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SMALL HISTORIC TOWNS IN AUSTRIA

SMALL HISTORIC TOWNS IN AUSTRIA

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13 SMALL HISTORIC TOWNS – precious as diamonds – taking you to the mo They still exist, those fascinating places that tell a story with every house, every narrow street, every square… Places that take the visitor back into the past, welcome them with a joyful heart and where time seems to stand still. Places where pleasure is found in the ‘little’ things of life – the beauties of nature, tradition, customs, and above all, people.

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Where time and the culinary arts are measured differently It is well worth coming here; to the places where nature is so closely entwined with the people, their customs and their artisanry, to ‘lose’ yourself in one of the national parks, experience a town festival or two, or simply surrender to sumptuous culinary delights. Four different tours will take you from one SMALL HISTORIC TOWN to the next – and of course we will provide you with a thorough introduction to each. Awaiting you are fascinating landscapes, historical estates, the most beautiful trails, special culinary treats, gardens and vineyards, mountains and valleys, beautiful man-built sights and also spectacles of nature. You will discover all this and and more over the next few pages. Be inspired by the wealth of beauty that history has given us!

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ost beautiful regions in Austria 04 NATURE

National park ranger Ferdinand Rieder explores the unique natural beauties of Austria

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06 CUISINE & CULTURE Josef Zauner, traditional confectioner, gives an insight into the world of indulgence as well as beautiful and good things

08 FESTIVALS & EVENTS Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz, actor, author, cabaret artist, discusses the heartbeat of music and festivals with friends

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10 ADVENT The Christ Child of Steyr takes you through the most atmospheric Advent markets and the most beautiful Christmas customs

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Austria-Classic-Tour – Dream roads as far as the eye can reach. Travel over 3,500 km through the varied landscapes of Austria. Whether winding panoramic roads or romantic trails, the AUSTRIA-CLASSIC-TOUR guarantees unforgettable travel impressions. Dotted along the way: the SMALL HISTORIC TOWNS with their cultural and culinary highlights are well worth seeing time and again. Tour companion guide | 3.500 km Traumstraßen durch Österreich | Schubert & Franzke 12 one-day tours throughout Austria and 12 route maps (scale: 1:500.000) providing useful information on altitude differences, route profiles, toll roads, night driving bans, special tips for motorcyclists and much more. Available in German and Italian, € 13.50 (incl. P&P). Further info available at: info@khs.info, www.austriaclassictour.info

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Travel naturally Travel broadens the mind; exercise is healthy; discovery opens up new horizons; the eye captures the beauty and the distinctiveness. Senses are sharpened and elated; curiosity comes across relaxation; haste becomes peace. Travelling to the SMALL HISTORIC TOWNS of Austria reveals a natural world that uplifts us, stimulates our senses and makes us want more.

Austria’s nature is so rich that it can hardly be described; only experienced. There are quite natural incentives to spur us on our way. For example one strong incentive is the fact that literally speaking, Austria is beautiful and healthy by nature. With around 45% forest area, almost half of the landscape ensures that fresh air is in plentiful supply. However, it is in the mountains – Austria is an Alpine country par excellence – that the purity of the air is most evident. It is also thinner there, particularly if you set off for the Großglockner peak at the Hohe Tauern National Park (3,798 m), or one of the country’s 1,000 or so ‘Dreitausender’ (mountains above 3,000 m). Many visitors, however, are content with viewing these majestic sights from a distance; their cliff walls and snow-covered slopes in the peak region of every valley make them into something amazing.

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If I go hiking along the streams and rivers in the Hohe Tauern National Park, I can hear the sound of purity in each and every rapid. As the streams and rivers that spring from our unspoiled mountain regions criss-cross undeterred and unceasingly through the beautiful valleys, large and small alike. The banks are not just a place to refresh ourselves, though; here we also discover an abundance of life in the flora and fauna. Austria is home to 45,000 animal species and almost 3,200 native plants grow at the highest heights, on the alpine pastures, in the fields, the forests and floodplains. The Edelweiss – one of our most distinctive symbols – is merely one reminder of the variety and distinct beauty of the Austrian plant world.


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4 Ferdinand Rieder is a national park ranger out of passion. It is simply in his nature to protect and maintain the beauties and special features of the Austrian landscapes and communicate their value to others.

Testing the waters Brook trout, Arctic char or carp flourish in the kingdom of water and their flavour simply marks out its purity. The water quality of the lakes is excellent, to the extent that it is largely considered safe to drink. The water is fresh and clear; pure, tingly and refreshing in the mountain regions. When I think about the Krimml Waterfalls at the Hohe Tauern National Park, besides its brisk freshness I think about the elemental force with which the water forms our valleys before flowing out into the lakes. And about the pleasures of the summer retreat that were so highly regarded at the Imperial Court, with every leap into the lake and every snooze in the shade of the trees. We can bathe in a way fit for a king, so we too can also feel like royalty. In winter, the lakes are often wonderful stomping grounds for ice princesses and princes. Our precious nature makes life better as it gives us such rich-quality food – I am specifically thinking here about Tauern lamb or Tauern beef from the Hohe Tauern National Park. Its wonderful flavour is the best indication of quality. Our first-class cuisine shows a perfect understanding of what is valuable and masterful, and is oriented towards nature itself. An apple from the Mostviertel region is as unforgettable as wild game from the alpine regions; a fish from Lake

Traunsee as memorable as Styrian pumpkin seed oil; a Zauner Kipferl (croissant) is just as much a taste of real indulgence as the perfect Melange coffee. Ultimately they are delights offered by nature that show me day in, day out how valuable and unique it truly is. That’s why as a national park ranger I do everything I can to protect it. Anyone who sets off to visit Austria’s SMALL HISTORIC TOWNS – anyone who wants to learn about their history – should go ahead and do so. For they will find themselves travelling through a world that holds wonders for us all to enjoy. A rest at the lake shore, refreshed by a gentle breeze, a picnic in a lush blooming meadow, a glimpse of towering mountain peaks during a short hike – it’s the little moments that make the most beautiful memories. And isn’t it wonderful to see how well Nature and Town can blend together as you set off for the historic towns that flourish amidst our beautiful landscapes. Just listen…

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In brief & in depth The SMALL HISTORIC TOWNS are nestled amid the most magnificent scenery – people always knew where the prettiest spots were. Here are some ‘natural experiences’ at a glance: Bad Ischl: Landmark mountain Katrin, Salzkammergut lakes, Dachstein massif Baden bei Wien: Wienerwald Biosphere Park, beautiful parks

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Bad Radkersburg: Klöcher Weinstraße (wine route) and the Mur-Auen Feldkirch: Wildpark Feldkirch (deer park), Ardetzenberg, Bangs-Matschels nature reserve Gmunden: Grünberg area, Kaltenbach-Wildnis, Lake Laudachsee, Lake Traunsee

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Imst: Muttekopf nature reserve, Rosengartenschlucht (gorge), Erdpyramiden (earth pyramids) Judenburg: Zirbitzkogel, Seetaler Alps Lienz: Hohe Tauern National Park, Wassererlebnispark Galitzenklamm (water park) Radstadt: Roßbrand, Liechtensteinklamm (gorge), Dachstein glacier, Eisriesenwelt (‘World of Ice Giants’) Rust: UNESCO World Heritage Site Lake Neusiedl, Storchenwiese (‘stork field’) Schärding: Unterer Inn European Nature Reserve Steyr: Kalkalpen National Park, Unterhimmler Au nature reserve Zell am See: Kitzsteinhorn with Gipfelwelt 3000, Krimml Waterfall, Sigmund-Thun-Klamm (gorge)

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Culinary high spirits It is part of our culture to cherish and hand old values down through the generations. It is part of our life to put something delicious on the table and therefore produce something beautiful. Time and again I notice, above all in the SMALL HISTORIC TOWNS, that what is natural, wholesome and traditional is particularly well-preserved and how much special care people take of it.

