Scharstein (1848-1976 Viechtwang ) is a market town in Upper Austria in the district of Gmunden Traun in the district with 4715 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2013).

  • 2.1 Population development
  • 3.1 Municipal Council
  • 3.2 Coat of Arms
  • 3.3 Regional Policy
  • 5.1 associations
  • 6.1 Specialty


Scharstein is on the heart of the Almtals to 450 m above sea level. A. Height

The expansion is 9.1 kilometers from north to south, from west to east 10.5 km. The total area is 47.8 km ². 54.8 % of the area is forested, 36 % of the land used for agriculture.

Neighboring communities

Community structure

The municipality comprises the following four localities ( in parentheses population as of 31 October 2011):

  • Village ( 709)
  • Mühldorf ( 1409 )
  • Scharstein ( 1281 )
  • Viechtwang (1340 )

The municipality comprises the cadastral village, Mühldorf I and Viechtwang.


The counts of Rebgau began around 1120 with the construction of the castle Scharstein. 1204 was the first documentary mention.

Already in 1492 acquired the imperial nurse at Wildenstein, Christoph Jörger to Reut, by Sigmund Graf Schaubergwerk the fortress Alt - rock band together with the district court on the moss, which he, however, a few years later sold back to Emperor Maximilian I.. In 1538 the castle burned down in negligence. Johann Fernberger did not use the money to rebuild the castle, but for the construction of Pfleghauses ( Schaffer Leithen ). 1584 acquired the Jörger, including helmet hard Jörger VIII, the rule Scharstein and erected a mighty castle building next to the existing Pfleghaus, the new office building at the Schaffer directing, and founded in 1585 from the first Sense hammers at the Alm

In the Counter-Reformation in 1621, all the properties were the confiscated for the dissemination of the Protestant doctrine in Upper Austria with full commitment and finally occurred with open resistance Jörger; the rule Scharstein was sold in 1625 to the monastery Kremsmuenster.

The rule Scharstein was under from 1625 to Kremsmünster. During the Napoleonic Wars, the region was repeatedly occupied by French troops, but always remained a part of the country Austria above the Enns.

After 1848, with the creation of local churches after the Revolution, the church was called Viechtwang, according to today's district. In the 19th century Scharstein was the largest production facility Sense of the monarchy. 700 employees generated daily 4,000 scythes and sickles 5000.

In 1901, the Almtalbahn of catfish was completed in Almtal by Grunau, and therefore Scharstein had become accessible via rail transport. Since 1918, Scharstein belongs to the province of Upper Austria. 1932 Scharstein was raised to the place.

In 1967, acquired Harald Seyrl, an Austrian historian, the castle from Kremsmünster and began working to save the historic fabric, which are now largely completed.

In 1976 the church name was changed back to Scharstein.

The year 1987 brought the end of the 400 -year Scharnsteiner Sense generation. In 2004, the municipality Scharstein was raised on the occasion of their 800 years' existence of LH Dr. Josef Pühringer a market town.

Population Development

In 1991, the municipality had 4309 inhabitants according to the census. 2001 then 4539 inhabitants and in 2011, 4731 inhabitants.


The municipality is located in the judicial district of Gmunden.

Municipal council

  • ÖVP: 14
  • SPÖ: 13
  • FPO: 4

The seats parameter is obsolete and redundant!

Allocation of seats for the municipal elections in 2009:

Mayor Rudolf Raffelsberger of the ÖVP.

Coat of arms

Description of the municipality coat of arms:

The municipality colors are red and white.

The Crest is the master emblem of the Jörger of Tollet whose helmet Hart VIII has gained through his work, especially as the founder of Sense industry Almtal, for Scharstein economic historical significance.

The coat of arms in 1977, after the change of the community Names to Scharstein awarded.

Regional Policy

St. Konrad belongs to the tourist region Almtal, which was established on 1 January 2013. was founded.

Capital of the municipality: Market Scharstein

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Municipal seat is the market town Scharstein. He is right on the pasture, at an altitude of 488 m above sea level. A..

The village Scharstein includes about 400 buildings with about 1200 inhabitants, ie 1 /4 of the community population, the vast majority in the town itself to village area also includes the composting game Anger valley and the settlement Tießenbach at the other Almufer, as well as the castle Scharstein at the northern end of the town.

The place is located on the B 120 Scharnsteiner street and has a stop Almtalbahn.

Economy and infrastructure


  • Market Music Scharstein - Redtenbacher

Culture and sights

  • Castle Scharstein: Castle Scharstein goes back to the year 1538. At present the castle two museums: Austrian Criminal Museum and Austrian Gendarmerie Museum: In the museum the history of the Austrian justice and security system is shown from the late Middle Ages to the present. Special section is devoted to the present the history of the gendarmerie essence of 1849.
  • Museum of Austrian contemporary history: the development of Austria in the last century is shown with objects and images.


To supply the hard working people, created a special pastry. From an unknown master baker of known only in Almtal Zwieballen was developed. Its name goes back to an old measure of the Scythe: two palm. The Zwieballen there are only Almtal.


Daughters and sons:

  • Hilde Berger ( born 1946 ), actress, screenwriter, and writer (novels )
  • Wolfgang Leuthner, (1744-1812), Benedictine and abbot of the monastery Kremsmuenster