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An introduction to our municipality

The municipality Grundlsee got its name from the lake of the same name and consists of five villages:
Bräuhof, Gössl, Archkogel and Untertressen.

It's interesting, that there is actually no village called Grundlsee, it's really just the lake that gave the municipality its name.
With a surface of 152,22km2 it is one of the biggest municipalities in Austria The populated are has an average height of 750m and has a population of about 1283 people. The Grundlsee is the biggest lake in Styria (4,14 km2)

The "Viertelmaenner" ("section-men")

certain kind of administrators of the reign-administrators was called "Viertelmaenner (or "Viertelleute"). Every section within the ruling district had its own "Viertelmann", in 1790 the "fishmaster" Josef Kain was in charge of the district Grundlsee. A "Viertelmann" was kind of a combination of mayor and policeman. For example he had to deal with death duties, he had to uphold social values and make sure people used the dictated lamps and lanterns instead of open fire.
They were also quite popular to be asked as witness to a marriage.

1861 - 1908 (48 years) Franz Gaiswinkler, vlg. Karler, Mosern 13 (8) Jagdleiter
1908 - 1922 Roman Hopfer, vlg. Frosch, Bräuhof 3 Landwirt
1922 - 1932 Rudolf Spieler sen, Bräuhof 42 Kaufmann
1932 - 1935 Josef Strimitzer, vlg. Laimer, Bräuhof 12 Landwirt
1935 - 1938 Rudi Spieler jun., Bräuhof 42 Kaufmann

Rudi Spieler got removed from office when the national socialists invaded the country and the mayor of Bad Aussee, Hans Woell stood in for him. His person to turn to, for the population People from Grundlsee was the town-community leader Franz Hillbrandt. After he got conscripted to the armed forces, the pharmacist Robert Schadler got mayor of Grundlsee and Bad Aussee until the end of war. In May 1945 the American occupying forces assigned the salt-works employee Johann Amon (Bräuhof 70) to be mayor of Grundlsee, which remained until the first municipal elections after the second world war in 1950!

Further mayors
1950 - 1980 Leopold Köberl, vlg. Hausermann, Mosern 18 Zimmermeister
1980 - 1992 Franz Viertbauer, Gößl 156 Bergmann
seit 1992 Josef Amon, vlg. Halter, Bräuhof 139 ÖBB-Bediensteter

Since 1992 Josef Amon,vlg. Halter, Bräuhof 139, employee of Federal Railways
All municipalities of the Ausseerland belonged to Oberösterreich, on the 1.7.1948 they became part of Styria again.


On the 02. 08. 1188 Grundlsee was documentary mentioned for the first time

.... HUJUS DONATIONIS APUD CHRUNGILSE, FACTE TESTES ... - The first documentary mention dated on the 2.8.1188.
Duke Ottokar 4 sealed three documents, which however burnt during the big fire of Stift Admont (religious foundation in Admon)t in 1865. But at least one copy of the three documents (made in the 13th century) remained; it can be found in the archives of Stift Admont,
Grundlsee or parts of it must have been populated much earlier though. This is indicated by a couple of discoveries, like a jug, which was coincidentally found during digging-activities around the "Stöcklhaus" in Gaiswinkel. It was dated in the 8th century!

The fishing industry in Grundlsee

In those days the fishing-industry of Grundlsee, was an important income of the Hallinger.
A document from 1442 says that only 8 out of the 16 Hallinger had the right to do fishing in the Grundlsee.
From around 1450-1476 Wolfgang Braun leased the right to fish in the Grundlsee. He paid 32 pounds Pfenninge and 1000 Saibling (a very popular fish-type) a year (1 pound Pfenningen = 8 Schilling = 240 Pfenninge)
In 1493 Barbara Frosch gave her entire share of her fathers inheritance to the hospital in
Bad Aussee, for they admitted him for nursing.

Towards the end of the 15th century, Grundlsee became a department on its own.
Emperor Maximilian the first assigned Andrea Wagen to be administrator. He supervised 8 offices, one of them in Grundlsee.
At the end of the 15th century, Grundlsee became a department on it's own and for the first time, a "fishmaster" was chosen.
Unlike Altausee, the right to fish in Grundlsee was never private property, but always belonged to the reign.



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