Puchberg am Schneeberg

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Puchberg am Schneeberg
Coat of arms of Puchberg am Schneeberg
Coat of arms
Puchberg am Schneeberg is located in Austria
Puchberg am Schneeberg
Puchberg am Schneeberg
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 47°47′00″N 15°54′00″E / 47.78333°N 15.90000°E / 47.78333; 15.90000Coordinates: 47°47′00″N 15°54′00″E / 47.78333°N 15.90000°E / 47.78333; 15.90000
Country Austria
State Lower Austria
District Neunkirchen
Government
 • Mayor Michael Knabl (SPÖ)
Area
 • Total 83.17 km2 (32.11 sq mi)
Elevation 585 m (1,919 ft)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 2,655
 • Density 32/km2 (83/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal codes 2733, 2734, 2761
Area code 02636
Vehicle registration NK
Website www.puchberg.at
Puchberg, seen from the Schneeberg

Puchberg am Schneeberg is a town in the south-eastern part of Lower Austria with approx. 2650 inhabitants. It is situated about 80 Kilometres from Vienna. The highest point of Puchberg is the Schneeberg with 2076 m, the highest mountain of Lower Austria.

Already in the 18th and the 19th centuries, Puchberg was a popular destination for visitors. With the opening of the Schneeberg Railway, tourism became more important than farming, which traditionally had been the primary source of revenue. The spa is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Lower Austria.

History[edit]

View to mountain Schneeberg

About its early history, little is known. A Roman road, on which grains, wine and salt were transported, passed through the area. The name Puchberg was first mentioned in 1260 in reference to Eberhard von Puchperch. [2] In the Middle Ages four castles were built near Puchberg, including Puchberg Castle, of which ruins remain.

The village was destroyed in 1683 by Ottoman forces at the time of the Battle of Vienna. With the opening of the railway from Wiener Neustadt and the rack railway to the Schneeberg in 1897, tourism became important. The region became a resort area for the Viennese upper classes seeking to escape the city in summer, and it still serves as a nature retreat today.

Subdivisions[edit]

  • Puchberg am Schneeberg
  • Rohrbachgraben
  • Stolzenwörth

Sites of interest[edit]

Lake of Puchberg am Schneeberg
  • Puchberg Castle, the castle which was built around 1204. Its age was determined on the basis dendrochronological investigations at wooden remainders.[citation needed]
Railway station of Puchberg am Schneeberg
Elisabeth church and Schneeberg Railway station on Schneeberg
  • The Lake - The heart of Puchberg's downtown is occupied by a lake surrounded by a path and landscaped flowers and plants. There is also an outdoor stage.
  • There are two spas in Puchberg.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Statistik Austria - Bevölkerung zu Jahres- und Quartalsanfang, 2013-01-01.
  2. ^ Rainmund Rhomberg, Andreas Bichler in: Burgruine Puchberg am Schneeberg – Bauhistorische Analyse und Sanierung, Burgverein Puchberg, Puchberg, 2006, ISBN 3-85028-407-7