City of Berwang (Tyrol)

The city of Berwang is included to the state Tyrol and to the district Reutte District

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Berwang: Enjoy Austria's Natural Beauty and Majestic Views

Berwang is located in Tyrol (alternate spelling: Tirol), Austria, at a crossroads between many European countries including Germany, Italy, and Liechtenstein. Berwang takes its name from a combination of two German words: “Bär” (bear) and “Wang” (meadow). This tiny village of only 650 inhabitants offers a memorable tourist experience, especially for those with a love of the outdoors. Hiking, biking, and climbing are popular in spring, summer, and fall, while skiing, cross-country skiing, and tobogganing are common winter activities. Those wishing to relax over a beer after a day of sporting activities will be happy to discover Austria's highest-altitude brewery, the Gastofbrauerei Heustadl, is located in Berwang. The summer months also bring many opportunities for families including a pool, mini golf, tennis, and a children's playground at Bärenarena Berwang. Of course no trip to Berwang would be complete without a trip to the summit of nearby Zugspitz Mountain.

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Gastofbrauerei Heustadl

Located in the Hotel Gastof at Hotel Thaneller, A - 6622 Rinnen / Berwang, the Gastofbrauerei Heustadl offers visitors a chance to enjoy a refreshing house-brewed beer after a long day of hiking, skiing, and taking in the beautiful scenery of Berwang. Founded in 1995, the brewery can claim to be the highest-altitude brewery in Austria! Drawing their water from a nearby mountain spring, the brewers produce three types of beer which are unfiltered (giving the beer a cloudy appearance). The three different types of beer are: Stadl-Bräu Hell, a pale lager; Stadl-Bräu Dunkel, a dark lager; and Stadl-Bräu Weizen, a wheat beer-- so there will be something to suit every beer lover's tastes. This small brewery produces approximately one million litres of beer per year! The brewery also offers tours which will explain how beer is produced. The brewery is also attached to a rustic barn room where each week (every Wednesday and Sunday in winter and every Saturday in summer) the Berwanger Lederhosen Duo performs. Between the beer and the music you will have an unforgettable Austrian experience. Austrians have a vibrant beer culture and are third only behind the Czech Republic and Germany for per capita consumption! Prost!

Via Claudia Augusta

For those seeking a bit of history with their hike, consider the Via Claudia Augusta which passes near to Berwang. In the days of Ancient Rome, a road was carved through the Alps in order to better connect the vast empire. Constructed initially for military purposes, the road stretched Ostiglia in the Italian region of Lombardy all the way to the Danube river in Donauwörth, Bavaria, Germany where it connected to an east-west road securing the border of the empire. Later on the route was used for commerce and in particular for the salt trade. Today, this road is called the "European axis of culture" as it connects some of the rich cultures of the continent. It also provides beautiful hiking and biking trails. In Tyrol the road travels through beautiful valleys and offers a stunning view of the Alps. As the terrain becomes more rugged on the Via Claudia Augusta it is possible to take a chair lift from nearby Lermoos to Grubigalm and then descend into the valley of Berwang, giving you a splendid view.

Skischaukel Berwangertal

When in the Alps in winter, there is really only one thing you must do: ski! Luckily, the Berwang valley offers some fantastic skiing at Skischaukel Berwangertal. This ski resort should be kept in mind especially for families, though they have 2km of professional trails as well! Due to the valley's gentle slopes, however, beginner trails are most prominent with 24km on offer. Away from the ski and snowboard trails there are opportunities for cross-country skiing, tobogganing, ice skating, snowshoeing, and even horse-drawn sleigh rides, providing a romantic atmosphere. There's a wide variety of apres-ski bars and restaurants for those who want to relax with a hearty meal, hot chocolate, and a glass of beer or wine at the end of the day. Children will also love Skischaukel Berwangertal due to its special children's club, Brauni's Bärenhöhle. The resort is therefore an ideal location for children to learn to ski. Kids and adults alike will love the toboggan run from the Jägerhaus to Berwang village. More advanced skiiers will be happy to know the resort connects to the larger Tiroler Zugspitz Arena which offers access to eight resorts. Visitors can purchase a "Top Snow" card allowing access to all.

Ehrenberg Castle Ruins and Museum

Just 11km outside of Berwang, visit the Ehrenberg Castle Ruins located on the Via Augusta. The strategic location of the Erhenberg pass as a chokepoint controlling access to the valley in Tyrol meant that since Roman times fortifications have been built there. The castle is part of a large medieval fortification spanning the valley. The Ehrenberg castle dates from 1296 and was built to protect the trade route of Via Augusta which was hotly contested during the Crusades. The castle and its fortifications were progressively added to up until the 18th century, when the castle was abandoned. Recently the ruins have become modernized as part of a tourist development project, though parts of the fortification remain minimally developed and still offer beautiful views and scenery. There is now a museum alongside the castle ruins (about a thirty minute walk to/from the actual ruins themselves) that allows visitors to explore the Middle Ages and the concept of knighthood. It is especially geared toward families and children, allowing children to try on knight's armor and "conquer the castle with a battering ram." The museum is located at TVB Naturparkregion Reutte, Untermarkt 34, A-6600 Reutte.

