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Kremsmünster (Austria)
Basic data
Country: Austria
State : Upper Austria
Political District : Church Village
License plate : AI
Surface: 42.14 km²
Coordinates : 48 ° 3 '  N , 14 ° 8'  E Coordinates: 48 ° 3 '18 "  N , 14 ° 7' 51"  E
Height : 384  m above sea level A.
Residents : 6,697 (January 1, 2020)
Population density : 159 inhabitants per km²
Postal code : 4550
Area code : 07583
Community code : 4 09 07
Address of the
municipal administration:
Rathausplatz 1
4550 Kremsmünster
Mayor : Gerhard Obernberger ( ÖVP )
Municipal Council : (2015)
(31 members)
17th 7th 7th 
A total of 31 seats
Location of Kremsmünster in the Kirchdorf district
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South-east view of Kremsmünster with the monastery that dominates the townscape
South-east view of Kremsmünster
with the monastery that dominates the townscape
Source: Municipal data from Statistics Austria

Kremsmünster is a market town in Upper Austria in the Kirchdorf an der Krems district in the Traunviertel with 6697 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2020). The responsible judicial district is Kirchdorf an der Krems .

The name goes back to the Benedictine monastery Kremsmünster . It was founded in 777 and is the cultural center of the region. His famous observatory is called the Mathematical Tower .


Kremsmünster is located at 384 m above sea level in the Traunviertel, on a striking river terrace of the Krems . The municipality measures 8.9 km from north to south and 9.5 km from west to east. The total area is 42 km². 16.2% of the area is forested and 71.9% is used for agriculture.

The highest point is the Gusterberg, 2 km south , at 488 m . On its top ("tree in the middle of the world") is the former fundamental point of the national survey (1823-1830). At the end of the 19th century, the place gave its name to the Kremsmünster meridian arch , which had its central point in the monastery observatory.

Community structure

The municipality comprised the following localities:

  • Au
  • Dehenwang
  • Dirnberg
  • Egendorf
  • Grub
  • Guntendorf
  • Heiligenkreuz
  • Helmberg
  • Irndorf
  • Kirchberg
  • Kremsegg
  • Kremsmünster
  • Krift
  • Krühub
  • Mairdorf
  • Oberburgfried
  • Top tube (partially)
  • Pochendorf
  • Regau
  • Schürzendorf
  • Lower keep
  • Wolfgangstein

Neighboring communities

Sattledt ( District Wels-Land ) Sipbachzell ( District Wels-Land ) Kematen an der Krems ( district Linz-Land )
Neighboring communities Rohr im Kremstal ( district Steyr-Land )
Ried in the Traunkreis Wartberg on the Krems Bad Hall , Pfarrkirchen ( district of Steyr-Land )


Average monthly temperatures and precipitation for Kremsmünster
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. Temperature ( ° C ) 1.7 3.6 8.7 14.3 19.5 22.1 24.4 23.9 19.0 13.4 6.6 2.4 O 13.3
Min. Temperature (° C) -3.4 -2.6 1.0 4.8 9.6 12.6 14.4 14.2 10.6 6.2 1.6 -2.2 O 5.6
Temperature (° C) -1.2 0.1 4.3 9.2 14.4 17.3 19.3 18.7 14.1 9.2 3.7 -0.1 O 9.1
Precipitation ( mm ) 64 54 83 65 90 114 126 112 89 65 67 73 Σ 1.002
Humidity ( % ) 79.3 72.5 64.1 55.7 53.9 57.1 55.7 57.8 64.5 71.6 81.3 83.7 O 66.4
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec


The Benedictine monastery Kremsmünster was founded in 777 by the Bavarian Duke Tassilo III. founded. The village of Kremsmünster was first mentioned in a document in 1299. In 1489, Emperor Friedrich III. the village to the market. The Stiftsgymnasium received public rights in 1549 and is one of the most traditional educational institutions in Austria. The Kremsmünster Monastery observatory was built between 1748 and 1759. The building - the Mathematical Tower - is considered the first skyscraper in Europe.

Gusterberg (488 m), two kilometers south of the monastery, was chosen in 1817 as the fundamental point (origin of coordinates) for the Upper Austrian and Bohemian land surveying . Next to it stood the tree in the middle of the world (replanted in 1916), from which you can see almost 100 km in all directions. A lookout tower was built nearby around 2005 .

In 1910 the first power station was built in Kremsmünster.

