Aschach an der Donau
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|Aschach an der Donau|
|• Mayor||Friedrich Knierzinger (ÖVP)|
|• Total||6 km2 (2 sq mi)|
|Elevation||268 m (879 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2014)|
|• Density||370/km2 (950/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Subdivisions are: Aschach an der Donau (center), Ruprechting, and Sommerberg.
Coat of arms
Silver and red, covered by two natural colored, twisted grapevines with a blue grape to the left, a green grape to the right and a green leaf in each half.
The colors of the banner are red, white and green. The motif indicates due to climatic advantages in the early Middle Ages operated winery, which was mentioned in the Stiftbrief for Kremsmünster in the year 777 and was maintained in the area around Aschach in some vineyards until after 1870. White-red are the colors of the banner of arms of the Counts of Schauberg, who until 1559 held government and a major toll in Aschach.
First mentioned in the year 777 at the founding of the monastery Kremsmünster, Aschach was originally part of the eastern part of the Duchy of Bavaria and belonged to the Duchy of Austria up to the 12th Century.
1490 Aschach was attributed to the Principality of Österreich ob der Enns, and received the market rights and Coat of arms in 1512 by Emperor Maximilian. During the Napoleonic wars the town was occupied several times. Since 1918, the town belongs to the state of Upper Austria. After the annexation of Austria to the German Reich March 13, 1938 the town belonged to Gau Oberdonau. After 1945 followed the restoration of Upper Austria.
Celts and Romans in Aschach
1838 during excavations in Schlögen extensive wall remains of a Roman fort were found. Therefore by the middle of this century it was assumed that Schlögen was Joviacum as referred to in the Directory of Roman legions. After excavations in the years 1957-1959 by Dr. Lothar Eckhart proved: Schlögen cannot be Joviacum. Eckhart associates the Militum Liburnariorum, a sort of Marines of the Italian Legion, with Aschach, the mounted military units Ad Mauros with Eferding. Other than strategic reasons speak for that Aschach is Joviacum the St. Laurentius-patronage of the chapel at the cemetery, the evidence of a Roman square floor plan and the finding of street pavement stones and cart ruts (Limes road?) In the Abelstraße.
Since Aschach is Joviacum, this brings us into the closest connection with the most amazing sources of departing Antiquity with the "Life of St. Serverin" of the abbot Eugippius. St. Severin appeared in Noricum, a time when the Roman rule came to an end. As a monk and miracle worker, he resisted the Germanic princes, who were sitting with their tribes on both sides of the Danube. In the deserted Roman settlements, he persuaded the defenseless poor Roman people to a Christian lifestyle. When the circumstances had become untenable, he predicted them the imminent defeat of their place and ordered the evacuation of the area. So also for Aschach (Joviacum). We read in the Vita Sancti Severini Eugippii:
"... the servant of God sent the church singer Moderatus to the inhabitants of a city called Joviacum which was more than 20 miles away from Batavis, who should ask there an immediate escape from the vulnerable city. Also here the well-meant advice was not heard so that the saint sent off a courier again, who should at least prompt the church leader Maximianus of Joviacum to leave the village. When also this messenger was not believed, he left the city quickly. Still in the same night the Heruli invaded Joviacum, destroyed the settlement and led most of the inhabitants into slavery. The priest they hung on the gallows."
The details of the Vita is deemed reliable, earlier doubts are resolved by more recent research. Thus, under stipulation of the assumption of the accuracy that Aschach is Joviacum it is testified that the Late Antiquity martyr is MAXIMIANUS of Aschach.
(This text is based on an article by Werner Promintzer in the program guide "1200 years Aschach 777-1977")
Documentary evidence by Duke Tassilo in 777
In the last third of the 7th Century the sovereignty of the Agilolfinger Bavaria experienced it's climax and conclusion at the same time. The Agilolfinger, Burgundian and Frankish origin, often closely related to the southern neighboring tribe of the Lombards, fell into the maelstrom and the corruption of the Frankish expansion. Odilo, son of Tassilo III, defeated in 772 the Slavs of Carinthia, in the same year in which Charles the Great, his brother and cousin, the great Saxon War began. In 765 Tassilo the Lombard had married Princess Liutperga. Her son Theodo was anointed king like by the pope. After the victory over the Slavs when the inclusion of Carantanes in the Bavarian culture began, he founded on the border of the Alps Slavic tribes the Innichen Monastery in Puster Valley and the Münster an der Krems. He generously furnished both for their tasks. In 777 he gifted the vineyards in Aschach to the Kremsmünster Abbey at the founding.
