Christian Deleja-Hotko

The first settlers of the area were the Celts who arrived around 400 BC. They made their villages around the Danube river where older settlements, estimated to have sprung up 4,000 years ago, were found. 

A Roman camp named Lauriacum with 6,000 soldiers, was located on the present-day territory of Enns. Combined with the surrounding lands, the area became a municipium in 1212 with about 30 000 people. Enns is considered to be Austria's oldest town.

The castle of Enisiburg, later named Ennsegg Palace, was built around the year 900 to protect the locals from Magyar incursions.

Enns is an Austrian town located in the state of Upper Austria on the river Enns. The population of the town in 2011 was 11,275 inhabitants.

Glassware, jewelry, and roofing are some of the main industries in Enns, along with beer brewing. Retail trade is a significant factor for the development of the local and regional economy.



The parish church built between 1308–43 is one of the finest early Gothic buildings preserved in Austria. Other must-visit places are the Stadtturm, or Town Tower, the castle of Ennsegg (1565) and the old town hall (1547), now housing a local museum with Roman relics. The Baroque Abbey of St. Florian is located to the west of the town.

The local museum displays the town charter, the official document that granted town privileges to Enns, dating back to 22 April 1212. The date is also depicted on the Town Tower, the biggest landmark of the town of Enns.