Rattenberg Things to Do

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    remains of the medieval townwall

    by globetrott Written Feb 2, 2016

    This is one of the former towngates and it will take you from the old part of Rattenberg to the river Inn. There are some more remains of the medieval townwall of Rattenberg as well at other places, so watch out for them.
    In my extraphotos: some other scenic buildings that I saw in Rattenberg !

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    Malerwinkel

    by globetrott Written Feb 2, 2016

    This is the "Malerwinkel" a scenic building in the old part of Rattenberg. The expression "Malerwinkel" is mostly used for very scenic places, where painters (=Maler) will sit with their easel in order to paint that great scenery.

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    Schlossberg castle

    by globetrott Written Feb 2, 2016

    These are the ruins of Schlossberg castle, high above the town of Rattenberg. The castle was mentioned for the first time in 1254 in the historybooks of Rattenberg but it might even be much older than that. It is just a ruin nowadays but gives a perfect background-scenery for the annual performances of the "Schlossbergspiele" in the open air. The performances will take place in July and August and I was lucky to be there while they had some rehearsal.

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    Nagelschmiedhäuser

    by globetrott Written Feb 2, 2016

    The former Nagelschmiedhäuser are a museum nowadays. The buildings date back to the 12th century. A Nagelschmied is a smith producing nails and that traditional production did last several centuries till 1912. The museum is not only about the nail-smithery but also about local handicrafts.

    The Nagelschmiedhäuser are open for visitors:
    daily from 09.00am - 06.00pm

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    Heiliger Geist Spitalkirche

    by globetrott Written Feb 2, 2016

    This is the Heiliger Geist Spitalkirche / The hospital - church of the Holy Spirit that dates back to the year 1500. The church has an interesting interior but unfortunately it was locked while I was there.

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    Augustiner Museum

    by globetrott Written Feb 2, 2016

    The Augustiner Museum is another sight in the very centre of Rattenberg. The museum shows various exhibits of culture, history and Art of the region around of Rattenberg. The monastery dates back to the year 1410 but the way it looks nowadays it is a mixture of gothic and baroque architecture.

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    The Augustiner Museum is open for visitors:
    From May 1st till the 2nd Sunday in October
    Daily from 10.00am till 05.00pm

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    The birthplace of Holy Notpurga

    by globetrott Written Feb 2, 2016

    This house in the centre of Rattenberg is the birthplace of Holy Notpurga, who was born in 1265. Some frescos on the building show important events in the life of Holy Notburga.Saint Notburga (1265 – 1313), is also known as Notburga and she is the patron saint of servants and peasants.

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    Spitalkirche Heiliger Geist (Church Holy Spirit)

    by himalia11 Written Jul 4, 2015

    The spital church was built around 1500 as if found next to the former hospital. It's a little church and it still has two historical bells from 1437 and 1504. The frescos on the ceiling that shows the creation of the animals in the paradise and the Flood was done around 1720. Originally the altar was showing the Holy Spirit, instead you now here find a painting of Saint Notburga of Rattenberg, a local saint.

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    Stroll through the town

    by himalia11 Written Jul 4, 2015

    Rattenberg is known for its glass making, so it's no surprise that you here find many glass shops. Just walk through the pedestrian area and you'll see them. There are also other shops, one that I found very interesting was the candle shops. The pedestrian area is just one street (Südtiroler Strasse), with nice differently painted houses. From there, some small alleys go to the promenade at the Inn river. When we were there the river had high water and was rushing by, I could imagine well that the town frequently was flooded in the past so that in the abbey they had wooden footbridges to move around without getting wet feet!

    Pedestrian area Promenade at the Inn river Glass Alley to the river Candles

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    Nagelschmiedhäuser (nail makers houses) & museum

    by himalia11 Updated Jul 4, 2015

    The nail makers houses probably date from the 12th century and are one of the oldest houses of the town. They were built into the cliff face of the Schlossberg (castle mountain).Until 1912, nails were produced here. Today, it houses a handicraft museum with pictures and antiques. There are historical equipped parlours and sleeping rooms to show how people lived in former times.

    Open May to October 9:00 to 18:00, November to mid of January 9:30-12:00 and 13:00-17:00, April 9:00-12:00 and 13:00-18:00.
    Admission (2015): 2€ adults.

