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Liezen (Austria)
Basic data
Country: Austria
State : Styria
Political District : Liezen
License plate : LI
Surface: 91.73 km²
Coordinates : 47 ° 34 '  N , 14 ° 14'  E Coordinates: 47 ° 34 '4 "  N , 14 ° 14' 30"  E
Height : 664  m above sea level A.
Residents : 8,266 (January 1, 2020)
Postal code : 8940
Area code : 03612
Community code : 6 12 59
Address of the
municipal administration:
Rathausplatz 1
8940 Liezen
Mayoress : Roswitha Glashüttner ( SPÖ )
Municipal Council : ( 2020 )
(25 members)
11 10 
A total of 25 seats
Location of Liezen in the Liezen district
Aich (Expositur Gröbming) Gröbming (Expositur Gröbming) Haus (Expositur Gröbming) Michaelerberg-Pruggern (Expositur Gröbming) Mitterberg-Sankt Martin (Expositur Gröbming) Öblarn (Expositur Gröbming) Ramsau am Dachstein (Expositur Gröbming) Schladming (Expositur Gröbming) Sölk (Expositur Gröbming) Admont Aigen im Ennstal Altaussee Altenmarkt bei Sankt Gallen Ardning Bad Aussee Bad Mitterndorf Gaishorn am See Grundlsee Irdning-Donnersbachtal Landl Lassing Liezen Rottenmann Sankt Gallen (Steiermark) Selzthal Stainach-Pürgg Trieben Wildalpen Wörschach SteiermarkOverview map of the communities in the entire Liezen district
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Town hall of Liezen
Town hall of Liezen
Source: Municipal data from Statistics Austria
Liezen with a view of Grimming,
S. Kölbl, lith. 1830
The Liezen Dumba Villa around 1880

Liezen is a city with 8,266 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2020) in the Styrian Ennstal and capital of the Liezen district , the largest district in Austria in terms of area. Liezen is an industrial and administrative city . Authorities that are based in Liezen include the tax office and the Liezen district authority (with political branch in Gröbming ), the building district management , the district court ( Liezen judicial district ) and the surveying office .


Geographical location

Liezen is an old mining and industrial town, but only very few old buildings remain. The main square in particular consists only of new buildings. The historic town of Rottenmann, about ten kilometers to the south, used to be the administrative center. Liezen is located on the northern edge of the Ennstal , about one kilometer from the flood-prone banks of the Enns . In the valley widening at the foot of the Pyhrn Pass , which crosses the Limestone Alps to Upper Austria , the Pyhrnbach flows into the Enns from the north . Directly upstream is the district (on the body of the same name), which has grown together spatially with Liezen. Liezen is also an important traffic junction.

The flat valley floor of the Ennstal is two to three kilometers wide and partly swampy: to the west of the twin cities lies the approximately two square kilometers large Wörschacher Moos , to the east the Selzthaler Moos .

Community structure

The municipality of Liezen was merged with the municipality of Weißenbach bei Liezen as part of the Styrian municipal structural reform in 2015 , the new municipality continues to bear the name of the municipality of Liezen. The basis for this is the Styrian Municipal Structural Reform Act - StGsrG.

Liezen consists of four localities and cadastral communities of the same name (area: as of December 31, 2017; population as of January 1, 2020):

  • Liezen (6671 inhabitants, 2,684.50 ha) including Am Berg, Auf der Leiten, Hinteregg, Röth and Salberg
  • Pyhrn (259 inhabitants, 1,675.61 ha) including the Pyhrnerhof settlement
  • Reithtal (190 Ew., 1,275.03 ha) including Zwirtnersee
  • Weißenbach near Liezen (1146 inhabitants, 3,575.59 ha) including a scythe smith

Neighboring communities



In Roman times the post station Stiriate was built on the road connection leading over the Pyhrn Pass , which was of particular importance as the last resting and transformer station for the horse vehicles of the time before or after the Pyhrn Pass. From here roads led westwards across the Ennstal and Ausseerland to the Roman city of Iuvavum (Salzburg), eastwards towards Admont, northwards to the next station "Gabromagum" (also called "Gabromagis") near Windischgarsten. The road led from the Triebener Tauernpass over "Surontio", over Burgfried- Lassing (later Reichsstrasse on the southern slope of Strechau Castle ) and over the depression in the eastern part of Mitterberg into the Ennstal. This post station, from which finds from Roman times, including inscription stones, have been preserved, also formed the starting point for the later settlement.

