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Königswiesen (Austria)
Basic data
Country: Austria
State : Upper Austria
Political District : Free City
License plate : FR
Surface: 73.38 km²
Coordinates : 48 ° 24 '  N , 14 ° 50'  E Coordinates: 48 ° 24 '28 "  N , 14 ° 50' 29"  E
Height : 614  m above sea level A.
Residents : 3,083 (January 1, 2020)
Postal code : 4280
Area code : 07955
Community code : 4 06 08
Address of the
municipal administration:
Market 2
4280 Königswiesen
Website: www.koenigswiesen.at
Mayor : Johann Holzmann ( ÖVP )
Municipal Council : (2015)
(25 members)
16 4th 
A total of 25 seats
Location of Königswiesen in the Freistadt district
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Source: Municipal data from Statistics Austria

Königswiesen is a market town in Upper Austria in the Freistadt district in the Mühlviertel with 3083 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2020). The municipality is located in the judicial district of Perg .


Königswiesen is located at an altitude of 610 m in the Mühlviertel . The extension is 14.3 km from north to south and 12.1 km from west to east. The total area is 73.39 km². 38.8 km² of the area are forested (52.8%) and 32.1 km² (43.7%) of the area is used for agriculture. 0.3 km² (0.4%) are building area and 0.3 km² (0.4%) are gardens, another 0.2 km² are water bodies (0.2%). The rest are other areas 1.7 km² (2.3%).

Community structure:

The municipality includes the following 17 localities (population in brackets as of January 1, 2020):

  • Ebrixedt (86) including Rempersdorf
  • Haid (212) together with thesereith and Haid-strewn houses
  • Harlingsedt (110)
  • Hörzenschlag (82) including Hörzenschlag-Scattered Houses
  • Kastendorf (132)
  • Königswiesen (1266)
  • Mayrhof (60)
  • Mönchdorf (528)
  • Monk Forest (97)
  • Mötlasberg (142)
  • Paroxedt (55)
  • Pernedt (109)
  • Salchenedt (42)
  • Blow (48)
  • Schreineredt (45) including Kaltenberg
  • Dust (62)
  • Foundation (7)

The community consists of the cadastral communities Haid, Königswiesen, Mönchdorf, Mötlas and Paroxedt.

Neighboring municipalities:

Unterweißbach Liebenau Arbesbach (Lower Austria)
Pierbach Neighboring communities Altmelon (Lower Austria)
St. Thomas on the bladder stone Pabneukirchen St. Georgen am Walde


Center of Königswiesen

The area of ​​today's Königswiesen was cleared and settled in the 2nd half of the 11th century. Before that, a mule track led from Linz into the Waldviertel, the Königswiesner mule track , as mentioned in the Raffelstättner customs regulations. At the current location of the place there used to be a rest stop for the merchant trains, from which the place developed. Königswiesen is mentioned for the first time in a document around 1147 and was granted market rights forum Chunigiswiesen by King Rudolf von Habsburg on July 18, 1279 . As an important trading center, the market was given the same rights as Enns ; a market was held every Monday.

The place name indicates a piece of land that was owned by the king and repeatedly given to fiefdoms, for example in 1147 to the Lords of Machland , 1247 to Ulrich and Kapeller , 1418 to the Wallseer , 1494 to the Lichtensteiner and 1574 to Helfrich and Meggau. The settlement belonged completely to the rule Ruttenstein , the parish was subordinate to Waldhausen. Since 1490 it has been assigned to the Principality of Austria ob der Enns .

Under Emperor Maximilian II the rule came to Hans Jakob Löbl around 1571 . At the time of the Hussite Wars (around 1423), the Tabor was built as a redoubt against the enemy; it served as a gathering place and base in the Upper Austrian Peasants' War in 1626. During the time of the Turkish siege of Vienna (1683), the ski jump was repaired and partially rebuilt.

At that time, the market judge was in charge of market transactions and ruled with the councils on cases of low jurisdiction . The pillory from 1635 on Kirchenplatz documents this jurisdiction. The high jurisdiction held the rule Ruttenstein, the pillory was in the Marktburgfried. A silver welcome mug from 1600 is still preserved, which is probably the only one preserved in all of Upper Austria. The welcome cup was filled with wine and given to the guest by the market judge on festive occasions. A first school was mentioned around 1612.

During the Napoleonic Wars , the place was occupied several times. Numerous fires plagued the market, in particular the fires of 1563 and 1880 destroyed large parts of the town. In 1823 a new school building was built. In 1848 the community was established in the present-day sense. The first stagecoach ran in 1853, and the first post office was built in 1864. Around 1900, Ephraim Freynschlag converted the hammer to an electric drive, and the place also got electric lighting. Since 1918 the place belongs to the federal state of Upper Austria.

After the annexation of Austria to the German Reich on March 13, 1938, the place belonged to the Gau Oberdonau . The NSDAP local group leader in Königswiesen was the doctor Dr. Weithner . At least two community members were murdered as part of the T4 campaign . The last fighting of the Second World War in Upper Austria took place in Königswiesen: On May 6, 1945 , SS units attacked the vanguard of the 11th US Armored Division four kilometers south of the town near Kappermühle . The skirmish claimed several lives on both sides.

After 1945 Königswiesen was in the Soviet zone of occupation; after 1955 the infrastructure was expanded and improved. In 1953 a strong storm raged which felled numerous trees and covered houses. In recent years, the place has been awarded eight state prizes in flower decoration competitions, which is why Königswiesen received the nickname " Flower Island" of the Mühlviertel . Until the end of 2002, the community belonged to the judicial district Unter Weißenbach , from 2003 to 2013 to the judicial district Pregarten , and on January 1, 2013 it was assigned to the judicial district Perg .


