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.
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.
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«.
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.
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.