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Ischgl: How did the location become Europe's corona virus hub?


It is gradually becoming clear what triggered the coronavirus infection focus Ischgl across Europe. Why people are drawn to it anyway - and how Ischgl works.

It is gradually becoming clear what triggered the coronavirus infection focus Ischgl across Europe. Why people are drawn to it anyway - and how Ischgl works.

  • The corona virus was carried to several countries from the ski resort of Ischgl .
  • In Ischgl, it was reacted much too late to the fact that the corona virus had arrived in Austria .
  • Contagion was probably inevitable under the local conditions.
  • Here you will find the basic facts about the corona virus and the corona news from Germany. You can also find current case numbers in Germany as a map. The following recommendations for corona protective measures are currently available.

Ischgl / Munich - He tries, but he won't make it. The backpack will betray him. The skier glides out of the chairlift that carried him from Samnaun to the Idjoch and to over 2,800 meters, he uses the sticks to accelerate and get on the descent towards Ischgl, but it rattles hard on his back: bottle to bottle . A man stands in his way: “Customs control. May I look into your backpack and see what you are introducing? ”Spirits, cigarettes, it depends on the amount whether it is above the allowed. Little smuggling - everyday life and almost folklore in the Silvretta Arena, the common ski area of ​​the mountain villages of Ischgl (Austria) and Samnaun (Switzerland). Anyone skiing there is guaranteed to have seen such a scene.

Video: Class action brought in current corona situation

There has always been smuggling, one of the descents down to Samnaun through deep mountain gorges is even designated as a “smuggler's route”. The detour to Samnaun is interesting if someone wants to buy a luxury watch. Rolex class. Is cheap in Samnaun because it is a duty-free area. You would have to register the import to Ischgl. Just don't do it, just throw away the packaging and hide the receipt in your underpants. Watch on the wrist. At check: I've had it for a long time is my normal watch.

Corona virus came from Ischgl to several countries

In Ischgl there is a hypocritical game between temptation and law, which is also known for. But even more so to be the party stronghold of the Alps . And now up to date, the virus spinner of Europe. Hundreds of Norwegians and Icelanders brought the corona virus with them from a stay in the Paznaun Valley in Tyrol , including countless Germans. By a 36-year-old bartender in the "Kitzloch" who worked despite being infected . From ski instructors in the neighboring municipality of Kappl. And Tyrol reacted far too late and did not want to ruin the best weeks of the season for the hotels.

Check out this post on Instagram

‼ ️IMPORTANT NEWS‼ ️ Dear Ischgl fans & friends, Due to the current situation in connection with the Corona virus, an early end of the season was decided in Ischgl on March 14, 2020 (last day of skiing Friday, March 13), the towns of Galtür, Kappl and See will meet in the course of the afternoon. Update will follow! We thank all guests, employees, locals & partners! Your Ischgl team #we'll be back

A post shared by Ischgl - Relax if you can ... (@ischgl_com) on Mar 12, 2020 at 4:09 p.m. PDT

Corona virus as collateral damage when visiting Ischgl

There is a saying among skiers that there is no one who has not already returned home from Ischgl. The infection as collateral damage from fun. Nevertheless, people are drawn to it. Why?

First of all, because Ischgl is one of the best ski areas in the world. Officially 238 kilometers of slopes, the network of routes is perfectly thought out. The lifts are fast, some are heated, you don't have to queue. The Silvretta Arena also has hidden and quiet corners and a few years ago opened up a mountain for freeriders with the Piz Val Gronda. For sporty skiers. And nowhere is the season longer, the end is normal on May 1st. With a concert on the Idalp, 2300 meters, the junction of the ski highways. Eros Ramazzotti would have come in 2020 and would have played in front of 25,000 people. And there were completely different calibers at “Top of the Mountain”: Elton John, the Beach Boys, Bon Jovi, Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Rihanna, Pink, Deep Purple, Robbie Williams, Tina Turner. Even Bob Dylan, who ignores his audience, has been bought. There is no shortage of money in Ischgl.

The few farming families who shared the village at an altitude of almost 1400 meters built a ski area from the 1960s onwards, and a hotel town was created that now offers 10,500 guest beds. A tunnel system with conveyor belts runs through the village.

Coronavirus in Ischgl: Physical closeness to the guests is inevitable

Ischgl also means tightness and inevitable closeness. Three gondolas lift the masses up. Silvretta, Fimba and Pardatsch cable cars, up to twenty passengers in a small space. There are not many small huts in the ski area where the electricity could be distributed to skiers, but a few large canteen-like businesses. Hygiene - often borderline. And: the après ski down in town. During the peak weeks, usually in spring, the GoGoGirls dance on the counter in the "Schatzi" in front of the expensive Hotel Elizabeth, and in the "Kitzloch", which is now even more famous than the "Kuhstall" next door, there is beaker from 4 p.m. sung.

It is Ischgl's tragedy that it is struggling to get away from this image. New social classes have been opened up, such as the upscale Russian middle class, which does not look at the money and buys equipment and clothes for skiing in the village. Ischgl has become international, Scandinavians and Dutch have also discovered it. Ischgl doesn't need pure drinking tourists. And just as Mallorca no longer wants to be defined by the excess of Ballermann, Ischgl tries to free its pedestrian zone from staggering figures with its fine shops. In 2016 there was a ski boot law: after 8 p.m. no one was allowed to be in ski boots and with their skis on their shoulders. Failure to do so will result in a fine of up to 2,000 euros.

The mountain is now closed in Ischgl

But the spirits that Ischgl called have shaped the image of the village. There have been many Ischgl reports on television, and hardly any have been flattering. One is the scene in which two young snowboarders try to scurry into the Silvretta cable car after the lift closes. An attendant resolutely rejects it: "The mountain is closed."

Yes, it is now. As long as never.

Meanwhile, Austria continues to fight the corona virus - and the development remains worrying.

Source: merkur

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