Zeltweg is a thriving city in Aichfeld - known for its air power and proximity to the Red Bull Ring - the city is also home to numerous large companies and businesses.
Some farms existed in today's Zeltweg as early as the 13th century. The village was called "CELTWICH" at the time and was first mentioned in 1430.
A commitment to the Hinterstoisser Air Base and AIRPOWER is as much a matter of course for the Zeltwegers as their enthusiasm for various kinds of events at the Red Bull Ring. It is therefore not surprising that on the flight days countless onlookers also come from the immediate vicinity to be able to take pictures of the aircraft involved and their pilots up close. The military aviation museum in hangar 8 on the site of the air base also provides guests with a lot of additional and further information on the development of Austrian military aviation in the Second Republic.
Cradle of motorsport
The first races actually took place on the trajectory of the air base and even years later, when the race track as the Österreichring had long since moved to its current location, Zeltweg was Austria's Formula 1 and motorsport city. So don't be surprised if you read or hear reports about the races in Zeltweg.
The topic of sport has always been of particular importance in Zeltweg. In 1979, the municipality's sports center was opened with an ice rink, an athletics facility and several soccer fields. The facility was later expanded by a privately constructed tennis hall. Since the most recent renovation and expansion between 2008 and 2010, Zeltweg has owned an artificial turf pitch and a snow-floodlit cross-country ski trail and can also offer many other highlights. There are also exceptional sports activities in nature. The entry point for pleasure boat trips is located in the city; In addition, Zeltweg is the stage location of the Murradweg.
In the 15th century, however, famines, crop failures and incurable diseases were struggled. From 1569, Archduke Charles II had the Murflößerei run, which played a very important role in the history of Zeltweg. In the decades that followed, Zeltweg grew and immigration began. In the 18th century, the population dropped again due to the expansion of traffic routes.
In 1848, Count Hugo Henckel von Donnersmarck, who came from Silesia, decided to build a steelworks in the area. This industrial revolution also brought great impetus to Zeltweg. In 1868 the train station was built in Zeltweg. In 1874, the cadastral communities of Zeltweg and Farrach were separated from the community of Fohnsdorf and merged into the newly created community of Zeltweg.
During the Second World War, many forced laborers from France, Italy (IMIs), the Soviet Union, Poland and other nations worked in the "Hermann Göring Werke", as the UAE was then known.
In the years 1944 and 1945, Zeltweg was bombed several times by British and American bombers, which was probably due to the war-important industry and the railway junction. At the end of the war, Zeltweg was first occupied by the Russians and then by the British.
After the Second World War there was an upturn in the school and industrial sector in Zeltweg. On January 1, 1966, the city survey of Zeltweg took place. Today, Zeltweg is a thriving city with excellent infrastructure. Known beyond the borders is Zeltweg for the Zeltweg air base, which is also the base for the Eurofighter in Austria. The "Airpower" international flight days are especially famous in Zeltweg - they take place here!