After the destruction of the first Annahütte it was rebuilt in 1932 with the participation of many volunteers. Credit: Working Group Annahütte Neu.

After the destruction of the first Annahütte it was rebuilt in 1932 with the participation of many volunteers.
Credit: Working Group Annahütte Neu.

ARCH-Europe Nominates Annahütte for Europa Nostra’s 7 Most Endangered Heritage Sites in Europe Program

Our ARCH-Europe Team has a nice update to share with you.


In September 2022, we successfully nominated the historic mountain hut Annahütte to the 7 Most Endangered Heritage Sites in Europe List.The 7ME 2023 Program is Europa Nostra’s civil society campaign to save Europe’s heritage in danger. We are now waiting to hear back to find out if we made it onto the Shortlist! 


To quote Mr. Karl Moschitz, president of the Kanaltaler Kulturverein, one of our application’s supporters: “The saving of the memory and the physical building of the Annahütte is an initiative that we full-heartedly support. Rebuilding the Annahütte is an extremely valuable project, as the mountain hut stands for the ethnic pluralism of the region. Three ethnic families Germanian, Romanian and Slavic meet here. The animosities from the past, often stoked by politics and wars, are no longer a reality of the relationships that the people along the Alpe-Adria trail have created among each other. Rebuilding Annahütte would symbolize exactly this existing good will that we as people feel for each other, trying to right the wrongs of the past, trying to move on while not forgetting our roots and our history.


Mr. Georg Overs, president of the tourism association of the Villach region, and Mrs. Michaela Tiefenbacher, Chairwoman of the Board of the tourism association of Finkenstein, wrote in their note of support for our initiative: “Modern and sustainable tourism focuses on easily accessible nature & culinary experiences and authenticity. In the Alps-Adriatic region in particular, projects in the vicinity of the border area are extremely popular and easy to communicate via stakeholders and multipliers. Therefore, we very much support the idea to rebuild the Annahütte (Anna Hut)!“

Europa Nostra Youth Ambassador and ARCH member, Ella Békési, had this to say, “I want to highlight the proactive engagement in recent years of the local younger generation, which has been following in the footsteps of the leaders of the working group Annahuette Neu. Over the last years the youth has been actively participating in and contributing to the activities of the working group, such as the village fairs, educational tourism-focused outings, community hiking trips, cross-border community building activities and more. They have now been officially assigned to take over the leadership of the Working Group’s annual activities around advocating for the rebuilding of Annahuette, as well as the educational projects and the events for tourists. This development ensures a strong continuity and it clearly shows that caring for the environment, working on sustainable projects, and a bond to and curiosity about one’s own history are as strongly present among the younger generation as they are for the older generation.”

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