Dellach (Gailtal)

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Dellach (Gailtal) (Austria)
Dellach (Gailtal)
Basic data
Country: Austria
State : Carinthia
Political District : Hermagor
License plate : HE
Surface: 36.13 km²
Coordinates : 46 ° 40 ′  N , 13 ° 5 ′  E Coordinates: 46 ° 39 ′ 41 ″  N , 13 ° 4 ′ 46 ″  E
Height : 672  m above sea level A.
Residents : 1,212 (January 1, 2020)
Population density : 34 inhabitants per km²
Postal code : 9635
Area code : 0 47 18
Community code : 2 03 02
Address of the
municipal administration:
No. 65
9635 Dellach i. G.
Mayor : Johannes Lenzhofer ( ÖVP )
Municipal Council : ( 2015 )
(15 members)

8 ÖVP , 4 FPÖ , 3 SPÖ -

8th 4th 
A total of 15 seats
Location of Dellach in the Hermagor district
Dellach (Gailtal) Gitschtal Hermagor-Pressegger See Kirchbach Kötschach-Mauthen Lesachtal Sankt Stefan im Gailtal Bezirk Villach-Land Bezirk Spittal an der Drau KärntenLocation of the municipality of Dellach (Gailtal) in the Hermagor district (clickable map)
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Source: Municipal data from Statistics Austria


Parish Church of St. Daniel
Gail, on the left the Reisskofel

Dellach is a municipality with 1212 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2020) in the Hermagor district in Carinthia .


The municipality is located in the Upper Gail Valley on the border with Italy . Near the village there is the Reißkofel , with 2371  meters the highest mountain in the Gailtal Alps .

Community structure

The municipality includes the following twelve localities (population in brackets as of January 1, 2020):

  • Dellach (603)
  • Goldberg (22)
  • Gurina (16)
  • Courtier (3)
  • Leifling (135)
  • Monsell (7)
  • Noelbling (112)
  • Beet (6)
  • St. Daniel (265)
  • Siegelberg (0)
  • Stollwitz (33)
  • Wieserberg (10)

Other locations are Obernölbling and Unternölbling in the village of Nölbling and Oberstollwitz and Unterstollwitz in the village of Stollwitz. The only cadastral community is Dellach.

Neighboring communities

Dellach in the Drautal Berg im Drautal
Kötschach-Mauthen Neighboring communities Kirchbach


The prehistoric settlement of Gurina can be traced back to the Hallstatt period in what is now the municipality . In the vicinity of the settlement, copper smelting caves were discovered, which lasted for the years 600 to 400 BC. Attest a flourishing culture. Celtic coins were minted in Gurina, the settlement is at least 2900 years old and in Roman times was probably the first Roman city complex in present-day Austria.

The name Dellach comes from the Slavic ("Doljah", for "with the valley inhabitants" ), the Slovenian name could be "Dole" (from dol: down, down, valley side), in dialect "Doljani" (see Dellach ). In 1370 the place was first mentioned as Doelach .

Excavations at the current parish church of St. Daniel have uncovered the remains of four previous buildings from the Carolingian era to the late Romanesque, which suggests settlement from the early Middle Ages.

The Goldenstein Castle was of great importance as the seat of a regional court - later united with Pittersberg - for the upper Gail Valley. It was given as a fiefdom of the Counts of Görz-Tirol , after their extinction came under the sovereign rule of the Habsburgs and was handed over to Gabriel von Salamanca together with the County of Ortenburg in 1524 . In 1640 the Widmann brothers acquired the county with all rulership rights and sold it to Ferdinand von Porcia as early as 1662, in whose family the judiciary of Goldenstein remained until 1848 and ownership of the castle until 1918.

After the discovery of zinc and copper, Dellach has been a center of metal processing since the end of the Middle Ages, in the 18th and 19th centuries iron ore was also mined and processed, at times 291 miners and metal workers lived in Dellach.

The community was constituted in 1850 and has not changed its borders since then.


At the time of the 2001 census, Dellach had 1,373 inhabitants, of which 96.1% had Austrian and 2.2% German citizenship . 85.9% of the population confessed to the Roman Catholic and 11.9% to the Protestant Church, 1% was without religious belief.

Culture and sights


Municipal council

The Dellach municipal council has 15 members and has been composed as follows since the 2015 municipal council election :

Johannes Lenzhofer (ÖVP) has been the directly elected mayor since 2015.

coat of arms

In Dellach's coat of arms, the blue wavy bar symbolizes the Gail and the mining symbol symbolizes the mining industry that was previously located here. The lily of the princes of Porcia indicates the most important owners of the former regional judiciary.

The blazon of the arms reads: "In gold, a blue diagonally left wave beams, accompanied up of a blue lily, down from a blue mine sign." Coat of arms and flag of the municipality were presented on 1 June 1983. The flag is yellow-blue with an incorporated coat of arms.


Sons and daughters of the church

Personalities associated with the community


  • Peter Jablonka : The Gurina near Dellach in the Gailtal. Settlement, trading center and sanctuary . 2001, ISBN 3-7749-2971-8
  • Wilhelm Deuer, Paul Gleirscher, Harald Krahwinkler, Peter G. Tropper, Manfred Wassermann: St. Daniel - On the history of the oldest parish in the upper Gailtal and Lesachtal . 2004, ISBN 3-902128-36-4
  • Hans P. Schönlaub : From the Big Bang to the Gail Valley: 500 million years of geological history in the Carnic region . 1988, ISBN 3-900312-78-8
  • Hans P. Schönlaub: The real hero is nature - Geopark Carnic Region . 2005, ISBN 3-85316-021-2
  • Thomas Steppan: The late Romanesque wall paintings of St. Helena on Wieserberg . 2009, ISBN 3-7954-2215-9
  • Peter Gamper: The Gurina - near Dellach in the Gailtal . 2012, ISBN 978-3-902128-18-8

Web links

Commons : Dellach  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Statistics Austria: Population on January 1st, 2020 by locality (area status on January 1st, 2020) , ( CSV )
  2. Finds point to the oldest city in Austria (
  3. ^ Statistics Austria, population census, demographic data. May 15, 2001, accessed March 3, 2019 .
  4. ^ Quoted from Wilhelm Deuer: The Carinthian municipal coat of arms . Verlag des Kärntner Landesarchiv, Klagenfurt 2006, ISBN 3-900531-64-1 , p. 66