||This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the German Wikipedia. (April 2010)|
|• Mayor||Pius Natter (Auer Liste)|
|• Total||44.91 km2 (17.34 sq mi)|
|Elevation||800 m (2,600 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2013)|
|• Density||37/km2 (97/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
The town belongs to the Bregenz Forest, more exactly to the Hintere Bregenzerwald.
Forty percent of its 45 km² area is covered with forest, 34.4% of the area is used as alpine pasture (Almwirtschaft) and for other forms of alpine agriculture.
The town itself is unlike others in the area, as it has no real centre. It consists of several districts, which are (in no particular order): Argenau, Wieden, Lugen, Lebernau, Rehmen, Schrecken, Kreuzgasse, Jaghausen, Am Stein, Argenstein, Argenzipfel and Lisse. Au is an example of a "scattered village" (German: Streudorf).
The town hall is located in Argenau, whereas the church is located in Jaghausen. The district of Rehmen also has its own church.
The locals divide the town into two parts, which are separated by the river. One Part is called Schattseite (meaning shady side), and consists of the districts of Argenau, Argenzipfel and Wieden, the other part is called Sonnseite (meaning sunny side) and consists (mainly) of Rehmen and Schrecken.
Michael Beer also founded the Auer Zunft, which is a guild of craftsmen and still existent today. It is one of the oldest guilds in Austria.
The town council of Au, called Gemeinderat, consists of 18 Members, all of them members of the Auer Liste. The current mayor is Pius Natter.
In 2001 the tax earnings summed up to 1,685,000 €, the expenditures were 2,373,380 €. The towns debts amounted 1,946,722 €.
Economics and infrastructure
As of 2003 there were 58 companies located in Au, with a total of 349 employees and 38 trainees.
The rest of the 709 registered for income tax are mainly commuters.
A main factor in Au is Tourism. Many private households rent rooms or flats out. There are several hotels, many of them providing special venues or events, e.g. Wellness, Sports, Motorbiking.
Agriculture was the former main income source for the village, until the rise of Tourism.
Au is situated on the L200, the Bregenzerwald Bundesstrasse. Here it connects to the L193, the Faschina Bundesstrasse, which is the main connection to the skiing resort of Damüls.
In Winter there is also a bus service running through the town, free to use by skiers and locals.
There is a kindergarten, a Volksschule (primary school) and a Hauptschule (secondary school), all located in a building in the district Schrecken.
As of January 2003 there were 333 pupils registered in primary and secondary school.
- Kaspar Moosbrugger ( Vorarlberg School; * May 16, 1656 in Au; † August 26, 1723 in Einsiedeln)
- Franz Beer (master builder and co-founder of Vorarlberg School; * April 1, 1660 in Au (Vorarlberg); † January 21, 1726 in Bezau