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Country  Austria
District  Gänserndorf
Area code  02247
Population  8,229 (1 Jan 2016)
Postal code  2232
State  Lower Austria
Time zone  CET (UTC+1)
Elevation  159 m
Local time  Tuesday 4:16 PM
Deutsch-Wagram
Website  www.deutsch-wagram.gv.at
Weather  10°C, Wind NW at 14 km/h, 55% Humidity

Deutsch-Wagram (literally "German-Wagram") is a town in Austria, in the Gänserndorf District of the federal state of Lower Austria. It is situated in the Marchfeld basin close to the Vienna city limits, about 15 km (9 mi) northeast of the city centre.

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Map of Deutsch-Wagram, Austria

History

The settlement was probably established in the Bavarian March of Austria by colonists in the course of the Ostsiedlung. Wagram was first mentioned in a 1258 tithe register, drawn up when King Ottokar II of Bohemia ruled over the Austrian duchy. It was named after a now silted up meander of the Danube river, where the waves (German: Wogen) crushed against the shore (Rain). In 1560 it received the prefix Deutsch- to differ it from Kroatisch-Wagram (today part of Eckartsau), a village founded by Croat settlers in the course of the 1529 Ottoman Siege of Vienna.

In 1580 the population turned Protestant but was forcefully converted in the Counter-Reformation under the Habsburg emperor Ferdinand II shortly afterwards.

Deutsch-Wagram was the location of the 1809 Battle of Wagram fought between invading French troops under Napoleon and an Austrian army led by Archduke Charles.

The population rose after the area was connected with the Austrian capital by the opening of the Emperor Ferdinand Northern Railway (the present-day Austrian North Railway) in 1837. The former village was elevated to the status of a market town in 1929 and received town privileges in 1984. The firearm company Glock was founded here in 1963.

Politics

Seats in the municipal assembly (Gemeinderat) as of 2015 elections:

  • Austrian People's Party (ÖVP): 19
  • Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ): 6
  • wir4dw (independents): 4
  • Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ): 2
  • The Greens: 2
  • Twin towns

    Deutsch-Wagram is twinned with:

  • Calheta de São Miguel, Cape Verde
  • Gbely, Slovakia
  • Notable people

  • Johann Sahulka (1857–1927), electrical engineer
  • Thomas Forstner (born 1969), singer
  • Residents

  • Jürgen Melzer, a Vienna-born tennis player
  • References

    Deutsch-Wagram Wikipedia


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