Zederhaus is a municipality of the Tamsweg District in the Austrian state of Salzburg.
The Zederhaus Valley is located in the northwestern part of the Salzburg Lungau region, on the southern slope of the Niedere Tauern mountain range. The Radstädter Tauern mountains in the north separate it from the Pongau region. From the Rieding high valley, today a protected area, the Zederhaus creek flows southeastwards, reaching the upper Mur River at neighbouring Sankt Michael. The smaller village stream passes several historic watermills. The sparsely settled municipal area, the largest in the Tamsweg District, comprises the cadastral communities of Lamm, Rothenwand, Wald, and Zederhaus proper.
The area today is characterised by the building of the Tauern Autobahn in the 1970s, part of the European route E55. The south portal of the Tauern Road Tunnel, one of the longest in Austria, is located near the Zederhaus centre. A junction leads on the motorway in the Salzburg direction. Several attempts have been made to reduce emissions by the construction of noise protection walls.
Zederhaus shares the history of the rustic Lungau region, once part of the Roman Noricum province. The remote area possibly was not settled until the 14th century. Until the 1803 Secularisation it belonged to the Prince-Archbishopric of Salzburg.
A local chapel was first mentioned in a 1445 deed, then a filial of the St. Rupert Church in nearby Weißpriach. Since 1813 Saint John's at Zederhaus is a parish in its own right.
The local peasants relied on seasonal mountain pasture farming, while today many inhabitants are commuter employees. A local custom at least since the 17th century is the annual procession with Prangstangen, up to 8 m (26 ft) high wooden poles which are decorated with flowers and carried by local bachelors on St. John's Day, June 24 into the church.
Seats in the municipal assembly (Gemeinderat) as of 2009 elections:
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