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Route: Reith / Informationsbüro – Sonnrainweg – Musikpavillon – Pfarrkirche – Unsere Frau – Kapelle zum Hl. Magnus – Gasthof Hirschen – Riesenhaus – Informationsbüro
The culture trail in Reith bei Seefeld is a circular hiking trail and leads from Reith bei Seefeld to Leithen and back. On the cultural hiking trail you pass 10 historical monuments that tell about the history and culture of Reith.
Station 1: Information office Reith bei Seefeld
The Karwendelbahn railway was built according to the plans of the Innsbruck architect Josef Riehl and is still considered a masterpiece of engineering at that time because of the magnificent bridge and tunnel constructions. Our village is situated in an unmistakable environment on the so-called "Sunnroan" (sunny slope). Enjoy the wonderful view over the Inn valley....
Station 2: Music pavilion
From 1914 to 1918 all able-bodied men had to go to the front. 13 Reither did not return home from the 1st World War. During the 2nd World War (1939-1945) 15 from our community were killed in action. The end of the war is connected with the complete destruction of the village. There were flown 6 heavy bombing raids on our village to destroy the railroad bridge over the Gurgelbach.
Station 3: Sunnroanweg
22. houses were totally destroyed, another 12 houses as well as the church and school were severely damaged. Only after the reconstruction the appearance of the village underwent significant changes, as also some resettlements from the cramped village were made.
Station 4: The Parish Church
Our church patron, St. Nicholas, was highly venerated by the villagers. A statue of St. Nicholas was placed on the street.
Station 5: The milestone
In 1703, Bavarian soldiers plundered our village and knocked the carved figure of the church patron St. Nicholas off its pedestal. Since that time the milestone stands here alone as a "memorial". The milestone is located on the village road in the direction of Leithen at a fork in the road on the right in the direction of Meilerhof.
Station 6: Our Lady
Exactly at the upper border between Zirl and Leithen stood since time immemorial a wayside shrine with a beautiful carved image of the Madonna. After 1900 the wooden wayside shrine threatened to fall into disrepair and the young farmers of Leithen erected the present brick pillar. One of them wanted to examine the carving with his knife, but behold, blood flowed from the wood and immediately he abandoned his plan. Unfortunately, this Madonna and Child was stolen in 1972.
Station 7: Chapel of St. Magnus
The "St. Magnus Chapel" in Leithen stood in the middle of the village next to a milestone and, according to tradition, was older than the church in Reith. The chapel was demolished in 1980 and moved to the hill 50 meters to the north in its original form. The day of St. Magnus, September 6, has always been the Leithner Kirchtag.
Station 8: Hirschen Inn
In Reith there are inns with tradition and one of them is the "Hirschen" inn in Leithen. A real "Tyrolean inn" where you are served products from their own farm.
Station 9: The giant house
The giant Thyrsus is said to have fallen seriously ill once during the plague. In order not to infect the other villagers, he hid in the vaulted cellar of his house. (During the widening of the road after the 2nd World War, such a cellar was removed from the Giant's House). He had food handed to him through the cellar window, recovered, and Leithen was spared from the epidemic.
Station 10: The Plague Column
On the outskirts of Leithen in the direction of Reith stands a column (1637) on which images of the painful crucifixion and plague saints can be seen.
It commemorates the time of the 30-year war, when passing troops brought the plague into the country, which then raged terribly for 3 years. A wealthy Innsbruck businessman fled with his family to Leithen. He became seriously ill and feared to have caught the plague. He vowed to erect a wayside shrine in the event of his recovery.
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