Middle Ages and early modern times

The first mention of Liezen took place around 1130 in an inventory of the Admont Abbey under the Slavic name Luecen , which means "wet meadow" or "moor". The village church, consecrated to St. Vitus, was first mentioned around 1160; the patronage refers to a missionary relationship with St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague.

An important economic factor of the place was on the one hand its location on the Pyhrn Pass and on the other hand the iron ore mining on the Salberg, which has been demonstrable since the 13th century. The iron ore deposits visible on the Rote Wand above Liezen had led to the creation of a dragon saga, which was also featured in the later city arms.

At the end of the 15th century, the church was rebuilt in the late Gothic style, and it was not until 1600 that it became an independent parish church. Because of the Turkish threat in the late Middle Ages, the church was also surrounded by a tabor . The Liezen branch church was incorporated into Rottenmann Abbey in 1515, and it was not until 1614 that the church, which had meanwhile become Protestant, was raised to the status of an independent Catholic parish. The Calvary Church on Salberg, built as a baroque four-cone building after the plague epidemic of 1714/15, has a crucifixion group inside by the sculptor Balthasar Prandstätter from Judenburg. To the west of the village, the Renaissance Grafenegg Castle was built around 1600 , which was finally demolished in 1982 after an eventful fate. Liezen actually had market functions since the 17th century, although no actual market rights were granted.

19th and early 20th centuries

The decisive turning point in Liezen's urban development came with the revolution of 1848 , which ended the existing manorial conditions. Liezen received a council in 1850 and became the seat of the district administration in 1866. Above all, however, the period from 1850 onwards was shaped for Liezen by the economic development into an industrial location for iron smelting. Josef Pesendorfer (1791–1856) - he is remembered by the cast iron Pesendorfer Cross from 1827 - founded the Amalienhütte below the Pyhrn Pass in 1853 (closed in 1893) . In 1873 Liezen was connected to the existing rail network with the Selzthal-Liezen station on the Kronprinz-Rudolf-Bahn , and in 1875 with its own station on the new connecting line from Selzthal to Bischofshofen , the Giselabahn . As a result of this connection, Liezen, famous for its location, became increasingly a popular holiday destination. The historic station building from 1875 was demolished in 2016.

One of the most important personalities in Liezen in the later 19th century was the Viennese industrialist and patron Nikolaus Dumba , who was granted honorary citizenship in 1870 for his social and economic commitment to the place. While the historicist hunting lodge, which he had built here in 1874/75 by the Viennese architect August Krumholz, was demolished in 1960, the neighboring "Small Villa Dumba" has been preserved. The artists who stayed in Liezen as guests of the Dumba family included a. Rudolf von Alt , Gottfried Seelos and Karl Pischinger , who died here.

Crucifix from the Alpine Art Pottery Liezen, approx. 1930

Around the turn of the 20th century, Liezen presented itself as an ambitious place, which was expressed in the intensive construction activity. In 1881 a new school building was built according to plans by the Admont master builder Luigi Franz. The school building was "modernized" in 1960, losing its architectural character. As early as 1900 Liezen had tried - unsuccessfully - to be recognized as a market town and built a representative town hall, which was also the seat of the district administration. 1902–1904 the courthouse on Ausseer Straße was built. In 1911–1912 the late Gothic parish church was expanded to include a neo-Gothic choir based on a design by the Linz cathedral builder Matthias Schlager, for which the late medieval tabor was abandoned.

In the interwar period Liezen's economic development was rather hesitant. In 1925, the brothers Vasold founded the Alpine Art Ceramics in Liezen , which existed until 1960 and, in addition to utility ceramics , also produced sophisticated handicrafts.

City elevation

Liezen was elevated to the status of a city in 1947 due to the economic and population growth before and after the Second World War. As part of the promotion of the armaments industry after the annexation of Austria , the Schmidhütte Liezen was founded in 1939 by August Schmid-Schmidsfelden . A South Tyrolean settlement was built to the west of the local area . In 1954, VOEST took over the now nationalized smelter, which was sold as a result of the Noricum scandal and was continued as the Liezen machine factory and foundry since 1994 .

Following the city elevation, Liezen took on an urban development that was associated with a great loss of historical building fabric. The last remnant of the medieval tabor, the old schoolhouse, was demolished in 1983. In return, a main square, marked by two high-rise buildings, was built around 1960 with uniform development on the edge of the square in the style of functionalism . In 1980 the tax office and employment office were given a joint new building in the style of brutalism .

On the occasion of the city elevation in 1947, the Protestant church of Admont , to whose district Liezen belonged, was raised to the rank of an independent parish church. The establishment of the Resurrection Church in Liezen took place in the years 1957-1959, after the addition of the community center, the official residence of the pastor was moved from Admont to Liezen.

