July 2007 View of Schruns
Location in the district
|• Mayor||Jürgen Kuster (ÖVP)|
|• Total||18.06 km2 (6.97 sq mi)|
|Elevation||700 m (2,300 ft)|
|• Density||210/km2 (550/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Schruns is in Vorarlberg, the westernmost area of Austria, in the vicinity of Bludenz at 690 meters in the Montafon valley on the Litz river, a tributary of the Ill river. Another side valley named the Silbertal runs from Schruns. The area has a high mountain massif to which trains and ski-lifts are closed.
About 45.2 percent of the area is forested, with 18.1 percent mountainous.
Since 2012/13, Schruns is part of the FIS Snowboard World Cup which takes place annually in December. During the daytime, visitors can watch snowboard cross races up in the Hochjoch of the Silvretta Montafon ski area. In the evening, concerts are held in Schruns. In the past, these included Mando Diao and Wanda.
Schruns was for a period of years in the early 1920s the favorite ski resort of Ernest Hemingway. He wintered there with his first wife, Hadley, and oldest son, who was then just an infant, where he revised the manuscript of The Sun Also Rises. In Hemingway's classic story "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" the third scene in the first flashback sequence recounts memories of Shruns. (Ernest Hemingway. The Short Stories, Scribner Paperback Fiction: New York, 1995 pp 56–7) These images of snow and glacier skiing stand in contrast to the description of the Serengeti Plain in the main story and anticipate the coming journey to the snows of Kilimanjaro.
Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi died here in 1972, probably of stroke.
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf lived in the village in the last years of her life and died there in 2006.
- "Dauersiedlungsraum der Gemeinden Politischen Bezirke und Bundesländer - Gebietsstand 1.1.2018". Statistics Austria. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
- "Einwohnerzahl 1.1.2018 nach Gemeinden mit Status, Gebietsstand 1.1.2018". Statistics Austria. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
- "Weltcup Montafon im Dezember 2019". www.montafon.at (in German). Retrieved 2019-03-03.
- (Ernest Hemingway. A Moveable Feast, Touchstone Books: New York. pp 197–202)
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