Living in the Nature Park

Settlement history:

Only a few prehistoric findings from the Reutte valley basin and the Lechtal are known. It is presumed that Celts from the Allgäu region came into the Lechtal to hunt in the floodplains of the Lech river. They have left their traces: axes, arrowheads and daggers. The old name “Lic” is said to have originated from the old Celtic Likatier tribe. “Lic” can be apparently translated as “stone abundance” or “fast flowing”. Both translations would be fitting!

historische Luftaufnahme des Wildflußes in schwarz-weiß

In around 15 B.C. the Romans arrived under the rule of Emperor Augustus. “Lic” turned into “Liccus”, which is said to have the same two meanings in Latin. 

From approx. 500 A.D. several settlement movements passed the area of the Lech river in the Tyrol. It is known that Alemannic tribes, Rhaeto-Romanic tribes, Bavarian and Welsh tribes moved into the area which is today’s Tiroler Lech Nature Park.

A sad chapter in the history of the Lechtal is the Swabian children. Often there wasn’t enough food for the many children of a family. As soon as the snow conditions made it possible, the oldest children had to hike across the mountains to Kempten or Isny in the neighbouring Allgäu region to children’s markets, where they were hired out to rich Allgäu farmers as cheap seasonal workers. Once winter returned, they returned to their families in Tirol. 

In earlier times numerous craftsmen and traders moved from the nature park region to find their fortune abroad. The Lechtal people still live up to their reputation of being artistically talented people.  The works of the wood sculptors and the acting performances of the Geierwally acting group, the biggest open-air stage in Tirol, are famous well beyond its borders.