Bruck an der Mur
|Bruck an der Mur|
|District||Bruck an der Mur|
|• Mayor||Bernd Rosenberger (SPÖ)|
|• Total||38.40 km2 (14.83 sq mi)|
|Elevation||468 m (1,535 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2013)|
|• Density||320/km2 (840/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Bruck an der Mur is a city of some 13,500 people located in the Austrian state of Styria. It is located at the confluence of the Mur and Mürz Rivers. Its manufactures include metal products and paper; located on the Graz to Vienna main line, Bruck is an important regional rail junction.
The earliest surviving record of Bruck dates from the time of King Ludovicus II "Germanicus", when it was identified, in a record dated 20 November 860, as "ad pruccam", a manor of the archbishopric of Salzburg. The settlement then identified with this name was in the location currently occupied by a suburb called "St. Ruprecht". The settlement then located at what is now the centre of Bruck is identified in the ninth century record as "muorica kimundi" (i.e. the mouth of the Mürz River).
The town was refounded in 1263 by King Otakar II of Bohemia, who was responsible for surrounding Bruck with its city walls. Bruck received its town privileges in 1277 from King Rudolph von Habsburg who had in 1273 succeeded Otakar. Bruck an der Mur was an important medieval trade center specializing in iron work.
In the center is also the famous Kornmesser house, a building in Venetian style, built by Pankraz Kornmess in 15th century. There is also the iron well with its famous lace-like dome.
The castle of Landskron burned down in the great fire of 1792. After that fire just two of 166 houses were left standing.
Current political issues
Young people of Bruck an der Mur have been known to criticize the mayor, Bernd Rosenberger (SPÖ), who unconditionally raised police presence in the streets. They argue that this policy has the objective of harming the nightlife and harassing young people.
- Christian Anders
- Menci Clement Crnčić
- Ernest, Duke of Austria
- Ille Gebeshuber
- Elisabeth Görgl
- Edmund Hlawka
- Richard Kretz
- Hanns Malissa
- Eva Rueber-Staier
- Herta Frauneder- Rottleuthner
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