Schwaz – Silver City
Vibrant hub for business and culture
The city of Schwaz is nestled in the Tyrolean lowlands, on the River Inn – around 30 kilometres east of Innsbruck, the capital of Tyrol. As the district administrative centre with over 13,000 inhabitants, Schwaz is the cultural, economic and social hub of the entire region.
Schwaz has a long and exciting history. The “Silver City” was, after all, the largest mining city in Europe during the 15th and 16th Centuries with a population of 20,000 (nowadays, about 13,000) and, after Vienna, the second largest town in the Habsburg Empire. The mining period also heavily influenced the architecture in Schwaz. Magnificent buildings still bear witness to the former wealth that mining generated. Some of the most significant buildings include Tyrol’s largest Gothic church, “The Church of our Lady”, the Franciscan monastery with its cloisters, the “Fuggerhaus”, the City Hall and city landmark: Freundsberg Castel.
Today, Schwaz is a thriving town with about 13,000 inhabitants. Factories (Tyrolit-Works – one of the largest abrasive manufacturers in the world, the Adler-Paint Factory), a private power station, shops, commercial establishments and tourism contribute to the fact that there is both work and prosperity in Schwaz. As the district capital, Schwaz is the academic, social, economic and political centre of the region.