Nötsch im Gailtal

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Nötsch im Gailtal
Main square with Mt. Dobratsch
Main square with Mt. Dobratsch
Coat of arms of Nötsch im Gailtal
Coat of arms
Nötsch im Gailtal is located in Austria
Nötsch im Gailtal
Nötsch im Gailtal
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 46°35′N 13°37′E / 46.583°N 13.617°E / 46.583; 13.617Coordinates: 46°35′N 13°37′E / 46.583°N 13.617°E / 46.583; 13.617
Country Austria
State Carinthia
District Villach-Land
 • Mayor Franz Staudacher
 • Total 42.2 km2 (16.3 sq mi)
Elevation 569 m (1,867 ft)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total 2,224
 • Density 53/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 9611
Area codes 04256, 04263
Website www.noetsch.at

Nötsch im Gailtal (Slovene: Čajna) is a market town in the district of Villach-Land in the Austrian state of Carinthia.


Located west of Villach, the municipal area stretches along the lower Gail valley in southern Carinthia at the foot of the Villacher Alpe (Dobratsch) massif, the eastern extension of the Gailtal Alps. It comprises the cadastral communities of Kerschdorf (Črešnje), Saak (Čače), and Sankt Georgen (Šentjurij).

Nötsch can be rached from Villach and Süd Autobahn (A2) via the Gailtal Straße (B111) highway. In the north, a mountain roads leads up to the high valley of Bad Bleiberg. Nötsch station is a stop on the Gailtalbahn railway line from Arnoldstein to Kötschach-Mauthen.


Wasserleonburg Castle

The settlement in the Duchy of Carinthia was first mentioned in a 1253 deed together with Lewenburg castle, present-day Wasserleonburg, then a fief of the Prince-Bishops of Bamberg. The area was devastated in the 1348 Friuli earthquake, which caused a massive landslide at Mt. Dobratsch and a flood of the Gail river.

Wasserleonburg Castle, located high above the village of Saak, was rebuilt in the 14th century. During a series of ownership of several Villach merchant families, it was significantly enlarged in the 16th and 17th centuries, including a Renaissance courtyard with an open loggia, a Mannerist facade, and a castle chapel. Up to today, the complex is privately owned and used as a hotel; after his abdication, Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor, and his wife Wallis Simpson spent their honeymoon here from 5 June to 7 September 1937.

From the early 20th century onwards, Nötsch temporarily was home of a group of Expressionist painters around Anton Kolig (1886–1950). The "Nötsch Circle" was in touch with the Hagenbund group of artists around Oskar Kokoschka, Anton Faistauer, and Egon Schiele.


Seats in the municipal assembly (Gemeinderat) as of 2015 local elections: