|• Mayor||Alois Oberer (Leben in Reutte)|
|• Total||100.9 km2 (39.0 sq mi)|
|Elevation||853 m (2,799 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2016)|
|• Density||64/km2 (170/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Reutte is a market town in the Austrian state of Tyrol. It is the administrative center of the Reutte district (Districts of Austria). Reutte is located on the Lech, and has a population of 6,210 (2014)
Reutte was declared a market town by Sigmund in 1489. This was confirmed later by Maximilian I who also added some further rights. The people of Reutte commemorate this with an annual festival on the first Saturday in August.
During the period when Austria belonged to Germany (1938 – 1945) there was an outpost of Dachau concentration camp near Reutte, called “Plansee Breitenwald”. In April 1945, American troops of the 44th Infantry Division reached Reutte. The American soldiers had been told to expect heavy attacks but in fact there was no special resistance by Axis forces at all. Reutte was the place where German engineers from Peenemünde surrendered to the United States Army on 3 May 1945, among them Wernher von Braun ; all of them were later sent to Fort Bliss in the United States in order to work on the manufacturing of balistic missiles and rockets, the most famous will be Saturn V in the sixties.
As Reutte is connected with other major parts of the Tyrol only by the Fern Pass, international transport and economic connections to the EU, especially to Germany, are becoming increasingly important.
Coat of arms
The coat of arms of Reutte shows three fir trees on three hills, representing the abundance of available timber in the region. (The name "Reutte" has its origin in "roden" or "reuten" meaning glade). The background of red and white stripes stands for the state and the republic.
Reutte is linked to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Kempten, Allgäu by train services operated by Deutsche Bahn. Reutte is a popular holiday resort and its proximity to the famous Bavarian Castles and the Ehrenberg ruins make Reutte a cultural destination as well as a skiing destination.
- Statistik Austria - Bevölkerung zu Jahresbeginn 2002-2016 nach Gemeinden (Gebietsstand 1.1.2016) for Reutte.
- Lipp Richard: Außerfern, Tyrolia Innsbruck 1994.
- Onlineauftritt Gedenkstättenpädagogik Bayern Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.
- Reutte travel guide from Wikivoyage
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