With a population of 1,500, Vils is one of the smallest towns in Austria. It also happens to be the only town in the Außerfern region in the far west of Tirol, yet at the same time it has managed to maintain its village character.
Vils in the northwestern most part of Tirol, on the border with Bavaria. Its traditional charm, beautiful landscape and many sights give it a unique appeal. The region near Reutte is home to many historical buildings such as the Burgruine Vilsegg as well as the fairytale-style Schloss Neuschwanstein and Schloss Hohenschwangau castles over the border in Germany. Also well worth a visit is the Burgruine Ehrenberg with the longest hanging footbridge in the world. The Reutte Nature Park Region has more than 400 kilometres of signposted hiking trails. The most popular hikes include the "Panoramarunde" on the Zirmgrat ridge and the "GEOpfad" trail with information boards telling hikers about the history of the local mountains. Winter hiking and cross-country skiing are two of the most popular activities in winter. There is also a small family-friendly ski lift at the Konradshüttle ideal for children and beginners.