Bergisel

Bergisel

The Bergisel is a hill that lies to the south of Innsbruck, Austria, in the area of Wilten, where the Sill river meets the Inn Valley. The word's first syllable Berg- doesn't correspond etymologically to the German word Berg with the meaning mountain. The Bergisel's contemporary name is derived from the pre-Roman word burgusinus, which then altered through folk etymology, causing the occasional spelling Berg Isel or its English equivalent Mount Isel. Among its earlier uses were as a cremation site and as a habitation area during the Ice Age. In 1809, Bergisel was the site of the four Battles of Bergisel under the command of the freedom fighter Andreas Hofer. In 1892, the Andreas Hofer ... more on Wikipedia

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