Reutte is a important town in the centre of the Reuttener Basin, at the cross roads to the Lech, the Ehrenberger Klause gorge, the Allgäu area of which it is the administrative centre and the German border.
Reutte became a very important transport centre for the salt trade from the area around Lake Constance and Switzerland after the Lech River bridge was built in 1464.
Reutte has been a market town since 1489 of the Reuttener Basin and it is the largest settlement in the Außerfern region and has played a major role through the history of the Ausserfern area and enjoyed sustained development since the Middle Ages.
Due to the strategic importance of Reutte and the open basin around it the township has changed hands many times and been occupied by many feuding forces, including the Napoleonic armies.
The nearby ruins of the fortress of Ehrenberg is also a stark reminder of Reutte's past military and commercial importance.
Many of the town's house are built in the southern German style and are adorned with frescoes from the 18th century.
Reutte's present prosperity is helped very much by the local industries like the Plansee Metalwork Südtiroler, Tränke, Schwarzkopf and Archbachsiedlung enterprises.
Reutte is also a popular holiday location with the lakes of Plansee and the Urisee offering a wide variety of summer activities, like picnicking, fishing, sailing and diving. During the winter months there are also many activities available, such as cross-country skiing, ice skating and many others.
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