Dunkelsteinerwald (municipality)

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This page is about Dunkelsteinerwald, the municipality. For the region of the same name see Dunkelsteinerwald.
Coat of arms of Dunkelsteinerwald
Coat of arms
Dunkelsteinerwald is located in Austria
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 48°18′24″N 15°28′20″E / 48.30667°N 15.47222°E / 48.30667; 15.47222Coordinates: 48°18′24″N 15°28′20″E / 48.30667°N 15.47222°E / 48.30667; 15.47222
Country Austria
State Lower Austria
District Melk
 • Mayor Franz Penz (ÖVP)
 • Total 54.19 km2 (20.92 sq mi)
Elevation 585 m (1,919 ft)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total 2,368
 • Density 44/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 3122
Area code 02753
Vehicle registration ME
Website www.dunkelsteinerwald.at

Dunkelsteinerwald is a market municipality with 2,289 inhabitants in the district Melk in Lower Austria, Austria.

Mauer bei Melk, Carving altar 1509


Dunkelsteinerwald lies in the Mostviertel in Lower Austria. The surface of the market municipality covers 54.19 square kilometers. 46.73 percent of the area is wooded.

The municipality includes the catastral districts of Eckartsberg, Gansbach, Gerolding, Geroldinger Wald, Häusling, Heitzing, Hessendorf, Himberg, Hohenwarth, Kicking, Kochholz, Krapfenberg, Lanzing, Lerchfeld, Lottersberg, Mauer bei Melk, Neuhofen, Nölling, Ohnreith, Pfaffing, Thal, Umbach und Ursprung.


In the antiquity the area was part of the Roman province of Noricum. Lying in the Austrian heartland of Lower Austria, the place took part in the eventful history of Austria.

Mauer bei Melk

Inhabitant development[edit]

After the result of the census of 2001, there were 2289 inhabitants. In 1991, the market municipality had 2025 inhabitants, up from 1941 in 1981 and 1911 in 1971.


The mayor of the market municipality is Franz Penz, the office manager Erich Galander. The 21 seats in the municipal council are currently assigned to the following parties: SPÖ 5, GREENs 1, ÖVP 15.

Culture and sights[edit]


  • Roman bridge at Lanzing, which was probably built in the 3rd or 4th centuries.
  • Mauer parish church at Mauer bei Melk, with its carved altar from 1509, a masterpiece of the late gothic. In the wings of the church, there are images showing the life of Lady Mary. Furthermore, the gothic Sakramenthäuschen is of artistic interest.
  • Military church in Gerolding. The most interesting sights are the gothic pulpit, a fresco from the 17th century, and the gothic presbyterium with a "session niche".
  • Parish church at Gansbach. The church probably originates from the 14th century. The side altar piece of the famous painter Kremser Schmidt and the high altarpiece, which was painted by one of his students, are worth seeing.