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The Austrian Alpine Club
The first Alpine Club, founded in London in 1857, was once described as:Today, Alpine clubs stage climbing competitions, operate alpine huts and paths, and are active in protecting the Alpine environment...
has 377,000 members in 197 branches and is the largest mountaineering club in Austria
Austria , officially the Republic of Austria , is a landlocked country of roughly 8.4 million people in Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Slovakia and Hungary to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the...
. It is responsible for the upkeep of over 242 alpine hut
Alpine club huts or simply club huts form the majority of the over 1,300 mountain huts in the Alps and are maintained by branches, or sections, of the various alpine clubs.- Purpose and facilities :...
s in Austria and neighbouring countries. It also maintains over 40,000 kilometres of footpaths and produces detailed maps of large areas of the Alps.
The club also has branches (sections) in Belgium, the UK (6,000 members) and Poland.
In 1871 Guido von List
Guido Karl Anton List, better known as Guido von List was an Austrian/German poet, journalist, writer, businessman and dealer of leather goods, mountaineer, hiker, dramatist, playwright, and rower, but was most notable as an occultist and völkisch author who is seen as one of the most important...
became its secretary.
The club has a museum in Innsbruck
The Alpine Club Museum in the Innsbruck Hofburg is a museum owned by the Austrian Alpine Club on the history of alpinism.The museum was assessed as "excellent" in 2009 for the Tyrolean and Austrian Museum Prizes and also nominated for the European Museum Prize in 2010.- History :The Alpine Club...
dedicated to the history of alpinism.