Eberstein, Austria

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Coat of arms of Eberstein
Coat of arms
Eberstein is located in Austria
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 46°48′N 14°34′E / 46.800°N 14.567°E / 46.800; 14.567Coordinates: 46°48′N 14°34′E / 46.800°N 14.567°E / 46.800; 14.567
Country Austria
State Carinthia
District Sankt Veit an der Glan
 • Mayor Andreas Grabuschnig
 • Total 65.2 km2 (25.2 sq mi)
Elevation 580 m (1,900 ft)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total 1,319
 • Density 20/km2 (52/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 9372
Area code 04264
Website www.eberstein.at

Eberstein (Slovenian: Svinec) is a town in the district of Sankt Veit an der Glan in the Austrian state of Carinthia.


The municipality lies in the central Görtschitz valley at the foot of the Saualpe.

World War II[edit]

Peter Pearson tells a story about the region on the BBC Website "WW2 People's War". He says that Signal Platoon of HQ Company 5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters came from Italy into Eberstein, Austria in 1945, and that it was

Somewhere in the area between St Viet and Neumark we eventually came to a stop in an idyllic picturesque village called Eberstein. It was the sort of place you see on Austrian postcards with a clear sparkling river (complete with trout) and green meadows full of wild flowers, and cows with tinkling bells round their necks. There was a castle here known as Schloss Eberstein.


He goes on to describe the surrender at Eberstein of 30,000 Cossack troops, with 20,000 horses, who had been fighting on the Axis side, many of whom he describes as Ukrainian. They were eventually turned over to the Red Army at Judenburg as part of the Repatriation of Cossacks after WWII.[2]