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Vorau (Austria)
Basic data
Country: Austria
State : Styria
Political District : Hartberg-Fürstenfeld
License plate : HF (from 1.7.2013; old: HB)
Surface: 81.27 km²
Coordinates : 47 ° 24 '  N , 15 ° 53'  E Coordinates: 47 ° 24 '0 "  N , 15 ° 53' 0"  E
Height : 660  m above sea level A.
Residents : 4,701 (January 1, 2020)
Postal code : 8250
Area code : 03337
Community code : 6 22 78
Address of the
municipal administration:
Rathausplatz 43
8250 Vorau
Mayor : Bernhard Spitzer ( ÖVP )
Municipal Council : (2020)
(21 members)
15th 4th 
A total of 21 seats
Location of Vorau in the Hartberg-Fürstenfeld district
Bad Blumau Bad Loipersdorf Bad Waltersdorf Buch-St. Magdalena Burgau Dechantskirchen Ebersdorf Feistritztal Friedberg Fürstenfeld Grafendorf bei Hartberg Greinbach Großsteinbach Großwilfersdorf Hartberg Hartberg Umgebung Hartl Ilz Kaindorf Lafnitz Neudau Ottendorf an der Rittschein Pinggau Pöllau Pöllauberg Rohr bei Hartberg Rohrbach an der Lafnitz Sankt Jakob im Walde Sankt Johann in der Haide Sankt Lorenzen am Wechsel Schäffern Söchau Stubenberg Vorau Waldbach-Mönichwald Wenigzell SteiermarkLocation of the municipality of Vorau in the Hartberg-Fürstenfeld district (clickable map)
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View of Vorau from the south;  in the background the Festenburg
View of Vorau from the south; in the background the Festenburg
Source: Municipal data from Statistics Austria

Vorau with 4701 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2020) is a market town in Styria ( Austria ). Since January 1, 2015, it has been merged with the communities of Puchegg , Riegersberg , Schachen bei Vorau and Vornholz as part of the Styrian community structural reform , the new community continues the name "Vorau". Vorau is known for the Augustinian Canons of Vorau with its library, which is famous for its old manuscripts.


The community is located in the judicial district of Fürstenfeld and in the political district of Hartberg-Fürstenfeld .

Community structure

The municipality includes the following six localities or cadastral municipalities of the same name (residents as of January 1, 2020, area 2015):

  • Puchegg (539 Ew .; 1,371.95 ha) with In der Linden R, In der Vorauleiten, Lindenviertel, Steinhöfviertel and Wutzlviertel
  • Reinberg (220 Ew .; 743.09 ha) with Beigütl, Bühl, Goldsberg, Haidbauer, Kottingdorf, Lafnitzmühle, Lehen, Mayerhof, Pferschy, Tamp and Winkl
  • Riegersbach (737 Ew .; 1,730.26 ha) with field farmers, Forster, Karl auf der Halt, Kernbauer, Moihof, Pichl, Reifbach, Stiftingbauern, Theißl, Waldbach and Weißenbach
  • Schachen near Vorau (1191 Ew.); KG Schachen (1,917.37 ha) with Einöd, Greilberg, Hofstätten, In der Höll, Lembach, Oberes Sandviertel, Rechberg, Schachenwiese and Unteres Sandviertel
  • Vorau (1327 Ew .; 477.44 ha) with Auf der Kring and the Augustiner Canon Monastery
  • Vornholz (687 Ew .; 1,886.83 ha) with Dörfl, Eben, Holzbauern, Im Berg and Reiherbach


Vorau was first mentioned in a document as early as 1149. In 1163 the Vorau Abbey was founded by Margrave Ottokar III. which is crucial for the further development of the place.

Population development

Culture and sights

Vorau Abbey
The interior of the market church
Marienkrankenhaus Vorau, exterior view
Panoramic view of Vorau, seen from the terrace of the Marienkrankenhaus

Economy and Infrastructure

In Vorau there is a primary school, a new middle school and a technical college for agriculture and the food industry (in cooperation with St. Martin).

The Marienkrankenhaus Vorau is important for the region as an employer, but also for medical care . Two general practitioners, a dentist and the Augustinus pharmacy in the village also contribute to the medical care.

Tourism association

Together with Fischbach, Miesenbach, Ratten, Rettenegg, Strallegg, St. Kathrein am Hauenstein, St. Jakob im Walde, Waldbach-Mönichwald, Wenigzell and Birkfeld, the municipality forms the “ Joglland - Waldheimattourism association . Its seat is in St. Jakob im Walde.



