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Wenigzell (Austria)
Basic data
Country: Austria
State : Styria
Political District : Hartberg-Fürstenfeld
License plate : HF (from 1.7.2013; old: HB)
Main town : Pittermann
Surface: 35.68 km²
Coordinates : 47 ° 26 '  N , 15 ° 47'  E Coordinates: 47 ° 25 '32 "  N , 15 ° 47' 10"  E
Height : 831  m above sea level A.
Residents : 1,387 (January 1, 2020)
Postcodes : 8254, 8253
Area code : 03336
Community code : 6 22 62
Address of the
municipal administration:
Pittermann 222
8254 Wenigzell
Website: www.wenigzell.at
Mayor : Herbert Berger ( ÖVP )
Municipal Council : (2020)
(15 members)
10 4th 
A total of 15 seats
  • ÖVP : 10
  • Wenigzell list : 4
  • SPÖ : 1
Location of Wenigzell 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 Wenigzell in the Hartberg-Fürstenfeld district (clickable map)
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Source: Municipal data from Statistics Austria

Wenigzell with 1387 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2020) is a municipality in Eastern Styria , Austria . It is located in the judicial district of Fürstenfeld and in the political district of Hartberg-Fürstenfeld .


Wenigzell is located in the mountainous region of Joglland in northeast Styria.

Community structure

The municipal area is divided into four cadastral communities (area 2001): Kandlbauer (778.23 ha), Pittermannviertl (842.05 ha), Sichart (791.86 ha), Sommersgut (1,136.94 ha).

Localities are (residents as of January 1, 2020):

  • Kandlbauer (179) with Auf der Burg , Auf der Halt , Haselbach , Kleinland and Poschen
  • Pittermann (657) with In Büchl , In Reith , Schöngrund , Walddörfl and Wenigzell
  • Sichart (227) with Faustenbauer , In Bergen , In Büchl In Windhab , Lafnitzegg , Sagbauer and Zinsenhöf
  • Sommersgut (324) with Am Rain , Gumpold , Im Graben , Im Winkl , In der Leiten , In Baumgarten Mayerhof and Steinberg

Neighboring communities

Adjacent to Wenigzell clockwise:


Wenigzell's origins go back to the year 1141: At that time, Count Wolfrad von Treffen from the Count of Veringen came into the possession of the “100 Huben” in barter with the Archbishop of Salzburg . He used settlers from his Swabian homeland for colonization . Nothing of these original settlers has survived (e.g. in the name), as they were soon overlaid by settlers from the Pitten area. The names of the cadastral communities also go back to (Bavarian) family names of the last-mentioned settlers from the Pitten area.

Presumably, Count Wolfrad von Treffen also gave the Vorau canon monastery a forest hill, on which it built a chapel of St. Margaret , mentioned in 1209 for the first time, and a farmyard. This is where the name comes from, which means something like "small courtyard". Around the chapel of St. Margaret, there was also a village, of which we have evidence as early as 1200. Perhaps as early as 1220 Wenigzell became an independent parish , as we know the first pastor named Heinrich around 1250.

From the time of the Reformation , we know that the Little Zeller were loyal to the old faith, which probably also to the good pastoral care by the Vorauer canons is due. Presumably that was after the New Collegiate Church of Vorau (1660-1662 by Domenico Sciassia rebuilt) and the parish church of Wenigzell.

In 1692, Pastor Georg Tentius obtained it from Pope Innocent XII through Vorau Provost Phillip Leisl . confirmation of patrician brotherhood . This made Wenigzell a much-visited place of pilgrimage to Saint Patrizius. The influx of pilgrims became so strong that on Patrician Day , March 17, 1716, a pilgrim was crushed in the church. In 1721 the important baroque painter Johann Cyriak Hackhofer frescoed the five initial niches around the church with the secrets of the Sorrowful Rosary .

As a result of the patrician day in 1716, the decision was made to rebuild the parish church, which was carried out by Andreas Straßgietl from 1733 to 1735 . The 40 m long church was given a rich baroque interior: the walls were covered with fine stucco in which cartouches for frescoes by Joseph Georg Mayr were embedded. In addition, the church received five altars: the high altar in honor of St. Margaret and the four side altars of St. Mary and St. Joseph and St. Patrizius and St. Leonhard . In the course of Josephinism in 1783 the votive pictures were removed from the church and pilgrimages were also banned. In the Biedermeier period, however, the pilgrimage recovered.

