Afritz am See

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Afritz am See
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Coat of arms of Afritz am See
Coat of arms
Afritz am See is located in Austria
Afritz am See
Afritz am See
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 46°44′N 13°48′E / 46.733°N 13.800°E / 46.733; 13.800Coordinates: 46°44′N 13°48′E / 46.733°N 13.800°E / 46.733; 13.800
Country Austria
State Carinthia
District Villach-Land
 • Mayor Maximilian Linder (FPÖ)
 • Total 28.03 km2 (10.82 sq mi)
Elevation 711 m (2,333 ft)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total 1,432
 • Density 51/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 9542
Area code 04247

Afritz am See (Slovene: Cobrc, in Carinthian Slovene dialect also Zobrce)[2] is a municipality in Villach-Land District in the Austrian state of Carinthia.


The name Afritz is ultimately derived from the Slovene prepositional phrase za brdce 'behind the small hill'. The Slovene phrase fused to yield *Zabrdce, which was borrowed into Middle High German as *Zafriz (from which, in turn, Cobrc was borrowed back into Slovene). The initial z- was misunderstood as the Middle High German preposition ze 'at', yielding the modern German decomposition Afritz.[2]


Lake Afritz

It is located within the Gegend Valley surrounded by the Nock Mountains, the western part of the Gurktal Alps mountain range, on the southern shore of small Afritzer See (Lake Afritz). The municipal area comprises the cadastral communities of Afritz and Berg ob Afritz.


The remote valley was not settled until the High Middle Ages. Afritz itself was first mentioned in a 1408 deed, then an estate held by the Counts of Ortenburg.

In 1973 the municipality merged with neighbouring Feld am See, but since 1991 has again been a municipality in its own right. The appendix am See was added in 2000, mainly for tourist reasons, though officially Lake Afritz belongs to the municipal area of Feld am See.


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


  1. ^ Statistik Austria - Bevölkerung zu Jahresbeginn 2002-2016 nach Gemeinden (Gebietsstand 1.1.2016) for Afritz am See.
  2. ^ a b Snoj, Marko. 2009. Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan and Založba ZRC, p. 91.