More recently, the business center has increasingly shifted south to the federal highway 320, which was built as a bypass.

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the city of Liezen, a monumental metal sculpture of the city 's heraldic animal, the lindworm , was set up by the sculptor Naira Boesch-Geworkian at the entrance to the town center .

Population development

Culture and sights

Grafenegg Castle around 1830, demolished before being placed under protection in 1982
Row of houses on Pyhrnbach, 1909
Catholic parish church in Liezen
  • Milestone to the three emperors
  • Calvary Chapel
  • Wayside shrine for Nicolaus Dumba, Am Salberg
  • Way of the Cross, Arzbergweg
  • Tower ruins of the so-called "Upper Klause", with which one could block the valley and thus prevent access to Admont . The so-called "Untere Klaus" is located on the other side of the valley east of Selzthal .

At the state flower decoration competition Flora | 19, Liezen was one of the 7 Styrian cities and received a total of five floras, making it one of the state's winners.

Regular events

  • The “International Violoncello Competition” is held every two years.
  • Regional art meetings take place in the Kulturhaus Liezen.
  • Since 1925, the Liezener Hütte mountain gymnastics festival has been held annually on the first Sunday in August with athletic competitions at an altitude of 1767  m .
  • The "Liezener Musikfrühling" relies on jazz , pop and classical music to coexist . Among other things, the “Liezen Music Night” takes place in summer.
  • The motorcycle meeting takes place every year in the SC stadium.
  • In the south of the city, south of the Enns, there are two monuments from the Second World War .
  • In the side church entrance there are two labeled stones from the former Roman settlement of Liezen.

Economy and Infrastructure

Established businesses

The largest operation in Liezen is the machine factory Liezen and foundry .


Liezen train station before the demolition
  • Road: Liezen is an important junction for road traffic. The Ennstal Straße B 320, a main connection between Styria and Salzburg , turns into the Pyhrn Autobahn A 9. An efficient bypass road, the so-called “ Ennsnahe Trasse ” , which has been planned for decades , is still highly controversial, not only among nature conservationists, but also among the city's business people, who fear the disadvantages of the bypass. The road over the Pyhrnpass B 138, which branches off from Ennstalstraße here, creates the connection to the state of Upper Austria , which is directly adjacent to the municipality . Most of the heavy traffic is handled through the toll Bosruck tunnel on the Pyhrn A 9 motorway.
  • Train: Liezen train station, which is located on the Ennstalbahn , is a regular stop on the intercity connections between Graz and Salzburg or Innsbruck . The Liezen railway station, which was last rebuilt in 2009-2010, was demolished in 2016. An important railway junction is located in the nearby Selzthal .


Some regional newspapers are based in Liezen, such as the Liezener Bezirksnachrichten and the Ennstaler Woche. There is also a regional office for the Kleine Zeitung. Radio FREEQUENNS 100.8 - the free radio in the Ennstal from Liezen - has been broadcasting since April 1st, 1999 . Radio FREEQUENNS 100,8 creates a radio program 24 hours a day. Young people in particular use public access to free radio, design their own programs and learn digital editing techniques. The program is not interrupted by advertising.


The following educational institutions are located in Liezen:

  • Federal Commercial Academy and Federal Commercial School (BHAK / BHAS) Liezen
  • Federal Institute for Elementary Education (BAFEP) and College for Social Education in Liezen
  • Elementary school Liezen
  • New Liezen Middle School
  • Liezen special school
  • Adult Education Center of the Styrian Chamber of Labor
  • Education center Liezen of the Styrian Vocational Promotion Institute
  • Economic Development Institute Liezen
  • Music school Liezen


  • Soccer: The WSV Liezen (Werksportverein Liezen) plays in the eighth highest division in Austria. The SC Liezen (Sport Club Liezen) plays in the fourth highest division in Austria and, in cooperation with the NSG Liezen, has a second combat team that plays under the name SG Liezen in the eighth highest division in Austria. Both teams together make up the NSG Liezen in youth.
  • Motorsport: MSV Liezen, WSV Liezen
  • Volleyball: VBC Gabriel Stainach-Irdning plays in the second highest league in Austria and plays his home games in the Ennstalhalle.
  • Climbing: Since November 2008 there has been a 900 m² climbing center in Liezen which is run by the Liezen Alpine Club.


Municipal council

The municipal council has 25 members.

