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Hans Stefan Hintner

Biography
Brief history

The town can be proud of traces of settlements dating back to the Neolithic Age. Ever since then, not only the town has evloved but also its name, meaning "slowly running water". 8 September 903 is a memorable date, as then the town was  officially mentioned in a document for the first time. Several years later the town was destroyed but was resettled.  Centuries later the Ottomans would destroy the town again, afterwards the Black Death would kill many in 1679. Still, the town managed to survive, population rose and successfully rebuilt its heritage. 

In 1343 the town was granted the rights to be a Market town by Duke Albrecht II and in 1875 it was officially declared a city. 

Mödling is the capital of the Austrian district of the same name, located approximately 14 km south of Vienna. Mödling lies in Lower Austria's industrial zone. The Mödlingbach, a brook which rises in the Vienna Woods, flows through the town and joins with the Schwechat near Achau. Woodland occupies much of the municipality, which is part of the Föhrenberge ('Pine Mountains'). The population is 20,426 (2010). 

Most of the economy in the city is today sustained by SMEs . During the old days though, several large industries had established their plants here because of the convenient rail-connection. The larger ones have moved to Wiener Neudorf into the 'Industriezentrum Niederösterreich Süd'.

Shopping City Sud (SCS) is one of the largest shopping centres in Europe. It is located within the boundaries of the district of Mödling, south of Vienna.

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The Mödling area in the Vienna Forest is rich in old castles (Burgen) and ruins. Of the castles Castle Liechtenstein is the most famous and biggest. It was owned by the wealthy family who later founded the eponymous principality. Burgruine Mödling is one of the oldest ruins in the area, dating back to the 11th century. The Black Tower (Schwarzer Turm) looks out over downtown Mödling from the Calendar mountains. It was built over 200 years ago, and is still private property. Lastly, on the walk between Black Tower and Castle Liechtenstein, one will come across a 200 year-old amphitheatre nearly buried in the woods. It was built in the same period as the Black Tower and served as an important cultural centre for the local  population.

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