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It is here that you will perceive most clearly the attention to detail in Austrian cuisine; the commitment to culture, to nature, to customs, to artisanry. Personally, this makes me very happy as it means that you as a guest in one of our SMALL HISTORIC TOWNS will have the opportunity to enjoy Austria as a country of great culinary value. Our regional cuisine offers so much diversity and idiosyncracy that it’s difficult to do justice to it all. In a land where the crispiest joints are accompanied with wonderful gravies or sauces, in which the finest venison is sourced from regional forests and lofty heights, in which fish is caught from cold, pure mountain lakes, in which vegetables and salads have a garden-fresh quality… well, it’s a land where your tastebuds are just as much on holiday as you are. And if you top it all off with pastries that have been made in such a variety and with great finesse for generations, then it’s a place where the sun simply shines.


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5 Josef Zauner owns the Konditorei Zauner in Bad Ischl. As a former purveyor of confectionery and bakery goods to the royal and imperial court, its priority has always been to maintain tradition, preserve established methods while remaining open to modern developments.

I’m thinking now about Vorarlberger Kässpätzle (warm cheese speciality) from Feldkirch. The aroma of lightly fried onions and various varieties of cheese, such as Räßkäse, Bergkäse and “Sura Kees” is truly unforgettable – there’s nothing for it but to surrender to this Vorarlberger speciality and enjoy it leisurely with friends. Taking your time over food, relishing each moment – in Austria this is in our blood. Simply because we appreciate what nature and the culinary arts can bring to the table.

Where good food is to be had, is where you may safely while away your time This is very true too, above all in the Upper Austrian town of Gmunden by Lake Traun. Delicious fish such as Arctic char or brook trout (typical specialities) come from its crystal-clear waters. We can confidently enjoy a first-class meal at one of the Lake Traun inns, which have formed a quality cooperation comprising the best restaurants around Lake Traun. But if we are talking about traditional desserts, only one name really springs to mind: Salzburger Nockerl. Incidentally, they also taste wonderful in Pinzgau in Zell am See. The “Zeller” folk know full well that it’s best to sprinkle this sweet soufflé – which, by the way, was also praised in the operetta “Saison in Salzburg” as “sweet as love and tender as a kiss” – with icing sugar and to enrich it with hot raspberry sauce. And then they come to the table, those wonderful peaks of sugar, egg and flour, which – it is said – represent the three landmark mountains of Salzburg’s Old Town – the Mönchsberg, Kapuzinerberg and Festungsberg.

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Let your taste buds travel! Of course, an excellent glass of white, rosé or red is part of Austria’s wine-growing regions since there’s always something to toast. Representing the many worldclass Austrian wines and vineyards, the Burgenland Rust at Lake Neusiedl deserves a mention. Rust wines enjoy international popularity and recognition. Special attention should also be paid to the Ruster Ausbruch – a noble sweet white wine that glows golden-yellow to amber. Wonderful! And now let’s turn our attention to another “Schnapserl” (schnapps) from Styria. In Judenburg, all the focus is on the Swiss pine: here are all the noble high-proof drinks that can be made from the Swiss pine. A “Stamperl” (shot glass) is more than enough to discover the power of pine. Or maybe two... And there is still so much to say about our first-class bread and baked goods, the wonderful cheese varieties made according to the old recipes, about specialities from confectioners and bakeries, and of course about our coffee house tradition. In culinary terms, Austria is always in high spirits and the SMALL HISTORIC TOWNS of Austria are purely a matter of taste – in the best sense, of course. You will see that only good things await you here. Enjoy them – and enjoy our legendary hospitality.

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In brief & in depth The SMALL HISTORIC TOWNS are sites of culinary pleasure. But of course, special customs and handicrafts – still lovingly preserved – are clearly evident. The most beautiful, original and tastiest at a glance: Bad Ischl: Zaunerstollen for the palate, traditional costumes by Schauer (since 1895) and original Bittner hats (since 1862) for the ‘gala’ Baden bei Wien: “Badener Zuckerl“ (bonbons), “Badener Kipferl“ (croissant), Zierfandler & Rotgipfler – wines from Baden Bad Radkersburg: Piquant pumpkin seed oil and fine Vulkano ham Feldkirch: Cheese from the Vorarlberger mountains Gmunden: Schloss Ort Kugeln (chocolate), Schloss Ort truffels and Schwaneneier (‘swan’s eggs’) by local confectioners

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Imst: Traditional Tyrolean handicraft from the Weberei Schatz (weavers’), Biermythos Starkenberg, beer adventure world full of mysteries Judenburg: Varied Swiss pine products for body and soul Lienz: High-proof East Tyrolean Pregler (distilled fruit spirit) Radstadt: Pure mountain pine oil and purifying Vogelbeerschnaps (rowanberry schnapps) Rust: Rust trilogy: white, red and sweet wines Schärding: Schärdinger beer, which the “Innschiffer“ (‘inn-skippers’) already knew how to appreciate Steyr: Most & Mostsekt (sparkling wine), Steyrer truffles & Steyr cake, Steyrdorf Dachschindeln Zell am See: Cheese, ham and schnapps from the Pinzgauer mountains

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Celebrate with friends Music rings out in the narrow streets, a feeling of good cheer sweeps through the avenues: exuberance mixed with joy, cheerfulness, delight and dancing. Something is happening in the town and the citizens are celebrating as tradition teaches, as their town deserves, as the occasion demands.

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Houses and squares are spruced up and decorated; there is jubilance in the air, the little ones marvel at the sights alongside their elders, jugglers and artists astound the crowd with their skill – and the shared joy enhances the sense of community. In the fun we experience how festivals have captured these towns for generations; how their spirit is communicated to the people. The rhythm of life follows the beat of the music and the people’s laughter. It is only a question of time before new friendships are forged, before we feel snug and secure, before, in these moments, a SMALL HISTORIC TOWN becomes our home.

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7 Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz lives for art and culture. The Austrian actor, author and cabaret artist sees living customs, festivals and the shared celebrations as an indispensible blessing that determines the rhythm of our life.

Good mood included It is a wonderful and always uplifting thing that vibrant customs, festivals and events take place in all SMALL HISTORIC TOWNS the whole year round. Winter is the season for the Badener Bühnen performances, not to mention the magnificent balls. Then follow a wine festival in the Thermenregion (thermal springs region), international Trabrennen (‘trotting races’), Rosentage (‘rose days’), Weinherbst (‘wine autumn’) and Traubenkurwochen (‘grape treatment weeks’). The people of Imst make a splash with their Tyrolean Fasnachten (carnival nights) and the various masked races, while in autumn the sheep being driven down from the alpine pastures and the sheep market provide the atmospheric backdrop to an unforgettable folk festival. In Radstadt, the Almabtrieb (cattle drive) in September is also a big spectacle. Before that, the people of Pongau celebrate a Knödelfest (‘dumpling festival’), Gardefest (‘guard festival’) and handicraft market. But wherever I am drawn – perhaps to the annual festival in Schärding or the music festival in Steyr – high spirits always abound in the towns, and the people expend a lot of love and energy on celebrating. Although a visitor, I quickly become a friend and their open-hearted nature opens up the door to an evening or even a whole weekend of fun, pleasure and well-being. When we wander through the narrow streets and squares in Bad Radkersburg at the Pannonian

Town Festival or in Lienz, when the International Street Theatre Festival in the last week of July turns the city into a wonderful scene, then we become co-players in a huge play that life writes. Our own life is enriched in such a way that we always demand an encore. Sometimes this makes us feel like royalty, but if that’s not enough then we can always celebrate in Bad Ischl under the slogan “Alles Kaiser! Oder??” on 18 August to commemorate the birthday of Emperor Franz Joseph I. Wherever we go, it will be a journey to living, vibrant towns that take us back to the Middle Ages, such as at the Feldkircher Montfortspektakel, or that simply draw us into a community celebrating its togetherness and heritage at an Almabtrieb (the return of livestock from high alpine summer pastures) or traditional festivals. In any case, however, it is these inimitable festivals that make the charms of a town and its region so apparent that you will be sure to come back. Come back to friends.

