Reutte is a market town (Marktgemeinde) lying adjacent to the Lech River approximately 45 miles northwest of Innsbruck, Austria and southwest of Munich, Germany. Reutte is the Capital of the northwestern (Ausserfern) region of the Austrian Tirol.


The letter 'ß' in German language written form is known as the 'Eszett' and actually refers to the use of the double 's'. For example, in this the current article on Reutte, you may see the word meaning villa or estate written as 'Schloß' or 'Schloss'. Both forms are correct.


The center of commerce for the Außerfern, Reutte is a vibrant, historic and charming place that can be easily reached from nearby Füssen and many of the holiday villages surrounding Reutte. Reutte and its environs are characterized by the grand Alpine mountains of the region (Lechtaler Alps, Tannheimer and Ammer Mountain ranges) and many family farms. Agriculture and small shop ownership remain the primary means of employment for many of those living in or near Reutte.

Reutte as an entity was first referred to as "Reutte near Breitenwang" as early as the 13th century. As roads became built and improved over the centuries and a bridge over the lech River was completed (1464), Reutte became known as a central trade district for the region. By 1488, it was given the right to conduct a weekly market. In 1491, Reutte was granted the status of a free town by Emperor Maximillian 1. In 1604, the fortress castle Ehrenburg (which sits atop a mountain overlooking Reutte) was given to Reutte. Reutte became the capital city of the 'upper Inn Valley' in 1754 and many smaller villages fell under the governance of what was growing into the 'Bezirk (region) Reutte'. This growth has continued over the years until today, as Bezirk Reutte now encompasses 37 villages and towns.

Get in

By car

From Füssen, one should travel via route 189, passing the former customs building at Weisshaus on the border with Austria. Turn left before crossing the lechbruecke (Bridge over the River Lech) and take the winding village road through Pinswang. Head south from Pinswang via the Kniepass and through Pflach. Make a left where the thin residential street through Pflach ends in a 'T'. Drive straight into Reutte. You can also drive from Füssen via Schnellstraße E99 (also known as Route 7) southwest through the tunnel connecting Germany and Austria. You will now be on Schnellstraße 179 (on the Austrian side of the border)There are a gas station and a rest stop with a restaurant on the Austrian side of the tunnel where you can stop for information about Reutte. There are several exits into Reutte from the Schnellstrasse. If coming from regions south of Reutte, take Schnellstraße 179 north either over the Fernpaß (a lovely mountain pass drive) or where it connects with the road from Garmisch, Germany. You will know that you've reached the first exit into Reutte when you've seen the Ehrenberg Castle (Schloß Ehrenberg) on the mountain to your left.

By train

Reutte is connected to Munich (München) and Innsbruck. From Austria, you may have to specify that you want to go "über Innsbruck" otherwise you will likely be routed through the (more expensive and longer) Munich route. Reutte is listed as "Reutte in Tirol" in the train system. The rail service through Reutte is provided by German Railways (DB) and not Austrian Railways (OeBB).

The Reutte train station ticket counter is only open from 10.00-16.00 on weekdays and 08.30-13.30 on Saturday. There is no automatic ticket machine. If travelling outside these hours, it is possible to buy tickets using cash only on the train. Make sure know your itinerary as your transfers may be only a few minutes away and infrequent service mean long waits if you miss a connection.

By bus

If you cannot or do not wish to use a car, there is a bus system. The Österreichisches Bundesbahn (ÖBB) Postbus is the main local bus systems that goes throughout all of Austria. There are buses that travel to and from Reutte. You can obtain information about routes, timetables and prices as well as special excursions and charter bookings by calling: +43(1)71101 from outstide Austria and 0810-222333 when in Austria. There are also several commercial tourist bus lines that can take you from almost any point in Austria or Germany to and from Reutte.

Get around

To get a general idea of Reutte and any locale you may visit, it is always handy to have a good city map (Stadtplan) on hand to help guide your way. You may find a Reutte Stadtplan at: .

On foot

It is not viable to hike from Reutte to many places, as they are separated by many kilometers. However, there are many good hiking trails for recreation, if combined with another transportation method.

By bike

You can rent or borrow bikes for use on the plentiful biking trails (Radwanderwegen). For this option, make sure that you have a good map, and are in good physical condition. With the lack of good landmarks, and plentiful paths, it is easy to become lost. Be warned that there are some places where biking a short distance along the highway is required to rejoin the trails. If you have to do this, ride on the right, as far to side as possible. Be careful, go as fast as you can safely, and have faith - German and Austrian drivers are generally cautious and skillful. Be sure to watch for the next possible point to exit the road.

By car

Reutte itself is small, however you will find many travellers have cars in order to access the sites.



As it is a market town, Reutte has a number of shops with items for both visitors and local residents. You can find many of these shops on the main road through Reutte. You can purchase delicious local Tirolean foods at an number of grocery stores, books, maps and souvenirs at local bookshops, electronics, clothing, really...anything in which you may have an interest.



Many hotels and hostels are available in Reutte and in the surrounding areas. There are signs within the city which will point the way to major hotels. There is a tourist information center on the way from the train station to the city center (just go around the train station and walk along the road toward the city). However, it may not always be open (especially if you arrive on a weekend), so it is good to have an idea where to stay before arriving.

When a hotel might not be your choice for overnight accommodations, you might consider staying in one of the many bed and breakfasts, rooms in private homes or local inns. There are many in the area. You can find the location and availability of many of these at the main Tourist Bureau in Reutte, which is located near the train station at Untermarkt 34. You can reach the Tourist Bureau by telephone at: +43 (5672) 62336 or e-mail at:

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