Lakeside with parish church and castle
|District||St. Johann im Pongau|
|• Mayor||Hans Mayr (ÖVP)|
|• Total||33.1 km2 (12.8 sq mi)|
|Elevation||822 m (2,697 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2014)|
|• Density||75/km2 (190/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
It is situated on a sunny plateau north of the Salzach River, the so-called « Sunny Terrace » at a distance of 60 km (37 mi) south of the City of Salzburg. In fact, the village owes its name (“Goldegg at the lake”) to a small lake at which it is located. There are approximately 2200 inhabitants living in the local area, which covers 33,1 square kilometres.
The municipal area includes the cadastral communities of Buchberg, Goldegg, and Weng.
Goldegg Castle was built in the 14th century. The Lords of Goldegg had sided with the Wittelsbach king Louis IV of Germany in the conflict with his Habsburg rival Frederick the Fair, whereafter the Archbishops of Salzburg had their estates devastated. King Louis, having prevailed in the 1322 Battle of Mühldorf, backed the erection of a new castle and a parish church. The building remained a Salzburg fief, given in pawn several time and finally seized by Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich Raitenau in 1612. It is now a modern cultural centre, offering interesting events all the year round, like concerts, exhibitions of regional or international artists, theatrical or comedian performances, seminars or workshops.
The municipality also possesses a museum, exhibiting a great collection of pottery, folkloristic clothes and rustic furniture.
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