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.
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«.
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.
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.
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.