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Leonding is a city situated to the southwest of Linz
Linz is the third-largest city of Austria and capital of the state of Upper Austria . It is located in the north centre of Austria, approximately south of the Czech border, on both sides of the river Danube. The population of the city is , and that of the Greater Linz conurbation is about...

, Austria
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 in the state
States of Austria
Austria is a federal republic made up of nine states, known in German as Länder . Since Land is also the German word for a country, the term Bundesländer is often used instead to avoid ambiguity. The Constitution of Austria uses both terms...

 of Upper Austria
Upper Austria
Upper Austria is one of the nine states or Bundesländer of Austria. Its capital is Linz. Upper Austria borders on Germany and the Czech Republic, as well as on the other Austrian states of Lower Austria, Styria, and Salzburg...

. It has a population of about 22,269 (2001 census) and an area of 24.05 km². It borders Puchenau
Puchenau is a municipality in the district of Urfahr-Umgebung in Upper Austria, Austria. Until 1893 it was part of the neighbour town Ottensheim.-References:...

 and the river Danube
The Danube is a river in the Central Europe and the Europe's second longest river after the Volga. It is classified as an international waterway....

 in the north, Wilhering
Wilhering is a municipality in the district Linz-Land in Upper Austria, Austria. Their slogan is culture and life and for culture they have Cistercian Abbey and the Rococo church, for life they have the nature and woods that are around Wilhering. The Cisterican Abbey was established in the 1146 and...

 and Pasching
Pasching is a municipality in Upper Austria, Austria, located 298 meters above sea level, with a population of about 6100. It is situated a few miles southwest of Linz and borders Leonding, Hörsching, Wilhering and Traun....

 in the west, Traun
Traun is a city in the state of Upper Austria, Austria. As of 2001, according to , the population was 23,470 . Traun is home to a large Turkish immigrant community, a significant part of which originates from Sakarya/Akyazi, Turkey. The city is located at latitude 48.21667, longitude...

 in the south and Linz in the east.

It is very close to Linz and offers a beautiful view of the Alps
The Alps is one of the great mountain range systems of Europe, stretching from Austria and Slovenia in the east through Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany to France in the west....

 and therefore attracts the upper social classes for living without providing much infrastructure on its own. Due to the proximity of Linz and the good transport connection (like West railway, Westautobahn
The West Autobahn was the first motorway, or ‘Autobahn’, to be built in Austria originating from plans drawn up for the so-called Reichsautobahn system. Today it runs from Vienna via Linz to Salzburg, where it joins the German Bundesautobahn 8 at the Walserberg border crossing...

, B1 Wiener Straße or Linz Airport
Linz Airport
Linz Airport , also known as Blue Danube Airport , is an airport near Linz, Austria.-Airlines and destinations:-Cargo airlines:-Accidents and incidents:...

) it attracts companies like Rosenbauer
The Rosenbauer Group is one of the world’s three largest manufacturers of fire-service vehicles, based in Leonding, Austria.Rosenbauer supplies the fire fighting sector in over 100 countries with a wide range of custom fire and rescue apparatus and services...

, Ebner Industrieofenbau, Poloplast or Neuson. Another major employer is the UNO Shopping
UNO Shopping
The UNO Shopping is a shopping mall in Leonding, Upper Austria and is located southwest of Linz. It was opened on 16 October 1990.After two extensions in the years 2005 and 2006 the UNO shopping has a sales area of approx. 48000 square yards. The second extension was primarily aimed at the...

 Center (approximately 850 jobs).

From 1898 to 1905 Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler was an Austrian-born German politician and the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party , commonly referred to as the Nazi Party). He was Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945, and head of state from 1934 to 1945...

 lived in Leonding where he attended the local primary school and later a grammar school in nearby Linz. The graves of his parents Alois
Alois Hitler
Alois Hitler was an Austrian civil servant who was the father of Adolf Hitler.-Early life:...

 and Klara
Klara Hitler
Klara Hitler née Pölzl was an Austrian woman, the wife of Alois Hitler and the mother of Adolf Hitler.-Family background and marriage:...

are in Leonding. His brother Edmund was buried there too. Hitler visited the grave of his parents in 1938. In 1903 Hitler's father died when drinking a glass of wine in a bar in Leonding.

Leonding is split up in 22 localities: Aichberg, Alharting, Berg, Bergham, Buchberg, Doppl, Enzenwinkl, Felling, Friesenegg, Gaumberg, Haag, Hart, Holzheim, Imberg, Jetzing, Leonding, Reith, Rufling, St. Isidor, Staudach, Untergaumberg and Zaubertal.

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