The following parties are represented in the council:
Incumbent Mayor is Friedrich Knierzinger (ÖVP).
- Mayors since 1849
|Guglmayr Georg||1. January 1849|
|Heller Friedrich||1. January 1852|
|Krigner Franz||1. January 1855|
|Kurzwernhart Theodor||1. März 1861|
|Schober Stephan||2. August 1864|
|Fischer Johann Georg||31. August 1867|
|Stampfl Gottlieb||29. Juli 1870|
|Kurzwernhart Theodor||29. January 1873|
|Fischer Johann Georg||1. January 1886|
|Markl Emmerich||1. January 1887|
|Hager Adam||4. February 1889|
|Haidenthaler Leopold||23. February 1895|
|Madlsperger Georg||1. January 1908|
|Obgrasser Ignaz||1. January 1913|
|Parsche Rudolf||29. August 1919|
|Ettl Josef||1. Januar 1920|
|Dienstl Hans Dr.||31. Mai 1924|
|Osterkorn Hans||1. January 1928|
|Wagner Karl||1. January 1938|
|Spielberger Karl||1. January 1938|
|Reinhold Hans||1. January 1941|
|Heger Hans||1. January 1945|
|Dienstl Hans Dr.||25. November 1945|
|Astner Alois||1. January 1946|
|Hinterberger Johann||9. October 1949|
|Wagner Karl||23. October 1955|
|Fiala Josef||1. January 1964|
|Veicht Johann||22. October 1967|
|Putz Adolf||1. January 1984|
|Achleitner Rudolf||12. October 2003|
|Friedrich Knierzinger||11. October 2009|
- Aschach has a historic center with town houses dating from the Middle Ages, with beautiful facades and courtyards from the Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance.
- Parish Church with the Danube Cross: around 1490 follows the Late-Gothic succeeding building of an originally in 1371 first mentioned church on records. The high altar is crowned by the healing powers of the revered Danube cross. It was brought ashore in 1693 by two sailors in a flood. The sickly restorer of the cross was healed during his work. 1784, Aschach was separated by a government decree of Emperor Joseph II from the mother-church Hartkirchen and elevated to an independent parish. 1976, the church was renovated and expanded, designed by Clemens Holzmeister.
- Old Town Hall
- Schloss Aschach: The manor house is the former seat of the Counts of Harrach. The main wing of the manor house from the 16th Century has arcades in the courtyard on all three floors. The east wing was built in 1709 by Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt, as well as the altar in the chapel. The castle is privately owned.
- Donaukraftwerk Aschach: The hydro power plant was built 1959-1964 and was once Europe's largest hydro power plant.
- Schopper and Fishery museum. The museum presents the history of the Market Aschach in connection with the shipbuilding - and shipping tradition on the Upper Danube. The Schopper museum presents the historic craft of shipbuilding and also the social and cultural environment of these craftsmen's guilds. In addition, the last original Zehner Trauner is displayed. The Fisheries Museum shows the development of commercial and recreational fishery in Upper Austria with special reference to the upper Danube.
Josef Abel (1764-1818 Vienna), engraver, landscape and history painter. In the Upper Carpenter House in Abelstr. 11 is the birthplace of the artist.
In addition to the Danube, the main traffic route for thousands of years, in 1886 Aschach was connected by the Aschacher Bahn (Aschach - Eferding - Wels) to the modern transportation system.
During the power plant construction the railway was extended through Aschach to the power plant (then dismantled).
In 1962 the ferry ("Flying Bridge") was replaced by the bridge farther down the river and thus the region Mühlviertel and the central region connected to one another.
Bus lines operate scheduled bus service between neighboring cities among which are Wels, Linz, and Passau in Bavaria.
- Elementary School
- Middle School
- Ernst Neweklowsky: Aschach und die Donauschiffahrt. In: Oberösterreichische Heimatblätter 13 (195993), S. 207-242. (Digitalisat)
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