Eisbach (municipality of Gratwein-Straßengel)

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Eisbach (former municipality)
Historical coat of arms of Eisbach
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Eisbach (municipality of Gratwein-Straßengel) (Austria)
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Basic data
Pole. District , state Graz-Umgebung  (GU), Styria
Judicial district Graz-West
Coordinates 47 ° 7 ′ 55 "  N , 15 ° 17 ′ 13"  E Coordinates: 47 ° 7 ′ 55 "  N , 15 ° 17 ′ 13"  Ef1
height 453  m above sea level A.
Residents of the stat. An H. 2991 (January 1, 2016)
Building status 934 (2001 f1)
surface 41.51 km²
Postcodesf0 8103, 8111, 8112, 8113f1
prefix + 43/3124 (Gratkorn)
Statistical identification
Community code 60664
Counting district / district Eisbach-Rein (60664 008)
Location of the former municipality in the Graz-Umgebung district
Independent municipality until the end of 2014;
KG: 63212 Eisbach, 63235 Hörgas, 63242 Kehr and Plesch;
OS: 14908 Eisbach, 14909 Hörgas, 14910 Kehr and Plesch, 14911 Rein
Source: STAT : Gazetteer ; BEV : GEONAM ; GIS-Stmk
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Eisbach is a cadastral municipality, place and former municipality with 2991 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2016) north of Graz .

As part of the municipal structural reform in Styria , it was merged with the municipalities of Judendorf-Straßengel , Gratwein and Gschnaidt from 2015 , the new municipality is called Marktgemeinde Gratwein-Straßengel . The basis for this is the Styrian Municipal Structural Reform Act - StGsrG. A complaint from the mayor of Eisbach to the Constitutional Court against the merger was unsuccessful.

The town of Rein with its famous monastery is the center of the former community and the seat of a federal high school .


Geographical location

Eisbach is located near the Mur, west of Gratwein, about ten kilometers northwest of the provincial capital Graz. The southern part of the former municipality is formed by a valley through which the Schirningbach flows, while the area around Rein and Hörgas presents itself as a basin landscape . In the north and west there are numerous forested mountains, including the "four thousand":

  • Pleschkogel ( 1063  m )
  • Heiggerkogel ( 1098  m )
  • Mühlbachkogel ( 1048  m )
  • Walzkogel ( 1026  m )


Rein lies to the west of the Gratkorner Basin , which opens to the West Styrian Riedland and forms a widening of the Murtal . The area is part of the Styrian Neogen Basin ( Grazer Bucht ), its rock strata are known as "Strata of Rein". Below are limestone , dolomite , sandstone and slate from the “ Graz Paleozoic ”. Above that, the Reiner layers with river deposits from bathing with breccias , freshwater marl , partly with low-thickness coal seams. The occurrence of " chert " was described in these layers as early as 1846 . Over these layers lie further river deposits (Eckwirt gravel) and loamy layers from the Pleistocene .

A number of mining operations were located near Eisbach and in its vicinity, for example on mercury and lignite.

Community structure

The municipal area comprised four localities (population in brackets as of January 1, 2020):

  • Eisbach (995)
  • Hearing gas (966)
  • Kehr and Plesch (96)
  • Pure (880)

The community consisted of the four cadastral communities Eisbach, Hörgas and Kehr and Plesch.

Former neighboring communities

Großstübing Deutschfeistritz Burr grain

Neighboring communities Gratwein
Saint Bartholomew Sankt Oswald near Plankenwarth Judendorf street angel



The last mayor was Wolfgang Lagger ( FPÖ ), deputy mayor was Josef Brucher ( SPÖ ).

coat of arms

Coat of arms Eisbach.gif

The municipal coat of arms was awarded with effect from September 1, 1963. Due to the amalgamation of the municipalities, this lost its official validity on January 1, 2015.
Blazon (coat of arms description):

"In the green shield there is a golden tip covered with a green spruce that extends to the upper edge of the shield and is bordered on the right by a golden crook and on the left by a golden ear."

