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 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.
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.
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.
Jesters, Fine Wines and the Magic of History
The first settlements were established in the Bronze Age; the German name »Feldkirch« was for the first time mentioned in an inventory of possessions of 842: »Ecclesia sancti Petri ad Campos id est Feldkircha – St. Peter bei den Feldern church, that’s Feldkirch«.