We're standing at the Schwaz train station and looking south across the Inn to the heart of medieval Schwaz. The large church is the parish church of Our lady of the Ascension (Unser Lieber Frauen Himmelfahrt), and the tower to its left is in the cloister of the same church. On the knoll up the hillside is Burg Freundsberg, a castle dating from 1150.|
Schwaz is famous as a silver-mining town. Mining had gone on here since the Bronze Age, but mines opened in the 1400s produced remarkable amounts of silver that fueled the Habsburg imperial aspirations. The silver from Schwaz also kept the mint in Hall busy.
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