Gerersdorf (Lower Austria)
|coat of arms||Austria map|
|State :||Lower Austria|
|Political District :||Sankt Pölten-Land|
|License plate :||PL|
|Residents :||985 (January 1, 2020)|
|Postal code :||3385|
|Area code :||02749|
|Community code :||3 19 07|
|Address of the
|Mayor :||Herbert Wandl ( ÖVP )|
Municipal Council : ( 2020 )
|Location of Gerersdorf in the Sankt Pölten-Land district|
Center of Gerersdorf (2018)
|Source: Municipal data from Statistics Austria|
Gerersdorf is located in the Mostviertel in Lower Austria. The area of the municipality covers 13.67 square kilometers, about three percent of the area is forested.
The whole municipality belongs to the catchment area of the Pielach. The municipality measures 6 km from north to south and approx. 4 km from east to west. The altitudes range between 254 m in Hetzersdorf and 312 m at Pummersdorfer Kreuz. At the church it is 290 m. The highest point of the community is the church tower and this is 330 m.
The average amount of precipitation in a year is about 650 mm, the greatest precipitation was measured in 2002 (872 mm), the lowest value was in 1994 with 498 mm.
- Salauer Mühlbach
- Gerersdorferbach (created by the confluence of the Elixen and Annethbach)
- Moosbach (flows into the Kremnitzbach)
- Loipersdorf gravel pond (approx. 3 hectares)
The community consists of twelve cadastral communities and is divided into just as many towns of the same name (in brackets: area as of December 31, 2019 or population as of January 1, 2020):
- Distelburg (51.62 ha; 7 Ew.)
- Eggsdorf (142.36 ha; 27 Ew.)
- Friesing (67.27 ha; 0 Ew.)
- Gerersdorf (203.00 ha; 600 Ew.)
- Grillenhöfe (143.12 ha; 79 Ew.) Including Jägerhöfe
- Hetzersdorf (100.90 ha; 56 Ew.)
- Hofing (46.14 ha; 16 Ew.)
- Loipersdorf (157.83 ha; 39 Ew.)
- Salau (70.00 ha; 28 Ew.)
- Stainingsdorf (96.83 ha; 44 Ew.)
- Völlerndorf (229.40 ha; 73 Ew.)
- Weitendorf (57.43 ha; 16 Ew.)
Gerersdorf borders in the east on Sankt Pölten, in the south on Ober-Grafendorf, in the south-west on Markersdorf-Haindorf, in the west on Prinzersdorf and Hafnerbach and in the north on Neidling.
The first mention of the community dates back to 1040 with the then name Geroltestorff. In 1313 the parish Gerersdorf was first mentioned in a document. Up to the year 1150 all places in the municipality had already been founded.
After the abolition of the basic subservience of the peasants by the Reichstag on September 7, 1848, the Reichsgemeindegesetz of March 17, 1849 decreed that one or more cadastral communities should be grouped together. If possible, the parishes should cover the area of the parishes.
In 1850, according to the provisional municipal law of 1849, 15 cadastral municipalities became the municipality of Gerersdorf. The community area included the area of the parish Gerersdorf. The following localities were part of the new municipality: Gerersdorf, Eggsdorf, Stainingsdorf, Loipersdorf, Völlerndorf, Matzersdorf, Salau, Uttendorf, Prinzersdorf, Weitendorf, Hetzersdorf, Hofing, Distelburg, Friesing, Grillenhöfe and Jägerhöfe. At that time 894 inhabitants lived on 18.1 km². Johann Staindl became the first mayor of Gerersdorf.
In 1868 the Gerersdorf parish school became a Gerersdorf elementary school on the basis of the Reich School Act - from this point on, the maintenance of the building was the responsibility of the municipality. 20 years later the Gerersdorf Volunteer Fire Brigade was founded. In 1925 the parish hall was built.
1950 was the year of the first "territorial losses". Prinzersdorf and Uttendorf form their own municipality - the municipality of Prinzersdorf and Matzersdorf joined the municipality of Pummersdorf.
On January 1, 1972, according to the Lower Austrian Provincial Law, the municipality of Gerersdorf was dissolved and divided between St. Pölten and Prinzersdorf. The last mayor of the municipality before the dissolution was Johann Dangl. In 1972 he became a local council in the city of Sankt Pölten and was responsible for ensuring that various projects in the Gerersdorf area were carried out and implemented.
The division of the cadastral communities was as follows: Hetzersdorf, Weitendorf, Distelburg, Grillenhöfe, Friesing, Hofing, Gerersdorf, Stainingsdorf and Eggsdorf came to the municipality of Sankt Pölten. Völlerndorf, Loipersdorf and Salau became part of the Prinzersdorf community, which was founded in 1950.
The Gerersdorf residents didn't like the lost independence at all - a community that had existed for centuries was dissolved. Resistance arose in the former community. Led by Helmut Lechner and Hans Mayer, research was carried out and an attempt was made to follow the example of the Alberndorf community . Alberndorf managed to become independent again in 1977.
