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How it all began

Do you know the meaning of the name “Reit im Winkl”? And what about the “Schelln Unter”? Reit im Winkl Yesterday and Today – our town’s portrait.

Only if you know the past, do you know the present!

Based on today’s knowledge it can be assumed that around 550 the Celtics reached the Chiemgau region. Their reign lasted until the Romans conquered the region between the Alps and the Danube around the year 14 A.D. In the first decades of the 6th century the Bajuwaren tribe settled the area. With the second wave of Bajuwaren migrants, extensive clearing took place that changed the landscape completely. Reit im Winkl gets its name from this clearing activity.
“Reit” comes from the German word roden or reuten which means clearing or roding of an area. This particular clearing took place in a mountainous corner (= Winkl) and hence the name Reit im Winkl (roding in the corner).
The first documented recording of Reit im Winkl dates back to the year 1160.

What about the “Schellunter”? According to a legend, when Napoleon divided up the area in 1806, he “forgot” Reit im Winkl. Supposedly the rulers of Bavaria, Salzburg and Tyrol then played a card game in which Bavaria’s king Max Joseph I won by taking the trick with the “Schellunter”(jack of diamonds).

The origins of Reit im Winkl’s tourism go back to the year 1858 when the king of Bavaria, Maximilian II, visited the town. A subsequent travel report by the writer Franz von Kobell made the public aware of this little mountain village.
Later, the postal route between Unterwössen, Reit im Winkl und Kössen (Austria) marked another important milestone in the development of tourism.

Since the end of WWII and the subsequent German economic wonder (Wirtschaftswunder), Reit im Winkl’s tourism industry has continued to grow.

Big events and local celebrities also helped in making Reit im Winkl famous.

The most famous are:
„Gold-Rosi“ Mittermaier, Maria und Margot Hellwig and Evi Sachenbacher