Brixlegg

Brixlegg is a market town (since 1927) in the Kufstein district in the Austrian state of Tyrol. The town lies in the Lower Inn Valley and at the entrance of the Alpbachtal.

Brixlegg
Brixlegg

Coat of arms
Location within Kufstein district
Brixlegg
Location within Austria
Coordinates: 47°25′45″N 11°52′39″E
CountryAustria
StateTyrol
DistrictKufstein
Government
  MayorRudolf Puecher (ÖVP)
Area
  Total9.11 km2 (3.52 sq mi)
Elevation
534 m (1,752 ft)
Population
 (2018-01-01)[2]
  Total2,970
  Density330/km2 (840/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
6230
Area code05337
Vehicle registrationKU
Websitewww.brixlegg.tirol.gv.at

Neighbouring municipalities

Alpbach, Kramsach, Radfeld, Rattenberg, Reith im Alpbachtal, Wildschönau

History

The town was first mentioned as „Prisslech“ in documents in 788, although the settlement is considered to be much older.

Sights

  • Parish church "Unsere Liebe Frau" ("Our Lady")
  • Mühlbichl chapel and war memorial
  • Lanegg tower house
  • Granary building on the bank of the river Inn
  • Museum of Mining and Metallurgy

People

  • Stephan Eberharter, Alpine ski racer and Olympic champion
  • Matthias Rebitsch, Alpinist
  • Karlheinz Töchterle, Federal Minister of Science and Research
  • Karl Pearson visited here on Sunday 2 September 1883 and wrote about the passion play

Economy

The Montanwerke Brixlegg AG is the only copper producer in Austria and specialises in the recovery of copper and other valuable metals from scrap copper and other secondary materials with copper content. The first mention of a copper and silver refinery in Brixlegg in documents dates back to 1463. At the beginning of the 20th century, following a decline in ore extraction in Tyrol, production was shifted to the recovery of copper from scrap metal alloys.

Further employers are the textiles industry (Giesswein company, founded in 1954), Production of bottled mineral water and non-alcoholic drinks (Silberquelle) and tourism (with a focus on winter tourism).

Sports

It is famous amongst the skateboard scene for "The Cradle" a large outdoor skatearena, that also hosts international competitions.

Town twinning

Aichach (Germany)

References


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