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Prutz is a municipality in the Landeck district in the Austrian state of Tyrol. Located at the mouth of the Kauner valley on the upper Inn, it is 10 km south of the city of Landeck and 1 km below Faggen. Primarily a tourist resort, the town's other main source of income is electricity generation at a hydro-power plant linked by as 14.8 km long pipe to the Gepatsch Reservoir (or Gepatsch Stausee), which was constructed in 1964.
Prutz, situated on the former Via Claudia Augusta, was a resting place and later post station from Carolingian times, with favourable opportunities for the development of a settlement. The place is first recorded in 1027–1034 as locus qui dicitur Bruttes ("the place called Bruttes") in relation to a dispute over tithes between the bishops' churches of Brixen and Regensburg. The Late Gothic parish church was refurbished in the Baroque style in the 17th century.
In 1903 a disastrous fire destroyed the greater part of the village, although the typical West Tyrolean layout of close housing still remains in the centre.
Prutz was originally administratively part of Ried im Oberinntal, which was dissolved as an administrative unit in 1978, when Prutz became part of Landeck.
^Martin Bitschnau, Hannes Obermair (2009) (in German), Tiroler Urkundenbuch, II. Abteilung: Die Urkunden zur Geschichte des Inn-, Eisack- und Pustertals. Bd. 1: Bis zum Jahr 1140, Innsbruck: Universitätsverlag Wagner, pp. 173–174 Nr. 200, ISBN978-3-7030-0469-8