Short Story - Niedernsill

In the year 963

In the year 963 the dirstict Lengdorf (Lengindorf) is mentioned in documents and in the 12th century Niedernsiller estates appear in transfer documents as possessions of St. Peter to Salzburg. The name Niedernsill was first mentioned in 1140 as "Nidrinseli". In Old High German "Seli" means residence and Niedernsill is thus the lowest settlement in the county of Oberpinzgau. In dialect our village is called "Nidansöi".

On the "Birgkögei", at the entrance to the Mühlbach valley, the remains of a medieval castle complex (Burg-Eck) were found, as well as on the castle floor above Aisdorf the still preserved remains of the "Radensbach Castle". In our Tauern valleys (Mühlbach-Rattensbachtal) prehistoric finds were made, which point to mule tracks in Roman times.

In the year 1409

In the year 1409 the Niedernsiller church is mentioned in a document and in a letter of indulgence St. Luzia is mentioned as patrom saint of the church. The present church was rebuilt before 1872 and consecrated again in 1882, after being badly damaged by a flood in 1798 and by a fire in 1877. With the foundation of the horse breeding cooperative in 1898, Niedernsill offically became the centre of Noriker breeding in Oberpinzgau. 

In 1963, the town began celebrating its 1000th anniversary with a great celebration. 

The emblem

Description of the emblem of Niedernsill, awarded in 1963: Gold divided over black, represents a growing black horse trunk above, seven golden house bell turrets below. The horse points to Niedernsill as a centre of Pinzgau horse breeding, the bell towers are reminiscent of the villages, Kirchdorf, Jesdorf, Aisdorf, Lengdorf, Steindorf, Gaisbichl and Ematen that make up the municipality of Niedernsill.  

Short description of Niedernsill

The municipality has an area of 56.51 km² and lies in the Salzach valley at an altitude of 769 m between the grassy mountains in the north and the Hohe Tauern on the south. Niedernsill currently has around 2,400 inhabitants and is located in one of the most beautiful areas of Austria, making it a very centrally located holiday resort. 

Those seeking relaxation, mountaineers, hikers and those interested in culture feel at home in the densely wooded mountains of Oberpinzgau.