Alpbach is a village in Western Austria in the state of Tyrol. 975 m above sea level had a population of 2,549 in 2003.
The earliest written record of the name Alpbach comes from 1150, although human settlement is known to have begun there before and around the year 1000, and a bronze axe found at Steinberger Joch (the pass leading to the Ziller Valley) in 1860 suggests that the route was already in use in the Hallstatt period.
Christianity was first brought to the region in the 7th and 8th centuries by Irish and Scottish monks, and the patron saint of the parish church is in fact St. Oswald, a former King of Northumbria.
Tourists first began arriving in Alpbach at the beginning of the 20th century and by 1938 the village had accommodation for 110 visitors. Since then this figure has increased to 2500 and Alpbach now attracts some 22,000 visitors in summer and about the same in winter for an annual total of 300,000 nights. Tourism is the main source of income for today's 2300 local residents, but there are still 105 working farms in Alpbach, the same number as a hundred years ago.
Since 1945, Alpbach has been the venue for the Alpbach European Forum, an annual two-week conference of leading figures from the worlds of science, business, the arts and politics. The Forum and the participation of so many people who have shaped the thinking of their times has given Alpbach the nickname, "The Village Of Thinkers."
Over the years, Alpbach has collected many awards and distinctions. In 1975, the Austrian Public Health Institute certified that Alpbach had the cleanest and purest air in all of Austria. It was voted "Austria's Most Beautiful Village" in 1983 by a television contest organised by Austrian Television. In June 1985, the Council of Europe in Strasbourg conferred upon Alpbach the right to fly the European flag in recognition of the community's services to European Unity. In 1993, Alpbach won "The Most Beautiful Floral Village in Europe" award.
Alpbach is also a well known ski resort and its quiet pistes are well groomed and provide beginner to intermediate runs with lots of off pistes as well as unpatrolled route 5 which is popular with the more advanced skiers
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ourania (37514) 2013-10-12 3:29
hai scelto un ottimo punto di vista per questa composizione dinamica ed elegante. C' e' ottima profondita' e nitidezza, eccellente resa di tessiture e dettagli nel pianterreno. Mi piace molto l' effetto delle ombre dense che nascondono alcuni dettagli ma offrono grafismo, contrasto ed un senso di profondita' intrigante. I colori sono piacevolmente ricchi e bellissimi. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buon fine settimana,
dkmurphys (53609) 2013-10-12 4:36
Very beautiful mountain house. I like the architecture with use of a lot of wood and decorative flowers. Well taken, enjoy a fine weekend.
lousat (83666) 2013-10-12 8:48
Ciao Ale,certo che come l'aria di montagna per i gerani non ce n'e'...ehehe...cattura coloratissima di questo hotel o residence,molto bello sia in estate che inverno,con la tipica architettura moderna che ricalca lo stile classico locale,ottimi dettagli e colori.Buona serata,Luciano
luciola (2918) 2013-10-12 8:56
I love alpine architecture. Nice shot.
cornejo (36547) 2013-10-12 10:52
Ciao Alessandro, molto buona immagine di questa bella e interessante edificio tipico alpino, molto ben catturata in questa immagine bella e interessante con le montagne sullo sfondo, con una buona nitidezza, luce e colore. Ottimo ed interessante lavoro ben fatto, complimenti amico mio. Grazie per aver condiviso questo bel lavoro.
Buona notte e Domenica felice.
Cordiali saluti dal sud della Spagna.
fabbs99 (16841) 2013-10-12 21:41
I love the strong colors in this fascinating image. Very well taken and TFS.
jjcordier (79275) 2013-10-12 22:12
Bonne photo de ce très joli chalet d'Alpbach qui mérite bien sa distinction de plus beau village fleuri.
carlo62 (39863) 2013-10-12 23:21
si poteva intitolare benissimo " benvenuti in Tirolo ", nella foto ci sono tutte le caratteristiche principali, quelle che mi piacciono.
Manco solo io seduto al tavolo....
ikeharel (64041) 2013-10-20 0:32
Flowers decorated typical wooden house, Alessandro, well taken on pic. from its corner.
Bright daylight offered wonderful red color in good contrast to the green forest on the mountain, and to the blue sky aloft. Pleasent to look at.
- Copyright: ALESSANDRO MACCHI (SWEETFREEDOM) (23908)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-29
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: CANON EOS 550D, 17-40 f/4 L USM Canon, 77 B+W MRC UV
- Exposure: f/11, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Austria and South Bavaria
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-12 0:40