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View across Lake Ossiach
View across Lake Ossiach
Coat of arms of Ossiach
Coat of arms
Ossiach is located in Austria
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 46°41′N 13°59′E / 46.683°N 13.983°E / 46.683; 13.983Coordinates: 46°41′N 13°59′E / 46.683°N 13.983°E / 46.683; 13.983
Country Austria
State Carinthia
District Feldkirchen
 • Mayor Johann Huber (BZÖ)
 • Total 17.41 km2 (6.72 sq mi)
Elevation 749 m (2,457 ft)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total 821
 • Density 47/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 9570
Website www.ossiach.at

Ossiach is a municipality in the Feldkirchen District in the Austrian state of Carinthia. The small settlement is mainly known for Ossiach Abbey.


It is located at the southern shore of Lake Ossiach, on the slope of the small Ossiacher Tauern range within the Nock Mountains, a range of the Gurktal Alps, at the road between Villach and Feldkirchen. The commune consists of the Katastralgemeinden Alt-Ossiach, Ossiach, Ostriach, Rappitsch, Tauern and Untertauern.


Ossiach Abbey

Ossiach Abbey was founded about 1000. The monastery church was mentioned in a 1028 deed, hence the first of the Benedictine Order in the Duchy of Carinthia. The abbey developed to an ecclesiastical and cultural centre of the region, though no larger homestead arose outside its walls. After the dissolution of the monastery by the order of Emperor Joseph II in 1783, the rural area from 1850 was part of neighbouring Steindorf. The Ossiach municipality was not established until 1904.

Today the church is also renowned for the Carinthischer Sommer classical music festival, held around July and August each year. The pianist Wilhelm Backhaus held his last concert here on June 29, 1969. Since 1974, the abbey has held church opera productions, particularly the parables of Benjamin Britten, as well as other theatrical productions. Some Austrians have written works specifically for the festival, including Cesar Bresgen (Das Spiel vom Menschen, 1982) and Dieter Kaufmann (Bruder Boleslaw, 1989).[2]

A chapel of ease stands in the village of Tauern. First mentioned in 1290, the Tauernkirche was rebuilt in 1519 in a Late Gothic style and received a Baroque equipment including a high altar in the 17th century.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Steindorf Himmelberg
Treffen CompassRose16 N.png Feldkirchen in Kärnten
Villach Wernberg Velden am Wörther See


Seats in the municipal assembly (Gemeinderat) as of 2003 elections:


  1. ^ Statistik Austria - Bevölkerung zu Jahresbeginn 2002-2016 nach Gemeinden (Gebietsstand 1.1.2016) for Ossiach.
  2. ^ Harald Goetz. "Ossiach". In L. Root, Deane. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press.  (subscription required)