Steinbach an der Steyr

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Steinbach an der Steyr
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Steinbach an der Steyr (Austria)
Steinbach an der Steyr
Basic data
Country: Austria
State : Upper Austria
Political District : Church Village
License plate : AI
Surface: 28.08 km²
Coordinates : 47 ° 58 '  N , 14 ° 16'  E Coordinates: 47 ° 58 '16 "  N , 14 ° 16' 1"  E
Height : 381  m above sea level A.
Residents : 1,978 (January 1, 2020)
Population density : 70 inhabitants per km²
Postal code : 4596
Area code : 07257
Community code : 4 09 20
Address of the
municipal administration:
Ortsplatz 4
4596 Steinbach an der Steyr
Mayor : Christian Dörfel ( ÖVP )
Municipal Council : (2015)
(25 members)
A total of 25 seats
Location of Steinbach an der Steyr in the Kirchdorf district
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Center seen from Untergrünburg.
Center seen from Untergrünburg .
Source: Municipal data from Statistics Austria

Steinbach an der Steyr is a municipality in the Traunviertel in the Kirchdorf an der Krems district in Upper Austria with 1978 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2020). The responsible judicial district is Kirchdorf an der Krems .

In 1994 the community was awarded the European Village Renewal Prize for its efforts to preserve the sometimes valuable building fabric and nature, as well as the creation of model farms.

According to a framework agreement, Steinbach an der Steyr is a so-called “regional municipality” of the Kalkalpen National Park .


Steinbach an der Steyr is located at an altitude of 381 m in the Traunviertel in the Steyrtal, around 20 km from the city of Steyr . The extension is 5.2 km from north to south and 10.2 km from west to east. The total area is 28.3 km². 36.0% of the area is forested and 53.7% of the area is used for agriculture. Near the highest point of the community, the high-book mountain ( 1,273  m ), is the Green Burger Hut ( 1080  m ).

Community structure

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

  • Forstau (287)
  • Pieslwang (287)
  • Steinbach an der Steyr (867)
  • Tens (537)

The community consists of the cadastral communities Forstau, Pieslwang, Steinbach an der Steyr and Zehetner.

Neighboring communities

Aschach an der Steyr , Molln , Ternberg im Ennstal and Grünburg and Waldneukirchen on the other side of the Steyr.

Waldneukirchen Aschach
Grünburg Neighboring communities Ternberg


From a geological point of view, Steinbach is in the border area between the flysch zone and the limestone Alps . The river Steyr , which limits the community to the west, is deeply cut between gravel terraces, which result from the change between warm and cold periods. The steep, partly overhanging conglomerate rock faces, which give the Steyr Gorge the character of a canyon , are remarkable . The Steyr has a maximum summer temperature of 16 ° C and for long stretches it is still water quality class  1. Strong currents make the partly shallow river dangerous in some places.


The oldest finds of human settlement date from the Neolithic Age . From Roman times can be found in surrounding communities tracks; At that time there were Celts from the Kingdom of Noricum . From the namesake (farmsteads and landscape elements), primarily Slavic settlement can be deduced for the early Middle Ages . From the colonization by the Bavarian Duke Tassilo III. Large-scale clearing took place in the area in several waves. In terms of place names, at least the name of the Pieslwang cadastral community gives an indication of Bavarian settlement before 1000 AD. Around 1130, Steinbach is first mentioned in the oldest tradition of the Garsten monastery .

The area of ​​today's Steinbach became part of Styria under Ottokar von Steyr in the 11th century . At the end of the 12th century, Styria became part of the Duchy of Austria under the Babenbergs . Up until the 12th century there was a so-called slope spur on or behind the site of today's Steinbacher Church, probably a fortress in the form of a tower or a small castle. Names such as Burgstall and (on the hill above) Burghub still bear witness to this today. However, whether it was a simple Styrian ministerial seat or whether the castle could have been a border fortification to the opposite Bavarian / Austrian sphere of influence has not been clarified due to a lack of records. In any case, the old Lords of Grünburg ("Popponen"), as Bavarian Ministerials, had also been Austrian Ministerials since 1212, and the Lords of Rohr as owners of the castles of Leonstein, Obergrünburg and probably also of the "Devil's Tower" near Waldneukirchen, Bavarian Ministerials, and from 1190 they too appeared as an entourage of the Duke of Austria. Thus, at least a temporary borderline situation on the Steyr must be assumed. With the Georgenberger Handfeste and the unification of Austria and Styria taking effect, it can be assumed that the Steinbach Festivities have lost their strategic importance and have declined. According to current tradition, the stones of the castle were reused for the construction of the church of the place that was being built. Old stories of the population around and about Steinbach Castle are specifically about underground passages.

