Built in the 14th Century, the estate formerly belonged to the Scheyern
Monastery as a fief and was first mentioned as a tavern in 1612.
King Max II of Bavaria resided here in 1858 with his royal entourage, and in 1860 the poet Viktor von Scheffel dedicated a verse to the Bavarian guest house:
…UND WIE EIN ARM AUS SIEBENTEM HIMMEL WINKT UNS DES UNTERWIRTS GASTLICHER
(AND LIKE AN ARM REACHING FROM THE SEVENTH HEAVEN, THE UNTERWIRT NAME PLATE BECKONS US WITH ITS HOSPITALITY)
In the course of time the Unterwirt was modernized and expanded, the aim always being to preserve the charm and charisma of the house.
According to the legend,
... Reit im Winkl was once a no man's land and was not marked on any map. Yet this snow-covered area in the region of Chiemgau had to have an owner.
So the landlords of Bavaria, Tyrol and Salzburg decided to assign Reiterwinkl to the winner of the then famous “Wattens” card game.
The winner was the Elector of Bavaria, who won with spades, represented on cards with a bell.
Since then, Reit im Winkl has been Bavarian and proud of its bell symbol, which then became the emblem of the Unterwirt.