Wörgl is a town in the Austrian state of Tyrol, in the Kufstein district. It is 20 km from the state border with Bavaria.
Population [ edit ]
Transport [ edit ]
Wörgl is an important
railway junction between the line from Innsbruck to Munich, and the inner-Austrian line to Salzburg. Its railway station has been designated as a Hauptbahnhof ( German: ) since 10 December 2006. main station
European route E641 connects Wörgl with Salzburg, the routes E45 and E60 (Austrian autobahn A12) pass through Wörgl.
Wörgl railway station in 1900
Wörgl railway station in 1965
Twin cities [ edit ]
The Wörgl Experiment [ edit ]
One Schilling note with
stamps from Wörgl
Wörgl was the site of the "Miracle of Wörgl" during the
Great Depression. It was started on July 31, 1932, with the issuing of "Certified Compensation Bills", a form of currency commonly known as Stamp Scrip, or Freigeld. This was an application of the monetary theories of the economist Silvio Gesell by the town's then-mayor, Michael Unterguggenberger.
The experiment resulted in a growth in
employment and meant that local government projects such as new houses, a reservoir, a ski jump and a bridge could all be completed, seeming to defy the depression in the rest of the country. Inflation and deflation are also reputed to have been non-existent for the duration of the experiment.
Despite attracting great interest at the time, including from French Premier Edouard
Daladier and the economist Irving Fisher, the "experiment" was terminated by the [2 ] Austrian National Bank on the September 1, 1933. [3 ] [4 ]
In 2006 milestones were placed, beginning from the railroad station through the downtown, to show this history.
Notable personalities [ edit ]
Reinhard Furrer, a German scientist and astronaut, was born in Wörgl.
Gerhard Berger, a former Formula One driver and former co-owner of Scuderia Toro Rosso, was born in Wörgl.
Stefan Horngacher, an Olympic ski jumper, was born in Wörgl. Hans Hömberg, a German film-director, dramatist and author, lived in Wörgl in his later years.
Heinz Zak, an extreme climber and photographer, was born in Wörgl.
Hans Peter Haselsteiner, a building tycoon and former deputy chair of the Liberal Forum, was born in Wörgl.
Gallery [ edit ]
Wörgl, church: Stadtpfarrkriche Sankt Laurentius
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Statistik Austria - Bevölkerung zu Jahres- und Quartalsanfang, 2014-01-01.
^ David Boyle, , Earthscan, 2002, The Money Changers - Currency Reform from Aristotle to e-cash ISBN 1-85383-895-0, p.237.
^ Eric Helleiner, , Cornell University Press, 2003, The Making of National Money - Territorial Currencies in Historical Perspective ISBN 0-8014-4049-1, p.158-9.
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