Radstadt

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Radstadt
Main square and parish church
Main square and parish church
Coat of arms of Radstadt
Coat of arms
Radstadt is located in Austria
Radstadt
Radstadt
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 47°23′N 13°28′E / 47.383°N 13.467°E / 47.383; 13.467Coordinates: 47°23′N 13°28′E / 47.383°N 13.467°E / 47.383; 13.467
Country Austria
State Salzburg
District St. Johann im Pongau
Government
 • Mayor Josef Tagwercher
Area
 • Total 60.82 km2 (23.48 sq mi)
Elevation 858 m (2,815 ft)
Population (1 January 2014)[1]
 • Total 4,797
 • Density 79/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 5550
Website http://www.radstadt.at

Radstadt is a historic town in the district of St. Johann im Pongau in the Austrian state of Salzburg.

Geography[edit]

The town is part of the Salzburg Pongau region. It is located on the Enns River, near the confluence with its Taurach tributary, at the foot of Roßbrand mountain, part of the Salzburg Slate Alps.

In the south the road runs parallel to the Taurach stream up to Untertauern, Obertauern and the Radstädter Tauern Pass at 1,738 metres (5,702 ft), which marks the border with the Salzburg Lungau region.

History[edit]

In the 4th century before the Common Era the area was settled by Celtic tribes, their Noricum kingdom was incorporated as a Roman province about 15 BC. The road across the Tauern Pass was part of a major Roman road, leading from Aquileia in Italy to the city of Iuvavum (present-day Salzburg) in the north.

Styrian Gate and Capuchin Tower

A place called Rastat was already mentioned in a 1074 deed, the town of Radstadt was founded in the 13th century, when the Pongau region became part of the Archbishopric of Salzburg, and received city rights in 1289. The town was of significant value for the protection of the Ennstal Valley and the road crossing the Radstädter Tauern Pass towards Carinthia and Aquileia. Radstadt has a Gothic church consecrated in 1417, and a town hall dating from 16th century. Its city walls are preserved, including three towers which were added after the German Peasants' War of 1524/25, in which the citizens sided with Archbishop Matthäus Lang von Wellenburg. In 1731/32 the Protestant population was expelled, they were granted asylum by the Prussian king Frederick William I of Hohenzollern and settled in East Prussia.

Today Radstadt is also a popular tourism resort, with more tourists annually than the year-round population. It features its own ski area, and is part of an extended downhill ski and snowboard region (Ski Amadé) with links with the neighbouring town of Altenmarkt.

Politics[edit]

Seats in the municipal assembly (Stadtsenat) as of 2009 elections

Notable people[edit]

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