EVENTS In brief & in depth The SMALL HISTORIC TOWNS love to celebrate and have good reason to. The traditions, customs and people make these towns “historical festival sites”. Here’s an overview: Bad Ischl: “Alles Kaiser! Oder??” – Around the birthday of Emperor Franz Joseph I. July – August: Lehárfestival Baden bei Wien: Winter & summer season in the Bühne Baden, June – September Trabrennen (‘trotting races’) & Badener Rosentage (‘rose days’), September Genussmeile (‘gourmet mile’) – the longest bar in the world. Bad Radkersburg: Pannonian Town Festival Feldkirch: Gauklerfestival (jugglers’ festival), Montfortspektakel

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Gmunden: Glöcklerlauf (‘bell ringers’ race’), harbour festival as summer season opener, Austrian pottery market, Liebstattsonntag Imst: Fasnachtsbrauchtum Schemenlaufen parades, Schafschied (the return of sheep from high alpine summer pastures), TschirgArt Jazz

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Judenburg: Farmers’ market with folk music, Judenburger summer with artists Lienz: International Street Theatre Festival Radstadt: Knödelfest (‘dumpling festival’), Gardefest, handicrafts market, Almabtrieb (the return of livestock from high alpine summer pastures) Rust: Concerts at the Fischerkirche church, Ruster Weinschätze (wine treasures) – a weekend of open-days in the cellars, Ruster Herbst Zeitlos – baptism of young wines Schärding: Schärdinger Festival Steyr: Steyr music festival, Styraburgfest, Schubert@Steyr Zell am See: Zeller Seefeste (‘lake festivals’), ZellSommerNachtsfest (summer nights’ festival), Burgfest at Kaprun, cheese festival in Kaprun, Zeller Seezauber (‘magic lake show’)

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Christmas as it used to be The aroma of Lebkuchen, shining children’s eyes, flickering candles, the gleam of lanterns and the sound of Advent songs. The Advent period in SMALL HISTORIC TOWNS reawakens childhood memories, brings peace and contentment to everyday life. Medieval town centres, historical spots and winding streets are dipped in a sea of light, making many a heart beat faster in anticipation of the Christ Child! Advent has come to Austria and with it one of the most atmospheric times of the year. For me, Austria is a true world of Christmas, where Christmas tree lights dazzle young and old alike in the town squares. When I draw closer to the Advent market – quite unconsciously following the aroma of cinnamon, gingerbread and mulled wine – then step by step I begin to enter that time of atmosphere, of contemplation, the wonderful snugness of these lovingly decorated towns. And I know that the people have it good here. It’s the moment for them to take a step back, to pause for a while, to be more thoughtful. Many take the tranquility in Advent more seriously than usual; their eyes follow a candle flame with growing excitement, they listen more intensely to the sounds of reflection. When Advent comes to the SMALL HISTORIC TOWNS, the people here experience it more intensively, somewhat more traditionally, and as genuinely as I always wish for myself. Togetherness is characterised by sharing, warmth and the bright eyes of children and adults. Whatever winter looks like, whatever tricks it may play, the atmosphere over Advent is very special and the bells chime more sweetly than ever...

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As I flit down the ‘Advent Mile’ in Baden bei Wien, I see the people enjoying art and delicacies and rejoicing oic oicing in their festivities in the pre-Christmas Biedermeier eier atmosphere. I particularly like how all the public illuminations are turned off on Kerzerltag, and the town gleams only in candlelight. A Christmas atmosphere fit for emperors greets me with sparkle and zest in Bad Ischl's beautiful streets and squares, where delicate aromas from the bakeries and confectioners drift into the open... and then it emerges - in all the people on the street - the excitement and anticipation of Advent.

A cotton-white Christmas In Bad Radkersburg, people cast a 'heavenly delight' over their town and enfold it in a Christmas atmosphere. Angels and stars line the way, carpets of light overhead illuminate the town entrances, and tucked inside there arises a feeling of well-being. In the romantic town of Steyr, the Christkindl is a place of pilgrimage - for me, the best place to be during the Advent period. The Christmas post office has been located here by the Christkindl Baroque church and mangers since 1950. I couldn’t say how many parcels have been sent out into the world of Christmas from here, but they certainly hold the warmest wishes and dearest gifts. That much I do know... I particularly like the genuine way in which the SMALL HISTORIC TOWNS celebrate Advent: they live tradition and welcome people with open hearts into the Advent light. The magic is that they draw them in – me too, of course – and the Advent stories are those that accompany us here and sweep us away into a world of wishes and dreams. There are enchanting Christmas kingdoms, such as at the Feldkircher Christmas Market, where the smell of chestnuts, Christmas goodies, Raclette and Glühwein abounds. Through the windows, I see children crafting gingerbread houses, baking their own biscuits and listening to exciting stories. In Gmunden, too, the Alpenland Christmas magic in December

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permeatess the events in the town, right up to the reflective farewell to the yea year called "Schlösseradvent dvent und Traunsee Traunsee Weihnacht" (‘Castles Advent and Lake Traunsee Christmas’) at the See- und Landschloss Ort and in the Old Town. And as I can see from up here, the people of Imst turn their town into an Advent market with plenty of love and devotion – decorated houses, fairy lights, strings of lanterns and Nativity windows create a festive mood. And over there on the 'manger path' I see the manger-makers working skillfully.

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One can't and doesn't want to deprive oneself of the atmosphere and special features of this small earthly wonder of traditions. It's too nice to revel in the Christkindl markets in Judenburg or Lienz and admire the unique art calendar at Lienz’s Rathaus. The people of Radstadt welcome Advent at the tower and at the Christmas market on the town square - the perfect invitations for an atmospheric Christmas stroll. With Christmas exhibits in the spell-binding town houses such as "Stardust and Angel's Hair" or "Zauberglanz" and a small Advent market in the Kirchengasse, as well as Christmas concerts, you can truly get a sense of Advent in Rust and give Christmas a very special touch. Somewhat spine-chilling is the Schärdinger Teufelsperchten (devil’s) race, whose participants gather at the Linzer Tor to roars and shouts and which transforms the town square into a witches' cauldron to drive away the winter. At the typical Advent market in Zell am See held beneath the shadow of the Schmittenhöhe mountain, the chances are that glittering snow crystals will herald Advent with every flake until a white mantle of powdered snow swathes the Advent market in a wonderful soft white cotton. But I must go now, as it's getting dark and I can already hear the children singing –

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High mountains and historic towns. It may be that many paths lead to the same destination. But if you have the choice, you should pick the most beautiful. Paths that lead up high, that were created by human hands, that also immerse us in the chronicles of historic towns where we then feel at home.

Those who set off from Feldkirch (458 m) to Imst (827 m) on the approximately 100 km route will enjoy impressions and views that are second to none in the Alps. Leave behind the gentle hills surrounding Feldkirch, the Illtal in the flat lands of the Alpenrhein valley and firstly follow the route towards the south-east. After Bludenz you then have the choice to climb the Arlberg, or continue south to Imst past the Silvretta Alps and the Piz-Buin massif via Ischgl and the Paznauntal.

Human achievements In any case, the route over the Arlberg is particularly noteworthy; a historical masterstroke of man. Both the route over the 1,793 m high Arlbergpass and the route through the almost 14 km Arlberg Straßentunnel (the longest tunnel in Austria) are more than impressive - they are truly historic achievements to

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admire along the way to and from the SMALL HISTORIC TOWNS. Construction of the tunnel began on 5 July 1974, and it was already open for traffic on 1 December 1987. The project cost 4 billion Schilling (approx. 300 million Euros). Railway enthusiasts should not miss the approx. 10.5 km railway tunnel through the Arlberg, which links Langen and St. Anton. This masterpiece was constructed between 1879 and 1884 and is today an essential part of the Arlberg railway. The alternative over the Silvretta Straße is, as with the Arlberg, also a route that is characterised predominantly by the natural backdrop and imposing mountain peaks. The detour (around 36 km) is well worth it for anyone who really wants to experience the mountains up close.


