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Forchtenstein (Austria)
Basic data
Country: Austria
State : Burgenland
Political District : Mattersburg
License plate : MA
Surface: 16.57 km²
Coordinates : 47 ° 43 ′  N , 16 ° 20 ′  E Coordinates: 47 ° 42 ′ 41 ″  N , 16 ° 20 ′ 29 ″  E
Height : 343  m above sea level A.
Residents : 2,778 (January 1, 2020)
Postal code : 7212
Area code : 02626
Community code : 1 06 02
Address of the
municipal administration:
Forchtenstein community
7212 Forchtenstein
Mayoress : Friederike Reismüller ( SPÖ )
Municipal Council : ( 2017 )
(23 members)
A total of 23 seats
Location of Forchtenstein in the Mattersburg district
Antau Bad Sauerbrunn Baumgarten Draßburg Forchtenstein Hirm Krensdorf Loipersbach Marz Mattersburg Neudörfl Pöttelsdorf Pöttsching Rohrbach bei Mattersburg Schattendorf Sieggraben Sigleß Wiesen Zemendorf-Stöttera BurgenlandLocation of the municipality of Forchtenstein in the Mattersburg district (clickable map)
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Forchtenstein Castle from the Rosalia
Forchtenstein Castle from the Rosalia
Source: Municipal data from Statistics Austria

Forchtenstein ( Hungarian : Fraknó , Croatian : Fortnava ) is a municipality in the Mattersburg district in Burgenland ( Austria ), the former German West Hungary , with 2778 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2020).

The place is best known for the dominant Forchtenstein Castle .


Geographical location

Forchtenstein is a municipality that arose from the merger of the formerly independent municipalities and now cadastral communities Forchtenau and Neustift an der Rosalia.

The castle Forchtenstein , which is of great historical significance, dominates the landscape within the community and marked by her rocky ground a geological transition to Rosaliengebirge . This is also where the headwaters of the Wulka are located , which flows northeast to the Neusiedlersee .

Community structure

The community consists of the cadastral communities Forchtenau and Neustift an der Rosalia, which together form the village of Forchtenstein. The village is divided into the districts of Hofleiten, Rosaliahäuser, Schreinermühle and several individual layers.

Neighboring communities

( District Mattersburg , Bgld.)
(Lower Austria)
Neighboring communities Mattersburg
( District Mattersburg , Bgld.)
(Lower Austria)
( District Mattersburg , Bgld.)


Before the Roman annexation, the area was part of the Celtic Kingdom of Noricum and belonged to the surroundings of the Celtic hill settlement Burg on the Schwarzenbacher Burgberg .

Later, after the area was incorporated into the Roman Empire , today's Forchtenstein was administratively assigned to the province of Pannonia . The changeful course of time after the Hungarian conquest around 900 left it with the Hungarian ancestral lands.

Like all of Burgenland, the place belonged to Hungary ( German-West Hungary ) until 1920/21 . Since 1898 the local Germans and had Croats because of the Magyarization of the Budapest government the Hungarian place names Fraknó use.

After the end of the First World War - when the Austro-Hungarian monarchy collapsed, German West Hungary was awarded to Austria in 1919 after tough negotiations on the basis of the Treaties of St. Germain and Trianon . The place belongs to the federal state "Burgenland", newly founded in 1921 (see also the history of Burgenland ).

In 1971, the two previously independent communities of Forchtenau and Neustift an der Rosalia were merged. Until 1972 the community of Forchtenstein was still called Forchtenau (presumably after the Au at the foot of the Burgberg).

