Feldbach, Styria

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Feldbach
Feldbach is located in Austria
Feldbach
Feldbach
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 46°57′00″N 15°53′00″E / 46.95000°N 15.88333°E / 46.95000; 15.88333Coordinates: 46°57′00″N 15°53′00″E / 46.95000°N 15.88333°E / 46.95000; 15.88333
Country Austria
State Styria
District Südoststeiermark
Government
 • Mayor Josef Ober (ÖVP)
Area
 • Total 67,3 km2 (260 sq mi)
Elevation 282 m (925 ft)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total 13,314
 • Density 20/km2 (51/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 8330
Area codes +43 3152
Vehicle registration SO
Website www.feldbach-stadt.at

Feldbach (Slovene: Vrbna) is a town in the southeast of the Austrian state of Styria, near the Slovenian and Hungarian border. It is located in the valley around the river Raab.

History[edit]

Findings from the Neolithic period prove the early existence of a settlement in the area where Feldbach is now located. The name "Feldbach" was first mentioned in 1188 as "Velwinbach". A parish exists since 1232.

In 1469, Feldbach was devastated by rebellious troops. This is probably the reason why the Feldbach Tabor (de), a medieval fortress, was built.

In the 15th century, Feldbach was the setting of many conflicts between rival aristocratic families which caused destruction and pillages in the town. Finally, after the Hajduks (which accompanied the attacking Ottoman Turks) destroyed the whole town, except the Tabor hill, a closed fortification with several gates was built.

Feldbach experienced a major economic upswing after the Hungarian Western railroad was opened in 1873. At the same time the nearby spa Bad Gleichenberg became well known.

During World War I a prisoner-of-war camp existed in Feldbach.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1869 1,173 —    
1880 1,491 +27.1%
1890 1,582 +6.1%
1900 1,793 +13.3%
1910 1,929 +7.6%
1923 2,467 +27.9%
1934 2,859 +15.9%
1939 2,970 +3.9%
1951 3,395 +14.3%
1961 3,701 +9.0%
1971 3,903 +5.5%
1981 4,066 +4.2%
1991 4,228 +4.0%
2001 4,680 +10.7%
2011 4,614 −1.4%

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