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There are plenty of opportunities to make a stop or go on a small hike - just another bonus before heading past Landeck towards Imst. The marvellous natural backdrop of the Tyrolean Oberland welcomes us with everything your heart could desire: lush meadows and fields, wonderful mountain panoramas and the enchanting town of Imst right before your eyes. This is a place of art and culture, festivals and markets, culinary variety and the “Meran” climate of the north. For Imst lies sheltered by the Lechtaler Alps in the north and the Ötztaler Alps in the south, enjoying an extremely favourable location that makes your discovery of this SMALL HISTORIC TOWN even more unique.

The end of the tour is only just the beginning - visiting the Rosengartenschlucht gorge, the Erdpyramiden (earth pyramids) or "Lahntürme" ('landslide towers') or Fernsteinsee lake. In any case Imst makes a very special impression.

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w>Hhz ****Best Western Plus Central Hotel Leonhard A-6800 Feldkirch ¡ Leonhardsplatz 2 Phone +43/(0)5522/74600 Fax +43/(0)5522/78646

reservation@central-hotel-leonhard.at www.central-hotel-leonhard.at DR N/B ₏ 76,00–86,50 p.p. SR surcharge ₏ 26,00–36,50

w>F\Ih6Lz ****Hotel-Restaurant Alpenrose A-6800 Feldkirch Rosengasse 6 Phone +43/(0)5522/72175 Fax +43/(0)5522/72175-5

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****Montfort – das Hotel A-6800 Feldkirch Galuragasse 7 Phone +43/(0)5522/72189-0 Fax +43/(0)5522/74799-11

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1 Coffee house in the heart of the city 2 Above the Feldkirch rooftops 3 Montfortspektakel

TOWN TIP Feldkircher Montfortspektakel 31. May bis 2. June 2013 A journey into the Middle Ages, to the time of the Counts of Montfort. Work, life and celebration at the foot of Schattenburg Castle. In the new town, a market place that is faithful to the original will be built in loving detail. Many artisans will display their skill in handicrafts, some of which have died out, in huts and stands made of wood, straw or linen. Visitors can admire the medieval handicrafts, listen to the jugglers and minnesingers and take an active part in the happenings of the market.

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FELDKIRCH

The magic of history Almost 800 years of eventful history have given Feldkirch the positive c haracter it has today. As a medieval town, it spans the bridges between the centuries and with 33,000 inhabitants is the second-largest town in the "Ländle" – lively, delightful and open-minded.

First recorded in 1218 as "Civita Veltkilch", Feldkirch set amid a charming hilly landscape, offers a splendid backdrop for the Gauklerfestival (jugglers' festival) and the Montfortspektakel, and is home to the important Vinobile Feldkirch wine fair. The latter in particular seems to enjoy a consistent and historic foundation, as even long ago Emperor Maximilian I raved about Feldkirch wine, the “Ardetzer”, and said: "When the dear Lord comes to Feldkirch, He must get tipsy." A good glass of wine to accompany the wonderful regional dishes is still the best prerequisite for discovering the vibrant town of Feldkirch and experiencing its history. The Schattenburg, the majestic fortress of the Counts of Montfort, has been an emblem of Feldkirch since the 13th century and is an awe-inspiring sight with a museum that presents the history in a very lively and thorough way. How people lived in previous centuries, a unique collection of sacral and secular art from the 15th century, a comprehensive collection of weapons from the time of the Dark Medieval period to the Second World War, exhibits on the history of hand spinning and weaving – all this makes up the journey through time from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Of course, Feldkirch also offers a number of witnesses to its eventful history that still stand today, such as the Katzenturm from the old city walls with the biggest clock in Vorarlberg, the Gothic Domkirche St. Nikolaus, the Rathaus (town hall) from 1493, the fresco-adorned Siechenhaus with the Magdalenenkirche (today a youth hostel), the Schützenscheibenmuseum (Town Rifle Guild Museum) with 240 exhibits or the Landeskonservatorium (state conservatory) – once "Stella Matutina" of the Jesuits – which plays a significant role in Thomas Mann's work "Der Zauberberg". Feldkirch is full of history and stories, and perhaps this is the very reason for its vitality and the enterprising spirit of its inhabitants. This can be seen everywhere in the town: at the weekly market with local fruit and vegetables, fresh fish, cheese from the Bregenzerwald forest and the finest delicacies from France and Italy. It is visible in the beautiful medieval Marktgasse or at the annual Gauklerfestival (jugglers' festival) at the end of July, when magicians, musicians, acrobats and jugglers from all over the world transform the Montfortstadt into a colourful, fun-loving open-air theatre. Attractions and illusions take over the town; jubilation

and applause echo through the streets. Things become more peaceful, more contemplative, but just as magical at Christmas time at the Feldkirch Christmas market (December), when the aromas of chestnuts, Christmas goodies, Raclette (melted cheese, served over boiled potatoes) and Glühwein drift through the festively decorated streets, when the children can join in craft activities, bake cookies and listen to exciting tales at the gingerbread house at the Sparkassenplatz. Visitors of all ages will experience the town’s natural world at the Wildpark Feldkirch (deer park). This area spans 10 hectares and is home to over 160 animals such as wolves, marmots, snow hares, eagles, lynxes and moufflons. An educational forest trail with 70 information boards tells you everything you need to know. Feldkirch is, incidentally, also an excellent base for setting out on numerous activities. Walks or cycle tours in the unspoilt nature of the Rheintal, swimming in Lake Constance just a few kilometres away, trips to Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Germany and Tyrol are also possible at any time for those who like to make their decisions spontaneously.

Stadtmarketing und Tourismus Feldkirch GmbH | Palais Liechtenstein | Schlossergasse 8 | A-6800 Feldkirch Phone +43/(0)5522/73467 | Fax +43/(0)5522/734 67-3429 | tourismus@feldkirch.at | www.feldkirch.at SMALL HISTORIC TOWNS

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***Hotel Auderer A-6460 Imst Brennbichl 82 Phone +43/(0)5412/66885 Fax +43/(0)5412/66885-5 hotel@auderer.at www.auderer.at Hotel in Imst-Brennbichl, close to railway station, motorway access and Inntal cycle trail. 2.5 km to the centre. All rooms with shower or bath/WC, satellite TV, safe, phone and balcony. The hearty Tyrolean cuisine will make your holiday a real experience. The sauna centre with steam bath and beautiful sun terrace rounds off the offer. Number of rooms: 37 DR N/B DR HP SR surcharge

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w>F\HLJ z Knappenwelt Gurgltal (Miners’ World) in Tarrenz The Gurgltal in the Tiroler Oberland used to be one of the most important mining regions in Tyrol. Nine authentically built constructions invite you to discover the “Knappenwelt Gurgltal� in Tarrenz. Let the fascinating nature of mining capture your imagination and take a trip into the past. Pit house, pitman house, crushing mill, forging room and other buildings reveal the work and social life of yesterday’s miners. Children too can expect a varied interactive world with Maxl the mascot. Open from May to the end of October. www.knappenwelt.at

1 1 Imst, ‘town of fountains’ 2 Panoramic view of Imst 3 In the streets of Imst

TOWN TIP Discover the art of brewing at Starkenberg Castle The brewery at Starkenburg Castle has been around for two hundred years, but now they both have a fresh new look – the brewery has been carefully modernised, and the 700-year-old Schloss Starkenberg rejuvenated. Old walls were laid bare, rooms regained their former functions and some historical connecting passages were revealed as secret passages. Today a tour from the top of the brewery to the lowest castle vaults can be enjoyed as a world of experience to discover the history of brewing. www.starkenberger.at

Fasnacht House The Haus der Fasnacht in Imst uses state-of-the-art technology to show an archaic custom in its purest form. With projections and film excerpts presenting 100 years full of the history and modern life of Carnival action, visitors can take part in this powerful and mysterious tradition. You will also see how the wooden masks are carved and the Carnival floats built.