Population development

Map of Forchtenstein

Culture and sights

The Lower Edelhof from 1627 was the seat of the Esterházy county administration
Holy stairs from 1719 in the annex to the parish church Maria Himmelfahrt. It is modeled on the Scala Santa in Rome.
See also:  List of listed objects in Forchtenstein
  • Forchtenstein Castle : The castle was built at the beginning of the 13th century under the Counts of Mattersdorf-Forchtenstein as a Hungarian border castle, it served as an important bulwark during the Turkish Wars. In the possession of the Esterházy since the early 17th century . The core of the huge castle complex is the high castle, which was given its current form in the 17th century, including a baroque castle church (pilgrimage church St. Rosalia) . The castle houses several permanent exhibitions, which - in addition to the exhibitions in Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt - show the history and treasures of the old Esterházy family - therefore the castle is also known as the “Esterházy Safe”.
    • Esterházy Treasury: the only completely preserved baroque art and curiosity chamber in Europe with objects made of gold, ivory and valuable stones, machines and exotic animal preparations
    • Esterházy ancestral gallery: in the representation rooms of the castle is the largest baroque gallery of ancestors in Central Europe and the only preserved collection of silver furniture from the baroque era in Europe
    • Armory and weapon collection: former princely armory , now the largest private weapons collection in Austria
  • Parish Church Forchtenstein : consecrated in 1347, construction of the “Holy Staircase” in the 18th century - a replica of the Scala Santa in Rome; it has been renovated in recent years.
  • Rosalienkapelle
  • Servite monastery, former monastery of the order Sevitorum Mariae at the pilgrimage church Maria Himmelfahrt
  • Unterer Edelhof Forchtenstein , Hauptstrasse 75
  • Wayside shrine, Hauptstrasse 89
  • Corridor / path chapel, with figure of St. Johannes Nepomuk, Neustiftgasse 1
  • Plague / Trinity Column, Mercy Seat, Neustiftgasse 1
  • Forchtenstein Reptile Zoo
  • Rosalia-Kogelberg Nature Park


Municipal council

Local council election
(-1.30  % p )
(+ 5.78  % p )
(+1.35  % p )
n. k.
(-5.84  % p )


Forchtenstein municipal office

The council comprises a total of 23 members on the basis of population.

Results of the municipal council elections since 1997
Political party 2017 2012 2007 2002 1997
Sti. % M. Sti. % M. Sti. % M. Sti. % M. Sti. % M.
SPÖ 833 48.37 11 901 49.67 12 895 48.40 11 934 52.86 13 785 47.40 11
ÖVP 673 39.08 9 604 33.30 8th 751 40.62 10 698 39.50 9 not running
FPÖ 216 12.54 3 203 11.19 2 159 8.60 2 135 7.64 1 175 10.57 2
Green not running 106 5.84 1 not running not running not running
FBL not running not running 44 2.38 0 not running not running
BL BIRINGER not running not running not running not running 696 42.03 10
Eligible voters 2597 2510 2518 2455 2384
voter turnout 76.05% 80.80% 80.50% 81.14% 83.39%

Parish council

In addition to the mayor Friederike Reismüller (SPÖ) and the deputy mayor Josef Neusteurer (ÖVP), the executive councilors Hans Gerald Gruber (SPÖ), Markus Pinter (ÖVP) and Anna Strodl (SPÖ) also belong to the community board.


Mayor is Friederike Reismüller (SPÖ), who has headed the community since 1997, after replacing Gmasz (NL). In the direct mayor election 2017 she was able to prevail in the first ballot with 53.81% against Josef Neusteurer (ÖVP, 35.55%) and Christian Spuller (FPÖ, 10.64%). Reismüller is entering her fifth term as mayor. Neusteurer was elected Vice Mayor at the constituent meeting of the municipal council.

Office manager is Hermann Wessely.

Sons and daughters of the church

Web links

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

Individual evidence

  1. Not to be confused with Forchtenstein Castle in the market town of Neumarkt in Styria .
  2. a b Province of Burgenland: election results Forchtenstein 2017 (accessed on December 5, 2017)
  3. Province of Burgenland: Forchtenstein 2012 election results (accessed December 5, 2017)
  4. Province of Burgenland: Forchtenstein 2007 election results (accessed on December 5, 2017)
  5. a b Province of Burgenland: Forchtenstein 2002 election results (accessed on December 5, 2017)
  6. Municipality of Forchtenstein: Municipality Board (accessed on December 5, 2017)
  7. Municipality of Forchtenstein: Head of Office (accessed on December 5, 2017)