Population development

In 1991 the community had 5,963 inhabitants according to the census; 2001 then 6,450 inhabitants, of which 811 foreigners (12.6%). The increase corresponds to a plus of 7.9% compared to 1991 with approx. 200 secondary residences. Up until 2011 there was only a slight increase to 5,458 people, as the negative birth balance almost canceled out the positive migration balance . By 2018 the community had grown again to 6,585 residents.

Culture and sights

  • Kremsmünster Abbey : The Benedictine Abbey was founded in 777 by Duke Tassilo III of Bavaria . Founded by the Agilolfinger family and has existed continuously for over 1200 years (apart from the repeal by the Nazi regime from 1940 to 1945). The monastery owns valuable collections, such as the picture gallery and the chamber of art and curiosities with the famous Tassilo chalice . The monastery runs the Kremsmünster Abbey High School , which has existed since 1549.
  • Gunther's grave in the collegiate church: The Gunther's grave, a cenotaph from white Nagelfluh , is crowned by a cover plate with the figure of the dead Gunther and is located in the bell house of the collegiate church. The cover plate dates from before 1304 and represents Gunther, the legendary son of the Bavarian Duke Tassilo III. who, according to the founding legend of the Kremsmünsterer Stift, was fatally wounded by a wild boar while hunting in the forests on the Krems. The boar, with a lance in his body, and the hunting dog Gunthers, who is said to have tracked him down, rest at the feet of Gunther, who is resting on a pillow and wrapped in Romanesque tubular garb. The strong color scheme, which is well preserved, is particularly noteworthy.
  • Kremsmünster Abbey Library : With a length of 65 m and approx. 160,000 volumes, including numerous manuscripts and incunabula , the library is one of the largest libraries in Austria.
  • Kremsmünster observatory : built from 1749 to 1758; the observatory, also known as the 'Mathematical Tower', is the first high-rise in Europe. It houses the oldest fixed weather station in Europe. The astronomer Placidus Fixlmillner worked here .
  • Fischkalter: five magnificent water basins with fish farms - surrounded by colonnades, built by Carlo Antonio Carlone (1692) and Jakob Prandtauer (1717), form their own courtyards in the monastery.

Economy and Infrastructure

The Greiner Holding has its registered office and production facilities (v. A. Plastics) in Kremsmünster. It has over 10,000 employees worldwide and an annual turnover of over 1,500 million euros. Kremsmünster is also the headquarters of the Eurofoam group .

In 1993 the international packaging glass manufacturer Vetropack takes over the Lutzky Glas glassworks . Three melting tanks of different glass colors enable a daily production of 670 tons. On August 13, 2016, after a power failure, the fire brigade took over the emergency cooling of the 1,400 ° C hot melt pools.


  • Train: Kremsmünster is on the Pyhrnbahn from Linz to Selzthal (with a connection to Graz ). Regional trains and regional express trains stop in Kremsmünster . The journey to Linz usually takes between 30 and 40 minutes, to Selzthal between 1:10 and 1:30 hours. Kremsmünster also serves as a transfer point from public transport bus or car (20 km) from Wels to the Pyhrnbahn in the south, i.e. Selzthal and on to Graz.


The municipal council has 31 members (17 ÖVP, 7 SPÖ, 7 FPÖ).


  • until 2009 Franz Fellinger (ÖVP)
  • since 2009 Gerhard Obernberger (ÖVP)

coat of arms

Blazon: In green a black, red armored, jumping boar with silver tusks and fangs, pierced by a golden, kinked hunting spear in a red, bleeding wound.

The motif refers to the founding legend of the monastery, which reports that Duke Tassilo III. von Baiern had the monastery built on the Krems as a memorial site at the point where his son Gunther, who was bleeding to death under the tusks of an angry boar wounded with a hunting spear, was found dead.


Sons and daughters of the church

Personalities associated with the community


  • Market community Kremsmünster (Ed.): Market Kremsmünster 1489–1989. Kremsmünster 1989.

Web links

Commons : Kremsmünster  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Statistics Austria, A look at the municipality of Kremsmünster, population development. Retrieved March 23, 2019 .
  2. Volker Witt: 250 years of the Kremsmünster observatory. In: Stars and Space 6/2008, pp. 80–85
  3. Vetropack Group> History of Vetropack - 1911 ... today Vetropack Holding AG website, © 2007, accessed August 14, 2016.
  4. ↑ Large-scale fire service due to liquid glass, August 14, 2016, accessed August 14, 2016.
  5. ^ Province of Upper Austria, coat of arms of the municipality of Kremsmünster. Retrieved March 23, 2019 .