|coat of arms||Austria map|
|Political District :||Innsbruck country|
|License plate :||IL|
|Residents :||8,010 (January 1, 2020)|
|Population density :||740 inhabitants per km²|
|Postal code :||6112|
|Area code :||05224|
|Community code :||7 03 67|
|Address of the
Innsbrucker Str. 3
|Mayor :||Thomas Oberbeirsteiner (since July 2015) ( ÖVP )|
|Location of Wattens in the Innsbruck-Land district|
View of the market town of Wattens
|Source: Municipal data from Statistics Austria|
Wattens is a market town with 8010 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2020) in the Tyrolean district of Innsbruck-Land and the headquarters of the Swarovski crystal company . The municipality is located in the judicial district of Hall in Tirol .
Wattens is located in the Tyrolean Lower Inn Valley , south of the Inn , about 13 km east of Innsbruck . Part of the Wattental valley , which leads into the Wattentaler Lizum , also belongs to the municipality .
As a grave find from the Laurentiuskirche and several individual finds show, Wattens and the surrounding communities were already settled in the Late Bronze Age (approx. 12th century BC). From the 5th century, the Latène period and the Fritzens-Sanzeno culture are documented with the settlement and the burnt offering place in the corridor Himmelreich. The settlement went towards the end of the 2nd century BC. By a major fire under.
Newly discovered settlement finds and a coin treasure from a manor from the Roman Empire on the grounds of the Crystal Worlds date from the 3rd century.
Wattens was first mentioned in a document in the years 930/31 as " Vuattanes ". The paper mill , built in 1559, is the oldest in North Tyrol. Another economic boom took place with the settlement of Swarovski in 1895, which led to a strong development of settlements and greatly changed the former farming community.
The last mayoral elections took place at the same time as the municipal council elections on February 28, 2016.
- 1938– unknown : Josef Gager
- Early 1950s: Adolf Puelacher
- Late 1950s: Fritz Schiestl
- 1997–2015: Franz Troppmair
- since 2015: Thomas Oberbeirsteiner
|Political party||percent||be right||Seats on the local council|
|Mayor Thomas Oberbeirsteiner FOR WATTENS - VP||58.56%||2240||11|
|Christa Gangl & Team - Together for Wattens||14.72%||563||3|
|GR Erich Steiner - The Wattner Freedom Party with Party Free - FPÖ||26.72%||1022||5|
Culture and sights
- Swarovski Crystal Worlds : For the 100th anniversary of Swarovski (1995), an illusionistic glass world was built according to designs by André Heller in an artificial hill at the east end of the town. Inside there are modern chambers of curiosities based on the historical ones from Ambras Castle . Cultural events such as “Music in the Giant” or the “RiesenKinderSpiel” take place here.
- Museum Wattens : The museum for industrial and prehistory offers an insight into the past and present of the communities Wattens and Volders. It contains the finds from the Rätersiedlung Himmelreich as well as urns with extensive grave goods from 431 graves in the Volder urn field. In a second section, the development history of the Wattens paper factory, founded in 1559, and that of the Swarovski company are presented.
- Rätersiedlung Himmelreich: The settlement was located on a hilltop between Wattens and Volders. On the settlement area surrounded by a ring wall, the foundations of five buildings can be viewed, which presumably represented the heap of a Rhaetian nobleman. It was inhabited from the 4th to the 1st century BC and was destroyed by fire. The open-air museum can be reached in about 15 minutes and is freely accessible.
- Typewriter Museum: The museum shows over 450 fully functional models from the development of the typewriter and covers the period from 1884 to the present day. Sectional models provide an insight into the function.
- Tyrolean Legends and Fairy Tale Festival: Staging of fairy tales and old legends mainly from the Tyrolean region
- Music in the giant: Chamber music in the Swarovski Crystal Worlds
- Wiesenrock: Sustainable art, culture and music festival
Because of the local businesses, there are many commuters into the community.
Wattens is on the Inntal motorway with one exit and on the B 171 . Fritzens-Wattens train station is north of the Inn in the neighboring community of Fritzens. Numerous regional bus routes connect the community with the surrounding area and the nearby cities.
- Swarovski , crystal glass company. The glass cutter Daniel Swarovski from Bohemia settled in Wattens in search of water power and founded the company for crystal glass, which today operates worldwide and has subsidiaries in Schwaz (Tyrolit Schleifmittel), Absam (Swarovski Optik) and Vomp (Swareflex reflectors).
- Cotton wool paper, paper mill. It emerged from the paper mill founded in 1559 and today produces special papers for cigarettes and filters that are sold worldwide. The company has since been incorporated into the Delfort Group.
- Swarco AG. Headquarters location. A traffic technology company founded by Manfred Swarovski, not part of the Swarovski Group.
- Gronda GmbH , operator of a social network , a job exchange and an app in the catering and hotel industry
- Cycling: The well-known Inn cycle path from Innsbruck to Passau leads directly past Wattens, and several tours are available especially for mountain bikers.
- Hiking: A popular hiking area is Tyrol's largest nature park, the Karwendel Alpine Park . There are routes of different lengths and degrees of difficulty available:
- Way of St. James
- Eagle Walk
- Historical circular hiking trail
- Paul Steinlechner (1841–1920), legal scholar in Innsbruck and Graz
- Jakob Gapp (1897–1943), priest executed in Berlin-Plötzensee and anti-Nazi opponent
- Klaus Leeb (* 1942), theoretical computer scientist at the University of Erlangen
- Martin Lieb (* 1961), judoka
- Roland Kirchler (* 1970), footballer, 28-time Austrian national team player
- Petra Frey (* 1978), singer
- Anna Stainer-Knittel = Die Geier-Wally (* July 28, 1841 in Elbigenalp in the Lechtal ; † February 28, 1915 in Wattens), died here in the house of her son Karl Steiner.
- Konrad Fichtl (Red.): Wattenser book . Schlern-Schriften 195, ed. v. R. Klebelsberg. Innsbruck: Wagner University Press 1958.
- 70367 - Wattens. Community data, Statistics Austria .
- Municipality of Wattens: Official website of the Hall-Wattens region
- Wattens , in the history database ofthe association "fontes historiae - sources of history"
- Martin Bitschnau , Hannes Obermair : Tiroler Urkundenbuch, II. Department: The documents on the history of the Inn, Eisack and Pustertal valleys. Vol. 1: Up to the year 1140 . Universitätsverlag Wagner, Innsbruck 2009, ISBN 978-3-7030-0469-8 , p. 104-105, No. 138 .
- Local council and mayoral elections 2016 | Municipality of Wattens tirol Our country
- 1938 - The connection in the districts of Tyrol by Horst Schreiber
- April 24, 1906 - THE TURNING CLUB "FRIESEN" is founded
- Schiestl Fritz former mayor in Wattens 1909-1996 Wattens, North Tyrol
- Troppmair goes to the Politpension