  • With the municipal elections in Styria in 2000, the municipal council had the following distribution: 14 SPÖ, 6 ÖVP, 3 FPÖ and 2 LIEB – Liezener Initiative Engaged Bürger.
  • With the municipal elections in Styria in 2005 , the municipal council had the following distribution: 17 SPÖ, 5 ÖVP, 2 LIEB – Liezener Initiative Engagierter Bürger and 1 FPÖ.
  • With the municipal elections in Styria in 2010 , the municipal council had the following distribution: 16 SPÖ, 4 ÖVP, 3 LIEB – Liezener Bürgerinitiative and 2 FPÖ.
  • With the municipal council elections in Styria 2015 , the municipal council has the following distribution: 13 SPÖ, 6 ÖVP, 3 FPÖ, 2 LIEB – Liezen citizens' initiative and 1 Greens.
  • With the municipal council elections in Styria 2020 , the municipal council has the following distribution: 11 SPÖ, 10 ÖVP, 1 Greens, 1 FPÖ, 1 LL-List Liezen and 1 LIEB – Liezen Initiative of Engaged Citizens.


  • 2000-2018 Rudolf Hakel (SPÖ)
  • since 2018 Roswitha Glashüttner (SPÖ)

List of the mayors of Liezen

Mayor from 1919
Term of office Surname job Political party
2, 1919– September 26, 1919
Johann Schlamadinger Master butcher
and innkeeper
27 09.1919-
Richard Steinhuber Railway master
16, 1932– March 12, 1938
Anton Hasner
Master roofer and plumber
13, 1938 - November 29, 1938
Josef Wulz Merchant NSDAP
Roman Holzer director NSDAP
14, 1945– May 8, 1945
Hans Wolf Headmaster NSDAP
14, 1945 - May 27, 1946
Ludwig Comai Community Secretary
28, 1946– February 19, 1950
Franz Wimmler Mason foreman SPÖ
20, 1950– May 3, 1950
Hans Hennelotter Operations manager SPÖ
4, 1950– April 6, 1953
Harold Mezler-Andelberg Lawyer ÖVP
7, 1953– May 10, 1965
Karl Wimmler Master locksmith FPÖ
11, 1965– Sep 18, 1971
Johann Voglhuber Elementary school director SPÖ
Heinrich Ruff Lathe operator SPÖ
10, 1987– January 2, 2000
Rudolf Kaltenböck Chamber clerk SPÖ
Rudolf Hakel Teacher SPÖ
02.01.2018 -
Roswitha Glashüttner SPÖ
  1. Used by the occupying power
Mayor until 1919
Term of office Surname job
20, 1850– March 6, 1861
Anton Galler
Gustav Großwang senior pharmacist
October 10,
1867– February 6, 1871
Franz Hackl Innkeeper
/ 07 / 1871– 02/24/1874
Ferdinand Vasold Merchant
28, 1874 - December 3, 1875
Anton Hinterschweiger Innkeeper and
property owner
Gustav Großwang senior pharmacist
30, 1876– May 30, 1884
Leopold von Sölder Lawyer
31, 1884– April 13, 1890
Theodor von Steinberg Lawyer
14, 1890– December 22, 1891
Carl Keller Brewery owner and
23, 1891– August 7, 1896
Carl Dobler Master watchmaker
Gustav Großwang jun. pharmacist
October 16, 1899–
December 14, 1900
Michael Matlschweiger Innkeeper
15, 1900 - August 9, 1912
Gustav Großwang jun.
9, 1912– June 19, 1915
Carl Dobler Master watchmaker
Heinrich Kogler Master glazier

coat of arms

The Styrian state government granted the city of Liezen the right to use a city coat of arms with a resolution of September 4, 1947, the blazon read:

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“In a red shield there appears a twofold, wingless, ridge-equipped, golden flame spouting, greenish-gray, golden-armored lindworm with golden eyes. The base of the shield is traversed by a golden battlement wall with five black gate openings. On the main edge of the shield, which is surrounded by an ornamented, bronze-colored border, rests a silver-colored wall crown with three visible battlements. "

The predecessor community Weißenbach bei Liezen also had a community coat of arms. Due to the amalgamation of municipalities, both lost their official validity on January 1st, 2015. The new award of the municipal
coat of arms for the merged municipality took place with effect from February 20, 2015. The new coat of arms description is:

"In a red shield there is a silver rock face with an irregular silhouette that protrudes into the shield head, covered with a downward-facing green, twice-curving and red fire-breathing dragon."