The Rosengartenschlucht – jewel of nature This wonderful biotope, situated just a few minutes from the town centre, is considered to be of high recreational value for both locals and visitors. The Schinderbach cuts 1.5 km through the rocky formations of the Imst Mittelgebirgsterrassen (altitude difference: over 250 m) from the Blaue Grotte (‘Blue Caves’) to the Johanneskirche. For geologists, it is a window into millions of years of the earth’s history, but anyone else will also be able to marvel at the beauty of the Rosengartenschlucht as well as its richness of owers, animals and rocks. Opening hours: The Rosengartenschlucht gorge is free to visit at any time from spring to the onset of winter.

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SPECIAL OFFER Summer refreshment in the holiday region of Imst Finding fresh spring water in Imst, ‘city of fountains’ It tumbles crystal-clear from mountain springs and immerses the holiday region of Imst in a mighty play of colour. The numerous fountains in Imst bestow sips of delicious refreshment and are also a symbol of its rich cultural history. Tip: Fountain tour with water tasting at the historical fountains. Please book in advance at Imst Tourismus.

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In Imst, cultural history and vibrancy spring forth equally from the energising and invigorating sources of life: the lively cafés and pubs, the tradition of upholding values. Imst is the ‘city of fountains’ and a source of multifaceted impressions.

It feels good to see how warmly and openly this town welcomes a person. But the people of Imst are very well-practised, for the region has been a settlement area since the Bronze Age in the second millennium B.C. – urns from the 14th century BC (exhibited in the Museum im Ballhaus) prove this. The oppidum settlement “Humiste” was first mentioned in 763. Linguists translate Humiste as ‘bubbling spring’, and from there the name Imst was derived. Today there are fountains and springs aplenty in Imst, which draw their water from the unique mountains of the Tyrolean Oberland. The water was exploited early on as an energy source and drinking water for man and beast. The Imst fountains of yesteryear today enhance the townscape, and every Friday from 4 – 6 pm (all year round), a water tasting is held at 14 fountains of the 20 and more in the central town area. The refreshment is welcome, as the warm “Meran” climate of the north makes it excellent for exploring the natural backdrops and numerous art and cultural offerings. Open-air concerts, readings, theatre performances and exhibitions regularly take place here; there are also alternating festivals and markets. And as the seasons pass, atmospheric Advent customs, traditional Easter festivities and raucous carnival practices are in-

tensively experienced. “ubuntu”, the cultural initiative organised by the SOS Children’s Villages, illuminates the many hues of childhood in a colourful series of events through the medium of art. In the lovely town of Imst, many sights are waiting to be discovered, including the 15th century Parish church Maria Himmelfahrt, with its outer frescoes, and Tyrol’s highest church tower (84.5 m). The 5th century Laurentiuskirche is the oldest church in Tyrol. The Knappenwelt Gurgltal reveals the hard time of medieval mining. Things are somewhat more exhilarating at the Haus der Fasnacht museum, which was awarded the Tyrolean Museum Prize and the Austrian Museumsgütersiegel (quality seal) in 2003. The Biererlebniswelt (‘Beer World of Experience’) at Starkenberg Castle with its ‘beer pool’ provides an insight into the hop and malt scene. The Alpine Coaster, on the other hand, the longest Alpine roller coaster in the world (3.5 km), braces every rider for the force of gravity and its perils. Things get properly exciting and eventful at Area 47, which spans 66,000m² and offers outdoor experiences such as a high ropes course and Flying Fox. The Rosengartenschlucht gorge with the Blaue Grotte is situated in the centre; a wildly romantic gorge with one of the most precious biotopes in Tyrol.

The Schinderbach cuts through the rocky layers for 1.5 km until it reaches the Johanneskirche. Of special global significance is the 1st SOS Children’s Village, which was founded by Herman Gmeiner in 1949, then the organisation spread throughout the world from Imst. Its central and privileged location in the heart of Tyrol makes Imst a central point in a natural world that is worthy of protection. In terms of transport, the same applies: it enjoys a very good network of public transport with a visitor’s card that offers lots of advantages: free collection from the railway, free bus rides throughout the region to the most beautiful excursion destinations. Stress-free travel – that’s the motto here, for example, to the Erdpyramiden or the lake Fernsteinsee. Hiking, rafting, mountain biking, mountain climbing and all the other activities around Imst are therefore easy to do. The Imster GeNussTorte (cake) from the confectioner Regensburger provides pure gourmet indulgence. And to round it all off, why not pay a visit to the Weberei Schatz (weaving mill) with its traditional Tyrolean handicraft, or the Tiroler Imkergenossenschaft – the oldest wax and honey processing business in Tyrol. If you prefer something a little heartier, simply head to the Schneggenhof for its farmers’ delicacies.

Imst Tourismus | Johannesplatz 4 | A - 6460 Imst Phone +43/(0)5412/6910-0 | Fax +43/(0)5412/6910-8 | info@imst.at | www.imst.at | like.imst.at SMALL HISTORIC TOWNS

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It is reassuring to know that life in the valleys is more relaxed and we can simply breathe in when we pass by steep faces, alpine pastures, meadows, landscapes and lakes that are best described as ‘divine’. On the tour from Lienz via Zell am See to Radstadt, not a minute goes by without some wonderful impression and our elation grows as we move up and down, up and down... Barely have you enjoyed a cappuccino and an East Tyrolean Lebzelten (gingerbread) under the palm trees, wondering how it can possibly be that Lienz exudes so much Italian style, than you’re heading north out of the city into the mountainous worlds of the Hohe Tauern National Park. After the first ascents, you should take a moment to look back south to Lienz, where the Lienzer Dolomites bid us farewell. Ahead lie two routes leading to Zell am See. Each of them – the Felbertauernpass and the Großglockner Hochalpenstraße, is a trail through nature and its wonders.

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Experience natural wonders The magnificent Felbertauernstraße with its tunnel extending 5.3 km, rises up to 1,630 m and is a wonderful route through the Großvenediger and the Großglockner region. This time we will take the Queen of Roads, the 48 km Großglockner Hochalpenstraße, up to the Pasterzen glacier, into exceptional uniqueness. We snake upward, firstly towards Heiligenblut and then bend by bend past the Glockner meadows that are rich in vegetation and species, and which reach right up to the road. At the Hochtor (2,504 m), the trail starts to descend towards Fuscher Törl (2,428 m). However, a short, narrow impasse still leads on to the Edelweißspitze (2,571 m), the highest point on the Großglockner Hochalpenstraße. The panoramic view is among the most amazing you can get in the Alps. And Austria’s highest mountain, the legendary Großglockner (3,798 m), towers unadorned and simply majestic. Those who would like to take a closer look at the


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regions of the Salzburger Sportwelt (sports world) to Radstadt, where the Roßbrand (1,768 m) is waiting. This is the final word in pleasure, as it provides a breathtaking 360°panoramic view of 150 peaks in the East Alps. And then all you have to do is breathe in, and breathe out... Because it’s time once more to pause on this tour and let the scenery work its magic on you, to absorb the power of the mountain air and reflect on the fact that we have experienced some unique moments that are an enrichment to everyone’s life.

Enjoying the diversity The view from the local Schmittenhöhe mountain over the southern shores of Lake Zeller eastward to the Salzachtal is very special, because it is where the landscape brings together everything that is pleasing to the eye: splendid mountain formations, lush slopes and cows grazing at pasture, the blue of the lake with its small ripples and swells, not to mention a pale blue sky with flitting clouds. Towards the east, the Salzach valley continues to narrow and we follow it towards Radstadt. It proceeds through gorges and past steep forested slopes and we pass the gateways to the Rauriser, Gasteiner and Großarltal. A short detour to nearby Goldegg with its castle and the small Goldegger Lake is great for a rest before we pick up the journey to the famous towns of St. Johann and Bischofshofen. Another 15 km or so through the ski

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****Romantik Hotel Traube PARTNER A-9900 Lienz Hauptplatz 14 Phone +43/(0)4852/64444 Fax +43/(0)4852/64184 info@hoteltraube.at www.hoteltraube.at The Romantikhotel Traube lies nestled within Lienz’s charming old town. The cosy rooms offer an unforgettable feeling of well-being from the moment you wake up. In the evening, you can reflect on the day’s hiking, cycling or cultural excursions and completely relax at the spa oasis on the 6th floor with its panoramic indoor pool, steam room, sauna, sanarium and infrared cabin. Number of rooms: 52 SCHLAFGUTHABEN

