Wildschönau

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Wildschönau
Coat of arms of Wildschönau
Coat of arms
Wildschönau is located in Austria
Wildschönau
Wildschönau
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 47°27′00″N 12°03′00″E / 47.45000°N 12.05000°E / 47.45000; 12.05000Coordinates: 47°27′00″N 12°03′00″E / 47.45000°N 12.05000°E / 47.45000; 12.05000
Country Austria
State Tyrol
District Kufstein
Government
 • Mayor Rainer Silberberger (ÖVP)
Area
 • Total 97.41 km2 (37.61 sq mi)
Elevation 938 m (3,077 ft)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 4,146
 • Density 43/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal codes 6311, 6313, 6314
Area codes +43 5339
Vehicle registration KU
Website www.wildschoenau.
tirol.gv.at

Wildschönau is an Austrian municipality within the district of Kufstein in the state of Tyrol 6 km south of Wörgl.

The 24 km long high valley near Wörgl is one of the district's tourist centers. Besides a few hamlets, the municipality consists of the four church villages Niederau, Oberau, Auffach and Thierbach and is situated in the Kitzbühel Alps. The municipal office is located in Oberau.

Besides two tourist seasons, the intense highland agriculture plays an economic role. A lot of inhabitants commute to their place of work in other municipalities. The municipality Wildschönau is based on "gentle" tourism and emphasizes not being a ski circuit like the nearby Kitzbühel. Several older T-bar lifts in the skiing region of Schatzberg (Auffach) were replaced with two chair lifts. A lift connection with the Alpbach valley was built in Summer 2012.

For a long time, there was mining in the Wildschönau.

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Position within Tyrol

Alpbach, Brixlegg, Hopfgarten im Brixental, Kundl, Wörgl.

Boundaries[edit]

The western border of the valley is formed by the following mountains (listed from north to south): Gratlspitz, Schatzberg, Joelspitze, Lämpersberg, Kleiner Beil, Großer Beil (the highest mountain in the valley), and Sonnjoch. In the east there are the: Roßkopf, Feldalphorn, Schwaiberghorn, Breiteggern, and Breiteggspitze (listed from north to south). In the north, the valley is separated from the Inntal by a much lower mountain chain, which is cleft by the Kundler Klamm, above which is the Kragenjoch. At the end of the valley is a rather flat pass, the Schafsiedeljoch.

Coat of arms[edit]

Legend has it that the high valley was originally covered by a lake, with a dragon living on its shores. A farmer killed the dragon and during its death struggle, it smashed the rocks which retained the lake. The water poured down through the resulting flume, the so-called Kundler Klamm, towards the Inn valley and the high valley was released. The coat of arms depicts the legendary dragon, while cleaving the rock.

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