Main square and parish church
|District||St. Johann im Pongau|
|• Mayor||Josef Tagwercher|
|• Total||60.82 km2 (23.48 sq mi)|
|Elevation||858 m (2,815 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2014)|
|• Density||79/km2 (200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
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.
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.
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.
Seats in the municipal assembly (Stadtsenat) as of 2009 elections
- 10 Austrian People's Party (ÖVP)
- 7 Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ)
- 4 Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ)
- Paul Hofhaimer (1459 – 1537), composer
- Putzi Frandl (born 1930), alpine ski racer
- Michael Walchhofer (born 1975), alpine ski racer
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