Austria’s most famous village changes its name

Austria’s most famous village changes its name


norman lebrecht

November 27, 2020

It will be known in future as Fugging, reports say.

It seems tourists keep stealing the signs.


  • Mouse says:

    I’m starting to worry about the author of this blog…
    anal… fu*…ng?

    • James Weiss says:

      Lighten up!

      • Mouse says:

        Maybe it’s just my fear to end up like the author when I am 72 years old: Posting infantile anal and f * jokes because this is what my audience of mostly academic male 60+ calls fun? In combination with the author’s grooming of Yuja Wang’s Instagram account I find this creepy…
        But hey, I try to lighten up – Fucking is fun and Yuja is sexy, right? Long live classical music!

    • Greg Bottini says:

      I’m surprised Norman couldn’t figure out a way to link this non-story with the length of Yuja’s skirts….

  • The fucking PC police! Whatever happened to pride of place?

    • Brettermeier says:

      “Whatever happened to pride of place?”

      I agree 100%. They should name their whole country “Fucking”. 😀

  • Anonymous Bosch says:

    Norman, Norman, Norman… yesterday it was Germany’s ANAL programme, and today it’s Fucking. What next? Calling out people who live on Wien’s Kolschitzkygasse? Better yet: how about an annual retelling of why a Croatian diva named Zinka had to change her family name?

    • violin accordion says:

      Wank and Wanker are German/Austrian surnames.
      I once saw a pantechnicon parked, with WANK in huge letters emblazoned on the sides and back.

      I wondered if it was an instruction to drop my trousers ?

  • James Weiss says:

    Years ago a friend and I were at the Tate. When we exited there was a bus of German tourists with “Fucking” emblazoned on the side. We laughed for an hour about “the fucking bus.”

  • Nik says:

    So the Austrians have come full circle. Rather than naming their village after a rude word, they have named it after Mohamed Al-Fayed’s mispronunciation of said rude word.
    (h/t Private Eye)

    • Micaelo Cassetti says:

      Am also sure the “esteemed organ” once published a photo – suspected to be fake – of a spa town called Bad Fucking…

  • Pedro says:

    In case of need, Norman, there is a place named Condom in France.

  • Pablo says:

    It’s fucking over..

  • drummerman says:

    No relation to Intercourse, Pennsylvania I assume?

  • Bertie Wooster says:

    I passed through Fucking in my XK 120 on my way to see Wank mountain at least it has not changed.

  • Petros Linardos says:

    The ravages of globalization.

  • Bertie Wooster says:

    It was originally spelt Vuking, in 1829 it was changed to Fuking, sometime during the 19th century, a c crept in. It all started at the end of the war, when allied troops started getting photos by the sign. Once package holidays and the internet started it was a magnet for Brits who often stole the signs as souvenirs. Alas they never had any Fucking postcards.

  • St.Patrick's Aunt says:

    We have some great places in Ireland folks.
    Cock Hill, Co. Cavan
    Dicksboro, Co. Kilkenny.
    Doodys Bottoms, Co. Wicklow
    Cum, Co. Mayo.
    Bastardstown, Co. Wexford.
    Lower Balix, Co. Tyrone.
    Lousybush, Co. Kilkenny.
    Fannystown Co. Wexford

    • John Borstlap says:

      Strange that nobody mentioned famous Russian town Tемная Oборотная Cторона in the Ural area.