Rattenberg Travel Guide

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    Rattenberg
    by zadunajska8
  • Rattenberg
    Rattenberg
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  • Rattenberg
    Rattenberg
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Rattenberg Things to Do

  • Spitalkirche Heiliger Geist (Church Holy...

    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...

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  • Stroll through the town

    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...

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  • Nagelschmiedhäuser (nail makers houses)...

    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...

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  • Monastery church & chapels

    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...

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  • Augustiner Musem (Augustinian Museum)

    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....

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  • Parish church St Vigilius

    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...

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  • Upper castle ruins

    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...

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  • Schlossberg castle ruins

    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...

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  • Some idyllic corners

    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...

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  • Nice views of the City from the Castle

    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.

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  • Climb up to the Castle ruins

    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...

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  • There is only one street

    Stroll along the main street (virtually the only one real street here). It is comfortable because it is a pedestrian street. If you come by car you find spacious parking opportunities right outside the city walls just a few steps away.

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  • Rattenberg Museum

    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...

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  • One of the many beautiful churches in...

    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.

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  • Nagelschmiedhäusern

    NagelschmiedhäusernThis is a kind of Craftsmuseum in the so called Nagelschmiedhäusern. In the Museum you experience the original Stuben and bedrooms in all colors and details of the life of the people that lived here for many years. Many pictures, old furniture and works of art give a good impression about art and culture in Tirol. It is not a...

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Rattenberg Hotels

Rattenberg Restaurants

  • Hacker

    Hacker Café serves great cakes and coffee since 1774. So many people can't be wrong... Come in and see for yourself. Cakes!!!

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  • In memory of Mussolini - strange...

    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...

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  • The Best Brewpub in Tirol

    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...

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Rattenberg Transportation

  • Car parking

    There are three well signposted car parks in Rattenberg, in the south west. P1 and P2 are north of the street B171, while P3 is south of it with a footbridge (no stairs) to cross the street. P1 & P2 are pay-and-display car park (50ct per 30 min. in 2015) while P3 is free. It's such a short walk from either car park into the town, so usually there...

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  • Train to Rattenberg

    Only slow trains stop in Rattenberg, every hour to Innsbruck and to Kufstein. Train station is 100 meter from the eastern town gate.

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  • Many options

    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...

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Rattenberg Shopping

  • Rattenberg is known for its glass...

    Every second shop in this tiny town is selling localy made hand blown glas, a bit unpractical for travelling, but quite beautyfull.For instance:Bleikristall Schwarz, Südtirolerstraße 28Kunsthandwerk in Glas - M. Hödl, Südtirolerstraße 29Glas Prokop, Südtirolerstraße 35Kristallglas Kisslinger, Südtirolerstraße 41

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  • Glass

    There are several shops along the main street selling local glass works of art. This are small manufacturers and have close to nothing todo with the big Tyrolean players in glass in the area, Swarowski in Wattens upstream and Riedel in Kufstein downsteam the river Inn.

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  • Torte in Rattenberg

    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...

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Rattenberg Local Customs

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    High Tech is planned to make the Sun...

    by lotharlerch Updated Apr 4, 2011

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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.

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Rattenberg Off The Beaten Path

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    Brandenberg with nice canyon

    by lotharlerch Written Jun 6, 2009

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    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.

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Rattenberg Favorites

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    Peaceful Shopping

    by Geoff_Wright Updated Mar 13, 2007

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    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.

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