An Austrian village called “F *** ing” will change its name to “Fugging” after the tourists’ attention has become too much for the residents.
The town’s name has drawn English speakers who have joked and taken photos near signs with the word “F *** ing” over the years.
Although the village has only 100 residents, it has become widely known after tourists visiting the area 350 km west of Vienna shared pictures and videos on social media.
Some visitors have also reportedly stolen signposts, which means local authorities have had to resort to anti-theft alternatives when replacing them.
But after years of ridicule, the locals – known as f *** ingers – decided they’d had enough and pushed for the town to be changed.
Andrea Holzner, the mayor of Tarsdorf, the municipality to which the village belongs, confirmed that “F *** ing” will change its name on January 1st.
He said Upper Austrian news : “I really don’t want to say anything more – we’ve had enough media hype about it in the past.”
It’s not clear why the village was called “F *** ing”, but some experts say it dates back to the 11th century.
It is believed that the city was first inhabited in 1070.
The name, which will be changed in early 2021, has nothing to do with the English curse word, but is spelled in the same way due to a strange coincidence.
According to the Upper Austrian News, the name could be linked to Adalpert von Vuckingen, who lived in the region in the 11th century.
But the name “F *** ing” could even date back to the sixth century, as reportedly a Bavarian nobleman named Focko established a settlement in the area.
On a land register map from 1825 the village is called Fuking – and it is not clear when or why the “c” was added, so it sounds like the English curse word.
The locals have long asked to change the name of the city.
Years ago, villagers said they received calls from jokers from abroad asking them in English, “Is that damn?”
There have also been reports of naked couples frolicking in front of the signs.
Local entrepreneurs haven’t helped ease the pressure local people felt when they started using the city’s name on their products – like fucking Christmas cards or fucking beer.
Across the border between Austria and Germany there are some cities with very peculiar names – kissing, caressing, fucking (which is now becoming Fuggen) and finally, wedding.