Wörgl

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Wörgl
Coat of arms of Wörgl
Coat of arms
Wörgl is located in Austria
Wörgl
Wörgl
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 47°29′N 12°04′E / 47.483°N 12.067°E / 47.483; 12.067Coordinates: 47°29′N 12°04′E / 47.483°N 12.067°E / 47.483; 12.067
Country Austria
State Tyrol
District Kufstein
Government
 • Mayor Hedi Wechner (SPÖ)
Area
 • Total 19.68 km2 (7.60 sq mi)
Elevation 511 m (1,677 ft)
Population (1 January 2013)[2]
 • Total 12,723
 • Density 650/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal codes 6300-6302
Area codes 043-5332
Vehicle registration KU
Website www.woergl.at

Wörgl is a town in the Austrian state of Tyrol, in the Kufstein district. It is 20 km from the state border with Bavaria.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1869 1,080 —    
1880 1,485 +37.5%
1890 2,319 +56.2%
1900 3,126 +34.8%
1910 4,232 +35.4%
1923 4,155 −1.8%
1934 4,196 +1.0%
1939 4,689 +11.7%
1951 6,247 +33.2%
1961 6,828 +9.3%
1971 7,937 +16.2%
1981 8,598 +8.3%
1991 10,041 +16.8%
2001 10,885 +8.4%
2011 12,645 +16.2%

Transport[edit]

Wörgl is an important railway junction between the line from Innsbruck to Munich, and the inner-Austrian line to Salzburg. Its railway station has been designated as a Hauptbahnhof (German: main station) since 10 December 2006.

European route E641 connects Wörgl with Salzburg, the routes E45 and E60 (Austrian autobahn A12) pass through Wörgl.

Twin cities[edit]

The Wörgl Experiment[edit]

One Schilling note with demurrage stamps from Wörgl

Wörgl was the site of the "Miracle of Wörgl" during the Great Depression. It was started on July 31, 1932, with the issuing of "Certified Compensation Bills", a form of currency commonly known as Stamp Scrip, or Freigeld. This was an application of the monetary theories of the economist Silvio Gesell by the town's then-mayor, Michael Unterguggenberger.

The experiment resulted in a growth in employment and meant that local government projects such as new houses, a reservoir, a ski jump and a bridge could all be completed, seeming to defy the depression in the rest of the country. Inflation and deflation are also reputed to have been non-existent for the duration of the experiment.[citation needed]

Despite attracting great interest at the time, including from French Premier Edouard Daladier and the economist Irving Fisher,[3] the "experiment" was terminated by the Austrian National Bank on the September 1, 1933.[4][5]

In 2006 milestones were placed, beginning from the railroad station through the downtown, to show this history.[6]

Notable personalities[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Wörgl, church: Stadtpfarrkriche Sankt Laurentius
Panorama of Wörgl from Hennersberg.
Wörgl, panorama

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