Village called ‘F***ing’ changes name to ‘Fugging’ after unwanted tourist attention
The village’s name will be changed on January 1 (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
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An Austrian village called "F***ing" will change its named to "Fugging" after tourist attention became too much for residents to bear.
The town's name has attracted English speakers who over the years have been making jokes and taking photos near signs showing the word "F***ing".
Despite having only 100 inhabitants, the village has become widely known after pictures and videos were shared on social media by tourists who visited the area which is 350km west of Vienna.
Some visitors have also reportedly stolen signposts, meaning local authorities had to resort to theft-resistant alternatives when replacing them.
But after years of mockery, locals – known as F***ingers – decided they had had enough and started pressing for the town's name to be changed.
The town's new name will be Fugging
(Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
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Andrea Holzner, the mayor of Tarsdorf, the municipality to which the village belongs, confirmed "F***ing" will change its name on January 1.
He told Oberösterreichische Nachrichten : "I really don’t want to say anything more – we’ve had enough media frenzy about this in the past."
It is not clear why the village was named "F***ing", but some experts say it dates back to the 11th century.
It is believed the town was first inhabited in 1070.
The name, which will be changed at the beginning of 2021, has nothing to do with the English swear word but because of a strange coincidence it is spelt in the same way.
According to Oberösterreichische Nachrichten, the name could be associated with Adalpert von Vuckingen, who lived in the region in the 11th century.
But the name "F***ing" could even go back to the sixth century as reports say a Bavarian nobleman named Focko founded a settlement in the area.
In a land registry map from 1825 the village is called Fuking – and it is not clear when or why the "c" was added, making it sound like the English swear word.
Locals have been asking for the town's name to be changed for a long time.
Years ago, villagers said they received calls by pranksters from abroad who asked them in English: "Is that F***ing?"
There have also been reports of naked couples romping in front of the signs.
Local entrepreneurs did not help ease the pressure locals felt when they started using the town's name to promote their products – such as F***ing Christmas cards or F***ing beer.
Across the border between Austria and Germany, there are a few towns with very peculiar names – Kissing, Petting, F***ing (which is now becoming Fugging) and finally, Wedding.