Already in 1327 AD King Ludwig IV vested the municipality of Vils with town privileges.
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Altitude: 826 m asl
Vils with its 1,500 inhabitants is one of the smallest towns of Austria. It is located in the district of Reutte at the border to Bavaria and is run through by the Vils river, emptying into the Lech river. Up to the 20th century agriculture was the main economic factor, today limestone and marl are mined in the lime stone pit near the municipality.
There are plenty of excursion destinations in the environs! The royal palaces Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau are within easy reach, and so is Falkenstein Castle at Pfronten, where King Ludwig II wanted to have another castle built. Numerous hiking and cycling trails make you experience the landscape from another perspective. Only a stone’s throw away, also on the German side, there is Lake Alatsee, a great spot in summer. One of the legends regarding this lake tells about hoards of gold dumped in the lake after WWII, which up to this point of time were stored in Neuschwanstein Castle. Also horse-riding and climbing in the Vilser Platte climbing garden are popular activities. In winter the surroundings offer pleasant winter hiking trails and cross-country ski trails taking you to Reutte across fairytale-like landscape. Those who prefer more comfortable activities can make a horse-drawn sleigh ride!
The town of Vils is also going to impress those who love culture: the Lords of Hohenegg, a powerful noble Medieval family, had Vilsegg Castle built in the municipality. It enthrones a hill at the edge of the Salober mountain and the mighty donjon can still be seen today. Below there is the St. Anna chapel dating back to the 13th century, which was the castle chapel. It is equipped with Gothic choir stalls and three Baroque altars. In the centre of the small town, however, there are buildings with gabled roofs and façade paintings, really an impressive subject for photographs! If you would like to make a time travel, we recommend you to visit the museum of Vils, accommodated in the so-called Amtshaus (Schlössle), where various items such as violins of the violin builder family Rief, information on stone deposits and more interesting information are available. To conclude your culture tour, visit the mighty Maria Himmelfahrt parish church and its steeple with five bells.
Our recommendation: every spring the music chapel organises a spring concert as well as a city festival with music and entertainment on the Assumption Day (August 15). Enjoy yourselves!