The Stubaital is a valley in Tyrol and internationally famous for its skiing opportunities - most importantly in and around Neustift im Stubaital, one of Austria′s busiest skiing towns.

The Stubaital occupies a central location in the Stubaier Alpen, a mountain range, and like most valleys, it has a river in the middle; in this specific case, the river Ruetz. The Stubaital is approximately 30 kilometres long and runs in a south-western direction, branching off from the Inntal (the main valley of Tyrol) at the town of Schönberg, near Innsbruck.
The municipalities in the valley include Schönberg im Stubaital, Mieders, Telfes, Fulpmes and Neustift im Stubaital. The cinema in Fulpmes still uses the oldest film projector in Austria.
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Image courtesy of Ks dr Jacek Bartczak.

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Blooming Lilacs A Symbol Of Spring

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Town Square in Bydgoszcz,  /Plac Teatralny/,Poland
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Under the Alpine Peak, Mieminger Plateau, Hohe Munde, Tirol, Austria
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Ancient Costumes Of The Polish Nobility, Bydgoszcz, Poland
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Stubai Alps, Tyrol, Austria
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Pieta By Anna Chromy, Salzburg, Austria
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Protesters With An Anonymous Mask, Telfs, Tirol, Austria
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Pond In The Palace Park In Ostromecko, Bydgoszcz, Poland
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Old Palace In Ostromecko Poland, Bydgoszcz
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Guardian Angel, parish church in Flaurling, Tirol, Austria
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Polish Manor House, Bydgoszcz-Myślęcinek, Poland
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Wallfahrtskirche in Locherboden in Fischauge

Sanctuary in Locherboden, Tyrol, Austria in the fisheye. About Locherboden main article here
Wallfahrtskirche in Locherboden
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Constanze von Österreich Königin von Polen und Großfürstin von Litauen.

Poland / Austria common history.

Constance  Renate Habsburg of Austria; Polish: Konstancja Rakuszanka or Habsburżanka (1588 in Graz-1631 in Warsaw) was Queen of Poland as the second wife of King Sigismund III Vasa and the mother of King John II Casimir.
Portrait of Archduchess Constance of Austria by Joseph Heintz the Elder. The Archduchess was portraited in Spanish dress saya. Current location Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute.
Constance was a daughter of Charles II of Austria and Maria Anna of Bavaria. Her paternal grandparents were Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor and Anna of Bohemia and Hungary (1503–1547). Anne was the only daughter of King Vladislaus II of Bohemia and Hungary and his wife Anne de Foix. Her maternal grandparents were Albert V, Duke of Bavaria and Anne Habsburg of Austria. Constance was also a younger sister of Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor, Margaret of Austria, Leopold V of Austria and Anna of Austria. Her older sister Anna was the first wife of king Sigismund III Vasa. After her death Constance and Sigismund III Vasa were married on December 11, 1605.
Autograph of Constance of Austria

Queen Constance was an ambitious politician. Immediately after the wedding, she made efforts to influence policy. She built a strong faction of followers by arranging marriages between her handmaidens to powerful nobles.
Portrait of Sigismund III Vasa (Polish: Zygmunt III Waza) King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania. Artist Marcello Bacciarelli.
She represented the interests of the Habsburg family in Poland, and influenced the appointments of positions in the court, government and church. Her closest confidant was Urszula Meyerin who was "gynacei gubernatrix" and (perhaps) a mistress of King Sigismund. She was the daughter of Anna, a Bavarian burgher lady, and (probably) one of the Habsburgs.
Alleged portrait of Urszula Meyerin, Detail from "Our Lady of the Rosary".

Constance was proficient in Spanish, Latin and Italian. She learned Polish after the wedding but did not like using it. She was very religious and went to Mass twice a day. She also was a patron of clerics, painters and architects. She financed the buildings of several palaces for her children, but she was also described as an economic person.
Altar of Constance of Austria. The central plaque depicts two scenes - the Washing of the Feet (upper part) and the Last Supper (lower part).  Current location Muzeum Diecezjalne w Płocku.
In 1623 Constance bought Żywiec from Mikołaj Komorowski, which was forbidden by law to the members of the Royal Family and caused misunderstandings with the Parliament. Some time later (in 1626) she made it forbidden for Jews to settle in the city (de non tolerandis Judaeis).
Warsaw's Castle Square And Sigismund's Column, Poland
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Constance wished to secure the succession of her own son to the throne rather than the son of her husband's earlier marriage, but she did not succeed. She died of a stroke and buried in Wawel Castle Catherdal in Cracow.
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Dorf Fucking in Ober Österreich

There is a small lovely village called "Fucking" in western Upper Austria. This is no joke or vulgarism. The village Fucking has a very rich and long history in itself.
Traffic sign at the entrance to the village of Fucking. Fot. Tobias "ToMar" Maier.
The village was first mentioned in written sources in 1070.  Many Austrian villages and towns that end on the suffix of "-ing" or "-ig" has the etymological origins from Bavaria. This suffix refers to "community" or "people". One of the Bavarian noblemen migrating into Austria was a man called Focko. The settlement that he ruled over referred to him as the landlord in its name: "Fockoing" therefore meant "community or people of Focko". This is the etymologic origin of Fucking. 
The villagers a long time did not understand what means "fucking" in English-speaking world.  The problems started after II WW by American servicemen from across the border in Germany that drove to the region just to be photographed in front of traffic signs. 
Over the years the road signs were commonly stolen as souvenirs. In 2004, owing mainly to the stolen signs, a vote was held on changing the village's name, but the residents voted against doing so. In August 2005 the road signs were replaced with theft-resistant ones, welded to steel and secured in concrete to prevent them being stolen.
Fucking, an Austrian village in the municipality of Tarsdorf, in the Innviertel region of western Upper Austria. The village is 33 kilometres north of Salzburg, 4 kilometres east of the German border. Population of only 104 in 2005.

Mutter von Königen: Königin von Polen Elisabeth von Habsburg

Poland / Austria: common history and the curse of Jagiellon tomb

Wawel royal castle, Kraków, Poland
Fot. Arkadiusz Frankowicz
Elisabeth of Austria Queen of Poland and Grand Duchess of Lithuania, Polish: Elżbieta Rakuszanka (* 1437 in Wien, Austria; † 30. August 1505 in Cracow, Wawel Cathedral, Poland). She was a member of Habsburg dynasty.
Queen Elisabeth was the daughter of King of Hungary and Croatia Albert II of Germany (1397–1439) and his wife Elisabeth of Bohemia (1409–42). She married on 10 March 1454 King Casimir IV of Poland (Kazimierz Jagellończyk, 1427–92), monarch of Poland and Lithuania. It was a very successful marriage. Four of their sons became king one became Holy Catholicthus. Five of their daughters were married to German princes, as a result of which the Polish name Casimir became a familiar one among German dynasties. When Casimir and Elisabeth died they left a dynasty renowned among the courts of Europe.
That is why Queen Elizabeth of Austria is also called "mother of the Jagiellons" or "mother of kings". A nickname "Rakuszanka" in the old Polish language means an Austrian woman. She also had a big political impact.
King Casimir IV Jagiellon

The curse of the Jagiellon tomb
The remains of King Casimir IV and his wife Elizabeth were interred in a tomb situated in the chapel of Wawel Castle in Krakow, Poland. With the consent of Cardinal Wojtyla (better known as Pope John Paul II), a team of scientists was given permission to open the tomb and examine the remains, with restoration as the ultimate objective.
Interior of Holy Cross Chapel in Wawel Cathedral, Historical Museum in Kraków,  circa 1872  - Author Polish painter Aleksander Gryglewski.
Casimir's tomb was opened on Friday, April 13 /sic!/, 1973. Twelve researchers were present. Inside the tomb they found a wooden coffin that was heavily rotted. It contained what was left of the king's decayed corpse. Little did anyone know that a real "mummy's curse" had been initiated.
Within a few days, four of the twelve had died. Not long after, there were only two survivors: Dr. Boleslaw Smyk, a microbiologist, and Dr. Edward Roszyckim. Smyk was to suffer problems with his equilibrium for the next five years. In the course of his microbiological examinations, Dr. Smyk found traces of fungi on the royal insignia taken from the tomb. He identified three species: Aspergillus flavus, Penicillim rubrum, and Penicillim rugulosum. These fungi are known to produce aflatoxins B1 and B2.

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Casimir and Elisabeth had the following children:

-Vladislaus II (1456 – 1516), King of Bohemia and Hungary.
-Hedwig - Polish: Jadwiga (1457 – 1502), married on 14 November 1475 to George, Duke of Bavaria-Landshut.
-Casimir  - Polish: Kazimierz (1458 – 1484), patron Saint of Poland and Lithuania.
-John I Albert - Polish: Jan I Olbracht  (1459 – 1501), King of Poland and Duke of Głogów.
-Alexander - (1461 – 1506), Grand Duke of Lithuania and King of Poland.
-Sophia - Polish: Zofia Jagiellonka (1464 – 1512), married on 14 February 1479 to Frederick I, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach.
-Elizabeth (1465 – 1466).
-Sigismund I - Polish: Zygmunt I Stary (1467 – 1548), King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania.
-Frederick - Polish: Fryderyk (1468 – 1503), Archbishop of Gniezno and Primate of Poland.
-Elizabeth (1480? - 1481).
-Anna (1476 – 1503), married on 2 February 1491 to Bogislaw X, Duke of Pomerania.
-Barbara (1478 – 1534), married on 21 November 1496 to George, Duke of Saxony.
-Elizabeth (1482 – 1517), married on 25 November 1515 to Frederick II, Duke of Legnica.

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Pictures: Public Domain.