In 1829 Barbara Sicharter , the founder of the order of the Vorau sisters and founder of the Marienkrankenhaus Vorau, was born in Wenigzell .

In the last days of the war in April 1945, the village of Wenigzell fell victim to the war by mistake. In an attack by the Russians, they wanted to eliminate a suspected arsenal there, which was actually stationed in nearby Fischbach . The church burned down and Wenigzell was destroyed, apart from a few isolated houses. Reconstruction began in 1946: the church got a new roof, windows were installed, new bells were purchased and the church was refurbished. The equipment was added until 1992.

After the war, Wenigzell became a popular summer resort , especially for the Viennese. There are various themed hiking trails and a barefoot park , a local museum and the newly built Jogllandoase , an indoor pool with a wellness and sauna area.

In 1981, Wenigzell won the Entente Florale Europe , the European flower decoration competition.


The population of Wenigzell is almost entirely, namely 97.8% Roman Catholic ; 0.6% are Protestant , the confession of just as many is unknown. 0.7% of the population have no religious beliefs.

Wenigzell is the seat of a Roman Catholic parish.

Wenigzell Church

Population development

Culture and sights

See also:  List of listed objects in Wenigzell


City council election 2020
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Herbert Berger has been the mayor since April 27, 2015, taking over from Herbert Hofer. Berger was elected during the constituent meeting of the municipal council and sworn in by district captain Max Wiesenhofer.

There were also changes in the community council. Günter Steiner (List Wenigzell) is the successor of Günther Holzer (List Wenigzell) as Vice Mayor and Anton Maderbacher (ÖVP) is the successor of Heribert Rozanek as the community treasurer.

Office manager is Franz Sommersguter.

Municipal council

The municipal council consists of 15 members and has been composed of mandates from the following parties since the 2020 municipal council election:

The last municipal council elections brought the following results:

Political party 2020 2015 2010 2005 2000
Sti. % M. Sti. % M. Sti. % M. Sti. % M. Sti. % M.
ÖVP 506 61.48 10 479 48 7th 718 74 11 702 70 11 537 56 9
SPÖ 90 10.94 1 82 8th 1 249 26th 4th 294 30th 4th 178 19th 2
List Wenigzell 227 27.58 4th 439 44 7th not running not running not running
FPÖ not running not running not running not running 244 25th 4th
voter turnout 72.08% 85% 81% 80% 83%

coat of arms

The municipal coat of arms was awarded in 1981.
Blazon : “In red, diagonally to the right a row of golden pearls, accompanied by a golden griffin foot at the top, accompanied by a golden stag pole below.”
The row of pearls makes the Greek name of St. Margaret (parish patroness) in the “small cell” understandable. The griffin foot expresses the close connection with the Vorau pen. The stag bar indicates the origin of the town's founder - the stag bar was borrowed from the coat of arms of his relatives, the Alemannic Count Isny-Veringen.

Tourism association

Together with Birkfeld, Fischbach, Miesenbach, Ratten, Rettenegg, Strallegg, St. Kathrein am Hauenstein, St. Jakob im Walde, Waldbach-Mönichwald and Vorau, the municipality forms the " Joglland - Waldheimat " tourist association . Its seat is the municipality of St. Jakob im Walde.


Honorary citizen

  • 2002: Johann Kroisleitner (1936–2019), Mayor of Wenigzell 1982–2002
  • 2012: Franz Schafferhofer, longtime fire brigade commander of Wenigzell

Sons and daughters of the church

Web links

Commons : Wenigzell  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Local council election 2020 - results Wenigzell. orf.at , accessed on August 22, 2020 .
  2. Statistics Austria: Population on January 1st, 2020 by locality (area status on January 1st, 2020) , ( CSV )
  3. Local council elections in Wenigzell 2020. In: orf.at
  4. a b Kleine Zeitung of April 28, 2015: Berger (VP) new mayor of Wenigzell (accessed on April 29, 2015).
  5. Elections. Retrieved April 12, 2020 .
  6. ^ Heinrich Purkharthofer: The Styrian municipal coat of arms awarded in 1981. (PDF) p. 38 , accessed on June 6, 2017 .
  7. ^ Grazer Zeitung , Official Gazette for Styria. December 30, 2014, 210th year, 52nd piece. No. 307. ZDB -ID 1291268-2 p. 626.
  8. mein district.at accessed on August 24, 2019.