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The total absence of any sunshine in Rattenberg from November until February is due to the steep rocky Castle hill immediately south of the only one street of the city. This total shadow over such a long period makes many people to become depressive and therefore the population is steadily decreasing.
But there is a solution at the horizon. The village Kramsach at the other banks of the river Inn enjoys splendid sunshine even under the shortest days of the winter. Therefore it is planned to set up there - only about 500 meters from the tiny city - a system of heliostates, huge mirrors following the sun and the sunlight will be brought into the city by a sophisticated system of reflectors. The estimated cost for this is about two million Euro, corresponding quite exactly the total budget of the city of Rattenberg of a full year. The project is already elaborated, assessed by groups of international experts and has got even the EUREKA status.
It can be expected that in a few years the sun will shine in Rattenberg even in Winter.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
North of Kramsach at the sunny side of the Lower Inn Valley you pass first two small lakes (Reintaler lakes) and from there the road leads to the tiny remote village of Brandenberg. At the northern end of this village ends a nice and picturesque canyon. A hike of about two hours along the river shows you the most spectacular parts of it. At both ends of this walk you find convenient Gasthäuser. The path is well kept and only open from late spring into the autumn.
Written Jun 6, 2009
Favorite thing: Rattenberg old town is a predentrian area, with no access for vehicles, so you can wander around from shop to shop withoug the hustle and bustle of the traffic. There are many interesting shops, mainly catering for the tourist. Naturally, there are many shops displaying the local glassware and crystal.
Updated Mar 13, 2007