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.
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 Little Bit of Italy between Drau and Isel
A lively settlement since the Bronze Age in the valley floor between the Drau and Isel rivers. Excavations of the Roman town of Aguntum (A.D. 50–450).
The original settlement was expanded by the Counts of Gorizia in the 11th and 12th centuries who built, among others, Bruck Castle and the Carmelite monastery.
A Fine Old Town in the Mountains
»Rastat« was first mentioned in documents in 1074. Due to its strategically important location on the old Roman road from Aquileia over the Radstadt Tauern to Juvavum (Salzburg), Radstadt received town rights under Archbishop Rudolf von Hohenegg in 1289.
Marktplatz und Begegnungsraum fünf alpiner Talschaften
Die Ortschaft Bludenz selbst wurde erstmals im Jahre 830 im sogenannten „Churrätischen Reichsurbar“ unter den nebeneinander verwendeten Namensversionen „Pludono“ und „Pluteno“ urkundlich genannt.
1265 erfolgte dann die offizielle Gründung der Stadt Bludenz durch die Werdenberger, das Stadtrecht verlieh Hugo I. von Werdenberg 1274.