|Where is Sooss situated?|
|Sooss lies 25 km south of Vienna, beetween Baden and Bad Vöslau, surrounded by beautiful wineyards. Sooss has approximately 1000 inhabitants.|
|Origin of the name "Sooss"|
ad tres fontes (Area by the three fontains). "Sassa" traces its
origin back to the latin word "saza", which means "settlement".
The area was mentioned for the first time as "Saze" in a book
of the monastery of Heiligenkreuz dating from about 1200.
Documented names: in 1200 "Saze", in 1260 "Sazz", in 1299 "Saze"
Sooss and its wine
legend says, that the roman emperor Probus (276 - 282) brought exquisite
sorts of grapevines from Italy to our area and he had wineyards laid out
in Austria. Sooss is famous for its outstanding red wines and is one of
the leading areas for red wine in Austria. One connects the name Sooss with
old wine culture. Sooss is also known as an "Area of wine and flowers".
Another characteristic of our area are the so called "Heurigen". The winegrowers are able to sell their wine and produce during most of the year. In Sooss there are approximately fourty "Heurigen", from your basic "Heurigens" to the more elaborate restaurants. At the weekends these "Heurigen" are frequented by many guests from the whole area of Vienna.
|4000 years ago, some people
lived in the "Schelmenhöhle", which is a cave in the hills behind
Sooss. During wartime the people of this area fled into the cave. A watchtower
stood here during roman times. Sooss was destroyed and burned down at the
Turkish siege of Vienna in 1529. Only nine people survived the massacre.
In 1848 the farmers obtained full civil rights. The decisive step for the development of our area was the opening of the railway line beetween Baden and Bad Vöslau in 1894, which was the connection to the existing line beetween Baden and Vienna. With the "Hofsalonwagen" the families of archduke Friedrich went from the nearby "Helenental" to Bad Vöslau. Unfortunately in 1951 this line was closed. Today only the "Badnerbahn" from Baden to Vienna still exists.
In 1971 small villages were to be united to larger municipalities. But Sooss could keep its independence, because of its famous name of a wine area and the untiring interventions of mayor Leopold Fischer. With the independence of our village we could also keep our small school.
|The church, which was used as a fortress, was built in the 14th century and St. Anna is its patron. Today you can still see the remains of the trench and the fortress walls.|
|The local landmark is a tower which stands in the hills surrounding the vineyards. In the last century an insect (Weinlaus = winelouse) destroyed all of the vineyards in Europe. Folklore says the last winelouse is buried in a winebarrel in the foundations of the tower.|