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w>F\H6LJ Á∫z ****Hotel Holunderhof A-9900 Lienz · Zettersfeldstraße 36 Phone +43/(0)4852/62766 Fax +43/(0)4852/62766-132 info@hotelholunderhof.at www.hotelholunderhof.at Love and attention to detail are clearly apparent throughout the hotel. The kitchen/living rooms in the apartments are equipped with a dishwasher, espresso machine, free WiFi and flatscreen TV. The spacious relaxation oasis with sauna, sanarium, steam room, hydrotheraphy showers and relaxing garden are perfect for unwinding. Surrender to the culinary delights of the house at the restaurant and the Holunderbar. Number of rooms: 8 rooms & 20 apartments (2-5 persons) € 95,00 p.p. from € 75,00 p.p. from € 110,00

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***Hotel Goldener Fisch A-9900 Lienz Kärntner Straße 9 Phone +43/(0)4852/62132 Fax +43/(0)4852/62132-48 info@goldener-fisch.at www.goldener-fisch.at

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Idyllic views over Lienz. Peaceful location in a green setting. Home-grown products. Right by the ski slopes – well worth visiting. Number of rooms: 20 SR N/B from € 55,00 p.p. DR N/B from € 49,00 p.p.

1 1 Shopping paradise Rosengasse 2 Bruck castle 3 Main square

TOWN TIP 22. International Street Theatre Festival Eine Attraktion der besonderen Art hat die Sonnenstadt Lienz zu bieten. The sunshine town of Lienz has a special kind of attraction on offer. From 23 – 27 July, this Dolomites town becomes the stage for the OLALA International Street Theatre Festival. Created over 20 years ago, the festival has become the biggest street theatre venue in Europe: The Dolomites town takes on an entirely different character – there reigns an atmosphere that is peculiar to this festival and street artists from all over the world breathe new life into the streets and squares. More at www.olala.at

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SPECIAL OFFER Christkindl market in Lienz 22 November – 24 December 2013 Experience one of the most beautiful Advent markets in Austria Every year in the run-up to Christmas, Lienz’s main square is transformed into the Lienz Advent Market.

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Every day’s a Sun-day Any town that gets over 2,000 hours of sunshine a year obviously enjoys a favourable location. Perhaps Lienz, whose history spans 764 years, is an attractive SMALL HISTORIC TOWN for this very reason. Or perhaps it’s because of the many imposing three thousand-metre peaks among the Lienz Dolomites, or even the green meadows, quaint mountain cabins and lively, genuine nature.

Maybe it’s because of the easy-going lifestyle here, because of the cappuccinos and Italian style. Maybe it’s quite simply because of the whole package that Lienz offers. There were settlements on the valley floor between the Drau and Isel rivers as far back as the Bronze Age. Lienz experienced its first incarnation as the Roman city of Aguntum from 50 - 450 AD – the only Roman town on Tyrolean soil. In the 11th and 12th centuries, the Counts of Görz (Gorizia) built Bruck Castle and the Carmelite monastery. In addition to the Burgrave Heinrich, immortalised by his poems in the Codex Manesse collection, it is principally painters Albin Egger-Lienz and Franz von Defregger who enjoy the most significant cultural importance here in Lienz. Not only does Lienz impress by its climate and southern atmosphere, its mountainous backdrop and palm trees in the city, or the numerous three thousand-metre peaks in the Hohe Tauern National Park … but also thanks to its blend of culture and sport, its architecture and the ever-living history that never fails to offer the visitor something. The former stronghold of the Counts of Görz, Bruck Castle – with its Great Hall and Gothic castle chapel – today houses the Museum, which displays works by Egger-Lienz

among others, and presents different special and themed exhibitions every year. The representational building Liebburg was built on the current main square by the Wolkenstein-Rodenegg family. The Dominican Convent, also called the “Klösterle”, has stood in its spot since 1220 and is thus one of the oldest buildings in the town. Originally Romanesque, the parish church St. Andrä– which encompasses the Bezirkskriegerdenkmal (district war memorial) and the tomb slab of Leonhard, the last of the Counts of Görz – was converted by the Counts of Görz into a triple-naved Gothic basilica in the 15th century. The 15th century Franciscan Monastery and Franciscan Church have a uniform Gothic nave. Last but not least, the archaeological park featuring the ‘Aguntum Stadt’ Museum displays an excavation site spanning approx. 20,000 m². In terms of culinary enjoyment, it’s best to head onto the streets and squares of Lienz when fresh produce is sold at the markets or when big festivals such as the International Street Theatre Festival (in the last week of July) engross the city and captivate the people. The people of Lienz know how to make merry - but they also know how to indulge themselves. When Osttiroler

Schlipfkrapfen (dumplings with potato filling), Osttiroler Pregler (apple and pear schnapps, only produced in East Tyrol), or Osttiroler Lebzelt (gingerbread) is served up, then all is right in the culinary world. As regards sport, Lienz offers every possible activity you can do in the mountains, water or in the great outdoors – and all year round at that. Choose from skiing to climbing, from short to seemingly endless cycling and hiking tours in the Dolomites or the Hohe Tauern, from gentle family activities to extreme sport. Panoramic cable cars and chairlifts take you up to altitudes of 2,300 m; both beginners and pros can be found tackling the Via Ferrata routes. For anyone who wishes to indulge in their favourite sport in the mountains, Lienz provides an excellent base. However, for explorers who would rather take things more leisurely and comfortably, the Hohe Tauern National Park, the Großglockner Hochalpenstraße or the picturesque Lake Tristacher at the foot of the Rauchkofel offer ideal alternatives.

Tourismusinformation Lienzer Dolomiten | Europaplatz 1 | A-9900 Lienz Phone +43/(0)50/212-400 | Fax +43/(0)50/212-4002 | lienz@osttirol.com | www.lienzerdolomiten.info SMALL HISTORIC TOWNS

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****Hotel Berner Zell am See A-5700 Zell am See Nikolaus-Gassner-Promenade 1 Phone +43/(0)6542/779 Fax +43/(0)6542/7797 info@bernerhotel.com www.bernerhotel.com

Quiet central location with a wonderful view. Spacious spa area with heated outdoor pool, relaxation room, saunas, sun terrace. Stylish rooms with balcony. Free Wi-Fi. Including Summer Card! SR N/B DR N/B

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Our hotel and inn are more than 500 years old. Located in the centre of Zell am See, right next to town tower and church. Number of rooms: 50 DR N/B from € 46,00–66,00 p.p. DR HB from € 58,00–78,00 p.p. FB surcharge from € 11,00 p.p.

w>F\IHL TAUERN SPA Zell am See–Kaprun Tauern-Spa-Platz 1 A-5710 Kaprun Phone +43/(0)6547/2040 Fax +43/(0)6547/2040-9900 office@tauernspakaprun.com www.tauernspakaprun.com Embark on an expedition: In the first base camp for body and soul, you can enjoy more than 20,000 m2 of spa facilities, 12 differently themed pools such as the sports pool with current, relaxation pool with cave or the high pool with waterfall - just perfect for relaxing. 13 steam baths and saunas in our indoor and outdoor facilities offer a range of different "Aufguss" (sprinkling the hot stones with aroma-infused water), whilst the little ones can enjoy our special children's area 'KIDSTEIN', with a 127 m long water slide and much, much more.

Golfclub Zell am See-Kaprun Saalbach-Hinterglemm A-5700 Zell am See Phone +43/(0)6542/56161 golf@zellamsee-kaprun.at www.golf-zellamsee.at The largest golf course in the Austrian Alps is nestled in picturesque mountain scenery, right at the foot of the Kitzeinhorn mountain with its year-round snow-capped glacier. The two 18-hole courses both belong to the "Leading Golf Courses" and provide landscaped, flat greens complete with biotopes and a number of lakes. The spacious practice green and the extensive range of courses run by the Golf Academy ensure that the golf club also caters for newcomers who are just starting to tee off. The restaurant’s sunny patio with its outstanding panorama is also the perfect place to spend a happy few hours.