In addition to metalworking craft businesses, Steinbach has always had many farms. Before being released from serfdom, the peasants had to pay taxes ( the tenth part ) to the rulers. The farm name Zehethof and the local part name Zehetner still bear witness to this today. However, there were many manors, for example Steyr, Garsten, Losenstein, Pernstein and Feyregg.

Since 1918 the place belongs to the federal state of Upper Austria. After the connection of Austria to the German Reich on 13 March 1938, the place to "belonged Gau Upper Danube". After 1945, Upper Austria was restored, with Steinbach belonging to the American occupation zone. The Soviet occupation zone was not far from it - east of the Enns.

Iron was processed in Steinbach until the 1960s. In the knife works, which made use of the power of the Steyr River, the center of knife production was once located. For economic as well as religious reasons, many masters and journeymen emigrated to the area of Solingen (Germany) , especially in the 17th century . Images of their coat of arms on some old buildings on the banks of the Steyr and along the steep Hochgasse that connects the bank with the main square are reminiscent of the once proud hammer gentlemen, as the knives were also called. The coat of arms of the knife was adopted as the municipal coat of arms. At the point where the water was used for forging hammers, there is now a modernized power plant owned by Oberösterreichische Energie AG for generating electricity.

Population development

In 1991 the community had 1,996 inhabitants according to the census. 2001 then 2,029 inhabitants.

Culture and sights

  • Steyrtalbahn : historic railway, today only a 'museum railway' to Steyr (bicycles can be taken)
  • Knife Museum
  • Nativity collection: 230 nativity scenes from 70 countries
  • Parish church: late Gothic church with late Gothic glass paintings from 1460, modified in Baroque style in 1692
  • Old rectory


  • Lookout point: View over the Steyr from the church
  • Lookout point: Kraberg: View as far as Linz from the Kraberg
  • Panoramic view on the circular hiking trail "Kaiblinger Kogel"
  • Info: Tourist information on the local square

Regular events

  • May 1st Kirtag
  • Perchtenlauf : Occidental customs annually in winter at the time of carnival
  • Steinbacher Advent market and Advent calendar
  • Steinbacher Advent Singing
  • Steinbacher "Schmankerlroas"
  • Open air cinema

freetime and sports

The Grünburger Hütte is located in the municipality of Steinbach an der Steyr. In the back left in the picture the Traunstein
  • beach volleyball
  • Fistball
  • Union Grünburg Steinbach: Soccer
  • Motocross
  • Trial
  • Bike path: Steyrtal bike path towards Steyr and Molln
  • horse riding
  • outdoor pool
  • tennis
  • Table tennis
  • Hiking: Grünburger Hut , Kruckenbrettl

Economy and Infrastructure


  • Road traffic : Steinbach an der Steyr is located almost directly on Steyrtal Straße B 140, which leads through Grünburg on the other side of the river and can be reached via a bridge over the Steyr . A district road leads to Ternberg. The nearest motorway connections are in Sattledt (connection to the West motorway A 1, approx. 27 km from Steinbach) and in Klaus ( Pyhrn motorway A 9, approx. 20 km from Steinbach).
  • Cycle paths : A well-developed, very family-friendly part of the Steyrtal cycle path leads from Grünburg on the former railway line towards Klaus . An alternative route on the Steinbacher side leads on back roads through the school settlement and the Forstau to Molln. In the direction of Steyr , the cycle path leads over little-traveled back roads and gravel paths through Pieslwang and Aschach. The Enns Cycle Path R7 can be reached with a bit of effort via the more busy Ternberger Bezirksstraße.

Established businesses

  • Buchberger Erwin trade and services
  • Transport company Steiner
  • Rosensteiner GmbH
  • Agricultural machinery technology FRAKAM
  • Gradauer GmbH
  • Steinbacher Insurance


  • kindergarten
  • Elementary school
  • music school
  • Community library: on the local square


  • Steyrtaler Perchten
  • Musikverein Steinbach an der Steyr
  • Rural youth in Grünburg-Steinbach
  • Men's choir Grünburg-Steinbach
  • horseclub
  • JVP
  • Freak entertainment


coat of arms

Blazon : In blue a golden crown with colored stones, pierced by a silver, fallen sword and behind it two silver, fallen, diagonally crossed swords. The community colors are blue-yellow.


