Ancient Roman Road
Communications have always been important. Before the Romans came there had been ancient trackways crisscrossing the country. The Roman road, once a significant salt trade route from Hall to the south, passes Patsch. Remains of this ancient road were found next to the Altwirt inn in 1994. The original stones were then transferred to the north of Patsch elementary school where they can be admired today. The "Zollerhof" was a customs office ("Zoll" meaning customs). As early as in the 12th century, the Bär inn on the Roman road became a frequent trading and coaching stop for Roman merchants. In the year 1809, this inn was the very place where Tyrol's famous resistance fighter, Andreas Hofer, met with his fellow combatant Josef Speckbacher to discuss the strategies in the Tyrolean war of independence. The Grünwalderhof, built in 1550, originally was the hunting lodge of the count of Thurn und Taxis. The historical building was completely refurbished in 1931 and today houses an inn again, just as back in medieval times.
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