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The history of Fiss in Tyrol - Austria

Geschichte von Fiss. Dorf in Tirol - Österreich!

"There are men, women and people of Fiss."

This saying about the people of Fiss is quite common in the nearby villages. They try to highlight this 'difference'. This saying is probably based on the assumption that the life of the people of Fiss is different in comparison to those of other people. Another reason is the sense of community of the people of Fiss. This saying will probably remain forever. Fiss is located in the valley Oberinntal on a sun plateau at 1.436 metres above sea level in Austria. Fiss is a Rhaeto-Romanic Haufendorf (a village that has evolved haphazardly).

At the center of the village there are still old farms of the 16th and 17th century. Cohabitation and solidarity is very important to the inhabitants of Fiss. This sense of community is one of the most significant aspects of a peaceful co-existence. Through the union of the villages Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis in 1999, three previously competing communities started to collaborate.

The prehistory of Fiss is difficult to recreate. This is also true with regard to other Tyrolean villages. It is known that a long time before the birth of Christ a tribe, the Veneto-Illyrier, arrived, cleared the woods and settled on the sun plateau. In the first and second century AD the Romans conquered the Alps and called it Rätien. From the union between the indigenous people and the Romans the Rhaetians evolved.

It is interesting to know that the old Roman road, that went over the Reschenpass pass to Augsburg, did not go through the valley but the plateau of Serfaus-Fiss. The old preserved Roman bridge at Tösens proofs it.

In the year 1288, the name 'Füsse' was mentioned for the first time in a document. In 1928, an access road to Fiss was built. After the Second World War Fiss became a popular summer spot for guests.It also became a popular spot for winter sportsmen after the first ski lifts were built in 1967 in Fiss.

Tourism is the main source of income of the entire plateau. In 1974 the community of Fiss received the municipal coat of arms of the Regional Government of Tyrol. Today Fiss has about 1000 inhabitants, approx. 200 families. Despite the fact that there is much more tourism on the sun plateau of Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis. Fiss has kept its characteristic atmosphere.

Most people have lived here for generations and are closely linked to the village, people and history. How proud the inhabitants are of Fiss can clearly be seen in the many traditional clubs and ancient customs that characterize the village as well as sense of community.

Picture gallery, history of Fiss in Tyrol