Bernhard Spitzer (ÖVP), who was mayor of the Vorau market town until December 31, 2014 and headed the merged community as government commissioner from January 1, 2015 , was elected mayor of the large community without a dissenting vote at the constituent meeting of the town council on April 16, 2015 and sworn in by the deputy district captain, deputy district captain Beatrix Pfeifer.

The community board also includes the first vice mayor Patriz Rechberger (ÖVP, Schachen), the second vice mayor Anton Kogler (FPÖ, Schachen), the community treasurer Erich Kager (ÖVP, Riegersbach) and board member Alois Schwengerer (ÖVP, Vornholz). This means that all former parishes are also represented on the parish council.

Municipal council

The municipality council was expanded from 15 to 25 members through the municipality merger. According to the result of the 2015 municipal council election , it is composed as follows:

The last municipal council elections brought the following results:
Political party 2015 2010
Large community Advance Puchegg Riegersberg Schachen Vornholz
St. % M. St. % M. St. % M. St. % M. St. % M. St. % M.
ÖVP 1938 58 13 674 69 11 307 75 7th 585 83 13 694 74 12 497 100 9
SPÖ 0443 13 02 302 31 04th 103 25th 2 124 17th 02 100 11 01 not running
FPÖ 955 29 06th not running not running not running 141 15th 02 not running
Eligible voters 4.113 1,178 461 853 1,025 614
voter turnout 82% 85% 91% 85% 92% 86%

coat of arms

AUT Vorau COA.jpg

Due to the amalgamation of the municipalities, the coat of arms lost its official validity on January 1st, 2015. The re-award took effect on April 10, 2016.
The blazon reads:

“In a blue shield in the base of the shield there is a black grooved silver battlement wall, surmounted by an octagonal four-storey silver tower with a red canopy and a gold knob; the tower is lined with a golden lily, the wall covered with a golden lily. "


Honorary citizen

  • 1923: Prosper Berger (1876–1953), Augustinian canon, provost of Vorau Abbey 1920–1953
  • 1963: Gilbert Prenner (1914–1996), Augustinian canon, provost of Vorau Abbey 1953–1970
  • 1976: Friedrich Niederl (1920–2012), Governor of Styria 1971–1980
  • 1976: Anton Peltzmann (1920–2000), Provincial Councilor
  • 1999: Rupert Kroisleitner (* 1939), Augustinian canon, provost of the Vorau Abbey 1970–2000
  • Erwin Haider (* 1938), entrepreneur, community politician and sports official

Sons and daughters of the church

The TV presenter Sigi Bergmann was born in Vorau in 1938.
The football player Mario Sonnleitner was born in Vorau in 1986.

Personalities associated with Vorau

Vorau (bottom left) around 1878 (recording sheet of the state survey )

Web links

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

Individual evidence

  1. Local council election 2020 - results Vorau. , accessed on August 22, 2020 .
  2. Announcement of the Styrian state government of November 21, 2013 on the union of the market community Vorau and the communities Puchegg, Riegersberg, Schachen bei Vorau and Vornholz, all political district Hartberg-Fürstenfeld. Styrian Provincial Law Gazette of December 6, 2013. No. 150, 35th issue. ZDB ID 705127-x . P. 681.
  3. Statistics Austria: Population on January 1st, 2020 by locality (area status on January 1st, 2020) , ( CSV )
  4. cadastral communities Styria. 2015 (Excel file, 128 KB); Retrieved July 29, 2015
  5. Schools - Welcome to the healthy Vorau region. Retrieved April 3, 2020 .
  6. ^ Grazer Zeitung , Official Gazette for Styria. December 30, 2014, 210th year, 52nd piece. No. 307. ZDB -ID 1291268-2 p. 626.
  7. ^ My week of April 20, 2015: Bernhard Spitzer unanimously elected Mayor of Vorau , accessed on May 27, 2015
  8. Marktgemeinde Vorau: Municipal Council of the Marktgemeinde Vorau , accessed on May 27, 2015
  9. 44. Announcement of the Styrian state government of March 31, 2016 on the granting of the right to use a municipal coat of arms to the market town of Vorau (political district Hartberg-Fürstenfeld) , accessed on April 10, 2016
  10. Ferdinand Hutz: Vorau Abbey in the 20th Century , Vol. 1 (Vorau 2004), p. 31.
  11. Ferdinand Hutz: Vorau Abbey in the 20th Century , Vol. 1 (Vorau 2004), p. 42.
  12. Südost-Tagespost (March 16, 1976), p. 6.
  13. Südost-Tagespost (June 9, 1976), p. 8.
  14. Ferdinand Hutz: Vorau Abbey in the 20th Century , Vol. 1 (Vorau 2004), p. 196.
  15. ↑ https://www.mein , accessed on April 30, 2019.