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Peggau is a market town with 2149 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2013 ) north of Graz, in the district of Graz-Umgebung in Styria ( Austria ).

  • 2.1 Population development
  • 3.1 Traffic
  • 3.2 Established businesses
  • 4.1 churches
  • 4.2 Structures
  • 4.3 Natural Monuments


Geographical Location

Peggau is located about 15 km north of the provincial capital of Graz to the River Mur in Styria, on the western edge of the Grazer Bergland. From the neighboring community of German Feistritzwerke Peggau is just across the river Mur.

Expansion of the municipal district

The municipality stretches from the banks of the Mur to the mountains of the mountain Stocks Tanneben with up to 910 m. The municipality is the Peggauer wall, a steep, cavernous wall.

Community structure

The municipality comprises the two villages (in brackets population as of 31 October 2011):

  • Friesach ( 263 )
  • Peggau (1865 )

The municipality comprises the cadastral Friesach and Peggau.

Neighboring communities


From the caves in the area were numerous finds, starting from the Stone Age, to be rescued. Bronze Age finds from the Roman period Badlhöhle and a hillfort on the Ball Stone show a continuous settlement

Dating from around 800 AD comes an early-medieval Carolingian burial ground, which was raised in 1987 for channel excavation and partially exposed.

The first documentary mention was made about 1050. Castle and lordship were in possession of the Lords of Peggau, the later the castle Pfannberg acquired and now counts of Pfannberg called. Around 1250, the Counts of Pfannberg inherit the castle and lordship Peggau. Around 1270 the castle of King Ottokar II Przemysl was destroyed.

To 1301 there was already a toll road, which was closed in around 1800. Until 1740 there was also a water toll on the Mur River for rafters. The market legal ceremony took place before 1576th However, this is the first confirmed date.

In his famous walk to Syracuse in 1802, the German travel writer Johann Gottfried Seume came through Peggau. He writes:

"In Vienna and here on the way was told everywhere that you incurred the Pressburger post, plundered and got the coachman and the guard killed. Also bey Pegau, not far from Gräz had happened the nehmliche. [ ... ] Bey Rothelstein complained a country man with whom I walked a mile on the damage that the wolves and lynx cause that would come down from the mountains. The snow was high and cold cutting, and I hurried to Pegau [ ... ] But the neighborhood was so sad when I had hardly encountered on the whole trip. "

1843-1844 the Badlwandgalerie is built, in whose vaults the Southern Railway and above the national route is out.

In 1893, the first stone-crushing plant is (now W & P) opened. As of 1894, carried out an intensive study of the Lurgrotte.

After the First World War takes place in the framework of the Austrian cave fertilizer action, an intensive phosphate mining in the Badlhöhle and Peggauer wall caves. A total of 86 rail cars could be promoted.

From August 17, 1944 to April 2, 1945, a branch of the Mauthausen concentration camp was set up on a plot of land expropriated the pin Vorau in background mountain. At the foot of the wall Peggauer a tunnel system for the underground relocation of parts of aircraft parts and tanks production of the work Thondorf the Steyr -Daimler -Puch AG was put into operation. 1955 a memorial was erected, and on 24 March 2006 a memorial (47 ° 11 ' 54 " N, 15 ° 21' 34 " O47.19825555555615.359561111111 ) inaugurated.

On 15 July 1975, a devastating flood caused great damage in the municipality. In this flood also the climbing plants were destroyed in the Lurgrotte. The holding by the cave after Semriach had to be stopped.


Economy and infrastructure


Peggau is a very good transport connected. Through the municipal area the Brucker Straße ( S 35 ), which can be reached via two connection points runs. This leads to about two kilometers to Phyrn motorway (A9 ) over the nodes German Feistritzwerke (165) and the Grazer Straße (B 67).

In Peggau closest train station Peggau - German Feistritzwerke, which lies on the southern railway. From the station there are hourly express rail links S1 to Graz, Bruck an der Mur. In addition, branches off from the main line local train Peggau - Übelbach the Styrian provincial railways as S11, it runs every hour after Übelbach.

Graz Airport is about 30 km away.

Established businesses

Visible from the facilities of the company Wietersdorfer & Peggauer, which has emerged from the company's core and MM.

Culture and sights


  • The altarpiece of the Catholic Church of Peggau was painted by Johann Cyriak Hackhofer in 1700 and still exists today.
  • The Protestant Church of Peace was built in 1906 by Otto Bartning.


  • The Badlwandgalerie was part of the route of the Southern Railway in the Badlwand. After installation of the route it is decaying.
  • Castle Peggau

Natural Monuments

  • The most popular destination in Peggau is the Lurgrotte. On the well-secured way are one and two hours, but also offered adventure tours.
  • The Repolust is located north of Peggau in Badlgraben. Here, the previously oldest evidence of human existence in Austria found ( about 300,000 years).
  • The Badlhöhle is also located in Badlgraben.


The diplomat and writer Barbara Taufar reported in her autobiography, " The Rose of Jericho " about her childhood in Peggau.


Coat of arms

" In a red shield a pile of them asked, swept to the right, black winged eagle claw. The shield surrounds an architecturally held silver, golden and blue at its edges studded edging. " ( Award document of September 5, 1901)