Straßburg, Austria

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Not to be confused with Strasbourg.
Straßburg
Coat of arms of Straßburg
Coat of arms
Straßburg is located in Austria
Straßburg
Straßburg
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 46°54′N 14°20′E / 46.900°N 14.333°E / 46.900; 14.333Coordinates: 46°54′N 14°20′E / 46.900°N 14.333°E / 46.900; 14.333
Country Austria
State Carinthia
District Sankt Veit an der Glan
Government
 • Mayor Ferdinand Wachernig
Area
 • Total 97.73 km2 (37.73 sq mi)
Elevation 642 m (2,106 ft)
Population (1 January 2014)[1]
 • Total 2,125
 • Density 22/km2 (56/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 9341
Area code 04266
Website www.strassburg.at

Straßburg (German pronunciation: [ˈʃtʁasbʊʁk]) is a town in the district of Sankt Veit an der Glan in Carinthia, Austria.

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

The municipality lies in Northern Carinthia in the Gurk Valley among the Nock Mountains and the Gurk.

Municipal arrangement[edit]

Straßburg is divided into the following boroughs: St. Georgen, Straßburg-Land, and Straßburg-Stadt.

It is further divided into the districts of Bachl, Buldorf, Dörfl, Dielach, Dobersberg, Drahtzug, Edling, Gassarest, Glabötsch, Gruschitz, Gundersdorf, Höllein, Hackl, Hausdorf, Herd, Hohenfeld, Kraßnitz, Kreuth, Kreuzen, Kulmitzen, Langwiesen, Lees, Lieding, Machuli, Mannsdorf, Mellach, Mitterdorf, Moschitz, Olschnögg, Olschnitz, Olschnitz-Lind, Pöckstein-Zwischenwässern, Pölling, Pabenberg, Ratschach, Sankt Georgen, Sankt Jakob, Sankt Johann, Sankt Magdalen, Sankt Peter, Schattseite, Schmaritzen, Schneßnitz, Straßburg-Stadt.

Straßburg Castle as seen from the town

History[edit]

Straßburg was first mentioned in 864, when King Louis the German gave the Archdiocese of Salzburg a seat there. The Straßburg Fortress was erected in 1147 under the fourth Bishop of Gurk Roman I. In the 15th century, it was expanded into a castle and it served as the seat of Prince-Bishops of Gurk until the 18th century. As the bishop's seat, Straßburg was the most important town in the Gurk Valley and was thus elevated to a market town in 1229 and to a city in 1382. It received its city rights in 1402 from Prince-Bishop Conrad III von Helfenberg. The seat of the Gurk Bishops was moved in the 18th century to the nearby Pöckstein Castle in Zwischenwässern and then later to Klagenfurt, so the city lost its importance. The castle received extensive damage from the 1767 earthquake and was not rebuilt until the late 20th century.

Population[edit]

According to the 2001 Census, Straßburg has 2,335 inhabitants. Of these, 90.8% said they were Catholic, 1.0% Protestant, and 2.2% Muslim. 3.3% of the population did not declare a belief.

Politics[edit]

Municipal Council[edit]

The Straßburg Municipal Council has 19 seats and the following party mandates:

Mayor Ferdinand Wachernig's (FPÖ) greatest competition is Councilman Hubert PUTZ.

Twin cities[edit]

Culture and landmarks[edit]

Museums[edit]

Buildings[edit]

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