Sölden

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Sölden
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Coat of arms of Sölden
Coat of arms
Sölden is located in Austria
Sölden
Sölden
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 46°58′N 11°00′E / 46.967°N 11.000°E / 46.967; 11.000Coordinates: 46°58′N 11°00′E / 46.967°N 11.000°E / 46.967; 11.000
Country Austria
State Tyrol
District Imst
Government
 • Mayor Ernst Schöpf
Area
 • Total 466.9 km2 (180.3 sq mi)
Elevation 1,368 m (4,488 ft)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 4,252
 • Density 9.1/km2 (24/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 6450
Area code 05254
Vehicle registration IM
Website soelden.tirol.gv.at

Sölden is a municipality in the Ötztal valley of Tyrol, Austria.

Geography[edit]

At c. 467 km2 (180 sq mi), it is the largest municipality in the country. The population of 3,449 (as of 2003) is outnumbered by tourists, of which 15,000 can be accommodated. With tourist bed nights running at over two million per year, the municipality is third only to Vienna and Salzburg as an Austrian tourist destination. Sölden has lost some of its former small village charm, but other attractions have been enhanced in recent years.

The main village of Sölden is at an elevation of 1,368 metres (4,488 ft) above sea level, and the upper village of Hochsölden at 2,090 m (6,857 ft) has 5 four-star hotels. The highest peak is the Wildspitze, at 3,768 m (12,362 ft), the second highest mountain in Austria, after the Großglockner.

The Ötztal Glacier Road, is the second highest paved road in Europe. It is the access road from Sölden to the Rettenbach glacier and Tiefenbachferner glaciers in the Ötztal Alps.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1869 968 —    
1880 1,054 +8.9%
1890 1,080 +2.5%
1900 1,070 −0.9%
1910 1,095 +2.3%
1923 1,098 +0.3%
1934 1,407 +28.1%
1939 1,604 +14.0%
1951 1,660 +3.5%
1961 1,886 +13.6%
1971 2,372 +25.8%
1981 2,499 +5.4%
1991 2,738 +9.6%
2001 3,066 +12.0%
2011 4,113 +34.1%

Ski-resort[edit]

Sölden is also a popular ski resort and regularly hosts the first World Cup races of the season; a giant slalom for both men and women is usually scheduled for late October on the Rettenbach glacier. The races in October 2011 started at 3,040 m (9,974 ft) and finished at 2,670 m (8,760 ft).[2][3]

  • Elevation: 1,350 m (4,429 ft) (Sölden village) - 3,250 m (10,663 ft)
  • Lifts: 36
  • Terrain: 146 km (91 mi) total - (62 km red, 51 km blue, 27 km black, 6 km Skiroute).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Statistik Austria - Bevölkerung zu Jahres- und Quartalsanfang, 2013-01-01.
  2. ^ FIS-ski.com - World Cup - Sölden - women's GS - 2nd run results - 2011-10-22
  3. ^ FIS-ski.com - World Cup - Sölden - men's GS - 2nd run results - 2011-10-23

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