Sölden

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Sölden
Sölden in mid-February 2005
Sölden in mid-February 2005
Coat of arms of Sölden
Coat of arms
Location in the district
Location in the district
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
CountryAustria
StateTyrol
DistrictImst
Government
 • MayorErnst Schöpf
Area
 • Total466.89 km2 (180.27 sq mi)
Elevation
1,368 m (4,488 ft)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[2]
 • Total3,145
 • Density6.7/km2 (17/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
6450
Area code05254
Vehicle registrationIM
Websitesoelden.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.

The English spelling of the town is "Soelden". One may come across websites and directions using this spelling of the town.

History[edit]

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1869968—    
18801,054+8.9%
18901,080+2.5%
19001,070−0.9%
19101,095+2.3%
19231,098+0.3%
19341,407+28.1%
19391,604+14.0%
19511,660+3.5%
19611,886+13.6%
19712,372+25.8%
19812,499+5.4%
19912,738+9.6%
20013,066+12.0%
20114,113+34.1%

Settlement[edit]

Postcard from Sölden with Berghof (about 1920)
Berghof, origin homestead

Primitive tools found near present-day Sölden suggest that the region has been settled for thousands of years. Ötzi, a famously well-preserved mummy of a man who lived between 3400 and 3100 BCE, was found in the Ötztal Alps near Sölden. Sölden as we know it today grew out of 20 buildings in the 13th century AD. One of these buildings which still exists today is the Berghof. A building on the site of the Berghof was first mentioned in 1370. In 1588, the Berghof was listed in the records of St. Petersberg Castle as one of the original farmsteads. The house is now used as accommodation for guests.

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).[3][4]

On the Gaislachkol mountain peak, you can find a gourmet restaurant “Ice Q” which was an exclusive filming location in Tyrol for 2015 James Bond franchise’s “Spectre” starring Daniel Craig.

  • Elevation: 1,350 m (4,429 ft) (Sölden village) - 3,250 m (10,663 ft)
  • Lifts: 33 [5]
  • Terrain: 146 km (91 mi) total - (62 km red, 51 km blue, 27 km black, 6 km Skiroute).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dauersiedlungsraum der Gemeinden Politischen Bezirke und Bundesländer - Gebietsstand 1.1.2018". Statistics Austria. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Einwohnerzahl 1.1.2018 nach Gemeinden mit Status, Gebietsstand 1.1.2018". Statistics Austria. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  3. ^ FIS-ski.com - World Cup - Sölden - women's GS - 2nd run results - 2011-10-22
  4. ^ FIS-ski.com - World Cup - Sölden - men's GS - 2nd run results - 2011-10-23
  5. ^ Sölden Lift plan Lift numbers

External links[edit]

Media related to Sölden at Wikimedia Commons