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Bischofshofen in 2006
Bischofshofen in 2006
Coat of arms of Bischofshofen
Coat of arms
Bischofshofen is located in Austria
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 47°25′2″N 13°13′10″E / 47.41722°N 13.21944°E / 47.41722; 13.21944Coordinates: 47°25′2″N 13°13′10″E / 47.41722°N 13.21944°E / 47.41722; 13.21944
Country Austria
State Salzburg
District St. Johann im Pongau
 • Mayor Jakob Rohrmoser (ÖVP)
 • Total 49.62 km2 (19.16 sq mi)
Elevation 544 m (1,785 ft)
Population (1 January 2014)[1]
 • Total 10,310
 • Density 210/km2 (540/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 5500
Area code 06462
Vehicle registration JO

Bischofshofen (population 10,352 [2012]) is a city located in the Salzach valley in the Alps, in the District of Pongau in the Austrian state of Salzburg.

The city is an important railway hub and lies at the Tauernautobahn, a highway route through the Alps.

Villages in Bischofshofen and population[edit]

  • Alpfahrt - 149
  • Bischofshofen - 7.134
  • Buchberg - 440
  • Gainfeld - 109
  • Haidberg - 98
  • Kreuzberg - 263
  • Laideregg - 488
  • Mitterberghütten - 1.323
  • Winkl - 83
  • Asten - 50


In Bischofshofen there are:

  • Elementary Schools
    • VS Markt
    • VS Neue Heimat
    • VS Pöham
  • High Schools:
    • Hermann-Wielandner-HS
    • Franz-Moßhammer-HS
  • Professional Education
    • Polytechnische Schule
    • Privatgymnasium Sankt Rupert
    • TS Bischofshofen der Salzburger Tourismusschulen [1]
    • die BAKIP, Bundesbildungsanstalt für Kindergartenpädagogik
    • Zweigstelle des Musikum


In Neolithic times local Celtic tribes mined copper and salt in the nearby hills. Later, the Celts were conquered by or assimilated into the expanding Roman Empire. A Bavarian monastery was founded through the graces of the Archbishop of Salzburg and a noble family from Oberalm. Slavonic tribes later destroyed this monastery. In the 12th century, the Archbishop of Salzburg gifted St. Maxmillian's church with the gold- and gem-encrusted relic St. Rubert's crucifix.[2] Bischofshoven rose to become an administrative center and residence for the bishops of Chiemsee. It declined through the turbulent 16th century with its natural disasters, economic decline and religious warfare. Finally it re-emerged as a railway hub in the late 19th century.[3]


The final competition of the traditional Four Hills Tournament in ski jumping is held annually at the Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze in Bischofshofen around 6 January. The large hill ski jumping events at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 1999 took place in Bischofshofen.


City Council[edit]

The political parties represented in the Bischofshofen City Council are:[4]

City Mayor[edit]

The city mayor is Jakob Rohrmoser (ÖVP).[5]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

External links[edit]

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