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The name has Bavarian origins, which the ending -ing makes clear. Already in the early 12th century a settlement with the name "Villa Hetiningen" was mentioned in documents there. A castle was built there, which is still structurally present in the tower of the old church. Because of the unique cylinder shape of the church tower, the church is also affectionately called "Höttinger Nudel", which in turn gives its name to the carnival newspaper published annually since 1908 by the Höttinger Sängerbund.

Due to its climatically favored sunny side, in former times even wine was cultivated, which however - according to Emperor Maximilian I - is said to have had an extremely sour taste and was thus better suited as vinegar. From the 15th to the 17th century, the important bell and can founders Löffler were located there. In addition to bells that still ring in many churches today, they also cast bullets and cannons for Emperor Maximilian and some bronze statues that adorn his tomb monument in the Hofkirche. In the 19th century Hötting grew strongly and became the largest municipality in Austria. With the incorporation in 1938, the town received both a significant increase in population and in cadastral area, after the entire Nordketten- area up to the Möslalm belonged to Hötting. The village character and the unmistakable identity have been preserved, which is why it is still said today: Hötting is a kingdom, all around lies Austria!