Sons and daughters of the church


  • Heinrich Kieweg (Senior): Material collection on local history Steinbach, Steyr . Municipal office of Steinbach an der Steyr, Steinbach an der Steyr ( OBV - 1987–89).
  • Heinrich Kieweg: Hubjäger and Landhuber of the Steyr rule in the Molln office . In: Upper Austrian homeland sheets . tape 42 . Province of Upper Austria, 1998, ISSN  0029-7550 , p. 60–63 ( full text (PDF) in the forum
  • Heinrich Kieweg: The forest hub to Au in the Steinbacher parish . In: Upper Austrian homeland sheets . tape 43 . Province of Upper Austria, 1989, ISSN  0029-7550 , p. 122–138 ( full text (PDF) in the forum
  • Heinrich Kieweg: Three old legends about the origin of the knife coat of arms . In: Upper Austrian homeland sheets . tape 44 . Province of Upper Austria, 1990, ISSN  0029-7550 , p. 51–57 ( full text (PDF) in the forum
  • Heinrich Kieweg: The honorable craft of the carpenters in Steinbach an der Steyr . In: Upper Austrian homeland sheets . tape 45 . Province of Upper Austria, 1991, ISSN  0029-7550 , p. 30–69 ( full text (PDF) in the forum
  • Marion Planck: "Alter Pfarrhof" Steinbach an der Steyr. Thoughts on architectural remodeling and revitalization . In: Upper Austrian homeland sheets . tape 46 . Province of Upper Austria, 1992, ISSN  0029-7550 , p. 360–364 ( full text (PDF) in the forum
  • Margit Prömer: The world of work and life in Steinbach an der Steyr in the 20th century. The importance of the Pils knife factory for the workers in Steinbach an der Steyr . Thesis. University of Graz, Graz 1993 ( OBV ).
  • Heinrich Kieweg: dovecotes . In: Upper Austrian homeland sheets . tape 50 . Province of Upper Austria, 1996, ISSN  0029-7550 , p. 320 f . ( Full text (PDF) in the forum
  • Heinrich Kieweg: Small monuments of knives and stonemasons in Steinbach an der Steyr . In: Upper Austrian homeland sheets . tape 51 . Province of Upper Austria, 1997, ISSN  0029-7550 , p. 280 ff . ( Full text (PDF) in the forum
  • Heinrich Kieweg (Junior), Heinrich Kieweg (Senior): The honorable craft of knives, sharpeners, blade smiths and grinders in Steinbach an der Steyr. From the beginning to around 1800 . In: Upper Austrian homeland sheets . tape 52 . Province of Upper Austria, 1998, ISSN  0029-7550 , p. 77-105 ( full text (PDF) in the forum
  • Margit Prömer: Knife production in Steinbach an der Steyr. An economic and social history from the beginning to the present . Dissertation. University of Graz, Graz 1999 ( OBV ).
  • Heinrich Kieweg: Knight seat of Pieslwang . In: Upper Austrian homeland sheets . tape 54 . Province of Upper Austria, 2000, ISSN  0029-7550 , p. 228 f . ( Full text (PDF) in the forum
  • Heinrich Kieweg (Junior), Heinrich Kieweg (Senior): Steinbach an der Steyr . 1st edition. Steinbach an der Steyr municipality, Steinbach an der Steyr 2005 ( OBV ). , Table of contents online. Retrieved August 8, 2013 .

Web links

Commons : Steinbach an der Steyr  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Change of postcode on January 1st, 2012 to 4596
  2. Statistics Austria: Population on January 1st, 2020 by locality (area status on January 1st, 2020) , ( CSV )
  3. a b Kieweg: Three old legends , p. 52.
  4. Planck: "Alter Pfarrhof" Steinbach an der Steyr , passim .
  5. Steinbach Advent. Retrieved January 13, 2020 .
  6. ^ Province of Upper Austria, coat of arms of the municipality of Steinbach an der Steyr. Retrieved March 22, 2019 .