Grafendorf near Hartberg

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Grafendorf near Hartberg
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Grafendorf near Hartberg (Austria)
Grafendorf near Hartberg
Basic data
Country: Austria
State : Styria
Political District : Hartberg-Fürstenfeld
License plate : HF (from 1.7.2013; old: HB)
Surface: 45.7 km²
Coordinates : 47 ° 20 '  N , 15 ° 59'  E Coordinates: 47 ° 20 '25 "  N , 15 ° 59' 27"  E
Height : 384  m above sea level A.
Residents : 3,161 (January 1, 2020)
Postcodes : 8232, 8230, 8233
Area code : 03338
Community code : 6 22 68
Address of the
municipal administration:
Hauptplatz 47
8232 Grafendorf near Hartberg
Mayor : Johann Handler ( ÖVP )
Municipal Council : (2020)
(21 members)
A total of 21 seats
Location of Grafendorf bei Hartberg in the Hartberg-Fürstenfeld district
Bad Blumau Bad Loipersdorf Bad Waltersdorf Buch-St. Magdalena Burgau Dechantskirchen Ebersdorf Feistritztal Friedberg Fürstenfeld Grafendorf bei Hartberg Greinbach Großsteinbach Großwilfersdorf Hartberg Hartberg Umgebung Hartl Ilz Kaindorf Lafnitz Neudau Ottendorf an der Rittschein Pinggau Pöllau Pöllauberg Rohr bei Hartberg Rohrbach an der Lafnitz Sankt Jakob im Walde Sankt Johann in der Haide Sankt Lorenzen am Wechsel Schäffern Söchau Stubenberg Vorau Waldbach-Mönichwald Wenigzell SteiermarkLocation of the community Grafendorf bei Hartberg in the Hartberg-Fürstenfeld district (clickable map)
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Grafendorf from the northwest
Grafendorf from the northwest
Source: Municipal data from Statistics Austria
Rectory in Grafendorf
Kirchberg am Walde Castle
Grafendorf local history museum
The new fire station in Grafendorf
Former sacristan's house in Pongrazen

Grafendorf bei Hartberg is a market town with 3,161 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2020) in the east of Styria in the judicial district of Fürstenfeld and in the political district of Hartberg-Fürstenfeld . Since 2015, it has been merged with the Stambach community as part of the Styrian community structural reform , the new community continues the name "Grafendorf bei Hartberg".


Geographical location

Grafendorf bei Hartberg is located in the eastern Styrian hill country about six kilometers north of the district capital Hartberg near the border with Burgenland . The Hartberger Safen rises in the north of the market town and then flows through it lengthways and takes in numerous smaller streams. The eastern part of the municipality is drained by the Lungitzbach , a right tributary of the Lafnitz .

Community structure

The municipal area comprises the following eleven localities (population in brackets, as of January 1, 2020):

  • Erdwegen (174) with Grub, Kleinerdwegen, Piber, Schmiedjokl, Straßleiten and Winzenhof
  • Grafendorf near Hartberg (1119) with Grafenberg and Grafendorf train station
  • Kleinlungitz (208) with Steinfeld
  • Lechen (147)
  • Obersafen (170) with Obersafenberg
  • Pongratzen (170)
  • Reibersdorf (58)
  • Seibersdorf am Hammerwald (556)
  • Stambach (280)
  • Untersafen (136) with Untersafenberg
  • Zeilerviertel (143)

The community consists of six cadastral communities

  • Dirt roads (790.44 ha)
  • Grafendorf (394.66 ha)
  • Gräflerviertl (696.22 ha)
  • Obersafen (324.42 ha)
  • Seibersdorf (316.71 ha)
  • Stambach (2,047.81 ha)


In 1959 the independent communities Erdwegen, Gräflerviertl, Obersafen and Seibersdorf am Hammerwald were united with Grafendorf bei Hartberg.

Neighboring communities

Advance Rohrbach an der Lafnitz Lafnitz
Pöllauberg Neighboring communities Lafnitz
Greinbach Sankt Johann in der Haide


The area around Grafendorf was already settled in the Neolithic , as some finds show. When the Romans around 15 BC BC as far as the Danube, today's municipal area became part of the province of Noricum . Some finds indicate a settlement.

Subsequently, the Slavs settled the municipality. At the end of the 8th century, it came to the Frankish Empire through Charlemagne . Soon after, Eastern Styria was conquered by the Hungarians , so that the settlement only after the reconquest by Heinrich III. could be continued.

Around 1130, the place Grafendorf was founded by Ekbert II von Formbach-Pitten as a two-line grave village complex.

