Nötsch im Gailtal

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Nötsch im Gailtal
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Main square with Mt. Dobratsch
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Nötsch im Gailtal
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 46°35′N13°37′E / 46.583°N 13.617°E / 46.583; 13.617 Coordinates: 46°35′N13°37′E / 46.583°N 13.617°E / 46.583; 13.617
Country Austria
State Carinthia
District Villach-Land
Government
   Mayor Alfred Altersberger
Area
[1]
  Total42.72 km2 (16.49 sq mi)
Elevation
569 m (1,867 ft)
Population
 (2018-01-01) [2]
  Total2,233
  Density52/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
9611
Area code 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.

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Geography

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 reached 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.

History

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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.

Politics

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

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References

  1. "Dauersiedlungsraum der Gemeinden Politischen Bezirke und Bundesländer - Gebietsstand 1.1.2018". Statistics Austria. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  2. "Einwohnerzahl 1.1.2018 nach Gemeinden mit Status, Gebietsstand 1.1.2018". Statistics Austria. Retrieved 9 March 2019.