High Thurn (Slovenian: Straja vas ) is a bilingual municipality with 812 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2013 ) in the district of Villach-Land in Carinthia.

  • 4.1 Structures
  • 4.2 associations
  • 6.1 municipal
  • 6.2 Coat of Arms


Geographical location

The municipality is located in the Lower High Thurn Gail Valley and on the northern slopes of the Carnic Alps in the south-western Carinthia. In the north of the Gail forms the boundary of the municipality, to the east the Gailitz.

Community structure

Hohenthurn consists of two cadastral Dreulach ( Drevlje ) and Hohenthurn ( Straja vas ) and includes the following six towns ( population figures as at 31 October 2011):

  • Achomitz ( Zahomec ), 86
  • Draschitz ( Drašče ), 191
  • Dreulach ( Drevlje ), 131
  • Göriach ( Gorje ), 101
  • High Thurn ( Straja vas ), 224
  • Stossau ( Stasava ), 84

Neighboring communities


From 10 BC to the 6th century BC was located near Dreulach a Hallstatt period hillfort. Later there was a Roman defense tower, which was destroyed around 200 AD. High Thurn was first mentioned in 1253 as Göströsdorf documented.

Since the settlement of the area by the Carantanians - Slavs in the 6th century. and the establishment of Carantanian statehood in the 7th century, the area of the entire Lower Gail Valley and Hohenthurn closely related to the Slovene cultural history and was largely Slovene at the beginning of the 20th century. The Lower Gail Valley is known for its unique, original Slovenian Customs (which has inkultureiert even several national influences ), and which is now a bilingual regional identity.

The community Hohenthurn was constituted in 1850, nor the cadastral included Maglern / Megvarje, Seltschach / Sovče and Feistritz an der Gail / Bistrica na Zilji to the. Maglern (1865) and Seltschach (1877 ) came later to the municipality Arnold Stein, 1906 Feistritzwerke became independent at the Gail as an independent local church. 1973 Feistritzwerke was incorporated at the Gail again in 1991 after a referendum again independently.


According to the 2001 census, the municipality has 857 inhabitants Hohenturn. Of these totals to 8.3% of the Slovene-speaking minority.

For the Roman Catholic church 92 % of the community population profess the Protestant Church 3% and 2% Islam, 2.5% are without religious confession. Even in 1924, all parishes were conducted in the Lower Slovenian Gail Valley, only two branch churches in the castles Wasserleonburg and Bodenhof were led German.

The Catholic parish Göriach / Gorje, one of the High Thurn is bilingual, German - Slovenian, out.

The Slovene dialect of High Thurn / Straja vas counts typologically to the Slovenian dialect group of the so-called Gail Valley dialect ( ziljsko narečje or ziljščina ). Characteristic are numerous phonetic, morphological and lexical archaisms.

Culture and sights


  • Church of St. Cyriacus in Hohenthurn, first documented in 1261, Gothic building
  • Parish Church Mariae name in Göriach, 1312 or 1316 donated, late Gothic building from 1489 to 1516


  • Slovensko prosvetno društvo Zila: The Slovenian Catholic Educational Association Zilja ( Gail ) ( Slow Katoliško slovensko izobraževalno društvo Zila ) for Achomitz and the surrounding area was established in 1904 to consolidate the Slovenian identity. Initiators were Franz Schaubachhütte and Franz Graf Auer, the first long -serving president was Francesco Kriegl, vulgo Krieglč, his successor was his son Niko Kriegl. The meetings were held at the inn Hrepec, a club library was performed, set up a tambura orchestra and a rich theatrical life under the direction of hermaphrodites Marija was able to ban the club thrive by the Nazis and widely broadcast. After the war the club was re-established under the name Slovensko prosvetno društvo Zila.
  • The bilingual sports club Achomitz / Športno društvo Zahomc brought the ski jumper Karl Schnabl ( Olympic Large Hill 1976) and Franz Wiegele forth.

Economy and infrastructure

According to Census of 2001, there are 18 workplaces with 66 employees in the community and 284 commuters. There are 108 agricultural and forestry holdings ( including 16 in the main acquisition ), which together manage 2,089 ha ( 1999).

Not insignificant is tourism, due to its proximity to the Nassfeld ski area and the Faaker and Lake Pressegg.

The transport infrastructure is via the southern motorway (A 2), the Gail Valley Road ( B111 ) and the road L 27a. In the town there are four volunteer fire departments.


Parish council

The local council of Hohenthurn has 11 members and is composed as follows since the municipal elections in 2009 together:

  • 6 ÖVP
  • Two SPÖ
  • 2 WG / VS
  • 1 FPK

Directly elected mayor since 2003 Florian Tschinderle (ÖVP ).

Coat of arms

The eponymous high tower in the arms of Hohenthurn was heraldic represented as bezinnter tower, so it is not modeled on the church tower of the High Thurn; but it could also allude to the Roman Watchtower on the Disability. The pattern of the ornament in chief is modeled on a ceramic finds from the Middle Bronze Age and is thus the meaning of the prehistoric settlement to express.

The coat of arms of Hohenthurn was awarded the municipality on 24 November 1993 and has the following blazon:

The flag is green and white with integrated crest.


  • Francesco Schaubachhütte ( born December 3, 1881 in Draschitz / Drašče; † August 6, 1954 in Črnomelj ), Slovenian lawyer and politician, 1927-1929 Mayor of Greater Maribor.
  • Johann Schnabl (* December 26, 1827 Achomitz / Zahomec, † 24 January 1904 Ahomitz ), pronounced Slovenian, starting from 1850 over 20 years mayor of Hohenthurn / Straja vas
  • Johann Schnabl, vulgo Hrepec ( born September 7, 1897 in Feistritz an der Gail / Bistrica na Zilji; † July 11, 1964 in Ahomitz ), pronounced Slovenian, candidate of the Carinthian slovenska stranka (Carinthian Slovene Party), 1928-1938 Mayor of Hohenthurn / Straja vas
  • Karl Schnabl (born 1954 ), ski jumper
  • Franz Wiegele (* 1965), ski jumper