Arriach is a municipality with 1388 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2013 ) in the district of Villach -Land in the Austrian state of Carinthia.

  • 6.1 municipal
  • 6.2 Coat of Arms
  • 6.3 Partner community


Geographical location

Arriach is located on the south-eastern foothills of the so-called Nockregion Gurktaler the Alps, in a valley between Wöllaner Nock ( 2145 m ) in the north and Gerlitze (1909 m) in the south. About 20 km south of Arriach is Villach, 24 km east of Feldkirchen.

In the municipality of Arriach is the geographic center of the state of Carinthia.

Community structure

The municipality is divided into the four Arriach Katastralgemeinden Innerteuchen, Laastadt, Arriach and sour forest. The municipality includes the following 15 places (in brackets population as of 31 October 2011):

  • Arriach (323)
  • Berg ob Arriach (49 )
  • Dreihofen (48 )
  • Behind Buchholz ( 26)
  • Hinterwinkl (93 )
  • Dog village (153 )
  • Innerteuchen (103 )
  • Laastadt (191 )
  • Oberwöllan (56)
  • Sauboden (175)
  • Sauer Forest ( 20)
  • City (39 )
  • Unterwöllan (93)
  • Vorderwinkl (48 )
  • Forest road ( 0)

Neighboring communities


Arriach was mentioned in 1207 as Ovriach for the first time in a document, but the first settlement should already have taken place about the year 1000.

In 1850, the tax and cadastral Arriach and Laastadt merged to community Arriach. The villages Sauer forest and rear Buchholz split in 1898 by the municipality from meeting and were added to the Arriacher municipality. Innerteuchen first belonged to the community Himmelberg, and came in 1920 to Arriach.


According to the 2001 census, the municipality has 1,562 inhabitants Arriach, of which 97.6 % 1.2% Austrian and German citizens. For evangelical church 68.8 % of the community population profess the Roman Catholic Church 26%. As a non-denominational to 3.2%, respectively. Arriach is that the congregation of Carinthia with the highest percentage of Protestant believers.

Culture and sights

  • The Four Evangelists Church is the largest Protestant church in Carinthia. It was built on the site of an existing since 1783 and in 1785 consecrated prayer house in the years 1903-1907 in neo-gothic style.
  • The Catholic parish church of St. Philip and St. James is located on a hill at the southern end of Arriach. At the site of the original Romanesque building, first documented in 1207, in 1414 a new church was built, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1690 and then to 1694 rebuilt.
  • Filialkirche Oberwöllan
  • Klösterle in Innerteuchen

Catholic parish church of St. Philip and St. Jacob

Peter and Paul Church in Oberwöllan

Klösterle in Innerteuchen

The municipality is a member of the Carinthian wood road and has a varied palette of well-preserved wooden houses in traditional style. It strives to preserve the old structure for posterity.

Economy and infrastructure

Traditionally, the livestock was dominant in the present-day municipality, today tourism plays an important economic role. The majority of the resident workforce commutes from Arriach, however, particularly to Villach.

According to Census of 2001, there have in Arriach 48 workplaces with 178 employees in the community as well as 440 commuters and 69 commuters.


Parish council

The local council of Arriach has 15 members and is composed as follows since the municipal elections in 2009 together:

  • 7 FPK
  • 5 SPÖ
  • 3 ÖVP

Directly elected mayor is Karl Müller Gearfried ( SPÖ).

Coat of arms

The Arriacher coat of arms reflects the wine chalice as a symbol of the Lord's Supper and the monogram of Christ and the Luther Rose the relatively high proportion of people with a Protestant creed resist. Coat of arms and flag were presented to the community May 19, 1971. The blazon of the arms is:

The flag is green-yellow with integrated crest.

Partner community

Since 1972, a partnership with Wain in Baden- Württemberg. After Wain about 300 Protestants from Arriach had fled before the Counter-Reformation from 1651.