Rietz

Rietz with its three churches is a popular holiday resort that is committed to soft tourism.

Altitude: 685 m asl

Between Telfs and Imst, there is the little municipality of Rietz with its 2,000 inhabitants. The municipal territory extends from the bottom of the valley at the Inn river to the Rietzer Griesskogel, a mountain that belongs to the range of the Stubai Alps. Rietz was mentioned for the first time in 1264 AD. The emblem of the municipality shows three churches on green ground, representing the three churches of the village. By the way: once upon a time arts such as tatting and the production of rosaries were widely spread.

Today Rietz is a popular holiday resort committed to soft tourism. Its location in the Inntal valley makes the village an ideal starting point for excursions to various sights in the surroundings, such as the area of the Zugspitze mountain, the Oetztal valley, Stams or the Alpine city of Innsbruck, distant only 30 km. This city offers plenty of attractions such as museums and the famous “Goldenes Dachl” (Golden Roof). The immediate surroundings of Rietz with the great mountains and the nature reserve between Rietz and Mieming are ideal for recharging one’s batteries. There are plenty of hikes you can do, such as to the Peter Anich mountain hut (1,909 m asl), the Unterseeben alpine pasture (1,940 m asl), and if you aim higher you can scale the 2,884 m high Rietzer Griesskogel. In winter this mountain is a popular destination for those who love ski touring. It offers a great view - schedule some 3 hours for this tour!

One of the three churches of Rietz, illustrated on the emblem of the municipality, is the Antoniuskirche church, a great pilgrimage church in Rokoko style. This building, located in idyllic position and dedicated to the Saint Anthony of Padua, is a popular place for weddings! Further interesting destinations are the local museum that is lodged in the public elementary school, offering an insight into the long history of the villages, as well as the berries garden “Mair’s Beerengarten”, where various berries such as currants and raspberries, delicious juices, jams and fruit teas are sold. “Mair’s Beerengarten” produces also prizewinning liquors in the only distillery of Tyrol made of glass.

Our recommendation: every three years Carnival is extensively celebrated, the next time in 2015. A great event you should not miss!

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