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.
Baden bei Wien
Town of Roses and Horticulture
A certain Gottlieb Biedermeier – in his capacity of invented literary figure – lent his name to an entire epoch and is considered the epitome of this era, its people and lifestyle.
Baden bei Wien is Biedermeier through and through and a nostalgic place. Zest for life, entertainment and fun are the dominating forces; the town hosts the biggest casino of central europe, a modern roman spa and an operetta theatre renowned far beyond Austria’s borders.
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.
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.
The Emperor’s Great Love
There are many places in Austria where you can still feel the imperial atmosphere. But nowhere else can this special time in Austrian history be better felt than here, in the middle of the salzkammergut region.
The hapsburg family selected Bad Ischl to spend their summers and to find peace and quiet away from their duties at court.