A community in Austria named “Fucking” attracts tourist because of its name (pics)

By Muyiwa Olayinka

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Aah aah I know this is going to catch someone’s attention. There is a community in Austria in Europe calls Fucking.

Fucking (German pronun­cia­tion  rhymes with “booking”) is an Austrian village in the municipality of Tarsdorf. The village is 33 kilometres north of Salzburg, 4 kilometres east of the river Inn, which forms the German border.

Despite having a population of only 104 in 2005, the village has drawn attention for its unusual place name in the English-speaking world.

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Tourists taking pictures

Fucking is most famous for its four traffic signs with its name on them, beside which tourists stop to have their photograph taken, owing to the profane English word with the same spelling.

Its road signs are a popular visitor attraction, and they were often stolen by souvenir-hunting tourists until 2005, when the signs were modified to be theft-resistant.

The Austrian town of Fucking got to erect theft-proof road signs embedded in concrete blocks.’

Officials acted because they were fed up with English-speaking tourists stealing them as souvenirs.

After the last ‘Welcome to Fucking’ sign was stolen, Mayor Siegfried Hauppl ordered brand new theft-proof road signs.

They are bolted and welded to steel posts embedded in concrete in the ground and the mayor added: “It would take all night to steal one.”

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Fucking always attracts a lot of attention in the summer months, with tourists driving up from nearby Salzburg to pose for pictures in front of the Fucking signs.

How it was discovered

British and American soldiers based in nearby Salzburg noticed the name after World War II, and began to travel to the village to have their photos taken beside the signs while striking various poses.

The local residents, the Fuckingers, were considerably bemused as they had not previously been aware of the meaning of their village’s name when read as English. Since then, the number of visitors to Fucking has increased, with the occasional visit by a tour bus.

So when next you visit Austria, you better take time out to visit Salzburg and see things for yourself.

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