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Greifenburg (Austria)
Basic data
Country: Austria
State : Carinthia
Political District : Spittal an der Drau
License plate : SP
Surface: 76.22 km²
Coordinates : 46 ° 45 '  N , 13 ° 11'  E Coordinates: 46 ° 45 '2 "  N , 13 ° 10' 47"  E
Height : 644  m above sea level A.
Residents : 1,733 (January 1, 2020)
Population density : 23 inhabitants per km²
Postal code : 9761
Area code : 0 47 12
Community code : 2 06 09
Address of the
municipal administration:
No. 240, 9761 Greifenburg
Mayor : Josef Brandner ( ÖVP )
Municipal Council : ( 2015 )
(15 members)
7th 4th 4th 
A total of 15 seats
Location of Greifenburg in the Spittal an der Drau district
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View of Greifenburg
View of Greifenburg
Source: Municipal data from Statistics Austria

Greifenburg is a market town with 1733 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2020) in the upper Drautal . It belongs to the Spittal an der Drau district in Carinthia .


Geographical location

Greifenburg is located in a narrow basin of the Upper Drautal between the Kreuzeck group in the north and the Gailtal Alps in the south. The water-rich Drautal, which is usually only 1 km wide, widens to about twice the width at Greifenburg and the east adjacent Steinfeld .

While the southern slope of the valley initially rises only moderately up to a valley shoulder , the northern slope is up to 70% steep. Five kilometers to the northwest is the Hochtristen mountain ( 2536  m ), with the Emberger Alm ( 1800  m ) on the southern flank . A mountain road leads to this high alpine pasture, which is also known as a ski area with guaranteed snow and for its clear view. At the Alpenhof Sattlegger , the Stella Carinthia astronomy association built a small observatory where an international telescope meeting takes place every autumn .

Community structure

The community is divided into the three cadastral communities Bruggen, Greifenburg and Kerschbaum. The municipality includes the following 18 localities (population in brackets as of January 1, 2020):

  • Amberg (69)
  • Amlach (35)
  • Bruggen (61)
  • Even (9)
  • Egg (4)
  • Gnoppnitz (63)
  • Greifenburg (1025)
  • Semolina (76)
  • Hauzendorf (116)
  • Lime (6)
  • Kerschbaum (54)
  • Kreuzberg (7)
  • Pobersach (63)
  • Rasdorf (16)
  • Troebelsberg (20)
  • Waisach (87)
  • Water barrow (13)
  • Weneberg (9)
Waisach from the northwest


According to the 2001 census, the community of Greifenburg has 1911 inhabitants, 91.7% of whom are Austrian citizens , 4.0% come from Croatia and 1.9% from Bosnia-Herzegovina . 86.7% of the population profess the Roman Catholic Church , 7.2% the Evangelical Church and 1.9% Islam , 3.1% have no religious beliefs.

From 1951 to 1971 the community had over 2,000 inhabitants. Since then, the number of inhabitants has been falling, as the slightly positive birth balance is exceeded by a mostly strongly negative migration balance .


The Greifenburg area was already settled in Roman times, which has been proven by finds. The Roman road station Bilachium was probably located in today's municipal area. From the Itinerarium Antonini the information for the Drau valley (from Innichen / Littamum to Villach / Santicum) is missing, but the distance information for the Via Julia Augusta leading from Aquileia to the north into the Alps , with the course Aquileia - Tricesimum - Iulio Carnico ( Zuglio) - Larice (St.Daniel / Weidenburg) - Bilachium (Radlach), accept this. At the same time it was the head station for the Römerwege from the Kreuzbergsattel .

The place was first mentioned in 1166 when the Lords of Greifenburg acted as witnesses for the Salzburg Archbishop. In 1267 Greifenburg was mentioned as a market, although an earlier construction of the market at the intersection between Drautalstrasse and Kreuzbergstrasse under the Carinthian Duke Bernhard von Spanheim around 1210 cannot be ruled out.

The citizenry gained in importance mainly through growing trade in the late 14th century.

Culture and sights

See also:  List of listed objects in Greifenburg


  • Greifenburg Castle
  • Greifenburg parish church
  • Waisach parish church


  • Mountain farming museum in Gnoppnitz


Greifenburg landing site
  • Paragliding and hang-gliding on the Emberger Alm : In the recent past, Greifenburg has become an important venue for competitions in both sports, and Greifenburg is known to all pilots as a flying paradise.
  • In 2004 the kite flying world championships ( FAI 1) for women, fixed-wing aircraft (FAI 5) and Swift devices (FAI 2) took place here
  • The soccer club SV Greifenburg plays in the Carinthian minor league.
  • The fire brigade Bruggen provides the national champion 2007 and the winner of the district cup of 2005, 2006 and 2010 as part of the fire brigade competitions.


Municipal council

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

The directly elected mayor is Josef Brandner (ÖVP).

coat of arms

Coat of arms at habenburg.png On October 20, 1593, Archduke Maximilian granted Markt Greifenburg the right to use a coat of arms, which was used in a larger and a smaller seal until the 19th century. The coat of arms was re-certified for the market town in 1971. The heraldic description of the coat of arms reads:

"In a red-white-red shield, an erect, red-tongued, golden griffin with a thrown back."

The mythical animal griffin is represented with the body of a lion, the head, the wings and the claws of an eagle. The rule of the Habsburgs over the market was supposed to be expressed with the Austrian shield .

The flag is red and white with an incorporated coat of arms.

Town twinning


Monument to Peter Funder
  • Peter Funder (1820–1886), Prince-Bishop of the Diocese of Gurk from 1881 to 1886, was born in Bruggen
  • Erika Iberer (1906–1984), writer
  • Baldur Preiml (* 1939 in Bruggen), ski jumper, trainer and "father" of the Austrian ski jumping wonder team of the 1970s, former teacher at the ski school in Stams , former head of the sports department of the Federal Ministry for Education, Art and Sport, author

Web links

Commons : Greifenburg  - 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. ^ Statistics Austria, population census, demographic data. May 15, 2001, accessed March 3, 2019 .
  3. ^ Statistics Austria, A look at the community of Greifenburg, population development. Retrieved March 3, 2019 .
  4. ^ Quoted from Wilhelm Deuer: Die Kärntner Gemeindewappen , p. 124. Verlag des Kärntner Landesarchiv, Klagenfurt 2006, ISBN 3-900531-64-1