Thörl

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Thörl
Coat of arms of Thörl
Coat of arms
Thörl is located in Austria
Thörl
Thörl
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 47°31′01″N 15°13′09″E / 47.51694°N 15.21917°E / 47.51694; 15.21917Coordinates: 47°31′01″N 15°13′09″E / 47.51694°N 15.21917°E / 47.51694; 15.21917
Country Austria
State Styria
District Bruck an der Mur
Government
 • Mayor Günther Wagner (SPÖ)
Area
 • Total 65.29 km2 (25.21 sq mi)
Elevation 638 m (2,093 ft)
Population (1 January 2013)[1]
 • Total 1,635
 • Density 25/km2 (65/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 8621
Area code 03861
Vehicle registration BM
Website www.thoerl.gv.at

Thörl is a market town at the foot of the Hochschwab in the Styrian district of Bruck an der Mur.

Geography[edit]

Boroughs[edit]

Thörl has 4 boroughs: Fölz, Hinterberg, Palbersdorf, and Thörl.

Neighboring Communes[edit]

Politics[edit]

Thörl's mayor is Günther Wagner of the SPÖ. In its municipal council (13 seats) the party seats are distributed as follows: 9 SPÖ, 3 ÖVP, 1 FPÖ.[2]

Twin towns and sister cities[edit]

Thörl is twinned with:

Traffic[edit]

Streets[edit]

The Mariazeller Straße is the most important road link between Kapfenberg and Mariazell, the most popular pilgrimage site in Austria. In its further course it leads to Sankt Pölten, the capital of the neighbouring state of Lower Austria.

Railway (History)[edit]

In 1893, the Thörlerbahn, a narrow gauge railway with a track gauge of 760 mm, which linked the area with Kapfenberg and the Austrian Southern Railway (Südbahn), was opened. In particular, the local iron industry benefited from this. A connection to the Austrian Western Railway was planned, but never realized.

In 1959, the passenger traffic was terminated. However, in 1991, the Verein Thörlerbahn (Thörlerbahn Association) took out a trial run with a nostalgic train. But when a bank failure bankrupted the local iron industry, the operator of the railway, Steiermärkische Landesbahnen, lost their largest (and actually the only) freight customer. As a consequence of that, they had to close the track.

In 2003 and 2004, the train tracks were removed and replaced by a cycle track.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Statistik Austria - Bevölkerung zu Jahres- und Quartalsanfang, 2013-01-01.
  2. ^ Municipal council mandates