Vöcklabruck

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Vöcklabruck
Vöcklabruck Oberer-Stadtturm.jpg
Coat of arms of Vöcklabruck
Coat of arms
Vöcklabruck is located in Austria
Vöcklabruck
Vöcklabruck
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 48°02′23″N 13°40′06″E / 48.03972°N 13.66833°E / 48.03972; 13.66833Coordinates: 48°02′23″N 13°40′06″E / 48.03972°N 13.66833°E / 48.03972; 13.66833
Country Austria
State Upper Austria
District Vöcklabruck
Government
 • Mayor Herbert Walter Brunsteiner (ÖVP)
Area
 • Total 16 km2 (6 sq mi)
Elevation 433 m (1,421 ft)
Population (1 January 2014)[1]
 • Total 11,945
 • Density 750/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 4840
Area code 07672
Vehicle registration VB
Website www.voecklabruck.at
Vöcklabruck in 1679

About this sound Vöcklabruck  (German pronunciation: [fœklaˈbʁʊk]) is the administrative center of the Vöcklabruck district, Austria. It is located in the western part of Upper Austria, close to the A1 Autobahn as well as the B1 highway, and has been ranked in the top 10 most-visited cities in Austria[citation needed].

Vöcklabruck's name derives from the River Vöckla which runs through the town, whose name in turn originates from a person's name ('Vechela') and 'Ache', meaning 'flowing water' or 'river'.

Vöcklabruck has many shops as well as services and schools. It was chosen for Europäisches Schützentreffen (the European Meeting of Marksmen) in 2003, and has and will play host to other events such as the Internationale Musiktage (International Music Gathering), Landesgartenschau (provincial garden show) 2007, and an Erdbeerfest (strawberry festival), among others.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1869 2,794 —    
1880 3,076 +10.1%
1890 3,294 +7.1%
1900 3,562 +8.1%
1910 4,338 +21.8%
1923 4,520 +4.2%
1934 5,017 +11.0%
1939 5,546 +10.5%
1951 8,857 +59.7%
1961 9,353 +5.6%
1971 10,732 +14.7%
1981 11,019 +2.7%
1991 11,239 +2.0%
2001 11,697 +4.1%
2011 11,931 +2.0%

Sights[edit]

The distance to Salzkammergut's lakes from Vöcklabruck (11 km (7 mi) to the Attersee, 16 km (10 mi) to the Traunsee, 40 km (25 mi) to the Mondsee, 68 km (42 mi) to the Hallstättersee and 72 km (45 mi) to the Wolfgangsee) has led to the town's description as "the gateway to the Salzkammergut". Near the town there are many recreational facilities where people can enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities. Alongside these, Vöcklabruck offers:

  • In the town square's tower, frescos discovered in the 1960s. They date from 1502 and were painted by Tyrolean Jörg Kölderer.
  • Dörflkirche/Ägidiuskirche' (St. Giles' Church), Baroque church constructed between 1688-1691.
  • Schöndorfer Kirche, an early medieval fortified church, built before 824.
  • Museum Heimathaus with Wolfsegg Iron

Famous residents[edit]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Vöcklabruck is twinned with:

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