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Bruck an der Mur

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Bruck an der Mur

Bruck an der Mur is a city of some 13,500 people located in the district Bruck-Mürzzuschlag, in the Austrian state of Styria. It is located at the confluence of the Mur and Mürz Rivers. Its manufactures include metal products and paper; located on the Graz to Vienna main line, Bruck is an important regional rail junction.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Main sights 2
  • Culture 3
  • Current political issues 4

History

The earliest surviving record of Bruck dates from the time of King Ludovicus II "Germanicus", when it was identified, in a record dated 20 November 860, as "ad pruccam", a manor of the archbishopric of Salzburg. The settlement then identified with this name was in the location currently occupied by a suburb called "St. Ruprecht". The settlement then located at what is now the centre of Bruck is identified in the ninth century record as "muorica kimundi" (i.e. the mouth of the Mürz River).

The town was refounded in 1263 by King Otakar II of Bohemia, who was responsible for surrounding Bruck with its city walls. Bruck received its town privileges in 1277 from King Rudolph von Habsburg who had in 1273 succeeded Otakar. Bruck an der Mur was an important medieval trade center specializing in iron work.

Main sights

There is a 15th-century Gothic church in the city.

In the center is also the famous Kornmesser house, a building in Venetian style, built by Pankraz Kornmess in the 15th century. There is also the iron well with its famous lace-like dome.

The castle of Landskron burned down in the great fire of 1792. After that fire just two of 166 houses were left standing.

Culture

Near Bruck is a recreation area called Weitental. Every August a well-known artist and clown festival called Murenschalk is held.

Current political issues

Young people of Bruck an der Mur have been known to criticize the mayor, Bernd Rosenberger ([[Social

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