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.
A truly fabulous experience
Dive into the varied history of the town and its inhabitants - being home to one of Europe’s last well-preserved medieval bathhouses, one of the oldest original bell foundries, the former imperial stronghold of Ranshofen Castle and the “Heimathaus” museum of the Danube Swabians who settled in the town after 1945, Braunau offers a rich cultural spectrum spanning all epochs.
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.
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.