Kaltenberg (Upper Austria)

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Kaltenberg (Upper Austria)
Basic data
Country: Austria
State : Upper Austria
Political District : Free City
License plate : FR
Surface: 17.2 km²
Coordinates : 48 ° 27 '  N , 14 ° 46'  E Coordinates: 48 ° 27 '0 "  N , 14 ° 46' 0"  E
Height : 842  m above sea level A.
Residents : 620 (January 1, 2020)
Population density : 36 inhabitants per km²
Postal code : 4273
Area code : 07956
Community code : 4 06 06
Address of the
municipal administration:
Kaltenberg No. 2
4273 Kaltenberg
Website: www.kaltenberg.at
Mayor : Alois Reithmayr ( ÖVP )
Municipal Council : (2015)
(13 members)
A total of 13 seats
Location of Kaltenberg in the Freistadt district
Bad Zell Freistadt Grünbach Gutau Hagenberg im Mühlkreis Hirschbach im Mühlkreis Kaltenberg Kefermarkt Königswiesen Lasberg Leopoldschlag Liebenau Neumarkt im Mühlkreis Pierbach Pregarten Rainbach im Mühlkreis Sandl St. Leonhard bei Freistadt St. Oswald bei Freistadt Schönau im Mühlkreis Tragwein Unterweißenbach Unterweitersdorf Waldburg Wartberg ob der Aist Weitersfelden Windhaag bei Freistadt OberösterreichLocation of the municipality of Kaltenberg (Upper Austria) in the Freistadt district (clickable map)
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Source: Municipal data from Statistics Austria


Kaltenberg is a municipality in Upper Austria in the district of Freistadt in the Mühlviertel with 620 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2020). The community is located in the judicial district of Freistadt .


Kaltenberg is 842 m above sea level in the Mühlviertel. The extension is 5.4 km from north to south and 6.4 km from west to east. The total area is 17.1 km². 6.1% of the area is forested and 10.5% of the area is used for agriculture.

Community structure

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

  • Ebenort (104) including Ebenort-Scattered Houses
  • Kaltenberg (190) including Kaltenberg-scattered houses
  • Markersreith (40)
  • Nadelberg (25)
  • Pieberbach (96) including Firling
  • Silberberg (71) including Silberberg-scattered houses
  • Tischberg (52)
  • Weidenau (42)

The community consists of the cadastral communities Markersreith and Silberberg.

Neighboring communities

Weitersfelden Neighboring communities Unterweißbach
St. Leonhard Schönau


Municipal Office Kaltenberg (2013)

Kaltenberg was founded on the grounds of the former Kaltenberger Gut, from which the current name of the community was derived. The development of the place is closely related to the Marian pilgrimage. The original chapel is located around 300 meters north of the center, to which numerous pilgrims made pilgrimages every year. Due to the large number of pilgrims, the Ruttenstein lordship built a branch church of the Unterweißbach parish, which was consecrated in 1658.

Kaltenberg has been its own parish since 1785 and enlarged the church to its present size between 1798 and 1803. The statue of the Virgin Mary, which is estimated to be around 500 years old, stands by the high altar. Kaltenberg became the second largest Marian pilgrimage site in the Mühlviertel.

It was not until 1921 that Kaltenberg was set up as a separate municipality by separating today's municipal area from Unterweißbach. In 1938 the community was reunited with Unterweißbach, but was restored in 1947. The restoration took place because Kaltenberg can survive without constant financial help. After the Second World War , the infrastructure was expanded, and in 1968 the municipal coat of arms was awarded. Until the end of 2002, the community belonged to the Unterweißbach judicial district and was assigned to the Freistadt judicial district on January 1, 2003 .


Population development
year Residents   year Residents
1869 630   1951 659
1880 668   1961 672
1890 624   1971 701
1900 603   1981 694
1910 619   1991 666
1923 625   2001 655
1934 653   2008 641
1939 666

Development and structure

In 1869, 630 people lived in the municipality. By 1971 the population had grown to 701, the highest level in history. The population has been decreasing since 1971, which is probably due to the decentralized location. In 1991 the community had 666 inhabitants, at the 2001 census only 655, which corresponds to a decrease of 1.7%. On January 1st, 2008 the community had 641 inhabitants.

