Achenkirch

Achenkirch is a municipality in the Schwaz district in the Austrian state of Tyrol. It is located at the northern end of Lake Achensee.

Achenkirch
Hl Johannes dem Täufer Achenkirch.JPG
Coat of arms of Achenkirch
Coat of arms
Location within Tyrol
Location within Tyrol
Achenkirch is located in Austria
Achenkirch
Achenkirch
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 47°31′00″N 11°41′00″E / 47.51667°N 11.68333°E / 47.51667; 11.68333Coordinates: 47°31′00″N 11°41′00″E / 47.51667°N 11.68333°E / 47.51667; 11.68333
CountryAustria
StateTyrol
DistrictSchwaz
Government
 • MayorStefan Messner (ÖVP)
Area
 • Total113.95 km2 (44.00 sq mi)
Elevation
916 m (3,005 ft)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[2]
 • Total2,185
 • Density19/km2 (50/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
6215
Area code05246
Vehicle registrationSZ
Websitewww.achenkirch.
tirol.gv.at

Land and Climate BreakupEdit

At the northern lakeside of Lake Achensee, there is the municipality Achenkirch and its component localities Achenkirch, Achensee, Achental and Achenwald, Scholastika and the terrain of the former Achenseehof farm. In other words, the municipal territory extends from Lake Achensee to the Bavarian border. Already in 1313 AD the village was known as “Achental”, while only in 1971 its name was changed to Achenkirch. Around the turn of the last century, Achenkirch was a popular destination for summer vacationists, including famous personalities such as the authors Peter Rosegger (1843-1918) and Ludwig Ganghofer (1855-1920). And Felix Mitterer, famous Austrian actor and playwright, was born here in 1948.

In the village and its surroundings, there are several places of cultural interest, e.g. 15 chapels dating back to the 18th, 19th and 20th century. The parish church and its bulbous spire, built in 1748, is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. Further buildings that are worth noticing are a wine tavern that has already been mentioned in the 15th century, and which maintained its original form up to present times. It has recently been renovated, serving as tavern today. The “Salzstadel” building, however, has once upon a time been meeting point for salt merchants between the salines Hall and Munich, and today it is in private hands.

ReferencesEdit

  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.