Velden am Wörther See

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Velden am Wörthersee
Velden Bay.
Velden Bay.
Coat of arms of Velden am Wörthersee
Coat of arms
Velden am Wörthersee is located in Austria
Velden am Wörthersee
Velden am Wörthersee
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 46°36′N 14°2′E / 46.600°N 14.033°E / 46.600; 14.033Coordinates: 46°36′N 14°2′E / 46.600°N 14.033°E / 46.600; 14.033
Country Austria
State Carinthia
District Villach-Land
Government
 • Mayor Ferdinand Vouk (SPÖ)
Area
 • Total 52.97 km2 (20.45 sq mi)
Elevation 460 m (1,510 ft)
Population (1 January 2014)[1]
 • Total 8,753
 • Density 170/km2 (430/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 9220
Area code 04274
Website www.velden.gv.at

Velden am Wörthersee (Slovene: Vrba ob Jezeru) is a market town in Villach-Land District, in the Austrian state of Carinthia. Situated at the western shore of the Wörthersee lake it is one of the country's most popular holiday resorts.

Geography[edit]

The municipal area of Velden also includes the Katastralgemeinden of Augsdorf (Loga Vas), Dieschitz (Deščice), Duel (Dole), Kerschdorf ob Velden (Črešnje), Köstenberg (Kostanje), Latschach an der Drau (Loče), Lind ob Velden (Lipa) and Sankt Egyden (Šentilj).

According to a 2001 census 2.8% of the population are Slovene-speaking.

History[edit]

Schloss Velden

Originally a mansio at the Roman road between Villach (Sanctium) and Virunum it was first mentioned in a 1263 deed as Campus (field, pasture - German: Feld) and in 1410 as Velben. In medieval times it belonged to the estates of Hohenwart Castle, seat of the Counts of Celje, the Counts of Ortenburg, the Knightly Order of Saint George in Millstatt Abbey and finally the Austrian House of Habsburg.

In 1545 the Protestant Khevenhüller noble family had acquired the lands of Landskron and Velden, where Bartlmä Khevenhüller (1539–1613) from 1585 had a Renaissance manor house built. His descendants were expelled from the Habsburg lands in the course of the Counter-Reformation in 1639, whereafter the castle fell to the noble House of Dietrichstein. Decayed and demolished by a fire, it was rebuilt in 1892 as a hotel called Schloss Velden. Later a real estate of Gunter Sachs, it was the filming location of the popular 1990-1992 German-Austrian TV series Ein Schloß am Wörthersee starring Schlager singer Roy Black.

Politics[edit]

Seats in the municipal assembly (Gemeinderat) as of 2009 elections:

Twin towns — sister cities[edit]

Town hall

Velden am Wörthersee is twinned with:

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