Jenbach

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Jenbach
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Jenbach is located in Austria
Jenbach
Jenbach
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 47°23′36″N 11°46′36″E / 47.39333°N 11.77667°E / 47.39333; 11.77667Coordinates: 47°23′36″N 11°46′36″E / 47.39333°N 11.77667°E / 47.39333; 11.77667
Country Austria
State Tyrol
District Schwaz
Government
 • Mayor Dietmar Wallner (ÖVP)
Area
 • Total 15.22 km2 (5.88 sq mi)
Elevation 563 m (1,847 ft)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total 7,021
 • Density 460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 6200
Area code 05244
Vehicle registration SZ
Website [1]

Jenbach is a municipality in the district of Schwaz in the Austrian state of Tyrol.

Etymology[edit]

Many inhabitants of Jenbach believe that the name "Jenbach" is derived from "Jenseits des Baches", which means "Beyond the brook", however earlier versions of the name, for instance "Umbach" suggest that it could also be derived from "Um den Bach [herum]", which means "Around the brook". This is consistent with Jenbach's history as a village built around the Kasbach. The inhabitants of Jenbach are called "Jenbacher". People speaking the Bavarian dialect tend to pronounce "Jenbach" as "Jembåch".

Geography[edit]

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Buch bei Jenbach, Eben am Achensee, Stans, Wiesing.

History[edit]

The earliest dwellings in Jenbach date back to the end of the early Bronze Age and the early La Tène culture. Jenbach was first officially named in a document of the year of 1269 as "Ymbach". From 1410 onwards the Fugger constructed furnaces in order to process the silver and copper ore dug from the mines near Schwaz. After these ores were mined out, the processing of iron ore took over. Until 1865 this early industrial infrastructure remained private, however afterwards the state took ownership. In 1870 the factory was resold to the Salzburg-Tiroler-Montangesellschaft. In 1881 Julius & Theodor Reitlinger purchased the factory from the company and modernised it. The company remained a possession of the family until 1938, when the son of Julius Reitlinger, Friedrich Reitlinger, committed suicide due to the Anschluss (the merging of Germany and Austria) in 1938. Afterwards it was taken over by the state and later resold to Ernst Heinkel under the Aryanization program. After 1945 the company was not returned to its former owners, but remained under public administration.

In February 1945 31 tons of bombs were dropped on the railway station during Operation Clarion in order to prevent the Reichsbahn from transporting war-material. This was necessary for the impending invasion of Germany and Austria. The air attack on Jenbach destroyed 35 houses and left 8 people dead.

During the war the Heinkel factories produced motors for the Me-163, the first operational rocket engine powered airplane, and other parts for the V-2 missiles fired at southern English cities during the final months of the Second World War.

In April and May, remainders of SS-units, among them the main staff of the SS-Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler, withdrew from the quickly advancing French units commanded by Charles de Gaulle, to Tyrol, which Nazi propaganda had portrayed as a "fortress in the Alps". SS-commanders encouraged their soldiers to fight "to the last bullet", but largely avoided direct confrontations. On 2 May, they withdrew to Bavaria, leaving an amount of weaponry in the Achensee. Mayor Somweber and a lieutenant of the Austrian resistance, Nentwich, negotiated with the SS to withdraw, and with the allies to end air raids on Jenbach.

Today the GE Jenbacher AG is the world-leading company in the production of gas engines.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1869 1,052 —    
1880 1,150 +9.3%
1890 1,395 +21.3%
1900 1,645 +17.9%
1910 2,261 +37.4%
1923 2,261 +0.0%
1934 2,282 +0.9%
1939 2,257 −1.1%
1951 4,780 +111.8%
1961 5,479 +14.6%
1971 6,061 +10.6%
1981 5,712 −5.8%
1991 6,199 +8.5%
2001 6,006 −3.1%
2011 6,867 +14.3%

Economy[edit]

Jenbach is an economically significant place due to the companies situated there: GE Jenbacher, Siko Solar, TIWAG, Katzenberger, Gubert, and Holz Binder. During the 20th century, the Jenbacher Werke (predecessor of today's GE Jenbacher) produced wagons, locomotives, motors and other goods. The Kasbach serves as a source of energy for several smaller water plants. Jenbach also has a high school specialised in mechanical and economical engineering.

Transport[edit]

The railway station of Jenbach contains three different railways:

Jenbach is – due to its infrastructural importance – the only location in Austria where railways with three different gauges meet.

Climate[edit]

The Köppen Climate Classification sub-type for this climate is "Dfb" (Warm Summer Continental Climate).[2]

Climate data for Jenbach
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 3
(37)
6
(42)
11
(51)
14
(58)
20
(68)
22
(72)
24
(75)
24
(75)
20
(68)
15
(59)
7
(45)
3
(38)
14
(57)
Average low °C (°F) −5
(23)
−3
(26)
0
(32)
3
(38)
8
(46)
11
(52)
13
(55)
13
(55)
9
(49)
5
(41)
0
(32)
−3
(26)
4
(40)
Average precipitation cm (inches) 8
(3)
6.1
(2.4)
8
(3)
8.1
(3.2)
9.7
(3.8)
13.7
(5.4)
16.8
(6.6)
14.7
(5.8)
9.7
(3.8)
7.1
(2.8)
8.6
(3.4)
8.4
(3.3)
117.6
(46.3)
Average precipitation days 7 5 7 7 6 6 9 9 4 4 8 5 78
Source: Weatherbase [3]

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