Forchtenstein

Forchtenstein (Hungarian: Fraknóváralja or Fraknókő, Croatian: Fortnavski grad; until 1972, Forchtenau, Fraknó, Fortnava) is a town in the district of Mattersburg in the Austrian state of Burgenland. It is the location of Forchtenstein Castle, one of the many palaces of the famous Esterházy family.

Forchtenstein
Forchtenstein - Burg (2).JPG
Coat of arms of Forchtenstein
Forchtenstein is located in Burgenland
Forchtenstein
Forchtenstein
Location within Burgenland
Forchtenstein is located in Austria
Forchtenstein
Forchtenstein
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 47°43′N 16°20′E / 47.717°N 16.333°E / 47.717; 16.333Coordinates: 47°43′N 16°20′E / 47.717°N 16.333°E / 47.717; 16.333
Country Austria
StateBurgenland
DistrictMattersburg
Government
 • MayorFriederike Reismüller
Area
 • Total16.59 km2 (6.41 sq mi)
Elevation
343 m (1,125 ft)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[2]
 • Total2,796
 • Density170/km2 (440/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
7212
Websitewww.gemeindeforchtenstein.at

It consists of two subdivisions (Katastralgemeinden) which were formerly separate towns: Forchtenau (Hungarian: Fraknó) and Neustift an der Rosalia (Hungarian: Újtelek).

PopulationEdit

Historical population
YearPop.±%
18691,685—    
18801,732+2.8%
18901,816+4.8%
19002,054+13.1%
19102,158+5.1%
19232,127−1.4%
19342,213+4.0%
19392,223+0.5%
19512,184−1.8%
19612,363+8.2%
19712,502+5.9%
19812,557+2.2%
19912,678+4.7%
20012,832+5.8%
20112,845+0.5%

The castle gained a nickname as the "Castle of Fear". The castle has one red and one black tower. The castle boasted many torture chambers including one called the Pit of Oblivion, a deep pit where torture victims would be strung upside down and deprived of food and water until they died. The Pit of Oblivion is located in the black tower. Although many of the rooms are now available to the public either for rental or visitation, the treasure room of the castle still remains private and inaccessible.

GalleryEdit

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.

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