Gmünd, Lower Austria

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Gmünd
Main square
Main square
Coat of arms of Gmünd
Coat of arms
Gmünd is located in Austria
Gmünd
Gmünd
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 48°46′N 14°59′E / 48.767°N 14.983°E / 48.767; 14.983Coordinates: 48°46′N 14°59′E / 48.767°N 14.983°E / 48.767; 14.983
Country Austria
State Lower Austria
District Gmünd
Government
 • Mayor Otto Opelka (SPÖ)
Area
 • Total 25.10 km2 (9.69 sq mi)
Elevation 485 m (1,591 ft)
Population (1 January 2014)[1]
 • Total 5,324
 • Density 210/km2 (550/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 3950
Area code 02852
Website www.gmuend.at

Gmünd is a town in northwestern Waldviertel in the Austrian state of Lower Austria, the capital of the Gmünd district. The municipality consists of the Katastralgemeinden Böhmzeil, Breitensee, Eibenstein, Gmünd and Grillenstein. Situated on the Lainsitz (Lužnice) river where it forms the border with České Velenice in the Czech Republic, it is an important road and railway crossing point, next to the Blockheide protected area.

The development of the town, first mentioned in a 1208 deed, was decisively pushed by the inauguration of the Emperor Franz Joseph Railway from Vienna to Prague in 1869. By the 1919 Treaty of Saint-Germain its northern part with the main station was awarded to Czechoslovakia, forming the new town of Velenice.

Politics[edit]

Seats in the municipal assembly (Gemeinderat) as of 2005 elections:

Seats in the municipal assembly (Gemeinderat) as of 2010 elections:

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Twin town[edit]

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Media related to Gmünd at Wikimedia Commons