Rattenberg

The little village of Rattenberg is known as “glass town of Tyrol”.

Altitude: 514 m asl

Rattenberg, including 0.1 sqkm, is the smallest locality of Tyrol in terms of surface area and, with a number of inhabitants of about 400, it is also the smallest township of Tyrol. Nevertheless this little town with its interesting name (”Ratte” means rat) is known far beyond borders as “glass town”.

The village, characterized by its Mediaeval ambience, extends at the foot of a castle which dates back to the 10th century. Up to 1504 AD part of Bavaria, in 1393 AD Rattenberg was first mentioned as upper Bavarian town. Still today there are several glass manufacturing enterprises, the products of which are sold in the lovely shops of Rattenberg. These products include glass arts as well as crystal glass items. However, for those who are interested in culture, there are several places of interest, including a handicraft museum as well as the Augustine Museum, exhibiting clerical items of the Tiroler Unterland area. And after a visit, taverns in the centre are going to offer you local delicacies…

In winter, Advent is a very special period of time at Rattenberg, as this is when you can go for a journey in time, candlelit and torch-lit. Pleasant winter hiking trails snake in the surroundings of the town, and those who prefer skiing can do so on the slopes of the newly founded Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau. By the way: as parts of Rattenberg are in the shadow for a long time in winter, the Light Academy Bartenbach mapped up a concept whereupon several fixed mirrors provide these parts of Rattenberg with sunlight. Unfortunately this concept has never been put into practice.

Our recommendation: the historic centre has been constructed in the typical Inn-Salzach architectural style, which consists of several houses forming an ensemble beyond the roof by means of a mock-façade.

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