Heiligenkreuz, Lower Austria
|• Mayor||Johann Ringhofer|
|• Total||29.5 km2 (11.4 sq mi)|
|Elevation||312 m (1,024 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2014)|
|• Density||52/km2 (130/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Heiligenkreuz is a municipality in the district of Baden, in the Austrian state of Lower Austria. It is known for the Cistercian monastery of Heiligenkreuz Abbey, the associated papal college Benedict XVI and the Catholic Leopoldinum seminary.
The municipality is located within the Vienna Woods (Wienerwald) mountain range in the southwest of the Austrian capital Vienna. It is part of the Lower Austrian Industrieviertel region. Heiligenkreuz is a stop on the old Via Sacra from Vienna to Mariazell in Styria. The local economy largely depends on tourism and forestry.
The village of Siegenfeld in the March of Austria possibly arose around 1040. In 1133 the Babenberg margrave Leopold III established the Heiligenkreuz monastery in the sparsely settled area. Another nearby village, mentioned as Muchersdorf in a 1136 deed, later became abandoned.
Over the centuries, a small settlement grew outside the monastery walls, which was incorporated as the present-day municipality in 1849.
Seats in the municipal assembly (Gemeinderat) as of 2010 local elections:
- Austrian People's Party (ÖVP): 15
- Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ): 3
- The Greens – The Green Alternative: 1
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