Fürstenfeld

Fürstenfeld (German pronunciation: [ˈfʏʁstn̩fɛlt]; Hungarian: Fölöstöm) is a town and a district in southeastern Austria. It is situated within the Austrian federal state of Styria, near the border of Hungary.

Fürstenfeld
Graz Gate, part of former town fortifications
Graz Gate, part of former town fortifications
Coat of arms of Fürstenfeld
Fürstenfeld is located in Austria
Fürstenfeld
Fürstenfeld
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 47°03′00″N 16°05′00″E / 47.05000°N 16.08333°E / 47.05000; 16.08333Coordinates: 47°03′00″N 16°05′00″E / 47.05000°N 16.08333°E / 47.05000; 16.08333
CountryAustria
StateStyria
DistrictHartberg-Fürstenfeld
Government
 • MayorFranz Jost (ÖVP)
Area
 • Total50.31 km2 (19.42 sq mi)
Elevation
276 m (906 ft)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[2]
 • Total8,549
 • Density170/km2 (440/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
8280
Area code+43 3382
Vehicle registrationHF
Websitewww.fuerstenfeld.at

According to the 2005 census, Fürstenfeld has 5,986 citizens within its communal area, the larger urban area of Fürstenfeld includes approximately 20% more citizens. It was the centre of an eponymous district until the end of 2012, when it was merged with Hartberg to form Hartberg-Fürstenfeld District.

Fürstenfeld was founded around 1170 as a fortress and received its town charter in 1215. Today it is known for its schools, middle-sized industry, and vicinity to several thermal spas (Loipersdorf, Bad Blumau, Stegersbach).

GeographyEdit

Fürstenfeld is located in the lower Freistritz [ceb; de; sh; sv] valley near the Burgenland border. Elevation of the urban area ranges from 255m to approximately 300 m ü. A. The city`s central part sits on a river terrace two dozen meters above the valley floor.

HistoryEdit

First human traces in the Fürstenfeld area are attributed to the Neolithic age. There are numerous Urnfield culture archaeological finds and the Romans also found their way into the later Province of Noricum bordering their Pannonia province. From the 6th century on, Slavs diffused into the Pannonic region and were followed by Bavarian settlers in the 8th century.

International relationsEdit

Twin towns — Sister citiesEdit

Fürstenfeld is twinned with:

PeopleEdit

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.
  3. ^ Parlamentarische Materialien: Erklärung des Präsidenten Gottfried Jaud anlässlich des 50. Jahrestages der Gründung des Europarates. Stenografisches Protokoll der 654 Sitzung /Seite 42, http://www.parlament.gv.at/pd/steno/PG/DE/BR/BRSITZ/BRSITZ_00654/SEITE_0042.html?P_PM=SEITE_0042

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