|coat of arms||Austria map|
|Political District :||Hartberg-Fürstenfeld|
|License plate :||HF (from 1.7.2013; old: HB)|
|Residents :||4,701 (January 1, 2020)|
|Postal code :||8250|
|Area code :||03337|
|Community code :||6 22 78|
|Address of the
|Mayor :||Bernhard Spitzer ( ÖVP )|
Municipal Council : (2020)
|Location of Vorau in the Hartberg-Fürstenfeld district|
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 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
Culture and sights
- Augustinian Canons' Monastery
- Catholic market church Vorau hl. Aegydius, branch church, parish church until 1783
- In addition to the five churches in Vorau, the open-air museum “Museumsdorf Vorau” is another tourist attraction.
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.
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 - Waldheimat ” tourism 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.
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coat of arms
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. "
- 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
- Franz Ehrenhöfer (1880–1939), sculptor, painter
- Sigi Bergmann (* 1938), journalist and boxing commentator
- Felicitas Pauss (* 1951), physicist
- Josef Schlömicher-Thier (* 1954), politician (SPÖ)
- Reinhold Lopatka (* 1960), politician (ÖVP)
- Gerald Groß (* 1964), former presenter of Zeit im Bild
- Michaela Resetar (* 1966), politician (ÖVP)
- Hans Peter Doskozil (* 1970), politician (SPÖ)
- Johannes Zeiler (* 1970), actor
- Norbert Hofer (* 1971), politician (FPÖ)
- Ferdinand Feldhofer (* 1979), soccer player
- Gernot Kerschbaumer (* 1983), orienteer
- Mario Sonnleitner (* 1986), soccer player
- Johannes Chum , opera singer
- Dieter Kandlhofer (* 1970), civil servant and politician (ÖVP)
Personalities associated with Vorau
- Johann Cyriak Hackhofer (1675–1731), painter
- Ottokar Kernstock (1848–1928), poet, priest and Augustinian canon ( Vorau Abbey )
- Franz Kölbl (1876–1956), politician of the Christian Social Party , President of the Styrian Landtag 1920–1933
- Barbara Sicharter (1829–1905), founder of the Catholic Sisters of Mary and the Marienkrankenhaus in Vorau
- Local council election 2020 - results Vorau. orf.at , accessed on August 22, 2020 .
- 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. . P. 681.
- Statistics Austria: Population on January 1st, 2020 by locality (area status on January 1st, 2020) , ( CSV )
- cadastral communities Styria. 2015 (Excel file, 128 KB); Retrieved July 29, 2015
- Schools - Welcome to the healthy Vorau region. Retrieved April 3, 2020 .
- Grazer Zeitung , Official Gazette for Styria. December 30, 2014, 210th year, 52nd piece. No. 307. p. 626.
- My week of April 20, 2015: Bernhard Spitzer unanimously elected Mayor of Vorau , accessed on May 27, 2015
- Marktgemeinde Vorau: Municipal Council of the Marktgemeinde Vorau , accessed on May 27, 2015
- 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
- Ferdinand Hutz: Vorau Abbey in the 20th Century , Vol. 1 (Vorau 2004), p. 31.
- Ferdinand Hutz: Vorau Abbey in the 20th Century , Vol. 1 (Vorau 2004), p. 42.
- Südost-Tagespost (March 16, 1976), p. 6.
- Südost-Tagespost (June 9, 1976), p. 8.
- Ferdinand Hutz: Vorau Abbey in the 20th Century , Vol. 1 (Vorau 2004), p. 196.
- Bezirk.at/hartberg-fuerstenfeld/c-wirtschaft/vorauer-ehrenbuerger-erwin-haider-feierte-80er_a2961681 , accessed on April 30, 2019.