Grafendorf was first mentioned in a document in 1144 and was called very well known . In 1158 the Vornbach monastery became the landlord through a donation, the administration was carried out from the Gloggnitz provost's office. Grafendorf remained in the possession of Vornbach Monastery until the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss in 1803, after which it fell to the state and was auctioned off to the owner of a glass factory in 1815.

From 1831 to 1838 the Vorau Abbey was the landlord of Grafendorf before it became an independent municipality in 1849. In 1964 Grafendorf was raised to a market town.

Population development

Culture and sights

  • The 3-castle hiking trail leads to Schloss Kirchberg am Walde , Schloss Aichberg and Schloss Reiterau .
  • Kirchberg am Walde Castle was initially built as a castle around 1130. It was the seat of power and the starting point for the settlement of the municipality. After the destruction by the Turks, the castle was rebuilt in 1532 by Count Trauttmansdorff , who were owners from 1443 to 1669.
Since 1923, today's castle has housed an agricultural school and education center for agriculture and forestry in Eastern Styria.
  • Catholic parish church Grafendorf near Hartberg hl. Michael
  • The Grafendorf local history museum shows the development of the community area from the Neolithic, Roman and Middle Ages to the present day. It is only open by prior arrangement.

Economy and Infrastructure


Grafendorf bei Hartberg is located directly on the Wechsel road B 54 to Friedberg and Hartberg. The south autobahn A2 to Graz and Vienna can be reached via the Hartberg junction (115) and is around nine kilometers away.

Grafendorf train station is on a hill outside the village. It offers access to the Thermenbahn with the Friedberg - Hartberg - Fehring route and regional train connections every two hours .



Mayor of the community is the employee Johann Handler (ÖVP).

The community board also includes the first vice mayor Harald Pöltl (ÖVP), the second vice mayor Gerald Hofer (FPÖ), the community treasurer Johann Rechberger (ÖVP) and board member Bernhard Winkler (SPÖ).

Municipal council

The last municipal council elections brought the following results:
Political party 2015 2010 1) 2005 2000 1995 1990
be right % Mandates St. % M. St. % M. St. % M. St. % M. St. % M.
ÖVP 1124 56 12 1327 61 2) 988 60 9 951 60 10 904 57 9 998 64 10
SPÖ 0330 17th 03 0393 18th 2) 514 31 5 218 14th 02 283 18th 2 284 18th 03
FPÖ 0543 27 06th 0446 21st 2) 146 09 1 272 17th 02 399 25th 4th 273 18th 02
Renewal for Grafendorf not running not running not running 151 09 01 not running not running
voter turnout 78% 84% 83% 83% 89% 92%
Mayor Johann Handler

1) The amalgamation of municipalities that has now taken place was reflected in the election results.
2) In the case of merged municipalities, the fictitious comparison vote shows the total number of votes from the original municipalities. Therefore, mandate comparisons are not possible.

coat of arms

AUT Grafendorf near Hartberg.jpg

The Styrian state government gave the market town of Grafendorf bei Hartberg its own coat of arms on August 1, 1964. Due to the amalgamation of the municipalities, the coat of arms lost its official validity on January 1st, 2015. The re-award took place with effect from January 1, 2016.
The blazon (description of the coat of arms) reads: A red griffin in a silver shield.


Honorary citizen

Sons and daughters of the church

Individual evidence

  1. City council election 2020 - results Grafendorf bei Hartberg. , accessed on August 22, 2020 .
  2. ^ Announcement of the Styrian state government of December 12, 2013 on the unification of the market community Grafendorf bei Hartberg and the community Stambach, both political district Hartberg-Fürstenfeld. Styrian Provincial Law Gazette of December 20, 2013. No. 171, 37th issue. ZDB ID 705127-x . Pp. 712-713.
  3. Statistics Austria: Population on January 1st, 2020 by locality (area status on January 1st, 2020) , ( CSV )
  4. a b Kramer - Mirsch - Rupp: DAHEIM IN ... Documentation of the communities in the Hartberg district. Scripta Verlag, 1996, p. 106 .
  5. Entry about Kirchberg am Walde (Styria) on Burgen-Austria
  6. ^ Kramer - Mirsch - Rupp: DAHEIM IN ... Documentation of the communities in the Hartberg district. Scripta Verlag, 1996, p. 107 .
  7. Tourism region Formbacherland: Municipal Board ( Memento of the original from May 2, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed May 19, 2015 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  8. Elections. Accessed March 31, 2020 .
  9. 131. Announcement of the Styrian state government of December 17, 2015 on the granting of the right to use a municipal coat of arms to the market town of Grafendorf bei Hartberg (political district Hartberg-Fürstenfeld) , accessed on January 2, 2016

Web links

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