THE EUROPEAN FUGGERSTRASSE LEADS TO MOUNTAIN WORKS AND MONTANZENTREN, THE COPPER AND SILVER OF WHICH WILL RICH THE FUGGER RICH
A GREAT CHAPTER OF ECONOMIC HISTORY
The Fuggers in the Augsburg of early modern times became legendally rich through cotton trade and loans for popes, emperors and kings - but above all through the mining industry. From around 1490, the Europe-wide mining company Fugger was formed with ore mines and steelworks in Tyrol (especially in Schwaz and Sterzing), in Carinthia and in Neusohl in Upper Hungary (Banská Bystrica in today's Slovakia). With gold and silver, lead and galmei, but above all with copper and mercury, Jakob Fugger "the rich man" and his successors wrote an exciting chapter in European economic and social history. Fugger houses and castles, churches and monuments, mines and museums in Augsburg, Schwaz, Hall and Innsbruck, Sterzing and Neusohl trace the history of a Montankonzerns, which anticipated until 1660, the European Union.
NEW: silver set with Emperor Maximilian coinage
On the occasion of the Maximilian Year 2019 , in which the 500th anniversary of the death of Emperor Maximilian I is celebrated, our silver jewels shine with new Emperor Maximilian coinage.
In 2019, the anniversary of the death of Emperor Maximilian I will mark the 500th anniversary. The "mountain blessing" and the financial strength of the Fugger family, which grew rich with their mining companies in Tyrol, Carinthia and Upper Hungary (now Slovakia), financed the Habsburg's political plans and military undertakings. Maximilian I, who set the course for the rise of the House of Habsburg to world power with his marriage policy, dedicates in the commemoration year a large special exhibition in the Fugger city of Augsburg and a play in Schwaz - the miner's play "Silberberg".
AND THE "MOTHER OF ALL MINES"
IN THE MOUNTAIN TOWN SCHWAZ: THREE EPITAPHE OF THE FUGGER AND TWO FUGGERHÄUSER
In 1409 Schwaz became a mining town. But it is very likely that ore has been mined here before, from which silver and copper were produced: a business that was initially operated by local craftsmen from Schwaz, Hall and Innsbruck. But already in 1487, the Fugger acquired shares in the trading company of a Kufstein big business.
In 1522, Jakob Fugger "the rich man" entered the mining industry in Schwaz with mines and steelworks from the bankruptcy estate of one tradesman. As a result, Schwaz became one of the most important locations of the Fugger. In 1546, Anton Fugger relocated Augsburg's headquarters to the mining town for some time. Two Fugger houses, three epitaphs and a monument commemorate the Fugger era, which ended in 1657 in Schwaz.
INTERNATIONAL IMPORTANCE. Schwaz.
In the first half of the 16th century, the mining districts of Schwaz and Röhrerbühl near Kitzbühel were the most important sites of the European mining industry. There, between 1506 and 1545, about half of the silver and copper were won in the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. Because miners flocked to Tyrol from far away, around 1510 Schwaz was said to have been the second largest town in the Habsburg Empire with about 20,000 inhabitants.
Mother of all mines
was called the silver mine at Falkenstein in Schwaz. An estimated 300 kilometers long, tunnels and shafts undermine the mountain above the town on the banks of the Inn. 800 meters deep, visitors of the silver mine can enter the mine railway. They discover the traces of the miners who mined ore 500 years ago. The silver mine in Schwaz is one of the largest attractions in Tyrol.
A cast-copper epitaph for Ulrich Fugger the Younger is still to be found today in the 1502 consecrated Schwazer parish church to "Our Lady", the largest Gothic hall church in Tyrol. The originally much smaller parish church had to be extended to 1490 because of the enormous population growth. The result was a four-nave church with two main ships - one for the more "noble" citizens, the other for the miners separated from them by a wooden wall. Today, the powerful sacred building is called Knappenkirche. Like before Ulrich Fugger the Younger, in 1633 Hieronymus Fugger and in 1643 Georg Fugger were buried in the Knappenchor, where they later had their stone epitaphs embedded in the wall.
THE SCHWAZER KNAPPENSPIEL
The "Silberberg" is a play by Felix Mitterer about the mountain blessing in the 16th century, with which Schwaz celebrates himself and Emperor Maximilian I, whose fiftieth anniversary celebrates its 500th anniversary in 2019. A (mining) story about wealth and poverty, power and law, mysticism and love, struggle and revolution. Information and tickets at:
GUIDED TOURS TO FUGGERN
WORKS AND MOUNTAIN BUTTONS
Three theme tours - "The Fugger", "The Trades" and "The parish church in Schwaz" - show traces of mining in Schwaz. The tour leads to two Fugger houses, to buildings of rich Tyrolean trades and to the spectacular Knappenkirche - where three epitaphs of the Fugger are discovered. Information and booking at:
THE SILVER MOUNTAIN
The Schwazer silver mine is one of the largest sights in Tyrol. The 1500 most important silver mine in Europe is an unforgettable underground experience. Visitors take the mine train 800 meters deep - then they see Erzabbaustollen, miners and the Schwazer Wasserkunst.
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High above Schwaz perched the castle Freundsberg - a picture book castle with fantastic views of the city and the Inn Valley. The castle is also reminiscent of shops between the Frundsbergern and the Fuggern - and a marriage that brought the Fuggern the Mindelburg and (almost) the city of Mindelheim.
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FREE SPECIAL GUIDED TOUR
THROUGH THE SILVER CITY
From June to mid-September: The free city tour "On the trail of silver" shows the hidden sights of the mining town of Schwaz. Very special places that were previously hidden to the public - and open their doors only for participants in these tours. Information and booking at:
Discover the Schwazer Knappensteig during a 2-hour guided tour and experience the rich history of the Silver City!
The splendid Renaissance castle Tratzberg is one of the most beautiful and most beautifully located castles in Tyrol, The original interior makes this castle, which belonged at times the Fuggern, especially worth seeing. Their traces can be found, among others, in the "Fuggerstube".
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GIFT IS SILVER
JOY IS GOLD
The silver plate serves as the regional currency of the silver region Karwendel and unites its 12 communities. The high-quality silver coin in the equivalent of 10, - € can be redeemed at over 500 acceptance points in the silver region. The silver plate can be purchased in a stylish, black velvet bag as a valuable gift.
- Offer period: 01.05 - 31.10.2019, Do to SO
- Inclusive: Schloss Tratzberg "VR-Tour", themed tour "Die Fugger", 3-course Fugger menu, Schwaz silver mine, Schloss Freundsberg, Schwaz town hall, Schwaz city tour, Knappensteig, sightseeing bus
Package prices per person in a double room for 3 nights (Thursday to Sunday):
- Guesthouses & pensions from 159, - €
- 3 star hotels incl. Breakfast from 189, - €
- Apartments & Holiday Homes from 209, - €
- 4 star hotels incl. Breakfast from 219, - €
- Schloss Mitterhart incl. Breakfast * from 260, - €
* Single room surcharge for single use.