In 1913, a third of the many Schiefling inns were in the hands of women. They had an important function for holding the village community together. Inns also offered local cultural societies a venue for rehearsals and performances. In Schiefling, the inns were run in the national language, German.
Through tourism, the structure of the inns changed. Having in many cases only served drinks in the past, establishments started to serve food as well. They also became starting points or destinations on hiking routes. From the Kreuzwirt inn, a path leads to the excavations at Kathreinkogel. Having once been a pivotal social centre in the village, the inn gradually lost its significance from the 1980s.