||This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the German Wikipedia. (January 2013)|
|• Mayor||Ulrike Böker (pro O)|
|• Total||12 km2 (5 sq mi)|
|Elevation||270 m (890 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2014)|
|• Density||370/km2 (960/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
First settlements in this area date from about 4000 BC. The first mention of the settlement in a document dates from 1148 AD. In 1228 AD, Ottensheim received the market right – as third town in Upper Austria, after Linz (1210) and Enns (1212).
Ottensheim has existed as a municipality since 1848. At this time and until 1893 the now self-contended municipality Puchenau also belonged to Ottensheim. In 1871 the first ferry over the Danube was installed. It was destroyed by an ice jam eight years later, and rebuilt in 1882. In 1964 the now still working ferry boat was built.
Every year since the 1990s an alternative music festival for about 2,000 people takes place on the Rodl park near the Danube river, the Open Air Ottensheim, where local and international rock, hip-hop and experimental music acts take place.
In present time, Ottensheim is a town with many families who want to be able to live in the countryside, but still travel to the city for work. Most residents work in the closest city, Linz. Ottensheim has many parks and sporting facilities as well as a secondary school, music school, cinema (est. 1919, one of the oldest in Upper Austria), police station and post office which also serves the neighbouring villages.
Ottensheim also has Austria's 7th largest hydroelectric power plant, on the Danube.
The governor of Ottensheim is Ms. Ulrike Böker from the citizen's group “Pro O”, who won the direct voting. The municipal council is formed by 10 mandates of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP), 7 mandates of the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ), 7 of "Pro O" and one mandate of the right Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ). The left party The Greens – The Green Alternative does not exist in Ottensheim, but has, with 20 to 25%, the highest rate of voters in Upper Austria in case of nationwide votes.
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