The holiday resort of Höfen extends to the 1,938 m high Hahnenkamm mountain.
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Altitude: 868 m asl
Höfen is located in the south west of Reutte at the foot of the Hahnenkamm mountain. Mentioned for the first time in 1427 AD, Höfen is one of the most recent settlements of the Ausserfern region. In the transport of salt as well as the transport of wood on the Lech river, the village had an important role to play, while in the 17th century flax growing dominated the region and a textile plant was established at Reutte. The blue flax blossom on the emblem of the municipality reminds on its cultivation, while the stylized farm appositely represents the name of the village, as “Hof” means “farm” in German.
As above mentioned, Höfen extends up to the Hahnenkamm mountain, which in winter transforms into a skiing area, while in summertime it represents a popular hiking area with several alpine pastures. The Reuttener Bergbahnen lift facilities, which were constructed in 1957, take you to 2,000 m asl. This is where you can visit the Alpine Flower Garden, a perfect destination for those who love nature! On an area of two hectares you can perfectly admire 600 different plant species. This garden is located above the mountain station of the gondola in the surroundings of the Höfener Alm pasture and can be reached within a few minutes from the mountain station, otherwise from the lower terminus in a two-hours’ walk. Recommendable is also the hike via the high altitude panoramic trail, taking hikers from Höfen to the village to Lechaschau in a 6-hour’s walk. However, one of the most popular MTB-trails takes you from the parking lot of the Reuttener Bergbahnen lift facilities to the Gschwendboden area (1,350 m asl).
One upon a time the inhabitants of the village were famous beyond borders for the production of marvellous stucco works. Several sights and places of interest are going to enchant those who are interested in culture, such as the Maria Hilf church, which has been constructed in 1692 as wooden chapel and has repeatedly been enlarged and changed in the course of time. The ceiling painting of 1801 was realised by the painter Josef Anton Köpfle from Höfen. Also the St. Mary chapel of 1876, which has recently been renovated, is worth to be visited.
Our recommendation: the Hahnenkamm mountain is a popular flying area for hang-gliders, the “FlyTeam” offers tandem flights. Furthermore, at Höfen there is the only airfield for glider pilots of the district, which is also licensed for single-engine model aircrafts!