Since roughly 500 B. C. the region which is these days called the „Chiemgau“, was colonized by the Celts. Very early A. D. the Romans took over and they were finally followed by the Bavarians in the 7th century. The Bavarians cleared large parts of at those times dense forests to create fertile grounds, the traditional landscapes where therefore completely changed. One of those areas which was most affected by the clearings was the these days called place Reit im Winkl, as the process of clearing was called in the old days “Reuten” and the area was cornered by mountains, the name of Reit im Winkl was founded.
The settling of Reit im Winkl was first documented during the reign of the Earl of Chiemgau in the year of 1160. After 1180 the Wittelsbacher took over the power in Bavaria and retained it until 1918. The sage tells us that in the year of 1806 and following the breakdown of countries by Emperor Napoleon, the area of Reit im Winkl was forgotten and therefore No Men’s Land. In order to avoid armed conflicts in between the different contenders, the rulers of Bavaria, Salzburg and Tyrol decided to have a card game about the forgotten piece of land. Bavarian King Max Joseph I. won the game with a trump which is called the “Shelln Ounter” and therefore gained the property rights and the picture of the winning card got the emblem of Reit im Winkl.
Following a visit by King Maximilian the II., in the year of 1858 and by the those times famous travel writer Mr. Franz von Kobell, the attention of the public was attracted and it was the actual start of tourism in Reit im Winkl. After a postal line by horse cart from Unterwössen to Kössen was introduced and this route was leading through Reit im Winkl, visitors arrived regularly.
In the 50ties of the last century, during times of the German “Wirtschaftswunder” and the rising financial possibilities with paid holidays, the tourism in Reit im Winkl kept growing. In the 70 and 80ties alpine winter sports was getting more popular and Reit im Winkl with the most snow of all places in Germany, was getting the non plus ultra for those enthusiastic in Winter sports.
With the beginning of the winter season 2009/10, the most modern revolving cable car, leading from Seegatterl up to the so called Ski circus of Winkelmoos and Steinplatte, started to operate. The ski runs with a total length of more than 50 km were awarded by the German Automobile club and the internet platform of skiresort.de rated it with the awards for the best price and service ratio. Reit im Winkl is also very famous for its well prepared long ski trails, premium hiking trails, sledge runs and tours by horse sleigh through the snowy landscapes.
The excellent developed hiking trails and plenty of opportunities to spend your summer holidays, had Reit im Winkl developing into a Major tourist destination and creating a big part of income for the local tax collectors.
Next to the famous locals like the „Gold Rosi“ Mittermaier a gold medal winner of the winter Olympics and her also successful sisters, the country singers Maria and Margot Hellwig, also other celebrities like the former coach of Bayern Muenchen Mr. Detmar Cramer and the Japanese singer and Jodel King Takeo Ishi, are calling Reit im Winkl their home.
Since the year of 2000 Reit im Winkl creates the major part of its energy and heating, by its own bio mass power plant CO2 neutral. Reit im Winkl was awarded with the title of “Community of the future”.