Wels in Austria with 60,382 inhabitants (1 January 2016), the second largest city of the province of Upper Austria to the state capital of Linz and is on the list of cities in Austria eighth. Administrative law, the municipality of Wels is not a unified community, but city with its own statute and thus at the same time the district. In addition, here the administration of the district Wels-Land sits. The city experienced two flowering periods during the Roman era and the Middle Ages. Its current economic importance was Wels trade fair and industrial city as well as a transport hub.