Hartberg

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Hartberg
Hartberg is located in Austria
Hartberg
Hartberg
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 47°16′50″N 15°58′12″E / 47.28056°N 15.97000°E / 47.28056; 15.97000Coordinates: 47°16′50″N 15°58′12″E / 47.28056°N 15.97000°E / 47.28056; 15.97000
Country Austria
State Styria
District Hartberg-Fürstenfeld
Government
 • Mayor Karl Pack (ÖVP)
Area
 • Total 21.58 km2 (8.33 sq mi)
Elevation 359 m (1,178 ft)
Population (1 January 2014)[1]
 • Total 6,540
 • Density 300/km2 (780/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 8230
Area codes +43 3332
Vehicle registration HF
Website www.hartberg.at

Hartberg is a city in Styria, Austria, the capital of the Hartberg-Fürstenfeld (district). As of 2014, it has a population of 6,449 in an area of 21.58 km². About 68 km up the A2 is the large city of Graz.

This town has a long and rich history. A settlement was located here in the Neolithic ages. One of the most important, prehistoric settlements of Styria developed on "Ringkogel" in the 3rd century BC. A massive protective wall surrounded it. Only two towers remain of the 7-8 metre high and 1500 metre long wall. (Schölbinger Tower and Reck Tower). The first mention of Hartberg as a city was in a 1286 document. During the 15th century it was conquered by King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary. A huge fire destroyed the town up to a few houses, but the population has been continually on the rise since then.

A massive protective wall surrounded it. In 1122 margrave Leopold I of Styria founded "Hartberg". Hartberg was even a central village in Styria for a certain time. The first written reference to Hartberg as "civitas" was in 1286.

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