The history of Mauterndorf

Take a journey with us through long forgotten times

15 B.C. 600 772 1002 1217 1253 1458
16th century 18th century 1836 1838 1875 1894  

Below are some excerpts from Mauterndorf’s history:

15 B.C.

The Romans defeat Noricum and Norea falls into their hands. In the process they march through the Lungau, lay roads and secure these with military force. At Mauterndorf, two roads come together, one from the east (Steindorf) and the other from the south (Neusess), and then continue across the Tauern. Roman milestones still bear witness today to this period in history.

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Slavs settle in the Lungau valleys.

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After battles, the Bavarians gain the upper hand in the Lungau.

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24th November 1002


Kaiser Heinrich II gives the archbishop of Salzburg an estate in the Lungau, which includes hostels and tolls. The conclusion is that this involved Mauterndorf.

According to the takeover agreement, upon his decease the archbishop has to transfer this estate to the cathedral chapter. This took place in 1023 and lay the foundation stone for the later expansion of the cathedral chapter’s holdings in the Lungau. Mauterndorf was the centre of this and remained so until the dissolution in 1803.

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15th June 1217

Mauterndorf receives market rights from Kaiser Friedrich II. The archbishops receive shire rights and noble rights and become the rulers of the region. The cathedral chapter, in turn, receives the right to hold lower courts in its property in the Lungau, which are presided over by a sheriff appointed by the cathedral chapter who is based in Mauterndorf.

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According to records, Mauterndorf Castle is constructed.

During the Middle Ages, Mauterndorf was also an important trading place due to its position on the Tauern road. Trading routes extended in the north as far as Augsburg and Nuremberg and, to the south, as far as Trieste and Venice. The connection with the trading houses in Nuremberg is still in evidence today through the large stepped gable houses in Mauterndorf.

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Mauterndorf also receives the important right to trade in salt, and later the right to partake in the flourishing alpine valerian trade.

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16th century

This was the peak of the Lungau mining industry. The centre of operations was in Mauterndorf. This was the seat of the trades, of the mine owner’s representative and of the administrators of foreign operations.

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18th century

Economic changes and armed conflicts herald the end of Mauterndorf’s golden period.

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The wooden bridge across the Taurach was replaced by a stone bridge. The name “meat bridge“ derives from its function, previously butchers offered meat for sale on the bridge.

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A short economic upwards trend resulting from the iron-processing industry, that is to say, forges.

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End of the economic upswing and shortly thereafter the closure of the works.

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Opening of the Murtal railway on the Mauterndorf –Unzmarkt stretch.

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More on the colourful history of Mauterndorf and the Salzburg Lungau can be discovered during a guided tour through Mauterndorf Castle or in the Internet.

(Historical dates have been taken from the book “Mauterndorf – local guide” from 1975).


In the mood for the Middle Ages for young and old?

Samson figure in Mauterndorf

An exciting trip back in time to the late Middle Ages awaits the visitor to Mauterndorf Castle. Life in the castle at the end of the 15th century is presented true to life in the interactive exhibition. There is a fascinating view of Mauterndorf and the surrounding mountains from the 44 metre high fortified tower.

Mauterndorf Castle