Location within Austria
|Coordinates: 47°26′20″N 11°53′36″E / 47.43889°N 11.89333°ECoordinates: 47°26′20″N 11°53′36″E / 47.43889°N 11.89333°E|
|• Mayor||Franz Wurzenrainer|
|• Total||0.11 km2 (0.04 sq mi)|
|Elevation||521 m (1,709 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2016)|
|• Density||3,800/km2 (9,700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Area codes||+43 5337|
The geography surrounding the town, like an estimated 60 other communities nested in the Tyrol region of the Alps, means that Rattenberg receives little to no sunlight during the winter. It is one of the few places at a significant distance from the Arctic Circle that has a time of permanent darkness.
The modern era
In November 2005, the town announced they were building 30 specialized rotating mirrors called heliostats to reflect sunlight into parts of the town during the winter months. The $2.4 million operation was suggested by Bartenbach Lichtlabor GmbH, a lighting design company. The EU planned to foot half the bill as of November 2005. However, the project was never implemented.
- Statistik Austria - Bevölkerung zu Jahresbeginn 2002-2016 nach Gemeinden (Gebietsstand 1.1.2016) for Rattenberg.
- Chizzali. Tyrol: Impressions of Tyrol. (Innsbruck: Alpina Printers and Publishers), p. 2
- Chizzali, p. 42
- Website of the Rattenberg Tourist Board
- News story about the mirror plan
- English version of the Bartenbach website
- Pictures of Rattenberg
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