Franz Senn

Franz Xaverius Senn (19 March 1831 – 31 January 1884[1]) was an Austrian priest and mountaineer who was among the first to promote alpinism and foster the early development of mountaineering in Tyrol. His concern for the poverty of his parishioners led him to encourage tourism into the Stubaital and Ötztal valleys. Senn was a founding member of the Austrian and German alpine associations. The Franz Senn Hütte and the Sennkogel are named in his honour. Senn's passion for mountaineering led to his ascent of numerous 3,000-metre summits throughout the Ötztal Alps.[2]

Franz Senn
Franz Xaverius Senn

(1831-03-19)19 March 1831
Längenfeld, Ötztal, Austrian Empire
Died31 January 1884(1884-01-31) (aged 52)
Neustift im Stubaital, Austrian Empire
OccupationPriest, mountaineer


  1. Schirmer, Gerhard (2010). "Senn, Franz Xaverius". Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB). 24. Duncker & Humblot. p. 261. ISBN 978-3428112050.
  2. "Franz Senn". Ötztal. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
  • Oberwalder, Louis (2004). Franz Senn: Alpinismuspionier und Gründer des Alpenvereins. Innsbruck: Tyrolia. ISBN 978-3702226299.

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