St. Margaret parish church
|District||Spittal an der Drau|
|• Mayor||Wilfried Pichler|
|• Total||42.57 km2 (16.44 sq mi)|
|Elevation||557 m (1,827 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2013)|
|• Density||31/km2 (80/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
- For the Nazi concentration camp, see Sachsenburg (concentration camp).
The origin of the name is uncertain: an affiliation with the far apart mediæval Duchy of Saxony has never been established; however the coat of arms probably awarded in the 16th century shows a Saxe, a kind of pan formerly used for gold prospecting within the nearby Hohe Tauern mountain range.
Two fortresses at the strategically important narrow place of the Drava valley (Sachsenburger Klause) were first mentioned in a 1213 deed. Sachsenburg is documented as the administrative seat of a Salzburg exclave within the Duchy of Carinthia in 1292. It was therefore often under attack by the forces of the Carinthian dukes as well as by the Counts of Gorizia at Lienz. The Salzburg archbishops granted the settlement market rights in 1326, it also received city fortifications, that were not razed until in 1813, when Upper Carinthia belonged to the French-occupied "Illyrian Provinces".
Seats in the municipal assembly (Gemeinderat) as of 2009 elections:
- Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ): 8
- Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ): 4
- Austrian People's Party (ÖVP): 3
Sachsenburg is twinned with:
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