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Schwaz ( German pronunciation: ) is a city in the [ˈʃvaːts] Austrian state of Tyrol. It is the administrative center of the Schwaz district. Schwaz is located in the lower Inn valley.
Location [ edit ]
Schwaz lies in the middle of the
Lower Inn Valley at the foot of the Kellerjoch and Eiblschrofen mountains. It is located approximately 30 km (19 mi) east of Innsbruck.
The city covers an area of 20.17 km
2 (7.79 sq mi).
Neighbouring communities include:
Buch bei Jenbach, Fügenberg, Gallzein, Pill, Stans, and Vomp.
History [ edit ]
Counts of Tyrol guarded Schwaz from nearby Burg Freundsberg. At the town's height during the 15th and 16th centuries, it was an important silver mining center, providing mineral wealth for both the Fugger banking family and, through them, for the Austrian emperors. During this period, its population of about 20,000 inhabitants made it the second largest city in the Austrian Empire, after Vienna. [2 ]
Schwaz received its
city rights in 1898 by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria.
Population [ edit ]
Personalities [ edit ]
Schwaz is the birthplace of 16th-century
pulpit orator Georg Scherer and 20th-century philosopher Hans Köchler.
Economy [ edit ]
Three large industrial companies have their headquarters in Schwaz:
Tyrolit – a globally active producer of bonded abrasives Adler Lacke – a family-run producer of coating systems
DAKA – a regional waste management company
International relations [ edit ]
Twin towns – Sister cities [ edit ]
Gallery [ edit ]
Eiblschrofen near Schwaz, seen from N.
Schwaz seen from NE, closer
Schwaz, Parish Church, consecrated in 1502
Tower (der Friedhofsturm) and bust from Ludwig Penz
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