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Flachau is a village in the district of St. Johann im Pongau in the Salzburg state
Salzburg (state)
Salzburg is a state or Land of Austria with an area of 7,156 km2, located adjacent to the German border. It is also known as Salzburgerland, to distinguish it from its capital city, also named Salzburg...

, Austria
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, with a population of 2,639 (2010 data). Its numerous skiing facilities are part of the Ski Amadé
Ski Amade
The Ski Amadé region of Austria is a network of 28 ski areas and towns that combined, make up the largest ski area in Europe. It is named after the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who was born in the city of Salzburg.-Background:...

 network of ski areas, the largest in Europe
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Up into the 19th century, Flachau was a center of iron smelting
Smelting is a form of extractive metallurgy; its main use is to produce a metal from its ore. This includes iron extraction from iron ore, and copper extraction and other base metals from their ores...

 in the Pongau district. Remains of the works have since been demolished, and only street and house names remain as reminders.

Notable citizens

  • Hermann Maier
    Hermann Maier
    Hermann Maier is an Austrian former alpine ski racer. Maier ranks among the finest alpine ski racers in history, having won four overall World Cup titles , two Olympic gold medals , and three World Championship titles...

     (born 1972 in Flachau; Austrian alpine skier (four-time World Cup winner, Olympic gold medalist)
  • Kaspar Steger, Captain (1780–1858); Leader of the Radstadt
    Radstadt is a historic town in the district of St. Johann im Pongau in the Austrian state of Salzburg. It is located at the confluence of the Taurach stream and the Enns river, at the foot of Roßbrand mountain, part of the Salzburg Slate Alps.-History:...

     Fusiliers fighting French
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     and Bavaria
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    n Forces in the War of the Fifth Coalition
    War of the Fifth Coalition
    The War of the Fifth Coalition, fought in the year 1809, pitted a coalition of the Austrian Empire and the United Kingdom against Napoleon's French Empire and Bavaria. Major engagements between France and Austria, the main participants, unfolded over much of Central Europe from April to July, with...


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