Bärenarena Berwang

In the winter, the skiing is plentiful, but how do families pass the time in Berwang in the summer? Look no further than Bärenarena Berwang, the local leisure complex located on the outskirts of the village. The Berwang swimming pool complex includes a premium-sized pool and a water world for children. But this is more than just a pool as Bärenarena Berwang also offers miniature golf, tennis, a large lawn for relaxing and picknicking, and a large children's playground. In the summer evenings, fires and picnics are also organized; nightswimming is also available. One of the highlights of the complex is the fabulous surroundings of the forest, with paths and trails for you to explore before cooling off in the pool. A relaxing place to spend a summer's day, the Bärenarena Berwang is also affordable. Prices are as follows: A day pass for adults is €4,50 and for children €3,50. Half-day passes and three hour tickets are also available for a lower price. Nightswimming is €3,00. Miniature golf is €2,50 for adults and for children €1,50. Tennis courts can be rented at a rate of €9,00 a Court per hour. The Bärenarena is open from late May to early September.

Tiroler Zugspitzbahn

The famous Tiroler Zugspitzbahn is a gondola ride up the mountain offering fabulous views as it crosses the border from Austria to Germany where the summit of Mount Zugspitze is located. The peak is nearly 3,000m above sea level thus the cable car travels 1,725m into the air. At the top there is a restuarant with views of 4 countries, a viewing platform, and an exhibition. The round trip (including exhibit access) costs  €35,50 for adults and € 21,50 for children ages 6-15. Open year round, the gondola departs every 20 minutes between 8:40am and 4:40pm. Located at Obermoos 1, 6632 Ehrwald. Visit the website:

Nature Park Tiroler Lech

Approximately a half hour drive from Berwang, Nature Park Tiroler Lech stretches from Vils, Austria in the north to Steeg, Austria in the south. This is a protected area that offers access to some of the best views and most pristine nature in the Tyrol region. This is part of the Natura2000 area designated by the European Union to preserve and protect Central Europe's natural landscape and wildlife. Hiking trails and majestic views are on offer to visitors as well as the opportunity to see nearly 400 plant species that are endangered and indigenous wildlife such as the natterjack toad. There is also a 17m high bird observation tower.

Bike Trail Tyrol

Mountain bikers, rejoice! Tyrol is home to "the longest continuous round course in the alpine area." There is over 1000km of bike paths which circuit the Tyrol region and offer the best of mountain biking. Visitors can choose anything from a one-day tour to an incredibly technical 2-week excursion covering the entire trail. Your individual needs can dictate your pace as well as your route. Near Berwang, options include going from Steeg to Weissenbach or from Reutte to Erhwald. A uniform way-marking system will help bikers navigate to their destination and provide estimated riding times and levels of difficulty.

Alpine Coaster Imst

Just a 45 minute drive from Berwang, Imst is home to the world's longest alpine coaster. Think a roller coaster in the mountains! Only accessible from the chairlift at Hoch-Imst, the coaster begins 1,500m above sea level. The ride is 3.5km and lasts approximately 12 minutes, with a top speed of 40km per hour! The Alpine Coaster is for all ages to enjoy as children ages 3 and up can ride with an adult. The coaster operates from April until October (opening days vary) and tickets are €10,90 for adults and €8,70 for 7-15 years, €4,30 for 3-6 years, which includes the coaster and the lift ticket. Visit

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Surrounding towns

  • Füssen ~31.6 km
  • Reutte ~15.9 km
  • Schwangau ~33.3 km
  • Pfronten ~38.3 km
  • Silz ~51.8 km
  • Ehrwald ~16.1 km
  • Nassereith ~28.6 km
  • Lermoos ~12.4 km
  • Bichlbach ~4.3 km
  • Wängle ~18.3 km

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How to get there ?

Berwang: Accessible from Germany and Austria

Berwang is accessible from Germany and Austria. Nearby large airports are Innsbruck (approximately one hour drive) and Munich (approximately two hour drive). Low-cost carrier EasyJet services Innsbruck. Most commonly, you can arrange for an airport transfer from Innsbruck to Berwang. The train station in Berwang is Bichlbach-Berwang. There are also train stations serving nearby Reutte that are serviced by regional trains. Though the train is not very efficient it will provide you with spectacular views. As Berwang is an extremely small village the best bet would be to rent a car in Innsbruck or Reutte (though in Reutte you will not find any major international car rental companies). As mentioned above hiking and biking are extremely popular and convenient in Berwang, but you will probably want a car to explore the region.

Hotels in Berwang (Tyrol)

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Familien- & Kinderhotel Kaiserhof

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Gästehaus Zugspitzblick

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Hotel Thaneller

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Gästehaus Alpenblick

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Häus`l am Ruan

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Apart-Pension Resswald

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Haus Schöne Aussicht

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Rimmlhof & Rimmlstube

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Haus Elisabeth

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Haus Amann

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Appartements Austria

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Haus Steinkarblick und Berghäusl

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Haus Moosalm

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Hotel Rotlechhof

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Haus Resi

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Haus Bergkristall