Pürgg-Trautenfels

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Pürgg-Trautenfels
Coat of arms of Pürgg-Trautenfels
Coat of arms
Pürgg-Trautenfels is located in Austria
Pürgg-Trautenfels
Pürgg-Trautenfels
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 47°32′00″N 14°05′00″E / 47.53333°N 14.08333°E / 47.53333; 14.08333Coordinates: 47°32′00″N 14°05′00″E / 47.53333°N 14.08333°E / 47.53333; 14.08333
Country Austria
State Styria
District Liezen
Government
 • Mayor Barbara Krenn (ÖVP)
Area
 • Total 62.69 km2 (24.20 sq mi)
Elevation 645 m (2,116 ft)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 919
 • Density 15/km2 (38/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 8951
Area code 03682
Vehicle registration LI
Website www.puergg-trautenfels.at

Pürgg-Trautenfels is a municipality in the district of Liezen in Styria, Austria.

Geography[edit]

Pürgg-Trautenfels lies in valley of the upper Ennstal between Gröbming and Stainach. The municipal area is bordered in the south by the Enns; in the north it stretches right up to the main ridge Toten Gebirges (Almkogel, 2,116m elevation). The highest point of the municipality is the Grimming (2,351 m) in the west.

Pürgg[edit]

Saint George's church, Pürgg

The village of Pürgg lies on a small plateau in the south face of the Rantensteins, about 150 m above the valley floor of the brook Grimmingbach. The village has a few narrow streets which are largely for pedestrian traffic only. The houses are nestled around two churches.

  • Pfarrkirche zum Heiligen Georg (Church of St. George): Romanesque church which was established, presumably, on 17 July 1130. The three-nave church is still standing in its basic structure, however, it was decorated at the beginning of 14th century in the Gothic style.
  • Johanneskapelle (Chapel of St. John): Romanesque chapel, on the eastern edge of the plateau is situated on a nice vantage point. This chapel is famous for her frescoes from the 12th century which count among most beautiful and well preserved in Europe.

Trautenfels[edit]

Façade of Schloss Trautenfels

The village of Trautenfels is a small settlement around the Schloss Trautenfels, situated directly on the Enns. The castle is on a small hill which towers about 30 meters above the valley floor. In 1261 it was called a castle (Burg) for the first time. In the baroque era it was given its present appearance by Friedrich von Trauttmannsdorf.

Few meters to the west of the castle, on the same ridge, there lie the ruins of the Protestant church Neuhaus. This was, at the time of the Reformation, the most significant religious center in the Upper Ennstal Valley. The church was established by the castle owners in Trautenfels. But soon she fell victim to the Counter-Reformation. In 1991 the remnants of the building were exposed and furnished as a memorial.

Economy[edit]

Trautenfels Castle and the picturesque village of Pürgg attract numerous tourists and day trippers. The region is also popular with climbers, who set out from here on mountain tours to the Grimming, into the Totes Gebirge and the Niedere Tauern to the south. In the Wörschachwald is a small ski resort and the Spechtensee lake, a popular tourist destination.

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