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Eisenerz wi Erzberg
Eisenerz wi Erzberg
Coat o airms o Eisenerz
Coat o airms
Kintra Austrick
State Styrie
Destrict Leoben
 • Mayor Christine Holzweber (SPÖ)
 • Total 124.52 km2 (48.08 sq mi)
Elevation 736 m (2,415 ft)
Population (1 Januar 2016)[1]
 • Tot 4,290
 • Density 34/km2 (89/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Simmer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 8790
Area code 03848
Vehicle registration LN
Wabsteid www.eisenerz.co.at

Eisenerz ("Iron ore") is a mercat place an auld minin toun in Styrie, Austrick, 68 mi (109 km). N.W. o Graz bi rail. Pop. (2001) 6,400. It is situatit in the deep Erzbach Valley, dominatit on the east bi the Pfaffenstein (6140 ft), on the wast bi the Kaiserschild (6830 ft), an on the sooth bi the Erzberg (5030 ft). It haes an interestin ensaumple o a medieval fortifeed kirk, a Gothic edifice foondit bi Rudolph o Habsburg in the 13t century an rebuilt in the 16t.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

At the turn o the past century the Erzberg (Ore Muntain) furnished sic rich ore that it wis quarried in the open air lik stane, in the simmer months. Thare is documentary evidence o the mines haein been wirked as far back as the 12t century. Thay affordit employment tae twa or three thoosan haunds in simmer an aboot hauf as mony in winter, an yieldit some 800,000 tons o iron per annum.

Durin World War II, a subcamp o Mauthausen concentration camp wis locatit here. It providit slave labour for local industry.[2] Eisenerz wis connectit wi the mines bi the Erzberg railwey, a bauld piece o ingineerin wirk, fowerteen miles (21 km) lang, constructit on the Abt's rack-an-pinion seestem. It passed throu some bonnie scenery, an descends tae Vordernberg, an important centre o the iron tred situatit on the sooth side o the Erzberg. Eisenerz possesses, in addition, twinty-five furnaces, which produce iron, an pairticularly steel, o exceptional excellence. The day the Erzberg is hame tae motocross races.

A few miles tae the N.W. o Eisenerz lies the castle o Leopoldstein, an near it the bonnie Leopoldsteiner Lake. This lake, wi its daurk-green watter, situatit at an altitude o 2028 ft., an surroondit on aw sides bi heich peaks, is no big an haes a depth o 100 ft (30 m).

Economy[eedit | eedit soorce]

The independent record label Napalm Records is based in this toun.

Demographic evolution[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • 1928 6.945
  • 1939 12.395
  • 1944 18.419
  • 1948 11.103
  • 1956 12.679
  • 1992 7.965
  • 2000 6.750
  • 2005 5.839
  • 2007 5.566

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Statistik Austria - Bevölkerung zu Jahresbeginn 2002-2016 nach Gemeinden (Gebietsstand 1.1.2016) for Eisenerz.
  2. Christine O'Keefe.Concentration Camps.wwwtartanplace.com/tartanhistory/concentrationcamps.html