Golf club of the year: The golf club won the Golfrevue-Award for “GOLF CLUB OF THE YEAR” as part of the Austrian Golf Association gala night.

1 1 Freeriding on the Kitzsteinhorn 2 Zell am See-Kaprun 3 Zeller Seezauber (‘Magic Lake Show’) 4 Hiking on the Schmittenhöhe

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Bright white and frozen into eternal ice or deep-blue and liquid, water is at its best here come winter or summer. The pure air can be enjoyed by anyone who stays in Zell am See-Kaprun to experience the wonderful symbiosis of nature and culture.

Pause but be active – it’s a contrast that works beautifully here in Pinzgau, as the inhabitants themselves have adopted this special attitude towards life. Their hospitality means that each guest can write his own personal and most beautiful of stories. It is the glaciers, mountains and lakes that make Zell am See-Kaprun so unique. Here by the crystal-clear waters of Lake Zeller, at the foot of the Schmittenhöhe with a view of the Kitzsteinhorn, awaits a SMALL HISTORIC TOWN that is both leisurely and active, modern and enchanting, offering gastronomy with joy and friendliness and blending culinary arts, culture and sport – a town that the Emperor and his wife Sisi also loved when they came to visit in 1885. “Cella in Bisoncio” (Zelle im Pinzgau) first appeared in written records in 743 AD, long after the Romans settled here. It was the monks of Salzburg’s Archbishop Johannes who built the “Cella” here. Subsequently, the town became one of the oldest Bavarian settlements in the Pinzgau region. In 1358, Zell was raised to market status. The fact that the people of Zell kept out of the Bauernkriege (Peasants’ Wars) meant that they were given certain privileges for pilgrimages to Salzburg. Tourism came to Zell am See with the construction of the railway line in 1875, and 25 years later the now world-famous Trapp family spent a summer in

Thumersbach. In 1928, Zell am See was granted city status. Today, its streets and squares are full of hustle and bustle all year round, and the visitor is greeted by a view of the lake and the surrounding mountains as well as the 11th century Romanesque parish church St. Hippolyt, whose neo-Gothic high altar and side altar date back to 1900. The oldest building in the town is the Vogtturm tower, in which the Heimatmuseum (museum of local history) is situated. The Bezirkshauptmannschaft (district authority building) emerged before 1500, while Rosenberg Castle, today the Town Hall, was built with four corner turrets and a central turret in 1583. The town fountain depicts the most important historical events of the town on its side panels. The Austria Fountain, each of its nine columns representing a federal state, was designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Prielau Castle is a Pinzgau ‘Ansitz’ (stately manor) dating back to 1425, providing a contrast to the modern Ferry-Porsche Congress Center with its cuttingedge technology. There is so much to see in Zell am See-Kaprun – and it certainly gives you an appetite. Good to know, then, that the local gastronomy offers a variety of treasures, such as Salzburger Nockerl (soufflé), Pinzgauer Kasnockn (cheese gnocchi), Pinzgauer Kasknödel (cheese dumplings), Apfelstrudel,

Pinzgauer cheese, bacon, home-distilled varieties of schnapps, to name but a few. These dishes will set you up perfectly for tours in the surrounding area, including up to the Kitzsteinhorn, the only glacier skiing area in Salzburg, the Gipfelwelt 3000 and the awe-inspiring Hochgebirgsstauseen (mountain reservoirs) of Kaprun. The Schmittenhöhe mountain provides a legendary view of thirty ‘3000-ers’. The Sisi Chapel – built by the former owner of the Berghaus in honour of the Empress and dedicated to her after her assassination also provides a chance to pause and reflect. Zell am See-Kaprun enjoys a unique location in the Hohe Tauern National Park, whose protected natural world offers an abundance of true experiences. And let’s not forget the Großglockner High Alpine Road, a testament to man’s willpower and extraordinary engineering skill. Equally impressive are the Krimml Waterfalls, which at a drop of 380 m are the fifth-highest waterfalls in the world, or perhaps the Sigmund-ThunKlamm gorge (only accessible in summer), which cuts into the rocks up to 32 m deep and 320 m long. Zell am See-Kaprun is ready to welcome all sports enthusiasts all year round, a fact much appreciated by skiers and water sports fans, golfers, horse riders, cyclists, mountain bikers and hikers.

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Radstadt golf course: Nestled in beautiful mountain scenery, with its roots in the past Go from par to par with our Birdie Jet Radstadt (PSRA) – the scenery is just magical: with the local Tauern mountains on the one side and the snow-capped Dachstein range on the other. The sunny and very tempting club terrace, surrounded by the Salzburg sports region 'AmadÊ', is somewhere all golfers like to linger. The view from here is just as outstanding as the Radstadt golf course itself. The first nine holes are played mainly in the valley, but as soon as golfers are on the eleventh fairway, things start going uphill. Those not accustomed to the mountains soon notice this when they get into the Birdie Jet after the eleventh green. The climb up to the 12th hole is made easier by the golf gondola - one of its kind in the world - with golf bags riding in their own carriage at the back. A truly unforgettable golfing experience! A must for every golfer! The medieval town of Radstadt is the perfect place for a cultural detour after a round of golf. With its location on the "RÜmerstrasse", the golf course is a reminder that the Roman road lead over the Alps at this point. History every step of the way!

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Historic walls – a timeless witness The echo of the Middle Ages into the present day provides a welcome peace for those seeking relaxation, those who wish to rest their eyes and let their soul soar. Those who pause to reflect as they find respite in the Radstädter Tauern, warmly embraced on the sunny side of the Ennstal, will feel it – that special atmosphere that Radstadt – first appearing in written records as “Rastat” in 1074 – offers its visitors today.

Culture, churches, monasteries, crypts and history cluster together within the old town walls. This is where tradition dwells companionably alongside hospitality – a hospitality that is also evident in the music and festival customs of the Radstadt inhabitants. Modern or classic? You decide. Before Radstadt was raised to town status in 1289, the region had already experienced an eventful history. The Celts lived here as far back as the 4th century B.C., followed by the Romans whose most important road from Aquileia over the Tauern to Juvavum (Salzburg) passed by Radstadt. It was this advantageous location that helped Radstadt to become a flourishing trade town in the High Middle Ages. The town was heavily besieged by 5,000 farmers during the Peasant Wars, but under Michl Gaismair it successfully held out against the attacks in 1525/1526. In 1527, the town received the Große Freiheitsbrief (Great Letter of Freedom) from Archbishop Matthäus Lang, but Austrian, Bavarian and French troops later occupied the area. In 1861 Radstadt was incorporated into the crown land of Salzburg. This action-packed history has naturally given the townscape a distinct character, which we can see today in the beautiful Bürgerhäuser (grand town houses) and well-preserved 13th century town walls,

as well as the three 16th century towers. These are called the Hexenturm, Teichturm and Kapuzinerturm, and attest to the old defensive structure in which the Heimatmuseum today displays various finds and relics. The late Romanesque Stadtpfarrkirche (parish church) and late Gothic Schusterturm, a sun pillar found in the cemetery, bear witness to the interplay of the periods. A Baroque high altar adorns the Kapuzinerkirche (Capuchin church) with its crypt. The Millennium Trail takes visitors around the town walls in 1,000 steps while the six passages (the Scheikstiege, Metzgerloch, Baderstiege, Sparkassenpassage, Stöcklloch and cemetery) lead us from the town centre to the city wall. Lerchen Castle (1298) is also steeped in history and was renovated for the first time in 1779. Perhaps you might also be lucky enough to visit the Baroque Loreto church, which is only open on special occasions. Despite the wealth of cultural history, there is no lack of light-hearted entertainment in Radstadt. The Radstadt folk know how to celebrate festivals with their visitors in this town that is imbued with tradition. The selection speaks for itself: the Radstädter Knödelfest (dumpling festival), Gardefest (guard festival), handicrafts market and of course the Almabtrieb

(the return of livestock from high alpine summer pastures) make up the year’s highlights. Once you have tasted specialities such as Radstadt cheese, Kasnocken (cheese dumplings) and Hoamfoarkrapfen (doughnut), then happiness in this SMALL HISTORIC TOWN is complete. Listen to the tales and stories, for example about famous organ player and composer Paul Hofhaimer (1459–1537) who was described by his contemporaries as the most famous organist of his time. He also enjoyed renown as a teacher, an honour accorded to him throughout his many years as the court organist to Emperor Maximilian I. Perhaps you will also simply enjoy the tranquillity of the mountains around Radstadt, such as at the local mountain Roßbrand (1,768 m), which is the most beautiful lookout mountain in the East Alps thanks to its 360°panoramic view of 150 peaks. Plus, sports fans have a wide range of options both in summer and winter at the numerous mountains over 2,000 m in the vicinity, from skiing at the “Ski Amadé” region, cross-country skiing, cycling, horse riding, golf, tennis, swimming or hiking. The Liechtensteinklamm gorge (25 km), Dachstein glacier (25 km) and Eisriesenwelt (Giant Ice World - 35 km) also hold a few more surprises in store.

