Haus im Ennstal is Europe's most beautiful village!
Entente Florale Europe 2014
Great success for the Styrian village
Haus im Ennstal
Our village was awarded with gold in the category "village" at the prize giving of the Entente Florale 2014 in Százhalombatta (Hungary). Even if the actual number of assigned points was kept secret, there were some rumours: Haus im Ennstal received the best votes of all participating villages ever.
Prize giving in Százhalombatta
Haus im Ennstal, 26th of September 2014.
With mixed feelings of tension and pleasant anticipation, a delegation of 77 Haus representatives started their journey to Százhalombatta, near Budapest. In the evening of 26th of September 2014, the tension was mounting - but when the results were finally announced, it suddenly turned into a festive cheer. Mayor Gerhard Schütter was more than happy. "Together we prepared for the Entente Florale Europe sensationally well. With this team and the people of our village we can win any competition when it comes to commitment, solidarity, and in particular cordiality. Thank you, thank you all! It is a happy day on which Haus im Ennstal has made European history."
Perfeclty prepared for a demanding competition
A key secret of success lies in Haus im Ennstal's intense preparation works regarding the Entente Florale Europe 2014. Many people worked hard and pulled together. They managed to focus on the fundamental strengths of their hometown and to convince the jury in doing so. Besides the unique flowers and green spaces, it was also about excellent sustainable projects and a great village community. Project leader Michaela Schnepfleitner explains happily, "Our mixture perfectly worked for the competition criterea. After a continuous quality increase at the Styrian competitions in the last years, we have now reached our goal: gold at the ultimate competition regarding flower decoration and green spaces!"
19 participants form eleven countries
The Entente Florale Europe has been held ever since 1975. Since 1978, also Austrian villages have been participating. Over the years, the competition, that started as a simple plants and flower contest, has turned into a respected flower, green spaces and quality of life competition with an extensive list of criteria. There is a variety of evaluated themes, such as sustainabilty, protection of environment, tourist offers, floral decoration, or the involvement of the inhabitants. In 2014, 10 villages and 9 towns took place at this competition. Haus im Ennstal was the only Austrian participant. The jury members are all experts in the areas of architecture, gardening and landscaping, or tourism.