Sons and daughters of the church

People related to the community

Web links

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

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Styrian municipal structural reform .
  2. Section 3, Paragraph 6, Item 3 of the Act of December 17, 2013 on the reorganization of the municipalities of the State of Styria ( Styrian Municipal Reform Act - StGsrG). Provincial Law Gazette for Styria of April 2, 2014. No. 31, year 2014. ZDB -ID 705127-x . P. 3.
  3. Federal Office for Metrology and Surveying, Regional Information, reference date December 31, 2017, accessed on January 4, 2018
  4. Statistics Austria: Population on January 1st, 2020 by locality (area status on January 1st, 2020) , ( CSV )
  5. Wolfgang Flecker: Archaeological finds in the municipality of Liezen . In: Liezen im Zeitenwandel , episode 41, March 2010.
  6. Helmut J. Mezler Souvenir Berg: From the village church to the town parish . In: Marlies Raffler (ed.): Liezen - Festschrift on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the city of Liezen . Liezen, 1997, pp. 75-97.
  7. Josef Schmidt: The Liezen Parish in Times of Change . In: Liezen im Zeitenwandel , episode 45f., March / June 2012.
  8. Gerwald Mitteregger: Happiness and End of Grafenegg in Ennstal . In: Liezen im Zeitenwandel , episode 39, September 2010.
  9. ^ Rudolf Pelzer: 150 years of community representation . In: Liezen im Zeitenwandel , part 1, March 2001.
  10. Wolfgang Flecker: From the village to the district town . In: Liezen im Zeitenwandel , episode 50, June 2013.
  11. ^ Ernst Kepplinger: Ore mining and iron extraction . In: Liezen im Zeitenwandel , part 4, December 2001.
  12. ^ Ernst Kepplinger: ore and iron. The work of the Josef Pesendorfer trade in Liezen . In: Liezen im Zeitenwandel , part 5, March 2002.
  13. ^ Klaus Reisinger: Liezen as the hub of international traffic. From the “Via Norica” to the “Pyhrnautobahn” . In: Marlies Raffler (ed.): Liezen - Festschrift on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the city of Liezen . Liezen, 1997, p. 119.
  14. Marlies Raffler: "One of the largest and most beautiful villages in the country ...". Liezen as a travel destination . In: Marlies Raffler (ed.): Liezen - Festschrift on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the city of Liezen . Liezen, 1997, pp. 125-134.
  15. Rudolf Polzer and Wolfgang Flecker: Nikolaus Dumba, hunter and patron . In: Liezen im Zeitenwandel , episode 7, September 2002.
  16. ^ Johann Josef Böker: The Small Dumba Villa in Liezen . In: Liezen im Zeitspiegel , episode 6, March 2015.
  17. Adolf Schachner: "Old, but good". In: Liezen im Zeitwandel , episode 44, December 2011.
  18. ^ Gerwald Mitteregger: Carl Pischinger, animal and landscape painter . In: Liezen im Zeitenwandel , episode 43, September 2011.
  19. ^ Hannelore Sommer: The elementary school in Liezen . In: Liezen im Zeitspiegel . Episode 14, March 2017.
  20. Wolfgang Flecker: The Liezener ceramics . In: Liezen im Zeitenwandel , episode 19, September 2005.
  21. Rolf Schretthammer: The cottage Liezen . In: Marlies Raffler (ed.): Liezen - Festschrift on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the city of Liezen . Liezen, 1997, pp. 167-170; Adolf Schachner: From the Schmidhütte to the machine factory . In: Liezen im Zeitenwandel , episode 35f., September / December 2009.
  22. Johannes Hanek: The evangelical community in Liezen. In: Marliese Raffler (Ed.): Liezen. Festschrift on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the city of Liezen. Liezen 1997, pp. 347-351.
  23. Flower decoration competition "The Flora"
  24. Kleine Zeitung  ( 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. - Opening of the new Liezen train station, accessed on December 12, 2010@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  25. ^ Election result of the local council election 2005 in Liezen. State of Styria, March 13, 2005, accessed on July 26, 2020 .
  26. Election result of the local council election 2010 in Liezen. State of Styria, March 21, 2010, accessed on July 26, 2020 .
  27. ^ Election results for the 2015 municipal council elections in Liezen. State of Styria, March 22, 2015, accessed on July 26, 2020 .
  28. Results of the municipal council elections 2020 in Liezen. State of Styria, June 28, 2020, accessed on July 26, 2020 .
  29. Roswitha Glashüttner Ennstalwiki
  30. a b City of Liezen: Previous mayor of Liezen , accessed on February 3, 2012
  31. 28. Announcement of the Styrian state government of February 11, 2016 on the granting of the right to use a municipal coat of arms to the municipality of Liezen (political district of Liezen) , accessed on February 19, 2016