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.
All About Storks, Fine Wines and a Royal »R«
First mentioned in records in 1317 under the name of »Ceel« – the Hungarian word for elm. First mentioned as Rust in 1385. In 1524, Queen Mary of Hungary granted the people of Rust the right to brand a crowned »R« on their barrels, which ensured the town enormous tax advantages.
Venetian Charm and Styrian Merchants
The former merchants’ settlement was an important trade centre between venice and vienna. The town preserved the Mediterranean charm from the old days of venetian traders.
Tradition and modernity form a harmonious symbiosis here and folklore finds ample space to unfold – on the farmers’ market, at folk music mornings in rustic inns or at the »Murtaler Autumn festival«.
1000 Years of Romanticism
Around 980 the Ottakar margraves in Styria built today’s Lamberg Castle. The settlement around the castle and the parish church are first mentioned in official documents in 985. In 1186, the town fell into the ownership of the Babenbergers.
Under the Rules of Old Trade Guilds
Trade and crafts have always played an important role in the town on the river Mur. Various trade guilds dominated the economic and cultural life and laid the foundation stone of today’s Bad Radkersburg.
The 17 preserved guild coffres alone bear witness to the old art of crafts. Arcade courtyards, magnificent buildings, the unique museum and the medieval city walls bestow a Mediterranean character to the town.