Musau

The little village of Musau with its 400 inhabitants is located in the north of Reutte.

Altitude: 821 m asl

The eight component localities Brandtstatt, Rossschläg, Saba, Leite, Platte, Hofstatt, Riedle and Höllmühle form the municipality of Musau, located at 821 m asl. “Muosowe”, that’s how the village was called in 1218 AD when it was mentioned for the first time. This term derives from the Old High German “muessa”, meaning marshy land. On the municipal emblem there is a dragon which is dilled through by a Magnus staff, referring to the former sovereign rights of the Magnus cathedral chapter of Füssen.

At Musau there were two outworks of the castle of Ehrenberg, today venue for the museum “Europäische Burgenwelt Ehrenberg”. This museum is a particular experience for families, as the exhibitions are child-oriented and provide an insight into the life of knights and aristocrats in Middle Ages. Furthermore the village is a paradise for those who would like to spend active holidays! The outdoor climbing gym Bärenfalle has been specially established for beginners and kids. Also Nordic Walking as well as jogging are popular activities. For mountain bikers, however, there is the Raintalweg course, taking them into the Raintal valley via forest trails. The 9 km long tour starts at Musau/Bärenfalle and takes you to the Musauer Alm pasture (1,290 m asl) and past the Otto-Mayr and the Füssener (1,520 m asl) mountain huts.

The Otto-Mayr mountain hut at 1,530 m asl is also one of the most popular destinations for hikes in the surroundings. It can be reached within 2-3 hours from the village and is known for its great cuisine. This trail first leads you to the so-called “Achsel”, from where you can enjoy a great view on the Lechtal valley, before it proceeds via the Musauer Alm pasture and a junction, from where a trail starts to the hut. The Otto-Mayr mountain refuge is also a great starting point for tours on the surrounding summits such as the Grosse Schlicke (2,059 m asl, 1.5 hours), the Gimpel (2,176 m asl, 3 hours) or the Kellenspitze (2,238 m asl, 4 hours). Also the hike Reutte-Lechaschau-Frauensee is a popular tour: it takes you about 3 hours and terminates at the Musauer Alm pasture. Horse-riding, rafting, canyoning, and in winter months winter hiking and cross-country skiing complete the sports offer.

Our recommendation: due to its location, Musau is a perfect starting point for a hike to the Bavarian royal palaces Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. It takes you about one hour only to pass the national border across mixed forests and reach the castles!

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