Where the Via Claudia Augusta enters to Tyrol and the Alps we have the Reutte Nature Park region. It is one of the most beautiful holiday areas in Tyrol, characterized by the fascinating wild river landscape of Lech and the surrounding mountains. The Ehrenberg Castle is a cultural highlight of the area.
The winter world of the nature park region offers besides high recreational value and natural beauty many an extraordinary holiday pleasure. Whether it's perfectly groomed slopes, cross-country ski runs, winter hiking trails, snowshoe hikes, a trip on crackling ice or a romantic sleigh ride - here you can arrange your holiday to suit your individual needs.
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Gateway to the Alps
The Roman road entered the Alps as if through a gateway. As the Lech often occupied the entire valley, it already had to overcome two elevations up to the Reutte valley basin – between Stiglberg and Kratzer and at the Kniepass. The route of the Roman road remained in use until 1784 and the modern road still crosses the Kniepass today. Before climbing to Ehrenberg, the Via Claudia Augusta passed through the municipality of Breitenwang, where a road station (mansio) and the fifirst small settlement in the valley basin are thought to have been located. Reutte developed at a later stage – on the salt road. Breitenwang still remains the district’s ecclesiastic centre today.
With its extensive floodplains, the Lech also shaped the valley basin back in 1504 that depended significantly for its livelihood on the salt road between Hall in Tirol and the Lake Constance area. A bridge was built in 1464 between Lechaschau and Reutte that replaced the Lech ford near Höfen. With its salt depot and numerous roadside inns, Reutte grew into the centre of the Ausserfern district and in 1489 it was granted market rights by Sigesmund “the Rich”. Ehrenberg Castle throned above the valley. A wall blocked the gorge and all traffic had to pass through the customs station gate. There was an ironworks near Pflach. Vils, not yet part of Tyrol, was a town since 1327 and enclosed by a wall with two gates in the north and south.
Numerous fortifications in the border area between Bavaria and Tyrol shaped the area around 1780. In addition to the dam at Ehrenberg that had grown around two further fortresses, there were several outer fortresses. The market town of Reutte at their feet already had around 1,000 inhabitants and several new roads were completed. The road from Reutte via Vils to Kempten now passed by the walled city to the south, while that from Füssen to Pinswang went around the Stiglberg. The Ulrichs-brücke bridge was not constructed until 1914. Shortly after the turn of the century, the existing Bavarian local railway was also extended to join the Ausserfern railway that initially went to Reutte. The river was largely unregulated even around Reutte.
This map shows the historical route of the Via Claudia Augusta in Roman times.
In this map you can see what you can discover in the region.
In this map we show you how to cycle the Via Claudia Augusta from the north and also from the south of the region.
In this map we show you how to hike the Via Claudia Augusta from north and also from the south of the region.
For information on holidays in the region, please contact:
Tourist info of the Reutte Nature Park Region
Untermarkt 34, 6600 Reutte
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An overview of the regions along the Via Claudia Augusta can be found in
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In this map we show you the hosts in the region along the Via Claudia Augusta cooperating with it.