Thörl

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Thörl
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Thörl
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 47°31′01″N15°13′09″E / 47.51694°N 15.21917°E / 47.51694; 15.21917 Coordinates: 47°31′01″N15°13′09″E / 47.51694°N 15.21917°E / 47.51694; 15.21917
Country Austria
State Styria
District Bruck-Mürzzuschlag
Government
   Mayor Günther Wagner (SPÖ)
Area
[1]
  Total166.43 km2 (64.26 sq mi)
Elevation
638 m (2,093 ft)
Population
 (2018-01-01) [2]
  Total2,295
  Density14/km2 (36/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
8621
Area code 03861
Vehicle registration BM
Website www.thoerl.gv.at

Thörl is a market town at the foot of the Hochschwab in the Styrian district of Bruck-Mürzzuschlag.

Market town European settlement with the medieval right to host markets

A market town is a European settlement that obtained by custom or royal charter, in the Middle Ages, the right to host markets, which distinguished it from a village or city. In Britain, small rural towns with a hinterland of villages are still commonly called market towns, as sometimes reflected in their names.

Hochschwab mountain in the Austrian Alps

The Hochschwab in the Upper Styria is a mountain, 2,277 m (AA), and the highest summit in the eponymous mountain range.

Styria State in Austria

Styria is a state, or Bundesland, located in the southeast of Austria. Covering 16,401 km2 (6,332 sq mi), Styria is the second largest of the nine component states of Austria, after Lower Austria. Styria's neighbor to the South is Slovenia. Within Austria, the contiguous states are Carinthia, Salzburg, Upper Austria, Lower Austria, and The Burgenland, The capital city is Graz, which had 276,526 inhabitants at the beginning of 2015.

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Geography

Boroughs

Thörl has eight boroughs: Etmißl, Fölz, Hinterberg, Lonschitz, Oisching, Palbersdorf, St. Ilgen, and Thörl.

Neighboring Communes

Mariazell Place in Styria, Austria

Mariazell is a small city in Austria, in Styria, well known for winter sports, 143 kilometres N. of Graz. It is picturesquely situated in the valley of the Salza, amid the north Styrian Alps.

Turnau, Styria Place in Styria, Austria

Turnau is a market town at the foot of the Hochschwab in the Styrian District of Bruck-Mürzzuschlag.

Aflenz Place in Styria, Austria

Aflenz is since January 2015 a new market town with 2,421 residents in Bruck-Mürzzuschlag District of Styria, Austria.

History

As of 1 January 2015 the formerly independent municipalities Sankt Ilgen and Etmißl were incorporated into Thörl. Already in 1955 the municipality Fölz bei Thörl had become part of the municipality.

Sankt Ilgen Place in Styria, Austria

Sankt Ilgen was a municipality in the district of Bruck-Mürzzuschlag in Styria, Austria.

Etmißl Place in Styria, Austria

Etmißl was an Austrian municipality in the District of Bruck-Mürzzuschlag, Styria.

Politics

Thörl's mayor is Günther Wagner of the SPÖ. In its municipal council (15 seats) the party seats are distributed as follows: 9 SPÖ, 3 ÖVP, 2 Freie Unabhängige Liste - Lebenswert, 1 FPÖ. [3]

Twin towns and sister cities

Thörl is twinned with:

Traffic

Streets

The Mariazeller Straße is the most important road link between Kapfenberg and Mariazell, the most popular pilgrimage site in Austria. In its further course it leads to Sankt Pölten, the capital of the neighbouring state of Lower Austria.

Kapfenberg Place in Styria, Austria

Kapfenberg[ˈkapfənbɛʁk], with around 23,059 inhabitants, is the third largest city in Styria, Austria, near Bruck an der Mur. The town's landmark is Burg Oberkapfenberg. Its main employer is the steel manufacturer Böhler.

Sankt Pölten Place in Lower Austria, Austria

Sankt Pölten, mostly abbreviated to the official name St. Pölten, is the capital and largest city of the State of Lower Austria in northeast Austria, with 52,716 inhabitants as of 1 January 2015. St Pölten is a city with its own statute and therefore it is both a municipality and a district in the Mostviertel.

Lower Austria State in Austria

Lower Austria is the northeasternmost of the nine states of Austria. Since 1986, the capital of Lower Austria has been St. Polten, the most recently designated capital in Austria. Previously, Lower Austria's capital was Vienna, even though Vienna has not officially been part of Lower Austria since 1921. With a land area of 19,186 km2 (7,408 sq mi) and a population of 1.612 million people, Lower Austria is the country's largest state; it is the second most populous after the federal state of Vienna. Other main cities are Amstetten, Krems an der Donau and Wiener Neustadt.

Railway (History)

In 1893, the Thörlerbahn, a narrow gauge railway with a track gauge of 760 mm, which linked the area with Kapfenberg and the Austrian Southern Railway (Südbahn), was opened. In particular, the local iron industry benefited from this. A connection to the Austrian Western Railway was planned, but never realized.

The Thörlerbahn was a 760 mm gauge narrow-gauge railway, operated by the Steiermärkische Landesbahnen between Kapfenberg and Au-Seewiesen in Austria. It connected the region around Aflenz in the Obersteiermark with the southern main line at Kapfenberg.

Austrian Southern Railway

The Südbahn-Gesellschaft was an Austrian corporation that built and operated numerous railway lines in the Austrian empire, Austria-Hungary and for some time in Austria, Hungary, and the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

In 1959, the passenger traffic was terminated. However, in 1991, the Verein Thörlerbahn (Thörlerbahn Association) took out a trial run with a nostalgic train. But when a bank failure bankrupted the local iron industry, the operator of the railway, Steiermärkische Landesbahnen, lost their largest (and actually the only) freight customer. As a consequence of that, they had to close the track.

In 2003 and 2004, the train tracks were removed and replaced by a cycle track.

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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.
  3. Municipal council mandates