Small historic towns
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You will still find here what many of us have already lost: more time for a chat, more sensitivity for the little things in life and more pleasure in enjoying some of the joys that life gives to us.
15 Small Historic Towns hidden all over Austria like special gems allow you to participate in history and ambiance, pleasures of the table and very special hospitality, far from all hectic rush and the noise of the city.
Market place and heart of five alpine valleys
In 830, Bludenz was first mentioned in the so-called “Churrätisches Reichsurbar” document as “Pludono” and “Pluteno”. In 1265, Bludenz was officially established as a town by the Counts of Werdenberg, the town charter was awarded by Hugo I. von Werdenberg in 1274.
At the Lake Source of the River Traun
A lively town with southern charm at the shores of lake traunsee, surrounded by mountains – that is the town of ceramics, Gmunden.
Not a big town, but no sleepy small village either. A town with culture and atmosphere, romantic and lively. A place with charm, a place of contrasts, a place of boisterous hours and quiet moments. Gmunden invites you to stroll, to shop or simply enjoy.
... a gift from heaven
Around the year 1200, Margrave Henry Vladislav of Moravia built the first church and dedicated it to the “Mater Gentium Slavorum” in gratitude for his recovery from a severe illness. About 1370, King Ludwig the Great from Hungary endowed the Mariazell Chapel of Grace that still exists today, to give thanks for his glorious victory over his Eastern enemies of the faith.
The historical city
The town itself was first mentioned in a document in 1198, salt mining on the Dürrnberg Mountain already in 1191. The town charter was awarded between 1218 and 1232. Hallein has become known above all for its salt production and the archaeological finds dating back to the Celtic period.
The old saline buildings and salt mine recall the times in which salt was not only essential for life but meant above all money and power.