|coat of arms||Austria map|
|Political District :||Feldkirch|
|License plate :||FK|
|Residents :||3,256 (January 1, 2020)|
|Population density :||144 inhabitants per km²|
|Postal code :||6835|
|Area code :||05522|
|Community code :||8 04 24|
|Address of the
|Mayor :||Kilian Tschabrun ( ÖVP )|
Local council : (2015)
|Location of Zwischenwasser in the Feldkirch district|
Batschuns village with parish church
|Source: Municipal data from Statistics Austria|
Zwischenwasser is located in the westernmost state of Austria, Vorarlberg, in the Feldkirch district at an altitude of 525 meters. 71% of the area is forested. The highest point in the community is the Hoher Freschen mountain ( ).
The municipality includes the following three localities (population in brackets as of January 1, 2020):
- Batschuns (1185)
- Dafins (408)
- Muntlix (1663)
The municipality consists of the cadastral municipality Zwischenwasser.
The municipality includes the villages of Muntlix in the valley floor, Batschuns and Dafins on sloping terraces. Muntlix is the main town of the municipality, where the municipal office (seat of the municipal administration) and the Zwischenwasser middle school are also located.
The peculiarity is that none of the three places bears the municipality name. This is derived from the location of the municipality between the waters of the two rivers Frutz (Celtic: "Strom") and Frödisch .
The municipality of Zwischenwasser shares a municipality boundary with six other Vorarlberg municipalities. Of these, five ( Viktorsberg , Laterns , Rankweil , Sulz and Röthis ) as well as Zwischenwasser are in the political district of Feldkirch and one - namely the district capital Dornbirn - in the district of Dornbirn . The municipal areas of Dornbirn, Zwischenwasser, Viktorsberg and Laterns meet at a common point just south of the Hohe Freschen summit .
The first written reference to a settlement in Zwischenwasser can be found in a document from 1127. The Habsburgs ruled the places in Vorarlberg alternately from Tyrol and Upper Austria (Freiburg im Breisgau). Between 1805 and 1814, Zwischenwasser belonged to Bavaria , then again to Austria. It has belonged to Vorarlberg, the westernmost Austrian state of Austria, since it was founded (1861). The community was part of the French occupation zone in Austria from 1945 to 1955.
The proportion of foreigners at the end of 2002 was 12.3 percent.
The community council of Zwischenwasser consists of 24 members. After the municipal council elections in 2015 , the People's Party has ten, the Free Voters List nine, the Greens three and the Young and Old List two mandates in the municipal council. Mayor of the municipality has been Kilian Tschabrun since July 1, 2013, who was confirmed in office in the direct mayor election 2015 with 52.73 percent of the votes.
With its diversity of nature and landscapes, Zwischenwasser offers numerous leisure opportunities; especially for hiking, mountain biking, ski tours and snowshoeing. The community also has a small ski area with two ski lifts in the Furx district. By being equipped with a floodlight system, there is also the possibility of night skiing.
Culture and sights
Churches and chapels
Parish Church of St. John the Baptist, Batschuns
Clemens Holzmeister received the order to build his first church in 1921 from chaplain Albert Drexel. The church was built from 1921 to 1923 as the first church in Vorarlberg in the style of the interwar period. The foundation walls for a neo-Gothic building were already in place when the new project was implemented against great opposition. Holzmeister anticipated a few things that would become important in his later churches: on the one hand, the adoption of elements from the local building culture (including materials and craftsmanship details) and, on the other hand, the formal enhancement of the building to become emblematic. The church shows stylistic traces of expressionism in accordance with the time of its construction . A restoration took place in 1971/72.
- Chapel in the Batschuns Education Center
Parish Church of St. Joseph in Dafins
A church was built on this site as early as 1715 and the current church was largely rebuilt in 1917/1918.
Parish Church of St. Fidelis, Muntlix
This church was built between 1958 and 1962 and consecrated in 1962. The facade bears a mosaic of St. Fidelis by the Schruns artist Konrad Honold , who also designed the concrete glass window.
Next to the church is a war memorial - consisting of many different lengths of metal rods. There is a metal cross on the wall and on each rod is a metal plaque with the name of the fallen or missing person.
Chapel of St. Wendelin in Buchebrunnen : This chapel was built in 1724.
Weissenberg Residence : This "Batschunser Schlössle" was built before 1601 as the residence of the Feldkirch patrician Brock von Weißenberg .
Textile factory Rueff Muntlix (1988) : This is a textile factory designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser . In 1988 he also designed the street signs and house number boards in Zwischenwasser.
Frödischsaal in Muntlix : The modern wooden construction, built in 1994, is primarily used for physical education, but is also used for various festive events. The building also includes a library and the Frödisch inn.
Osang Bridge in Dafins : The Osang Bridge, which leads over the Mühltobel, is a covered wooden bridge. The building was restored in 1999 by the village population under the leadership of the Dafins cultural association.
Batschuns test cable car, cable car, dismantled in 1962/63, Suldis ruin mountain station, residential building since then.
Economy and Infrastructure
In 2010 there were 46 agricultural and forestry businesses in the municipality, thirteen of which were full-time businesses. In the secondary economic sector, 148 people found work in 28 companies, mostly in the manufacture of goods or in construction. The tertiary economic sector employed 288 people in 123 companies, almost half of them in social and public services (as of 2011).
In Zwischenwasser there are also three kindergartens, three elementary schools and one middle school.
Zwischenwasser is one of the 24 municipalities in Austria (as of 2019) that received the highest award of the e5 municipal energy project. The e5 community project aims to promote the implementation of a modern energy and climate policy at community level.
- Link to the community of Zwischenwasser
- 80424 - intermediate water. Community data, Statistics Austria .
- Statistics Austria: Population on January 1st, 2020 by locality (area status on January 1st, 2020) , ( CSV )
- Community of Zwischenwasser, leisure time, ski lift. Retrieved March 30, 2019 .
- Cemetery and cemetery - a project report in the nextroom architecture database
- Frödischsaal Muntlix ( Memento of February 8, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
- Statistics Austria, A look at the community of Zwischenwasser, agriculture and forestry operations. Retrieved March 30, 2019 .
- Statistics Austria, A look at the community of Zwischenwasser, workplaces. Retrieved March 30, 2019 .
- Statistics Austria, A look at the community of Zwischenwasser, employees. Retrieved March 30, 2019 .
- Community of Zwischenwasser, Social Affairs, Education. Retrieved March 30, 2019 .
- e5 communities in Austria as of March 2019