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Coordinates: 48°18′15″N16°19′00″E / 48.30417°N 16.31667°E / 48.30417; 16.31667 Coordinates: 48°18′15″N16°19′00″E / 48.30417°N 16.31667°E / 48.30417; 16.31667
Country Austria
State Lower Austria
District Tulln
   Mayor Stefan Schmuckenschlager (ÖVP)
  Total76.2 km2 (29.4 sq mi)
192 m (630 ft)
 (2018-01-01) [2]
  Density360/km2 (920/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
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Area code 02243
Vehicle registration KG
Website www.klosterneuburg.at

Klosterneuburg (German pronunciation: [ˈkloːstɐnɔɪ̯bʊʁk] ; frequently abbreviated as Kloburg by locals) is a town in Tulln District in the Austrian state of Lower Austria. It has a population of about 27,500. The Klosterneuburg Monastery, which was established in 1114 and soon after given to the Augustinians, is of particular historical importance.



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Klosterneuburg and Korneuburg (background), view from Leopoldsberg

It is located on the Danube, immediately north of the Austrian capital Vienna, from which it is separated by the Kahlenberg and Leopoldsberg hills of the Vienna Woods range. It has been separated from its twin city of Korneuburg on the left bank of the Danube since the river changed its course during the Late Middle Ages. Both towns are connected by a reaction ferry link. The municipal area comprises the northern tip of the Donauinsel as well as the 515 m (1,690 ft) high Mt. Exelberg and its telecommunication tower.

At the site of a former pioneer school of the Austrian Bundesheer, Klosterneuburg has various military buildings and former stores [3] which will be developed into a 12 hectare large new quarter of the town by 2030. [4] It is also the centre of a wine growing area, with several esteemed vintners, numerous Heuriger taverns, and the Federal Institute for Viticulture and Pomology, where Fritz Zweigelt bred the Zweigelt and Blauburger red wine grapes.[ citation needed ]

Due to its hilly location, Klosterneuburg has several geographical areas within the cadastral communities of Klosterneuburg-Stadt, Maria Gugging  [ de ], Höflein an der Donau  [ de ], Kierling  [ de ], Kritzendorf  [ de ], Weidling  [ de ], and Weidlingbach  [ de ]. Its town centre has two main shopping areas, the Niedermarkt and the Rathausplatz, separated by a steep hill.

The town is tightly linked to the Austrian capital and houses some of the most affluent citizens of Lower Austria[ citation needed ]. It has direct access to the Vienna city centre via the Klosterneuburger Straße highway (B14), by the Vienna S-Bahn network on the Emperor Franz Joseph Railway line (S40) from Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof to Tulln, and along the EV6 The Rivers cycling route. The town is the site of light industry and, whilst not belonging to Vienna, has almost the feel of a suburb. The Essl Museum  [ de ] of contemporary art and the Institute of Science and Technology Austria established in 2006 are located in the town.


Archaeological findings denote a settlement of the area already during the Neolithic period. In the Roman era (1st to 5th centuries), a fort of the Danubian limes stood at the site of Klosterneuburg on the northwestern border of the Pannonia. After Charlemagne had defeated the Avars, a Carolingian settlement in the newly established Avar March recorded as Omundesdorf may correspond to the site of the town. Klosterneuburg itself was first mentioned as Nivvenburc (Neuburg, "New Castle") in an 1108 deed.

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Monastery and town walls

In 1113 it became the residence of the Babenberg margrave Leopold III, the later patron saint of Austria. In 1114 Leopold, son-in-law of the Salian emperor Henry IV by his marriage with Agnes of Wailingen, had a princely castle erected together with a collegiate church on a hill rising directly from the banks of the Danube, [3] which he transferred to Augustinian canons in 1133. This order is one of the oldest and richest of its kind in Austria; it owned much of the land upon which today the north-western suburbs of Vienna stand. [3] Later, Duke Leopold VI of Austria (d. 1230) also had his residence there during parts of his reign. It was also here where Leopold VI's eldest son climbed a tree, fell and died. The monastery complex include the old chapel of 1318, with Leopold's tomb and the Verdun Altar, dating from the 12th century, the treasury and relic-chamber, the library with 30,000 volumes and numerous manuscripts, the picture gallery, the collection of coins, the theological hall, and the winecellar, containing an immense tun like that at Heidelberg. [3]

The market on the left river bank quickly developed in conjunction with the famous monastery on the right bank. While the Danube was an important waterway trade route, it also repeatedly affected the citizens by floods. In the late 13th century, the two parts of the town, Klosterneuburg (the monastery) and Korneuburg (the market), had grown apart, whereafter the Habsburg king Albert I of Germany granted separate town privileges to Klosterneuburg in 1298.

The unfortified "Untere Stadt" was devastated by Ottoman forces in the 1529 Siege of Vienna [5] and the 1683 Battle of Vienna [6] whereas the fortified "Obere Stadt" was successfully defended in both cases. In the 18th century Emperor Charles VI, who could not prevail in the War of the Spanish Succession, set up plans to rebuild the Klosterneuburg monastery complex modelled on the Escorial. The construction of the Baroque buildings began in 1730; however, it did not survive an initial phase.

After the Austrian defeat in the 1805 Battle of Austerlitz, the town was occupied by Napoleonic troops until 1809. A winemaker's town during the 19th century, Klosterneuburg developed to a recreational and residential area of Austrian officials working in the nearby capital. During the Anschluss of Austria to Nazi Germany from 1938, Klosterneuburg was incorporated as the 26th district of "Greater Vienna", which was reversed with the establishment of Wien-Umgebung District in 1954.

At the end of 2016 Wien-Umgebung District was dissolved and Klosterneuburg became a part of Tulln. [7] [8]


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Town hall

Seats in the town's assembly (Gemeinderat) as of 2010 local elections:

Twin town

Klosterneuburg is twinned with:

Notable people

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Kierling sanatorium where Kafka died in 1924


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Klosterneuburg commemorative coin

Klosterneuburg was recently selected as a main motif for a high value collectors' coin: the Klosterneuburg commemorative coin. The obverse shows a view of the abbey from the slopes of the Leopoldsberg in the Alps. The Romanesque-Gothic basilica as well as the copper dome with the imperial crown can be seen.

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