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Gail Valley with Arnoldstein and Süd Autobahn
Gail Valley with Arnoldstein and Süd Autobahn
Coat of arms of Arnoldstein
Coat of arms
Arnoldstein is located in Austria
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 46°33′N 13°42′E / 46.550°N 13.700°E / 46.550; 13.700Coordinates: 46°33′N 13°42′E / 46.550°N 13.700°E / 46.550; 13.700
 • MayorErich Kessler
 • Total67.4 km2 (26.0 sq mi)
578 m (1,896 ft)
 • Total7,096
 • Density110/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Area code04255

Arnoldstein (Slovene: Podklošter, Italian: Oristagno) is a market town in the district of Villach-Land in the Austrian state of Carinthia.


Tripoint Marker


Arnoldstein is located at Austria's southern border between the Carnic Alps and the Karawanken mountain range, near the confluence of the Gailitz (Slovene: Ziljica, Italian: Slizza) and the Gail River (Slovene: Zilja, Italian: Zeglia). The tripoint with Tarvisio in Italy and Kranjska Gora in Slovenia is south of the town at the top of the mountain Ofen (Slovene: Peč, Italian: Monte Forno) at 1,509m/4,951 ft. Today there is a marker at this location.

Arnoldstein can be reached via the A2 Süd Autobahn from Vienna and the parallel Austrian Southern Railway (Rudolfsbahn), running from Klagenfurt to the Italian border, where it is continued by the Italian Pontebbana line to Udine.


Arnoldstein is divided into six Katastralgemeinden: Arnoldstein (Podklošter), Hart (Ločilo), Maglern (Megvarje), Pöckau (Peče), Riegersdorf (Rikarja vas), and Seltschach (Sovče). It can be further divided into 21 Ortschaften (with population totals 2001):

German name Slovene name Italian name Population
Agoritschach Zagoriče 72
Arnoldstein Podklošter Oristagno 1944
Erlendorf Oljše 403
Gailitz Ziljica 1111
Greuth Rute 15
Hart Ločilo 238
Krainberg Strmec 5
Krainegg Podkrajnik 3
Lind Lipa 101
Maglern Megvarje 299
Neuhaus an der Gail Poturje 282
Oberthörl Zgornja Vrata 72
Pöckau Peče 715
Pessendellach Dole 42
Radendorf Radna vas 181
Riegersdorf Rikarja vas 365
St. Leonhard bei Siebenbrünn Šentlenart pri Sedmih studencih 241
Seltschach Sovče 392
Thörl-Maglern-Greuth Rute pri Vratih Porticina 15
Tschau Čava 96
Unterthörl Spodnja Vrata 240


The area around Arnoldstein was already settled in ancient times, when a Roman Road along the Gailitz creek connected Aquileia with Virunum near present-day Klagenfurt, capital of the Noricum province.

Arnoldstein's name derives from the alleged founder of its castle, one knight Arnold, probably a ministerialis serving the Bishops of Bamberg. Upon his coronation in 1014, Emperor Henry II had granted large estates in the Duchy of Carinthia to the Bamberg diocese, that originally had been a possession of the Patriarchs of Aquileia. The castle itself was first mentioned about 1085, here Bishop Otto of Bamberg established a Benedictine abbey in 1106 to secure his Carinthian fiefs. Nevertheless, in 1176, the monks had to accept the secular Vogt overlordship of the Carinthian Sponheim dukes. In the mid-14th century their estates were devastated both by the 1348 Friuli earthquake and the Black Death pandemic.

To improve the economic situation, the abbot of Arnoldstein with the consent of the Bamberg bishop in 1495 allowed the Augsburg merchants Ulrich, Georg and Jakob Fugger to exploit the surrounding ore deposits and to build up smelting works, mainly for copper and silver. At their Fuggerau enterprise, the Fugger family was largely engaged in the trade on the route to Venice, until the premises were repurchased by the Arnoldstein monastery in 1570. The debt, together with the effects of the Protestant Reformation, nearly ruined the abbey's finances. Today a shot tower built in 1814 marks the site of the former foundry.

Arnoldstein again flourished in the course of the Counter-Reformation. Despite all attempts by the Austrian House of Habsburg to seize the estates, the monastery was not abolished until 1783 by decree of Emperor Joseph II. The building burnt down in 1883 and only ruins remained. Since 1980, the premises have been gradually restored


The town council is made up of 27 members of the following parties:


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