In the former community, whose main occupations are agriculture and forestry, is the old, important Cistercian monastery Rein, which is indicated by the crook.

Partnership communities

  • GermanyGermany Ebrach (Bavaria), since 1979


To the north of the town of Rein there was a mining site for Silex ( pebbles such as chert, quartz , etc.) in the Neolithic Age, in the Lasinja culture . Tools ( hand axes , blades, scrapers , etc.) were extracted from it. Workpieces from this mining site were common up to a distance of 150 km.

Rein Abbey has shaped the development of the community since the 12th century.

Population development

year Pop.
1869 1,594
1880 1,572
1890 1,711
1900 1,597
1910 1,840
1923 2,267
1934 1,967
1939 1,935
1951 2,328
1961 2.405
1971 2,568
1981 2,547
1991 2,818
2001 2,893

see table on the right

Economy and Infrastructure


Eisbach is located away from the main roads, but is still well connected due to its proximity to Graz. The Pyhrn Autobahn  A 9 can be reached via the Gratkorn junction  (173) eight kilometers away and via the Gratkorn-Nord auxiliary junction (170) in five kilometers. In Gratkorn there is also access to Grazer Straße  B 67 in the direction of Graz or Bruck an der Mur .

There is no train station in the area. The Gratwein-Gratkorn train station is only about three kilometers away and provides access to the Austrian Southern Railway and the Styrian S-Bahn .

The Graz Airport is about 35 km away.

Culture and sights

  • Rein Abbey , the oldest existing Cistercian monastery in the world in the center of the community, the town of Rein
  • Small farm museum Eisbach-Rein
  • Nostalgia armory of the FF Eisbach
  • The ruins of the Reun military courtyard


Eisbach-Rein owns a football club, the TUS Rein. He has two combat teams, each of which play in the local regional league and the local Graz-Liga Mitte.
Another sports club is the table tennis club Spielgemeinschaft Judendorf-Eisbach (SJE), which in addition to a 1st class and two regional league teams also provides two national league teams.

Web links

Commons : Eisbach  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. residents by locality (Excel file, 835 kB); accessed on August 29, 2016
  2. ^ Styrian municipal structural reform .
  3. Section 3, Paragraph 3, Item 3 of the Act of December 17, 2013 on the reorganization of the municipalities of the State of Styria ( Styrian Municipal Structural Reform Act - StGsrG). Provincial Law Gazette for Styria of April 2, 2014. No. 31, year 2014. ZDB -ID 705127-x . P. 3.
  4. Decision of the Constitutional Court of October 8, 2014, G 170/2014 on the rejection of the complaint (with reference to the decision of September 23, 2014, G 41/2014).
  5. Michael Brandl: Silex deposits in Styria. Austrian Academy of Sciences OeAW, Philosophical-Historical Class, Announcements of the Prehistoric Commission Volume 69. Presented at the meeting on June 20, 2008. Verlag der OeAW Vienna 2009. ISBN 978-3-7001-6489-0 , ISSN  0065-5376 . Pages 43-44.
  6. ^ Leopold Weber: The lead-zinc ore deposits of the Graz Palaeozoic and their geological framework. Archive for deposit research of the Federal Geological Institute, Volume 12, Vienna 1990. ISBN 978-3-900312-72-5 , page 275. (PDF; 29 MB)
  7. Statistics Austria: Population on January 1st, 2020 by locality (area status on January 1st, 2020) , ( CSV )
  8. ^ Announcements from the Styrian State Archives 16, 1966, p. 54.
  9. Michael Brandl: Silex deposits. Pages 43-47, 67-68, 87-93 and afterword.
  10. Small Farmers Museum Eisbach-Rein steirischemuseen.at, MUSIS - Steirischer Museumsverband, accessed May 9, 2017.
  11. Farmer's Museum and Nostalgia Armory Outdooractive.com Regional Management Styrian Central Area, Author: Georg Gnigler, updated October 29, 2015. (Based on: Regional Management Graz & Graz-Umgebung, Zentralraum-stmk.at.) Retrieved May 9, 2017.