Ries (Graz)

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10th district of Graz
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Basic data
Surface: 10.16 km²
Residents: 5,666 (January 1, 2017)
Population density: 553 inhabitants per km²
Postcodes: 8010, 8044, 8047
Geographical location: 47 ° 5 '  N , 15 ° 30'  E Coordinates: 47 ° 5 '  N , 15 ° 30'  E
Location in Graz
Map of Ries (Graz)
District Office: Stiftingtalstrasse 3
8010 Graz
District Head: Josef Schuster ( ÖVP )
1. Deputy District Head: Irmtraud Eberle-Härtl ( Greens )
2nd deputy district head: Marion Birnstingl
Public transportation: Tram line: 7
bus lines: 41, 58, 61, 64, 64E
Sub-bus line: N7
regional buses: 200, 201, 250, 300, 331, 350, 400, 420, 460, 470, 471, X20, X30, X40
LKH bus
Riesplatz (2009) with LKH Graz and old toll house (left)
Riesplatz (2009) with LKH Graz and old toll house (left)

Ries is the 10th  district of Graz .

In the west it borders on the districts of Mariatrost and Geidorf , in the south on St. Leonhard and Waltendorf . The district includes the two cadastral communities Stifting and Ragnitz . The Brother Klaus Church of the Graz-Ragnitz parish, consecrated in 1987, is located in the district .


Ries became an independent municipality in what was then east of Graz in 1850. Between 1904 and 1948 the so-called giant races took place with up to 70,000 spectators. The section of the A2 between Graz and Gleisdorf , which opened in 1969, relieved the dangerous Ries route , but nowadays this relief has more or less been canceled due to the increasing traffic.

After communities were established in Styria in 1850, Ries was part of the community of Kainbach near Graz. In 1938, Ries , like the rest of today's Graz outskirts, was incorporated into Graz. Originally it was also planned to take the neighboring Kainbach and parts of the Purgstall community with them, but these communities could evade incorporation. In 1946 it was planned to rename Ries to Kainbach , which the Kainbach community was able to prevent successfully. So it was decided to name the district after the ridge between the two valleys of the district, Ragnitz and Stiftingtal .

The central Verkahrsander is the Riesstrasse, which leads over the ridge of the Ries to Gleisdorf . It is the successor to an important trade route to Eastern Styria and Hungary, the "Hungary Route". From 1907 the giant races were held on the steep gravel road. In 1948 the exclusively uphill races were discontinued. The Red Army also reached Graz via Riesstrasse . In the post-war period there were many restaurants in this area of ​​the east of Graz, most of which have since disappeared.

The district does not have a center that has grown historically like other outlying districts of Graz. The old toll house on Riesplatz at the LKH Graz is reminiscent of the former Graz tax limit. The area has long been a popular destination for excursions into the green of the Stiftingtal and Ragnitz, as well as the location of numerous restaurants. After the Second World War, building activity began. A prominent example is the Berliner Ring in the Ragnitz, which was built from 1972. Until the district boundary was corrected in 1963, the LKH Graz was also in the Ries district, and since then it has been on Geidorfer soil.

Culture and sights

See also:  List of listed objects in Ries

Riesstrasse resistance monument

At the Riesstraße is a stone cross that seven (or eight) was executed Wehrmacht - deserters recalls that just before the end of the Second World War were shot on April 4, 1945th It is no longer possible to precisely determine whether they died at the location of the cross or in the Graz Reiterkaserne and were only later brought to the Ries for deterrence purposes. The origin and names of the men could no longer be determined, and there are no entries about the events in the death register of the parish of St. Leonhard . Only after research by the former district council of Ries, Hans Fraeulin, and the historian Georg Fuchs, could the executions be confirmed.

From 1953 a wooden cross stood on the spot. The former mayor of Graz, Alfred Stingl, and the pastor of St. Leonhard, Fink, initiated the erection of the stone cross. Since 1995, an annual commemoration event for the victims of the resistance has been held on the anniversary of the murders. The memorial consists of a natural stone base with an inscription plaque and a simple stone cross. The inscription reads:

April 4, 1945,
7 young soldiers
executed here for resistance .

Web links

Commons : Ries, Graz  - Collection of images, videos and audio files


Individual evidence

  1. Numbers + facts: population, districts, economy, geography on graz.at.
  2. a b c Ries district representation on graz.at.
  3. a b Kubinzky 2010, p. 217.
  4. Kubinzky 2010, pp. 219f.
  5. Kubinzky 2010, p. 218.
  6. a b April 4th: Memory of young deserters. Seven young men were murdered on the Ries on April 4, 1945. In: kpoe-steiermark.at, May 30, 2009.