Mureck

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Mureck
Coat of arms of Mureck
Mureck is located in Austria
Mureck
Mureck
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 46°42′27″N 15°46′12″E / 46.70750°N 15.77000°E / 46.70750; 15.77000Coordinates: 46°42′27″N 15°46′12″E / 46.70750°N 15.77000°E / 46.70750; 15.77000
CountryAustria
StateStyria
DistrictSüdoststeiermark
Government
 • MayorAnton Vukan (SPÖ)
Area
 • Total38.68 km2 (14.93 sq mi)
Elevation
237 m (778 ft)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[2]
 • Total3,551
 • Density92/km2 (240/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
8480, 8482
Area code03472
Vehicle registrationSO
Websitewww.mureck.gv.at

Mureck (Slovene: Cmurek, archaic: Cmürek[3]) is a municipality in the district of Südoststeiermark in the Austrian state of Styria. Administrative reforms in Styria led to the merging on 1 January 2015 of the formerly separate municipalities of Mureck, Gosdorf, and Eichfeld, which includes the villages of Hainsdorf-Brunnsee and Oberrakitsch. The new municipality is named Mureck.

Mureck railway station

Geography[edit]

Mureck is situated in the south of Styria, on the border with Slovenia.

Constituent parts of Mureck municipality[edit]

The municipality comprises the communities of:

  • Diepersdorf (pop. 138)
  • Eichfeld (349)
  • Fluttendorf (59)
  • Gosdorf (574)
  • Hainsdorf-Brunnsee (209)
  • Misselsdorf (388)
  • Mureck (1570)
  • Oberrakitsch (334)

Name[edit]

The name Mureck was first attested in 1151 as Mŏrekke (and as Murekke in 1181, Můrekke in 1183, and Muregk in 1500). The name is a compound of Mur 'Mur River' + Old High German ecke 'edge, bend' or egge 'hill' (sometimes 'fortification'), and thus means 'bend on the Mur River' or 'hill/fortification on the Mur River'. The Slovene name Cmurek is borrowed from the Middle High German prepositional phrase ze Murekke, literally 'at Mureck'.[4] For similar Slovene geographical names based on foreign-language prepositional phrases of location, compare Crngrob, Cven, Dragonja, Sostro, and Spuhlja.

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
18691,302—    
18801,472+13.1%
18901,570+6.7%
19001,532−2.4%
19101,541+0.6%
19231,411−8.4%
YearPop.±%
19341,529+8.4%
19391,519−0.7%
19512,140+40.9%
19611,890−11.7%
19711,824−3.5%
19811,737−4.8%
YearPop.±%
19911,585−8.8%
20011,690+6.6%
20111,571−7.0%
20161,597+1.7%

Events[edit]

Grenzlandtrachtenkapelle Mureck playing "Weckruf" on a restored truck on 1 May
  • Weckruf: since 1954 the local marching band Grenzlandtrachtenkapelle Mureck has performed the so-called wakening call (in German, Weckruf) each May 1, waking every friend of brass-band music with marching music in the early morning hours. Until 1964 all of this happened by foot; later the band started using a nicely restored truck.[5]
A crucifix shrine near Mureck
Murturm Gosdorf
194 Schloss Ober-Mureck, Trate - J.F.Kaiser Lithografirte Ansichten der Steiermark 1830
193 Markt Mureck - gez. Wonsidler, Lith. v. Folwarczni - J.F.Kaiser Lithografirte Ansichten der Steiermark 1830

Clubs and organisations[6][edit]

Marching bands[edit]

  • Grenzlandtrachtenkapelle Mureck

Fire departments[edit]

  • FF Eichfeld
  • FF Gosdorf
  • FF Hainsdorf-Brunnsee
  • FF Misselsdorf
  • FF Mureck
  • FF Oberrakitsch

Sports clubs[edit]

  • Beachvolleyballclub
  • ESV Mureck
  • TUS Mureck

Charity and service clubs[edit]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — sister cities[edit]

Mureck is twinned with:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dauersiedlungsraum der Gemeinden Politischen Bezirke und Bundesländer - Gebietsstand 1.1.2018". Statistics Austria. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Einwohnerzahl 1.1.2018 nach Gemeinden mit Status, Gebietsstand 1.1.2018". Statistics Austria. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  3. ^ Krempl, Anton. 1845. Dogodivšine Štajerske zemle: z posebnim pogledom na Slovence. Graz: Franc Ferstl, p. 209.
  4. ^ Snoj, Marko. 2009. Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan and Založba ZRC, p. 91.
  5. ^ "History of Grenzlandtrachtenkapelle Mureck(german)". Archived from the original on 2013-09-20. Retrieved 2013-04-15.
  6. ^ Index of clubs in Mureck(german) Archived 2013-07-15 at the Wayback Machine