional Festivals

Traditional Festivals

Places to stay and places to eat.

Hotel Das Beck: Great Stay in Central Location.

We first stayed in Hotel das Beck around 9 years ago and were pleased and surprised to find the family who run this hotel still remembered us. Das Beck is well situated in the centre of Reutte. There are restaurants, shops and supermarkets nearby. The restaurant in the hotel itself is also good, The Beck family who run the hotel are friendly and hospitable. Check in was quick and pleasant and we were issued with Aktiv cards which provide free bus transport to Fussen/ King Ludvig's castles and other routes. They also provide access to a free Tyrolean evening and discount on the cable car in Hofen. We did not use ours as we go to Reutte to hike and swim, but they are an excellent idea. Our room was clean and comfortable. We had a lovely balcony with a table and two seats. There is no fridge/ tea/coffee/ or in room safe. The bed was comfortable. The hotel although central is quiet. We slept very well. Breakfast was good. There was a boil your own egg boiler, which amused all children visiting, bread, bread rolls, a toaster, a selection of cheeses, a selection of cold meat, jams, honey, cereal, cakes. Coffee and tea are brought to the table and
more was offered. There were several delicious fruit juices, too. I thought the breakfast was very good. I would happily stay here again. Address: Untermarkt 11, Reutte, 6600, Austria

The Eidelweiss: Great Place For A Meal Or A Drink.

This was the first restaurant I ever went to in Reutte. There are indoor and outdoor seating areas. It is a local rather than touristy place. The food and drink are good and the staff are pleasant. I had a great champignon schnitzel with rice and peas, my husband had weiner schnitzel. Very good.

Great Place For A Meal Or A Drink.

Great Place For A Meal Or A Drink.

The Goldener Krone: An Old Friend.

This restaurant is a firm favourite of ours. It has remained unchanged over the years, We were even served by the same waitress as always. Daily specials on the board. Note they stop serving food around 8pm and will turn you away if you come too close to this time. I had a great nature schnitzel here.

An Old Friend

An Old Friend

Vils.

View from our bed and breakfast in Vils. - Vils

View from our bed and breakfast in Vils. - Vils

Vils is near Reutte. We once stayed in a B&B there rather than in Reutte itself. Vils is a village in Austria not far from the German border. It is a small place and there is not a huge amount to do there, but it is a good base for exploring Fussen and Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles. The best way to explore would be by car but there is a bus service into Fussen and a train service into Germany via Pfronten and to the nearest large Austrian town - Reutte in Tirol.

Haystacks in Vils. - Vils

Haystacks in Vils. - Vils

Oh that factory.

Although Vils is surrounded by beautiful Alpine scenery, Vils has a huge unsightly cement factory slap bang in the middle of it. Having been there a few times I have become immune to it and scarcely notice it, but it probably accounts for the small numbers of tourists here.

What's in Vils?

There is a lovely church and graveyard in Vils, a chained eagle fountain, and a small ruined castle on the hill. There are many walks from Vils, but we always do the walk across the German border to the Alatsee for a swim. Then walk from there into Fussen via an area with bathing lakes, tennis courts, ski slopes etc.

The Ruine Of Vilsegg Castle.

There is only really a tower left on the hillside. The castle was once used by mad King Ludvig the second. From the bottom of the hill to the ruin is about a 20 minute walk. While there is not much of the castle left, there are fantastic views over Vils from the foot of the ruin. I found the inside of the tower rather creepy. I kept hearing things move, which was probably only raindrops dripping down from the trees, but it was rather disturbing.

The Ruine Of Vilsegg Castle

The Ruine Of Vilsegg Castle

The Ruine Of Vilsegg Castle

The Ruine Of Vilsegg Castle

The Church Of Maria Himmelfahrt

The lovely Church of Maria Himmelfahrt is in the middle of Vils. It has many beautiful paintings inside. Outside there is a well-kept and interesting graveyard, a war memorial and a beautifully painted house.

The Church Of Maria Himmelfahrt

The Church Of Maria Himmelfahrt

The Church Of Maria Himmelfahrt

The Church Of Maria Himmelfahrt

The Church Of Maria Himmelfahrt

The Church Of Maria Himmelfahrt

The Chained Eagle Fountain.

I thought this fountain was quite cute so took a photo of it. I am not sure if it is supposed to represent something or if it is just a pretty fountain. It is certainly a welcome sight on a hot summers day when you want to splash some water on your face in order to cool down

The Chained Eagle Fountain

The Chained Eagle Fountain

Vils Museum.

We noticed there was a museum in the Little Castle in Vils, but we did not visit it. Neither of us are very interested in museums, though we both like to visit old castles. Vils is more about scenery than sights as well as just being a very peaceful place to be.

Vils Museum

Vils Museum

The Alatsee.

This lake is actually just across the border in Germany. You can walk to it in about 50 minutes from Vils Station. You can then continue on into Fussen from there. The area around the Alatsee has lots of sporting facilities: swimming, jogging, cycling, tennis, crazy golf, skiing.

We spend our days walking and swimming in Vils. - Vils

We spend our days walking and swimming in Vils. - Vils

View Over Town On Walk Back From Station.

There is a good view over the town when you walk back from the station. The church is very impressive in my opinion and the background scenery is magnificent. You cannot really go wrong for a wonderful photograph in the Tirol. just pick up your camera and point at anything. There are mountains, trees, flowers, lakes churches and lovely wooden houses everywhere.

View Over Town On Walk Back From Station

View Over Town On Walk Back From Station

The Schwarzer Adler: "Friendly place, good food."

The Schwarzer Adler had a friendly barmaid, good beer and good food. We had excellent weiner scnitzel and cordon bleu here. Like everywhere in Austria it was very clean and very comfortable. The food was freshly prepared and the beer was lovely and cold. Perfect after a long, long walk home. Directions: In the centre of Vils.

In Vils we stayed in a B&B. Our bed and breakfast owners had rather a large (and very friendly dog) that took a shine to my husband.

Mad dog alert. - Vils

Mad dog alert. - Vils

Posted by irenevt 00:37 Archived in Austria

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Great pictures, looks like my kind of place.

by alectrevor

Hi Alec thanks for visiting. It is a lovely place with great scenery, great food and excellent beer.

by irenevt

I've always loved the little haystacks. You are very brave to swim in those cold waters. I can't get in past my ankles.

by Beausoleil

Hi Sally, we absolutely love swimming in icy lakes. You feel great afterwards.

by irenevt

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