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    Monastery church & chapels

    by himalia11 Written Jul 4, 2015

    The monastery church of the former Augustinian and Service monastery was built in 1385 shortly after the monastary was founded. It was rebuilt around 1700 in baroque style and only can be visited as part of the Augustinian Museum. The church has a nice dome with a fresco called "Augustinerhimmel" (Augustine heaven), which shows representatives from all orders that lived after the rules of St Augustine.

    Besides the church, there are two chapels which are part of the monastery museum: One is the Hofer chapel, which is named after its founder. It was built in the end of the 15th century while the other chapel, the Ecce-Homo chapel, was built in 1707. In the Ecce-Homo chapel, there's a gothic Man of Sorrows in the centre of the altar which shall have moved his tongue in July 1707. The statue actually has movable limbs, which could be used in the pre-Easter time to adjust the statue according to the Stations of the Cross.

    Monastery church Monastery church Ecce-Homo-Chapel
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    Augustiner Musem (Augustinian Museum)

    by himalia11 Written Jul 4, 2015

    In the centre of Rattenberg, you will find a former Augustinian abbey was founded in 1384. It was taken over by the Servite Order in 1817 until it then was closed in 1970. The part where the monks were living was rebuilt to be used by a school and the city administration, and the main part now houses a museum with religious exhibits from Tyrol. There are several Gothic sculptures in the cloister and in the former registry, you will find splendid monstrances, chalices and other things used during ceremonies. There are also two chapels and the monastery church that you can visit, see my other tip. The first floor has a collection of paintings and from there you can enter the gallery of the church. You have nice view on the church and there are staffs with statues that were carried during processions.

    Something special is that you can visit the attic of the monastery church. Really interesting! Also you can walk up the steeple, which is an unusual construction. Instead of having its own fundament, the steeple was put on the Hofer chapel. When you walk up you will pass the clockwork from the early 18th century and then reach the bells. Interestingly there's one more level above but I didn't went there, the level with the bells was high enough for me! I can imagine that you have a nice view on the town from the top, though!

    There are several panes with information about the monastery and the exhibition, usually in German, English, French and Spanish. I also found it interesting that you can use your own smartphone as audio-guide, there are QR codes at several items and when you scan them you can listen to further information (in German).

    Open May to mid of October from 10:00 to 17:00.
    Admission (2015): 4€ adults, free for children and teenager under 18. If you have one of the regional guest cards or a ticket from the local car park, you pay 3€. Free with the Alpbachtal Seenland Card.

    Cloister Processions staffs Attic of the church Clockwork
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    Parish church St Vigilius

    by himalia11 Written Jul 4, 2015

    The Parish church was built in the 15th century, replacing an earlier church from around 1400. It interestingly has only two naves, which are separated by some marble columns. The northern part with the altar of St Vigilius of Salzbuch was for the citizens, the southern part for the miners, with an altar of St Anne, the patron of miners. In the early 18th century, the interior of the church was redesigned in baroque style. It seems the Notburga chapel in the back of the church only was built in the 1980s.
    There's also a grotto below the church, dedicated to Saint Mary. If you leave the church to the north and take the stairs down you will easily find it.

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    Upper castle ruins

    by himalia11 Written Jul 4, 2015

    Above the main castle are some more ruins, the ones of the upper castle which was built in the 16th century as protection towards the mountains. What is left after these centuries is a part of the main tower, the side tower, and some of the walls. There's not too much to see from the fortification, but the view on Inn valley and the town is fantastic!

    There unfortunately were no signs to the upper castle ruins. When you are at the open-air theatre, go up to the top of audience area A. You'll there find a small path that goes up the rocks to the ruins. If you are afraid of heights it can be a bit scary (although the handrail was helpful!). We decide to take another way down, which starts in the moat and ends down near the train tunnel, but it was rather worse as there was no handrail and the gravel and roots made it slippery. So I rather would go this path up and the other one down!

    Upper castle ruins, from the View from the upper castle Path up to the ruins
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    Schlossberg castle ruins

    by himalia11 Written Jul 4, 2015

    Rattenberg castle is located above the town on a rock. It was first mentioned in 1254 but probably is older. The castle was rebuilt and extended in the 16th century, when also an upper castle was added. After it lost is function as fortress in the late 18th century, it started to decay, so that it now is a ruin. Restauration took place in the 20th century, and what you now can see are a tower and several walls. Unfortunately the tower was closed, but the castle grounds can be freely visited and you have a great view on the town and the Inn valley from there!

    On the castle hill there's also an open air theatre where the "Schlossbergspiele" take place in July and August.

    View from the ruins Open-air theatre
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