Maxglan is a district in the city of Salzburg. It can be found west of the Mönchsberg hill and the Altstadt and includes Salzburg Airport. The northern border is formed by the railway, the eastern border to the district Mülln by the Aiglhofstraße. Maxglan is a diverse district, small companies can be found here as well as some of Salzburg′s biggest (such as the Stiegl brewery); immigrants live with locals; working-class homes can be found here as well as the odd villa. In total, there are some 14.000 people living in Maxglan.

Settlements can be tracked back in the area of today′s Maxglan for Neolithic and later Celtic and Roman times. However, it only grew rapidly in the Baroque Age and especially since the late 19th century. After WWI, the Aiglhofsiedlung was developed in Maxglan, which housed refugees mainly from South Tyrol. With the growing population of mainly uneducated people, a distinct working class pride developed in Maxglan, similar to what had happened in the late 19th century in Itzling with the railway workers.

Before Maxglan was incorporated into the city in 1935, it was the second-largest town in the province (bigger than Hallein). Much of the "local pride" that originates from this understanding can still be found in Maxglan, which is generally considered to be a district of the simple man. The rather few sightseeing attractions of Maxglan include the Hangar-7 and the parish church St. Maximilian, which dates back to the 14th century in its core, but was developed in the Baroque era.

Between 1952 and 1956, the church gained a modern extension. Maxglan is roughly divided into Altmaxglan (the historic core), Neumaxglan (mainly the 1920ies developments), Maxglan-Riedenburg and Glanhofen. After World War II, Maxglan was among the most rapidly growing parts of Salzburg. Tourists are unlikely to make it there, unless in the process of passing it en route between the airport and the city centre. If you decide to go for a stroll through Maxglan, watch out for 1920ies buildings: You will notice that this was the heyday of Maxglan.

Further Reading
Maxglan on the German Wikipedia
City of Salzburg, Official Website

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