Kals am Großglockner

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Kals am Großglockner
Kals Koednitz.jpg
Coat of arms of Kals am Großglockner
Coat of arms
Kals am Großglockner is located in Austria
Kals am Großglockner
Kals am Großglockner
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 47°00′13″N 12°38′41″E / 47.00361°N 12.64472°E / 47.00361; 12.64472Coordinates: 47°00′13″N 12°38′41″E / 47.00361°N 12.64472°E / 47.00361; 12.64472
Country Austria
State Tyrol
District Lienz
 • Mayor Nikolaus Unterweger
 • Total 180.54 km2 (69.71 sq mi)
Elevation 1,324 m (4,344 ft)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total 1,164
 • Density 6.4/km2 (17/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 9981
Area code 04876
Vehicle registration LZ
Website www.kals.at

Kals am Großglockner is a town in the district of Lienz in the exclave of East Tirol in the Austrian state of Tyrol.



Kals is located in northern East Tirol, near the border to Salzburg and Carinthia. Located in the valleys of Kalser and Iseltals on the Kalserbach river, Kals is dominated by mountains, and the famous Großglockner mountain, the tallest mountain in all of Austria, is located partly in the municipality. Most of Kals is rugged and unusable (41.1%), with forests also prominent. Only 0.1% of the land is fields and pastures.

Municipal arrangement[edit]

Kals is divided into the following Katastralgemeinden: Unterpeischlach, Oberpeischlach, Staniska, Arnig, Lesach, Lana, Ködnitz, Glor-Berg, Großdorf, Unterburg, and Burg.


The Kalser valley might have been settled before the Paleolithic Age. Kals was first mentioned on 19 August 1197. A large copper mine was begun in the 16th century here. Kals was the starting point for the first ascent of Großglockner in 1853.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1869 1,070 —    
1880 1,043 −2.5%
1890 1,073 +2.9%
1900 1,045 −2.6%
1910 956 −8.5%
1923 920 −3.8%
1934 991 +7.7%
1939 943 −4.8%
1951 1,082 +14.7%
1961 1,239 +14.5%
1971 1,368 +10.4%
1981 1,350 −1.3%
1991 1,272 −5.8%
2001 1,338 +5.2%
2011 1,273 −4.9%


  • Church in Ködnitz built in 1439, with Classicist alterations made between 1818 and 1821.
  • Church in Großdorf with a two-storeyed chapel and a Gothic spire


Kals is a large tourist center, with an average of about 100,000 visits in the summer. Of course, due to its high altitude it is also a skiing resort.


Twin cities[edit]


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