Population development
year Residents   year Residents
1869 2,663   1951 2,717
1880 2,756   1961 2,707
1890 2,692   1971 2,921
1900 2,783   1981 3,057
1910 2,771   1991 3,090
1923 2,707   2001 3.123
1934 2,727   2008 3.158
1939 2,703

Development and structure

In 1869, 2663 people lived in the municipality. In the following period the population stagnated and remained almost the same until 1961. Growth has been recorded since 1961, especially until 1981. After that, growth slowed. In 1991 the community had 3,090 inhabitants, in the 2001 census already 3,123, which corresponds to an increase of 1%. On January 1st, 2008 the community had 3,158 inhabitants, the highest level in history.

In the 2001 census, the proportion of residents aged 60 and over was 17.7%; 21.2% were under 15 years old. The proportion of the female population was 50.1%.

Of the 2,460 residents of Königswiesen, who were over 15 years old in 2001, 3.2% had graduated from a university , technical college or academy . A further 4.1% had completed a Matura , 43.7% had completed an apprenticeship or a vocational middle school and 48.9% of all Königswiesener had compulsory school as the highest qualification.

Origin and language

The German dialect, which is generally spoken in the Königswiesen area and in Upper Austria, is Middle Bavarian . In 2001, 99.4% of Königswiesener gave German as a colloquial language. Another 0.3% spoke mostly Bosnian , the rest spoke other languages.

The proportion of Königswiesener with foreign citizenship was 0.5% in 2001, well below the average in Upper Austria. 0.3% of the Königswiesen population had citizenship from Bosnia-Herzegovina and 0.2% were citizens from other countries. In 2001, around 1.1% of the people of Königswiesen were born in a country other than Austria.

coat of arms

Koenigswiesen coat of arms

Blazon : The municipal coat of arms is divided by silver and black; above a naturally colored (brown), growing rabbit. The coat of arms symbolizes the castle law of free hare hunting described in 1554. The colors white and black indicate the people of Wallsee , who held the lien over Königswiesen in the 15th century. The municipality colors are: black-white-green.

The time of the award of the municipal coat of arms is not known. The first evidence is an imprint of a seal on an act in 1677. The seal was inscribed: SIGILL. OF . MARKET. KINIGSBISN . The municipal colors were approved on October 6, 1980.


The municipal council and mayoral elections take place every six years, at the same time as the state elections. Since 1945 the ÖVP has always achieved an absolute majority. The second strongest party was always the SPÖ . The FPÖ was usually the third largest party. In 2009, the ÖVP became the party with the strongest vote with 69.6% and again governs with an absolute majority.

Parish church Koenigswiesen loop rib vault in the interior
The fountain on the market square comes from Windhaag Castle

The municipal council election in 2009 with a turnout of 83.34% produced the following result:

Party / political grouping voting
Seats on the local council Verän-
ÖVP 69.57% + 4.93% 18th +1
SPÖ 18.51% -10.34% 4th -3
FPÖ 11.92% + 5.41% 3 +2

The municipal council consists of 25 members.

Mayor of the community is Johann Holzmann from the ÖVP, he was confirmed in office in the 2009 municipal council election with 90.99% of the votes.

Königswiesen is a member of the Association for Regional and Tourism Development Mühlviertler Alm .

Culture and sights


  • Museum for Heimat und Gewerbe ("Heimathaus Königswiesen"): The Heimathaus is dedicated to the subject of handicrafts. I.a. the craft of blacksmiths, saddlers, shoemakers and weavers is presented in the museum rooms. A bakery from 1898 that has been preserved in its original condition can also be seen.
  • Zündapp motorcycle museum: the history of the Zündapp company is shown in the inner courtyard of the home building in the Zündapp motorcycle museum . The heart of the exhibition is an extensive collection of old motorcycles.

Natural monuments

  • Klammleiten: A deep, narrow valley with an old mill


  • Ski area: Königswiesen has a small ski area with two drag lifts.
  • outdoor pool
  • Johannesweg : The Johannesweg , a supraregional hiking and pilgrimage route , leads through the municipality .



The Königswiesener Straße runs through the municipality from northeast to southwest. In Königswiesen, Greiner Straße B 119a begins to turn off , which joins Greiner Straße B 119 in the village of Linden in the neighboring municipality of St. Georgen am Walde.

Public facilities

  • There are two doctors (general practitioners) in the community.
  • Voluntary fire brigade : There are three volunteer fire brigades in Königswiesen, Haid and Mönchdorf in the municipality.


Sons and daughters:

Individual evidence

  1. Statistics Austria: Population on January 1st, 2020 by locality (area status on January 1st, 2020) , ( CSV )
  2. The above information from or in more detail in: Franz Stein Maßl, Hakenkreuz im Hügelland, pp. 241-251 and Edmund Merl, Occupation Time in Mühlviertel, p. 40.
  3. a b Statistics Austria: Population and components of population development (download as pdf; 35 kB)
  4. a b c 2001 census: demographic data (download as pdf; 10 kB)
  5. ^ Province of Upper Austria, regional history: coat of arms of the municipality of Königswiesen (accessed on October 29, 2008)
  6. Municipal election Königswiesen  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (accessed on October 11, 2009)@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / wahl.land-oberoesterreich.gv.at  


  • Historical bibliography in the forum OoeGeschichte.at
  • Edmund Merl: Occupation in the Mühlviertel. Based on the development in the political district of Freistadt. Linz 1980.
  • Franz Stein Maßl: The swastika in the hill country. National Socialism, Resistance and Persecution in the Freistadt District 1938–1945. Edition History of Homeland 1988.

Web links

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