The idyllic corner at the first picture is called "Malerwinkel", a domination often given at touristic hotspots to idyllic places which attract numerous painters. It is just a few steps from the main street. When you are there you can spot a shaft of an elevator made of glass which brings the visitors to various floors of the town hall, to a cafe...more
The walk up to the castle offers fine views of the city and its surroundings along the river Inn. And if you look at the roofs and the street in between them it reminds you sometimes a bit of the views down to Salzburg, Burghausen or Wasserburg. So you can notice even here what these Inn-Salzach-cities have in common.more
The castle above the walled city was abandoned around 1700 and is now a ruin. A park is today around the ruin which offers great vews of Rattenberg and the surrounding parts of the valley of the river Inn. The park with the ruin is a nice site for a Summer Theatre. There was even a lift built to bring the spectators up but I recommend to walk, it...more
On entering Rattenberg, you will leave your car in the car park, and the first imposing building that you will see is the Handicraft Museum. Built into the cliff face, the building is one of the oldest in Rattenberg, dating back to the year 1148. The frames of the portals and the windows date back to the 15th and 16th Centuries. I'm not sure of the...more
Pfarrkirche St. Virgil This nice church was built between 1473 and 1506 by Baumeister Christian Nickinger and completed by Jörg Steyrer.There must have been an older church on this place because the name is already mentioned in 1299.Style Late Gothic church.more
Dorfplatz 2, Rattenberg, 94371, Austria
Good for: Couples
There are enough restaurants in Rattenberg to feed all tourists. And most of them are exactly that what you may expect at such a touristy place as Rattenberg is. But this restaurant is remarkable for its name. "Dopolavoro" is Italian and means simply "after work". Since it is near the railway station it could be supposed that its guests are Italian...more
One of the best of the nowadays mushrooming brewpubs in Austria is here in Rattenberg. Since Rattenberg was Bavarian until to the 16th century there was far less restriction on the beer brewing and selling activities than in the old Tirol. Dont forget that Tirol again became Bavarian for a short period under Napoleon's wars and was occupied by...more
Rattenberg is in the densely populated Lower Inn Valley and can easily be reached both by car or public transport. When coming by car you find spacious parking opportunities a few steps from the city. Parking is free of charge outside the business hours of the shops and 12:00 - 14:00 h. Frequent buses connect Rattenberg with the villages and...more
A very nice shop/café with lots of delicious pies and cakes to eat inside or on the terrace of to take away.A nice thing to have are some tea of coffee glasses.You can order them with your cake and coffee or tea.Visiting Austria without visiting a real Konditorei is not thinkable.So take it from me: Hackers a nice place to relax and enjoy pie or...more
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.
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.
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.