Schwaz seen from the northeast
Location in Tyrol
|o Mayor||Hans Lintner (ÖVP)|
|o Total||20.21 km2 (7.80 sq mi)|
|Elevation||545 m (1,788 ft)|
|o Density||680/km2 (1,800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
The city covers an area of 20.17 km2 (7.79 sq mi).
The Counts of Tyrol guarded Schwaz from nearby Burg Freundsberg. At the town's height during the 15th and 16th centuries, it was an important silver mining center, providing mineral wealth for both the Fugger banking family and, through them, for the Austrian emperors. During this period, its population of about 20,000 inhabitants made it the second largest city in the Austrian Empire, after Vienna.
Schwaz is the birthplace of 16th-century pulpit orator Georg Scherer and 20th-century philosopher Hans Köchler. It is also the birthplace of the 20th c. Austrian economist and a Roman Catholic priest, Johannes Messner.
Three large industrial companies have their headquarters in Schwaz:
Schwaz is twinned with: