Interesting facts about the community
The origins of Unternberg date back to the year 1003. At that time, King Heinrich II bestowed a "paradium ad Lungove" - in other words, a large estate with subjects who were bound to pay taxes - upon the then Salzburg prince-archbishop, Hartwig von Sponheim. After Hartwig's death, ownership of the entire land holding had to be transferred to Nonnberg Abbey.
Today's name of Unternberg goes back to the 19th century. Originally, the village was called Ehrenprechtsdorf or Ermannsdorf, and from the 17th century on, Entersberg. From the last of these names, we can conclude that it belonged to the parish of Mariapfarr at that time. In the year 1850, Unternberg became an independent community.
One of the most important castle fortifications in Salzburg province, famous Schloss Moosham in Unternberg, was first chronicled in 1191. This castle is privately owned and offers guided tours of the castle museum throughout the year.
Unternberg lies at 1025 m above sea level in the Salzburger Lungau Region of Austria, covering an area of 18.9 km². The current population is a little over 1020. The nearest neighboring communities in Murtal are St. Margarethen and the Lungau district seat, Tamsweg. Aside from the center of Unternberg itself, the town consists of the following smaller villages and hamlets: Moosham, Pischelsdorf, Voidersdorf, Pichl, Illmitzen, Flatschach and Neggerndorf.
Unternberg is flanked by the Schwarzenberg (1779m) and Mitterberg (1581m). To the south-west, we are greeted by the impressive sight of the Aineck at 2220m - a rewarding hiking destination in summer, while in winter it is known far and wide as the Aineck/Katschberg ski area.
Though Unternberg was purely a rural community in earlier times, nowadays it is commerce, agriculture and tourism which provide the economic foundation of Unternberg. Inns, private B&Bs and owners of holiday homes are eager to attract people from within Austria as well as abroad, all of whom are looking for a rejuvenating place to spend their summer or winter holidays.