Feld am See

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Feld am See
Gegend valley with Feld am See
Gegend valley with Feld am See
Coat of arms of Feld am See
Coat of arms
Feld am See is located in Austria
Feld am See
Feld am See
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 46°47′N 13°45′E / 46.783°N 13.750°E / 46.783; 13.750Coordinates: 46°47′N 13°45′E / 46.783°N 13.750°E / 46.783; 13.750
Country Austria
State Carinthia
District Villach-Land
Government
 • Mayor Erhard Veiter (FPÖ)
Area
 • Total 33.68 km2 (13.00 sq mi)
Elevation 751 m (2,464 ft)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total 1,124
 • Density 33/km2 (86/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 9544
Area code 04246
Website www.feld-am-see.at

Feld am See (Slovene: Obernšec) is a municipality in the district of Villach-Land in the Austrian state of Carinthia.

Geography[edit]

It is located in the Gegend valley of the Nock Mountains range at the shore of the Brennsee (or Feldsee), between the Mirnock massif in the southwest (el. 2,110 m (6,920 ft)) and Wöllaner Nock (2,145 m (7,037 ft)) in the northeast. The municipal area consists of one cadastral community, Rauth, also the oldest settlement in the area.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Radenthein Bad Kleinkirchheim
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Fresach Afritz am See

Population[edit]

The census in 2001 counted 1,188 inhabitants. 66.0% are Protestants (whole Carinthia: 10.3%), 27.5% are Roman Catholics, 0.8% are Muslims and 5.1% belong to other denominations.

History[edit]

Protestant church

The hidden Gegend was not populated until the High Middle Ages, when about 1300 its sunny northern side was stubbed and the name of the valley was first mentioned in a 1308 deed. While large estates were held by the Carinthian Counts of Ortenburg, the village called Rauth (from German: Roden, root out) was the most important settlement in the whole area for a long time.

The settlement of Feld am See itself arose with the construction of a Protestant parish church in 1787. The remote Gegend valley had long been a centre of Crypto-protestantism, until the 1781 Patent of Toleration issued by Emperor Joseph II ended the Counter-Reformation persecutions.

The lake called Brennsee was named after a local tavern and distillery (Brenn) which was founded in 1632. The present-day municipality was established in 1850; an elementary school was founded one year later. In the late 19th century summer tourism around the lake started. Between 1973 and 1991 Feld am See and neighbouring Afritz am See were united to a single municipality.

Politics[edit]

Town hall

Seats in the municipal council (Gemeinderat) as of 2015 local elections:

Twin towns — sister cities[edit]

Feld am See is twinned with:

Cultural Activities and Associations[edit]

Several associations exist in Feld am See.

  • MGV Feld am See - a male choral society
  • Gemischter Chor Feld am See - a choir
  • Frauentrachtengruppe Feld am See - a women's association wearing traditional costumes
  • Trachtenkapelle Feld am See - a traditional Austrian big band
  • Mirnock-Oldies - an Oldtimer association
  • and some more

Sights[edit]

Main sights are:

  • Protestant church of Feld am See (built in 1787)
  • Catholic church of Feld am See (build in 1960)
  • Alpen Wildpark Feld am See - a deer park and museum
  • Mirnockriese - a stone statue of a legendary giant

Places to visit:

  • Brennsee - one of two bathing lakes
  • Afritzer See - the second bathing lake
  • Feldpannalm - scenic mountain pasture

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