Amstetten, Lower Austria

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Amstetten
Amstetten-Mauer hospital main building
Amstetten-Mauer hospital main building
Coat of arms of Amstetten
Coat of arms
Amstetten is located in Austria
Amstetten
Amstetten
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 48°07′N 14°52′E / 48.117°N 14.867°E / 48.117; 14.867Coordinates: 48°07′N 14°52′E / 48.117°N 14.867°E / 48.117; 14.867
Country Austria
State Lower Austria
District Amstetten
Government
 • Mayor Ursula Puchebner (SPÖ)
Area
 • Total 52.22 km2 (20.16 sq mi)
Elevation 275 m (902 ft)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 22,880
 • Density 440/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 3300
Area code 07472
Vehicle registration AM
Website www.amstetten.noe.gv.at

Amstetten (German pronunciation: [amˈʃtɛtən]) is a town in Lower Austria. It is the capital of the Amstetten District.

Geography[edit]

Amstetten is just over an hour from Vienna by train, and lies near the Danube river.

History[edit]

There are traces of human settlements from the Stone Age and the Bronze Age in the area. The first permanent settlement in the area to be mentioned in written sources was Ulmerfeld, mentioned in 995. The first mention of Amstetten itself is dated to 1111. In 1858, the town was linked to the rest of Austria-Hungary by railroad. Since 1868, it has also been the seat of the local district administration. During World War II, there were two subcamps of the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp in Amstetten.[2] The town was home to Josef Fritzl and Josef Hickersberger.[3]

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1869 4,313 —    
1880 6,086 +41.1%
1890 7,254 +19.2%
1900 10,287 +41.8%
1910 14,415 +40.1%
1923 14,715 +2.1%
1934 17,311 +17.6%
1939 18,574 +7.3%
1951 17,380 −6.4%
1961 19,086 +9.8%
1971 21,695 +13.7%
1981 21,989 +1.4%
1991 21,972 −0.1%
2001 22,595 +2.8%
2011 22,948 +1.6%

Local economy[edit]

The Doka Group, a major international producer/supplier of formwork, has their company headquarters in Amstetten.

Schools[edit]

Amstetten has a variety of schools which cater to the needs of its residents, and residents of neighbouring villages. These include a Gymnasium, HLW Amstetten and HAK Amstetten. Language learning in Amstetten is enhanced greatly by the presence of English Language Assistants from the UK and USA, who also run regular extra-curricular events in the local area.[4]

Shopping[edit]

Amstetten provides good shopping opportunities for its residents. There is a shopping centre with clothes shops, shoe shops, a supermarket, technology shops and other amenities. The shopping centre also has free WiFi. Amstetten's high street has some clothes shops and several restaurants. There are two second hand shops in Amstetten where good quality clothes can be purchased cheaply. There are several large supermarkets including an Interspar, Merkur and Hofer.

Culture[edit]

Unfortunately, Amstetten's culture scene is not necessarily easily researched on-line. For detailed information of events in Amstetten, visit the City Hall (Rathaus) where they can give you programmes and leaflets. Johann Pölz Halle is the local concert hall where school balls, theatre performances and concerts are held.[5] Amstetten has an annual 'Kulturwochen', a series of weeks in Autumn dedicated to Culture. This includes performances from the Amstetten Symphony Orchestra and local Amateur dramatic groups, as well as professional theatre, cabarets, story-telling, lectures and exhibitions. In Winter, Amstetten has its own Christmas Market. In Summer, a summer musical theater made of amateurs and professionals entertains in what is called Musicalsummer Amstetten[6]

Sights[edit]

Amstetten-Mauer hospital chapel

Amstetten has several churches. There is a small wood and a river for walking opportunities. There is an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, the 'Naturbad', which is designed to bring the aesthetics of a natural pool into a manmade pool.[7] The pool has a sauna and a slide.[8] There are several gyms in Amstetten as well as a dance and music school.

Nightlife[edit]

Amstetten has several bars and clubs. K1 is in a cellar and is popular among the younger party goers.[9] There are also two metal bars including the 'Pandora Bar'.

Transport[edit]

Amstetten has a train station and is served by OEBB trains and the Westbahn trains.[10][11] You can get a direct train to Linz and Vienna, as well as local tourist attraction Melk.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Amstetten is twinned with:

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