Reit im Winkl is a small alpine village of just over 3000 inhabitants near the border with the Austrian Tyrol.
It is well-known for its winter sports - downhill and cross-country skiing - and for summer outdoor activities.
Despite the fact that it is over a border, the best airport option for Reit im Winkl could be Salzburg Airport which, because of the popularity of ski and walking holidays in the nearby Austrian mountains, has a good range of scheduled and charter flights in the summer and winter seasons.
Distance to Salzburg Airport: 56km
Distance to Innsbruck Airport: 112km
Distance to Munich Airport: 146km
All three airports offer a similar route of train then bus on public transport, with Salzburg being by far the more convenient and picturesque if driving the more direct country roads in the summer months. Munich is probably the better option for flights from further afield or from less popular airports.
Reit im Winkl does not have a railway station. The most convenient train stations nearby for visitors from Germany are Übersee or Prien am Chiemsee, which are served by regular regional trains from Munich and Salzburg and then a bus connection to Reit im Winkl.
Those arriving over the nearby Austrian border have bus connections for the train stations at either Kufstein or St Johann in Tirol.
Reit im Winkl is a small village with a compact centre housing most of the accommodation. Some is located along the roads to the border with the Austrian Tyrol or out towards the lift connections to the Winklmoosalm.
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The village, relatively isolated as it is in the mountains of Bavaria, is first mentioned in documents in the 13th century, although it is thought to have been founded earlier.
It remained for centuries a place of hard mountain labour, with farming and timber being the main source of income.
The symbol of the village is a jack (the 'Schellunter' - a picture card in a local game). According to local legend, when Napoleon was deciding how to partition his conquests in the early 19th century, everyone forgot about Reit im Winkl. When reminded, the rulers of the Tyrol, Salzburg and Bavaria played cards for it, with the Bavarian King winning with a jack.
Tourist started a little later the visit of a later Bavarian King in 1858 and the publicity around his journey led to increased interest in the village from around Germany.
The village was never connected to the local rail network, although the tourist authorities pushed for it, and the former Waldbahn (a narrow gauge railway between Reit im Winkl and Ruhpolding) was only used for transporting logs during its relatively short life in the 1920s.
With the no easy day-trip access, the village has retained its traditional culture, one of the reasons why tourism is so strong here. In the winter months, it is linked in to the Steinplatte ski area above Lofer in Austria and the area is renowned for its snowfall, attracting cross-country skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts.
The tourist office in Reit im Winkl is situated just outside the centre of the village on the road in the direction of the Chiemsee. It is open Monday-Friday and on weekends in season: