The city of Leoben
With its 25.000 inhabitants the city of Leoben is the second biggest city of the federal state of Styria/Austria, the capital of the district Leoben and the intellectual, cultural and economic centre of the region “Upper Styria”. Global industrial players such as the steel plant voestalpine (2200 workers in Leoben, 10.000 in the Mur-Mürz valley in the near proximity) or AT&S have their headquarters in Leoben. Furthermore the city is as an important centre of research and development with focus on industry and mining and hosts an international prestigious mining university with nearly 5.000 students from 70 nations. The urban planning department of the city of Leoben has longterm experience in urban planning and city development, especially regarding open and public spaces.
The cultural department and museum center are highly engaged in the valorisation of Industrial Culture, with a strong focus on the youth and the creative sector. The “Styrian Iron Route” in the surroundings of Leoben comprises 18 municipalities in the northern part of Styria. The most impressive sight is the “Erzberg” with its open-cast mine - the only active iron ore mine nowadays in Central Europe and a well-known touristic sight. The industrial heritage can be experienced in the 13 museums of the museum association Styrian Iron Route. A profound cultural concept has been developed for the city of Eisenerz (eisenerz*ART) recently. The “Rostfest” has been established as an unusual post-industrial yearly festival since 2012.
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