There are places in the world that have names which mean something completely different in English than in its original language. In Norway there is a place called Hell, and Fucking is an Austrian village in the municipality of Tarsdorf, in the Innviertel region of western Upper Austria. The village is 33 kilometres (21 mi) north of Salzburg, 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) east of the river Inn, which forms the German border.
Despite having a population of only 104 in 2005, the village has drawn attention for its unusual place name in the English-speaking world.
Its road signs are a popular visitor attraction, and they were often stolen by souvenir-hunting tourists until 2005, when the signs were modified to be theft-resistant.
It is believed that the settlement was founded in the 6th century by Focko, a Bavarian nobleman. The existence of the village was documented for the first time in 1070, and historical records show that some twenty years later, the lord was Adalpertus de Fucingin. The spelling of the name has evolved over the years; it is first recorded in historical sources with the spelling as Vucchingen in 1070, Fukching in 1303, Fugkhing in 1532, and in the modern spelling Fucking in the 18th century, which is pronounced with the vowel oo as in book.
Augustina Lindlbauer, the manager of an area guesthouse, recalled how she had to explain to a British female tourist "that there were no Fucking postcards."
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