Ecology meets industry: Fügen is famous throughout the region and beyond as a hub of wood manufacturing. Therefore, visitors to this small town in the east of Tirol can expect to see and smell wood in all its many different forms.
Anyone who has been to Fügen will be familiar with the sight and smell of wood – sliced timber, cut planks, sawdust, etc. Binderholz is one of the largest sawmills in Europe and produces everything from straw for horses to wood boards for furniture, from pellets for burning to machined facades. The company committed itself early to environmentally friendly and sustainable building and living. Its adjacent FeuerWerk biomass power station not only produces electricity, heat and pellets but it also an eye-catching piece of architecture and an event centre worth a visit in its own right.
Though Binderholz was founded in the 1950s, Fügen’s history as a hub of industry is actually much older and dates back to the 15th century and the transition from the Middle Ages to the modern era. Today there is still a mineshaft in Fügenberg telling the story of a sector which used to be of great importance to the local economy. The ore mined in this part of the Zillertal Valley was used by blacksmiths to make armour for some of the last knights as well as for cannonballs used in the wars and conflicts of the early modern age.