Austrian Alps: Holidays in Schwaz

Historic town Schwaz in Tyrol, Austria

Schwaz at the foot of the Karwendel mountains. Holidays guide for the historic city Schwaz in Tyrol
In medieval the city of Schwaz has written history with the Silver Mine. We are talking about an historic and natural rich region in Tyrol. Center of the region is the district town of Schwaz. Schwaz? Yes - Schwaz! Googling you once, there are plents of results. Schwaz is located at the Karwendel Alps

Silver City Schwaz
The city Schwaz was the medieval Montanist center of Europe. According to legend, in 1409 has seen the maid Gertrude Kandlerin, like a bull by its horns uncovered silvery, shimmering rock. The cattle had come upon silver ore. After that the insignificant place became the "Klondike of the Middle Ages. The rapid development is held impressively in a country rhyme, Georg Rösch written in 1558: In plain English: "Schwaz is all mine mother
Although it is fed a great crowd - at 30,000 I got it right to keep, for men, women, young and old. "

The second largest city after Vienna
Incredibly, Schwaz gets the second largest city in Austria. Only vienna had more inhabitants. With silver from Schwaz the dollars were produced in Hall, the forerunner of "dollars". When Emperor Maximilian I in 1490 visited the mine, he was received of 7400 miners who handed him a golden bowl filled with 50 kg of silver coins. His grandson Karl V gots Roman-German Emperor only thanks to the bribe, which he Jakob Fugger, who exploited the Schwaz mines at that time, had made available on loan. It was the colossal sum of 543 000 guilders.
Between 1420 and 1827 was extracted from the aided in the Schwaz silver mines 2.571 million kg of fine silver studs. The won in Schwaz "Copper Mountain" might even have a weight of 190.998 million kg. The total length of the tunnel in the mines is supposed at 500 kilometers and thus is more than the distance between Schwaz and Vienna. Showpiece of the big industry is the Sigmund Erbstollen, who was hit in 1491. Since 1990 people can visit the Sigmund Erbstollen, it´s marketed as Silvermine Schwaz. The well-preserved tunnels, the Radstuben and the high halls give an idea of the size and world importance of the silver and copper mining in the 15th and 16 Century.

Paracelsus in Schwaz
In the wake of the silver significant princes, artists and scientists came to Schwaz. The Fugger family were mentioned, it reminds us of the architecturally unique Fugger house. To 1516 stayed the most important German doctor of that time, Paracelsus von Hohenheim, Tyrol in the mining town. The Nuremberg Meistersinger Hans Sachs founded a school, from the remains of frescoes in the Second World War, bombed Meistersinger Hall to admire in the Museum Art in Schwaz Rabalderhaus. The people of Schwaz in Tyrol could afford to build the biggest church in Tyrol. And it remains the biggest in Tyrol! The altar was created by the famous Veit Stoss, the altar was unfortunately sold, when the church gets Baroque style. Within all the artists there is the painter Hans ("to Schwaz"). His portrais of Fugger are exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
Schwaz is also the ancestral home of the Frundsberg.
The wealth of the city is still visible today.

Places of interest in Schwaz in Tyrol:
- historic old town of Schwaz
- main church Maria Himmelfahrt in Schwaz
- City Park in Schwaz
- Franziskanerkloster
- Castle Freundsberg Schwaz
- Fugger house (from outside)
- Museum Rabalderhaus
- Museum Haus der Völker (african arts)
- Silver Mine Schwaz
- Planetarium
- Fire Museum

Holidays in Schwaz at the Karwendel Alps
Culture, family holidays, mountainbiking and hiking in karwendel are the main activities in the summer.
In winter, skiing is very popular.

Austria: Schwaz and the Karwendel Alps

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