A survey of the population showed that 78% of those eligible to vote were in favor of restoring the Gerersdorf community. In June 1978 the complaint was brought to the Constitutional Court. On April 27, 1981 it was finally clear: Gerersdorf will be free again by the end of December 31, 1981. This was announced on New Year's Eve in a big New Year's Eve celebration at midnight: “Gerersdorf is free!” The first municipal council elections after the re-establishment took place on March 14, 1982. Helmut Lechner became the first mayor of the new community.
On March 23, 1985, the Lower Austrian provincial government awarded the municipality of Gerersdorf the municipal coat of arms. On May 5, 1996, the whole of Austria celebrated the 1000th anniversary of the country (first documented mention) and Gerersdorf itself also celebrated its birthday - 1200 years of Gerersdorf. The years 1999–2001 brought major changes to the community's transportation system. The Westbahn was set up on three tracks and the Friesing station was closed.
The name of Gerersdorf has changed several times over the centuries. The following name changes in the course of history have been handed down:
- 1040 Geroltestorff
- 1250 Geroltsdorf
- 1313 Gerolezsdorf
- 1380 Gerestorf
- 1388 Gerolstorff
- 1393 Geroldstorff
- 1429 Gereinsdorf
- 1475 Geroltsdorf
- 1507 Gerestorf
- 1591 Gerestorff
Excerpt from the Gerersdorf homeland book on the origin of the name:
- Soon afterwards, the St. Pölten monastery was built and its surroundings were populated, including our community area. After Gerold II., Who was prefect of the Ostland from 811 to 832, the place name "Geroltzsdorf" is likely to come from, which appears for the first time around 1040 in a deed of donation from the Passau bishop to the monastery of St. Pölten.
Culture and sights
In 2001 there were 34 non-agricultural workplaces, and according to the 1999 survey there were 52 in agriculture and forestry. According to the 2001 census, the number of people in employment at home was 418. In 2001, the employment rate was 49 percent.
- Wiener Straße B 1: runs 3.2 km through the municipality
- West Autobahn A1: in the south of the municipality (north of Völlerndorf), runs 1.4 km through the municipality
- State roads: 18.8 km (14 times over the municipal boundary), connect the villages
- Municipal roads: 5.76 km (with street names in Gerersdorf), lead to all houses in the villages
- Dirt roads: 31 km (excluding 5.5 km rail sidewalks)
- Westbahn: formerly Empress Elisabeth Bahn, runs 3 km across the municipality
- Mariazellerbahn: in the south of the municipality, runs 1.8 km through the municipality
- Gerersdorf volunteer fire department
- FCU Gerersdorf / Ebersdorf
- Country youth Gerersdorf
- Catholic youth group
- Village renewal Gerersdorf
- Healthy community of Gerersdorf
- Creative women's group
- Music association Gerersdorf
- ÖKB local association Gerersdorf
- RC Racer - model car driver
- Seniors' Association
- Sportunion Gerersdorf
- Gerersdorf community bus association
With a total of 15 seats in the municipal council after the municipal council elections in Lower Austria 2015, there is the following distribution of mandates:
- ÖVP 13, SPÖ 2
- 1850–1863 Johann Staindl senior
- 1863–1866 Josef Hierner
- 1866–1888 Johann Staindl junior
- 1888–1889 Karl Riedinger
- 1889–1909 Leopold Lechner
- 1909–1922 Anton Resch
- 1922–1939 Franz Gruber
- 1939–1945 Johann Birgmayr
- 1945–1950 Franz Prisching
- 1950 Karl Fuchs
- 1950–1960 Johann Birgmayr
- 1960–1970 Franz Harm
- 1970–1971 Johann Dangl
- 1972–1981 the community Gerersdorf was dissolved
- 1982–1990 Helmut Lechner
- 1990-2006 Josef Ramler
- since 2006 Herbert Wandl (ÖVP)
coat of arms
The municipal coat of arms shows on the one hand in a divided shield two diverging, covered lions, which in its representation are part of the coat of arms of the canon monastery of St. Pölten, which exercised local authority over the community until its abolition in 1784. On the other hand, this coat of arms should visibly express the unconditional will of its community citizens to live in an independent communal community through the sacrificial bowl with upturned flames.
The colors of the municipal flag to be derived are "red-yellow-blue". This coat of arms was awarded and sealed in the Lower Austrian country house in Vienna on March 23, 1985.
- Ilona Tröls-Holzweber (* 1963), politician
- Kurt Krenn (1936–2014), auxiliary bishop
- Johann Nagl (1905–1988), farmer and politician
- Friedrich Schragl (* 1937), pastor and church historian
- Municipality of Gerersdorf Homepage of the municipality
- Regionalinformation , bev.gv.at (1,094 kB); accessed on January 10, 2020.
- Statistics Austria: Population on January 1st, 2020 by locality (area status on January 1st, 2020) , ( CSV )
- Changes to the community from 1945 (associations, partitions, name and status changes). Statistics Austria, p. 84 , accessed on February 6, 2019 .
- Election results for the 2015 municipal council election in Gerersdorf. Office of the Lower Austrian State Government, December 1, 2015, accessed on February 12, 2019 .