Hikers roaming Austria’s picturesque Alpine pastures will have to follow a “code of conduct,” the government said Monday, after a German tourist was trampled to death by cows. “We will lay out clearly in the code of conduct what is expected of people who use mountain pastures,” Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a press conference in Vienna. Read more: German city seizes pug, sells it on eBay The incident happened in 2014 in Tyrol when cows felt so threatened by a German hiker’s dog that they killed the woman. Austrian farmers have been enraged by an Innsbruck court ruling last month ordering the farmer who owned the cattle to pay hundreds of thousands of euros in damages to the 45-year-old woman’s family for neglecting to fence in the cows. “We don’t want mountain pastures to be completely fenced off or closed. We therefore have to inform people about the behavior of wild and farm animals,” Sustainability and Tourism Minister Elisabeth Köstinger said. Germany’s 10 best hiking trails Painter’s Way In the 18th century, places of natural beauty saw an unprecedented boom in tourism. Bizarre rock formations, like in Saxon Switzerland south of Dresden, were suddenly seen as wild and romantic. Since then, a trail… Read full this story
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