“Foreigners” arrive (1870-1890)
For the Church, tourists are a source of unhealthy developments: urban culture, liberal ideas, sinful lifestyles, but its opposition is futile. Increasing numbers of Tyroleans find work in the service of foreigners.
The accommodation in Tyrol leaves much to be desired. The Wiener Baugesellschaften and other foreign investors spot the gap in the market and build new hotels in Meran, Arco, Gries and Toblach. In 1887 the heir to the German throne, Friedrich, stays in the new Southern Railway hotel in Toblach. After the death of the popular monarch, Toblach becomes a travel destination for many Germans.
Tourists pay good money for old "junk" such as chests, woodcarvings and complete panelled rooms. Waggonloads leave the country and the souvenir trade flourishes. The souvenir trade takes off to such an extent that in 1890 the authorities impose a ban on the export of antiques.