© Schärding Tourismus - Located in the heart of this Baroque town, Schärding’s colourful Silberzeile (Silver Row) has become its landmark feature.
If the colourful facades and old walls could talk, they’d tell stories of battles over its governance and its trade and wealth.
The area around Schärding has been inhabited since the Neolithic period. After the Romans ousted the Celts in 15 BC, ‘Scardinga’ was established, becoming part of the Roman province of Noricum. Separated from Bavaria only by the River Inn, the town’s geographical position subsequently gave rise to successive changes in ownership between Bavarian and Austrian aristocratic families. However, because of its riverside location, Schärding also became a centre for trade - particularly for salt, wood, ores, wine, silk, glass, grain, textiles and livestock - making the town rich. Wealthy merchants invested their ‘silver’ in magnificent architectural facades, creating an impressive townscape which survives to this day.
Discover the delights of Schärding
Schärding is renowned for its Silberzeile (Silver Row), located at the upper end of the main square. Its colourful pastel facades date back to the Middle Ages, with the guild colours used to denote various trades (e.g. blue for bakers, red for butchers, yellow and green for innkeepers). Opposite the Neo-Baroque town hall, also in the upper end of the main square, is the Christopher Fountain, which symbolises the wealth Schärding derived from the river and shipping, as well as the risk of flooding, to which the town is constantly exposed. Leaving the square behind and following the narrow cobblestone lanes towards the banks of the River Inn, you pass through Schärding’s lovingly landscaped town park, formerly Schärding Castle’s courtyard. Evidence of this mighty structure, built in the 11th century by the Count of Formbach, can still be seen in this spot in the form of walls and the remains of a keep and moat.
In the middle of its Baroque gardens stands a very special jewel – the Orangery Restaurant – which took shape from what was once a beautifully furnished greenhouse, complete with accommodation for the gardeners. With its central location in this stunning park, it offers a spectacular setting in which to dine.
For those of you who would like to discover Schärding and the Lower Inn Valley from the water, we recommend taking a river cruise. These start from the boat pier located on the idyllic Lower Inn promenade.