Picture credits: Standortagentur Tirol

Roots

Tirol's turbulent past has truly reinforced its identity. Reinforced with traditions and a feeling of solidarity, they celebrate ceremonial occasions with processions, church services and the hoisting of the national flag as can be seen here on Maria-Theresien-Strasse in Innsbruck.

The people in Tirol have a strong character

Easy-going, sometimes harsh, but always honest, warm, hospitable and humorous – this is how you could describe the natives of Tirol.

A distinct character even though the state has had to change its allegiance many times.

Various peoples and cultures settled in present-day Tirol: first the Romans, then the Bavarians, later the Alemannians and Slavs. A large part of Tirol belonged to Bavarian dukes in the eighth century. Later, the two bishops of Trento and Brixen obtained the land, then the Duchy of Bavaria and the March of Verona, various counts' families and then the Habsburgs. Emperor Maximilian even called Tirol the "heart of Germany" after gaining control as part of the Habsburg family's imperial politics. But the people of Tirol defended their land. In 1809, too, when the Bavarians conquered the land during the Napoleonic Wars. Tirol was returned to Austria in 1814.

After the end of the First World War Tirol was divided into three regions: South Tirol was ceded to Italy, North and East Tirol stayed with Austria. Forced displacement in the Second World War caused a considerable number of people in South Tirol to migrate to North and East Tirol. But that wasn't enough. Austria was a part of the German Reich from 1938 to 1945. After the Americans liberated Tirol in 1945, the French and the British then occupied the region. Until 1955 – when Tirol, as we know it today, was able to finally feel free.

Despite all of the occupying forces and conquests, Tirol managed to keep its own identity. Steadfast and strong, the people in Tirol foster a feeling of togetherness, regardless of their different roots. There are a total of 10,605 clubs in Tirol. Including 300 brass bands that play at social gatherings – after all, the people here are easy-going, sometimes harsh, always honest, warm, hospitable and humorous.

Did you know...
... where Tirol gets its name from?

After the Andechs family died out and the counts of Eppan-Ulten acquired their estates, the Count of Tirol was able to unite all of the areas and gave it its name. Their main home is a castle near the village of Tirol near Merano.

 

Did you know...

... where Tirol gets its name from?

After the Andechs family died out and the counts of Eppan-Ulten acquired their estates, the Count of Tirol was able to unite all of the areas and gave it its name. Their main home is a castle near the village of Tirol near Merano.

Links

Your piece of Tirol. If you love your region, then you dress in its style. Favourite items from the Tirol collection can be found online here: