|• Mayor||Hedi Wechner (SPÖ)|
|• Total||19.68 km2 (7.60 sq mi)|
|Elevation||511 m (1,677 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2014)|
|• Density||660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Wörgl is an important railway junction between the line from Innsbruck to Munich, and the inner-Austrian line to Salzburg. Its railway station has been designated as a Hauptbahnhof (German: main station) since 10 December 2006.
World War II
Nearby Itter Castle was the site of one of the last European and most unique battles of World War II. The Battle for Itter Castle was fought on May 5, 1945 by surrendered Wehrmacht troops, the United States Army, Austrian Resistance fighters and former French political prisoners against the 17th Waffen-SS Panzer Grenadier Division. The leader of the surrendered Wehrmacht troops, Major Josef "Sepp" Gangl, was killed during the battle and is buried in Wörgl's municipal cemetery. A street in the town is named for Sepp Gangl.
- Albrechtice nad Orlicí, a small village of just over 1,000 inhabitants in the Czech Republic.
- Suwa, Nagano, Japan
The Wörgl Experiment
Wörgl was the site of the "Miracle of Wörgl" during the Great Depression. It was started on July 31, 1932, with the issuing of "Certified Compensation Bills", a form of currency commonly known as Stamp Scrip, or Freigeld. This was an application of the monetary theories of the economist Silvio Gesell by the town's then-mayor, Michael Unterguggenberger.
The experiment resulted in a growth in employment and meant that local government projects such as new houses, a reservoir, a ski jump and a bridge could all be completed, seeming to defy the depression in the rest of the country. Inflation and deflation are also reputed to have been non-existent for the duration of the experiment.
Despite attracting great interest at the time, including from French Premier Edouard Daladier and the economist Irving Fisher, the "experiment" was terminated by the Austrian National Bank on the September 1, 1933.
In 2006 milestones were placed, beginning from the railroad station through the downtown, to show this history.
- Reinhard Furrer, a German scientist and astronaut, was born in Wörgl.
- Gerhard Berger, a former Formula One driver and former co-owner of Scuderia Toro Rosso, was born in Wörgl.
- Stefan Horngacher, an Olympic ski jumper, was born in Wörgl.
- Hans Hömberg, a German film-director, dramatist and author, lived in Wörgl in his later years.
- Heinz Zak, an extreme climber and photographer, was born in Wörgl.
- Hans Peter Haselsteiner, a building tycoon and former deputy chair of the Liberal Forum, was born in Wörgl.
- Peter Pilotto, an international recognised mode-designer was born in Wörgl.
- Statistik Austria "http://www.statistik.at/blickgem/blick1/g70531.pdf"
- Statistik Austria - Bevölkerung zu Jahres- und Quartalsanfang, 2014-01-01.
- David Boyle, The Money Changers - Currency Reform from Aristotle to e-cash, Earthscan, 2002, ISBN 1-85383-895-0, p.237.
- Eric Helleiner, The Making of National Money - Territorial Currencies in Historical Perspective, Cornell University Press, 2003, ISBN 0-8014-4049-1, p.158-9.
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- Municipal data for Wörgl. In: Statistik Austria.
- Wörgl's attempt in the 1930s to establish a local currency
- Wörgl Gigapixel Panorama (11.000 Megapixel)
- Community Currency Online Magazine
- Website of the Wörgl Tourist Board