In the 2001 census, the proportion of residents aged 60 and over was 16.8%; 22.9% were under 15 years old. The proportion of the female population was 48.1%.

Of the 505 residents of Kaltenberg who were over 15 years old in 2001, 2.2% had graduated from a university , technical college or academy . Another 4.6% had completed a high school diploma, 39.2% had completed an apprenticeship or a vocational middle school , and 54.1% of all Kaltenbergers had compulsory school as the highest qualification.

Origin and language

The German dialect, which is commonly spoken in the Kaltenberg area and in Upper Austria, is Middle Bavarian . In 2001, 99.7% of the people from Kaltenberg stated German as a colloquial language. The remaining 0.3% spoke other languages.

The proportion of Kaltenbergers with foreign citizenship was 0% in 2001, which is very far below the average for Upper Austria. Only people born in Austria live in Kaltenberg and no community resident has a foreign citizenship.


The municipal council and mayoral elections take place every six years, at the same time as the state elections. Since 1945 the ÖVP always achieved an absolute majority, between 1949 and 1973 always 100%. The second strongest party was always the SPÖ between 1985 and 1997 ; the party did not take part in 2003. The FPÖ occurs sporadically, most recently in 2003 and became the second strongest party. In 2003, the ÖVP was the party with the strongest vote with 87.7% and governs with an absolute majority. There were only minor changes in the 2009 elections, the ÖVP had to cede a mandate to the FPÖ.

The 2009 municipal council elections with a turnout of 93.1% gave the following result:

Party / political grouping voting
Seats on the local council Verän-
ÖVP 83.0% -4.8% 11 -1
FPÖ 17.0% + 4.8% 2 +1

Mayor of the community is Alois Reithmayr from the ÖVP. The municipal council consists of 13 members.

The next municipal council election will be held in 2015.

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


The Kaltenberg volunteer fire brigade has a close relationship with the German partner fire brigade Lünen .

coat of arms

Kaltenberg coat of arms

The municipal coat of arms shows a blue, heraldic lily in gold over three green tips rising from the base of the shield. The lily, attribute of the Mother of God , shows the importance of the community as a place of pilgrimage to Mary. The green tips symbolize the community's abundance of forests. The community colors are yellow-green.

The municipal coat of arms and colors were awarded on May 27, 1968.

Culture and sights

Gable facade with tower of the pilgrimage church (2010)
See also:  List of listed objects in Kaltenberg (Upper Austria)
Natural monuments
  • Weathering of wool sacks in the municipal area

Economy and Infrastructure

Traffic routes

Kaltenberg is crossed by the Nordwaldkamm-Landesstraße (L 579) from east to west. On the eastern edge of the municipality, the Kaltenberger Bezirksstraße (L 1448) leads from north to south.

The supraregional Johannesweg hiking and pilgrimage route leads from Weitersfelden via the main town to Unterweißbach.

Public institutions and education

A kindergarten and a primary school are available in the village . There is also a library .

There are two volunteer fire brigades in the municipality , one in Kaltenberg, the second in Silberberg.



  • Heinrich Koller: Kaltenberg in the highlands of the lower Mühlviertel . Kaltenberg pilgrimage song, the pilgrimage site Kaltenberg, chapel building, the miraculous image, consecration of the chapel, the Kaltenberg call for help, building the church and elevation to the parish, equipment of the church, the original chapel, the rectory, the mountain cross, altitude and water supply, miracles, pastoral care and pastoral care in Kaltenberg . Salzburger Pressverein, 3rd edition, Salzburg 2002, 24 pages.
  • Historical bibliography in the forum OoeGeschichte.at

Web links

Commons : Kaltenberg  - 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. a b Statistics Austria: Population and components of population development (download as pdf; 35 kB)
  3. a b c 2001 census: demographic data (download as pdf; 10 kB)
  4. Municipal elections percentages: Municipal elections Kaltenberg  ( 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 October 29, 2008)@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / www2.land-oberoesterreich.gv.at  
  5. http://wahl.land-oberoesterreich.gv.at/whlp/WHLPErresultEingelangtNEU.jsp?wahlNameKurz=G09&gemeindeNummerLink=40606  ( 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.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / wahl.land-oberoesterreich.gv.at  
  6. ^ Province of Upper Austria, regional history: coat of arms of the municipality of Kaltenberg (accessed on October 29, 2008)