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Bärnbach is located in Austria
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 47°04′14″N 15°07′29″E / 47.07056°N 15.12472°E / 47.07056; 15.12472Coordinates: 47°04′14″N 15°07′29″E / 47.07056°N 15.12472°E / 47.07056; 15.12472
Country Austria
State Styria
District Voitsberg
 • Mayor Bernd Osprian (SPÖ)
 • Total 17.15 km2 (6.62 sq mi)
Elevation 424 m (1,391 ft)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total 5,224
 • Density 300/km2 (790/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 8572
Area code 03142
Vehicle registration VO
Website www.baernbach.at

Bärnbach is the smallest city of the district of Voitsberg in the Austrian state of Styria . The city is popular for its church (designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser), manual glass manufacturing and coal mining (surface mining). Today the coal mine is closed, because it is uneconomical.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1869 1,590 —    
1880 1,868 +17.5%
1890 2,141 +14.6%
1900 2,343 +9.4%
1910 2,356 +0.6%
1923 3,581 +52.0%
1934 3,814 +6.5%
1939 3,801 −0.3%
1951 5,114 +34.5%
1961 5,648 +10.4%
1971 5,763 +2.0%
1981 5,402 −6.3%
1991 5,160 −4.5%
2001 4,917 −4.7%
2011 5,263 +7.0%

Culture and Sightseeings[edit]

Magnet of tourism is the church of Saint Barbara (patron of miners) which was built in 1948 and was renovated by Friedensreich Hundertwasser in 1987.

There is museum of history and technique of glass manufacturing in the "Stölze Oberglas" company and a museum of castles in the castle "Altkainach".


Bärnbach has a small railway station, connecting it with Köflach and Graz. The nearest Autobahn (Freeway) is the "A2 Südautobahn", the nearest connections are "Modriach" and "Mooskirchen" The most important Road is the "B70 Packerbundesstraße" connecting Bärnbach with Graz and Villach.

Most of the inhabitants are commuters and use the B70 to reach Graz.

Distance to Graz: approx. 48 km


Because of the infrastructural situation industry is not very interested in Bärnbach. Exhaust manufacturer Remus have had their headquarters in the city since 1990.

In former times the important industrial locations were the coal mines, the steam-powerplant "Voitsberg III" and the glassworks. The powerplant was closed in 2006 and the deconstruction began 2013.[2] Today the glassworks closed the industrial production section, but the glassblowing and glass art section are still existing.

Most of the people work in neighbouring cities or in Graz.

Bärnbach also has a mall, called WEZ (Weststeirisches Einkaufszentrum = Weststyrian Shopping centre) which is the biggest mall in the district.


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