Jennersdorf is a district capital in southern Burgenland. The town of Jennersdorf also includes the towns of Henndorf, Grieselstein and Rax; as well as parts of the scattered settlements Laritzgraben and Rax-Bergen.



The first documentary mention as Janafalu took place in 1187 in a bull by Pope Urban III. The name is derived from the Slovenian "Ženavci", which can best be translated as "Frauendorf". Since there was no “zs” (which corresponds to the Slovenian ž today) in Hungarian, the sound was replaced by “gy” and the ending “-vci” (“-dorf”) was replaced by the Hungarian “-falu” ("-Village").

The place was owned by the Szentgotthárd Monastery until 1848. The place belonged, like the whole of Burgenland, to Hungary (German-West Hungary) until 1920/21. From 1898 the Hungarian toponym Gyanafalva had to be used due to the Hungarian government's policy of Hungarianization.

After the end of the First World War, after tough negotiations, German-West Hungary was awarded to Austria in the Treaties of St. Germain and Trianon in 1919. The place has belonged to the newly founded federal state of Burgenland since 1921 (see also the history of Burgenland).

In the last months of the Second World War, Jennersdorf formed the V / 7-Jennersdorf subsection of the southeast wall due to its geographical location. In addition to the local population, Hungarian Jews who were housed in various objects in the village itself and in the district of Grieselstein were also used for its construction. Following the outbreak of disease, there were several massacres that killed an unknown number of slave laborers. After the war, the victims were rescued by a Red Army commission and, in the 1960s, by Simon Wiesenthal. After the failure of the Balaton offensive of the German Wehrmacht, the Red Army occupied Jennersdorf, with violent fighting in the area around the place.

Jennersdorf has been a district suburb since 1921 and was elevated to a town in 1977. The city motto is: "Jennersdorf, the city by the thermal baths."


Getting there

By plane
Nearest airports with scheduled services in Graz (approx. 80 km), Maribor (approx. 80 km) and Zagreb (approx. 150 km).

By train
Jennersdorf is located on the Styrian Eastern Railway and is a stop for regional and long-distance trains that run between Graz and Hungary. There are direct connections among others with Graz, Gleisdorf, Feldbach, Szentgotthárd, Körmend and Szombathely. The train station is located 200 m south of the city center.

By road
Former Federal road B57 Oberwart-Güssing-Heiligenkreuz-Eltendorf-Jennersdorf-Fehring-Feldbach
Former Federal road B58 Jennersdorf-Bonisdorf-Slovenia
From Graz or Vienna: Autobahn A2, exit 138 Ilz-Fürstenfeld, continue on the 319 to Fürstenfeld, then on the state roads via Loipersdorf and Grieselstein.

From Hungary: trunk road F8 to the border, in Heiligenkreuz turn left onto the L116.

By boat
The Raab is accessible by canoe and paddle boat.

By bicycle
Jennersdorf is connected to the Raabtal cycle path.