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Riches most certainly line our path – natural gems such as the wonderfully pure air, forests and meadows, streams, rivers and lakes. They offer the most beautiful scenery along our route, accompanying us from one world to the next. Whomever the trail brings from Schärding via Steyr and Gmunden to Bad Ischl will have to take the plunge, so to speak, because his companions – apart from legendary nature, forests and vast expanses – are the rivers Inn, Traun, Enns, Steyr and Lake Traunsee.

as it wends its way towards Passau and the Danube. We, on the other hand, move further south into the Innkreis and the Hausruck region, into the forests and hilly landscapes that are truly a sight for sore eyes and where the spruce woods give it the feel of a low mountain range. Below 800 m, an impressive 90% of the land is covered by forest; even populated areas enjoy about 35 %. And it’s summer in particular that brings with it the chance to truly appreciate the coolness and freshness of the forests as you play all kinds of sport.

There’s a good 200 km still ahead of us as we head south from Schärding to Bad Ischl. And you should also bank on a good three-hour journey in total when leaving the historic streets and alleys of this Baroque town, passing the lively squares, promenades and parks; the blaze of colourful houses that reflect the economic significance of the guilds. Shortly after Schärding’s border we travel - just like in the time of horse-drawn carriages - along the fresh, light-green River Inn, which exudes its own special kind of peace

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Indulge your senses The Voralpenland with its projecting gentle hills and luscious colours is reminiscent of Tuscany or even southern England, although the towering Kalkalpen in the background bring a touch of wildness to the scene. Once we arrive in Steyr, it’s time for a break: a coffee on the historic town square with its fine town houses and a Steyr truffle to boot gives us a boost for our onward journey to Gmunden. Perhaps we are following in imperial footsteps, but in any case we move through beautiful hilly landscapes, through vast grain fields and forests. The view of the Traunstein mountain betrays our proximity to Gmunden and to the wonderfully clear Lake Traunsee. This is the beating heart of the Salzkammergut region and today we are rewarded with the former wealth brought to the area by ‘white gold’ (salt). Gmunden with its Mediterranean charm welcomes us at the Rathausplatz, situated right by Lake Traunsee, where the unique ceramic Glockenspiel from Meissen rings out as we stroll around the Old Town. The journey continues along the promenade past the Seeschloss Ort through the delightful district of Traunkirchen with its little marina towards the imperial city of Bad Ischl.”

Accompanied by the glinting waves, we glide up the Traun River to the place where Emperor Franz Joseph spent his summer holidays - the spa town of Bad Ischl. It is here where art, culture and nobility came together during the most beautiful time of the year; where merchants, princes and emperors gathered - that a one-of-a-kind tour ends and a unique new day will surely begin.

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A good place to stay in Schärding. Known for its good cuisine, comfortable rooms and modern atmosphere. Our hotel is central yet quiet and peaceful. Safe parking. Number of rooms: 32 € 45,00-50,00 p.p. € 38,00-44,00 p.p.

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So Baroque. So alive. The Baroque period always brings to mind the luxurious, the abundant and the edifying. It is a cultural period synonymous with variety, rich artworks and a vibrant social life. Famous painters and writers assembled here in the Baroque town of Schärding, wanting to be part of the hustle and bustle in the streets and markets.

Today, every visitor is entranced by the stylish town Schärding. It must have been a glorious time when the Inn River was still the main transport artery; when salt, wood, ores, silk, grain, glass, wine, draperies, cattle and marble were shipped from A to B on the waterway. A boat trip on the Inn through the wildly romantic natural protected area “Unterer Inn” to just outside Passau still attests to the grand period of Baroque age Schärding. The guilds of this riverside town and the wealth it acquired are still visible in the splendid colourful houses, the old gates and Baroque gables. Most are found on the Oberer Stadtplatz with the ‘Silberzeile’ (‘silver line’); their façades still resplendent with the old guild colours of the Late Middle Ages… The bakers in blue, the butchers red, the inn-keepers in yellow and green – that’s what Emperor Maximilian wanted when he issued a decree in 1504 instructing the Inn-Salzach towns to display the same characteristics as Innsbruck, his seat of government at that time. But Schärding’s history begins much earlier: “Scardinga” is first mentioned in records in 804 A.D., while Schärding formed the centre of the county of Vornbach-Neuburg in the 9th and 10th centuries. The Counts of Andechs came along in 1160, followed by the Bavarian Wittelsbachs in 1248. Schärding gained great economic significance, which soon lead to a

position of political and strategic importance. In the 15th century the Bavarian dukes (above all Ludwig the Bearded) built the town into a strong fortification, but devastating fires ravaged the town in 1724 and 1779. After occupation by the French (1809) and the Napoleonic Wars (1816), Schärding once again became Austrian. This Baroque town has indeed had a turbulent past, yet it is today one of Austria’s most beautiful towns – one need only visit the sights to understand. The Linzer Tor functioned as a double gate with fortified passageway, integrating the former Oberer Stadtturm, and was inhabited by the tower keeper. The Wassertor (‘Water Gate’), which shows the dramatic high water levels during the flood disasters, used to be known as the Inntor or Zollturm. A fresco inside shows the bombardment of the town during the War of Spanish Succession in 1703. The Schlosstor (Castle Gate), which today houses the Stadtmuseum, was formerly the residence of the ducal fortress keeper. The castle park has been a park complex since 1895 and boasts a 26 m granite well. The Baroque Garden Orangerie, now housing an inviting outdoor restaurant, was originally a conservatory built on the old city walls by Georg Wieninger in 1884. All this certainly suggests wealth and prosperity, but where did it come from? The answer is easy: from the River Inn. The Inn was

the Central European waterway until the railway was built. Boats would dock and unload their goods in Schärding, which were then stored temporarily in the warehouses because the Passau prince-bishops raised very high tolls. The salt was transported by horse and cart through the Bavarian Forest to Böhmen. And so it came to pass that several Schärding citizens became so wealthy that they “were able to build 17 Baroque houses” and the Silberzeile was born. Extremely tasty gems of a different kind can be found at the inns, where they will happily serve you up their delicious Innviertler Knödel (dumplings), the “Bratl in da Rein” (roast pork) or some Zwetschkenpofesen (plum toast). Or perhaps a fresh draught Baumgartner beer relished on a busy day in Schärding or the surrounding area. Apart from the Kneipp treatment centres, there are also numerous spas in the region such as the Therme Geinberg or the Lower Bavarian Spa Triangle. Cyclists in particular are drawn to Schärding, as the town is a popular starting or end point for the Donauradweg, Innradweg and Tauernradweg cycling trails. Golfers, horse riders and anglers will find just what they’re looking for here, as will anyone who wants to scale the heights in the form of the world’s longest tree-top path in nearby Kopfing.

Tourismusverband Schärding | Rad- und Gästeservicecenter "Alte Innbrücke" | Innbruckstraße 29 | A-4780 Schärding Phone +43/(0)7712/4300-0 | Fax +43/(0)7712/4320 | info@schaerding.info | www.schaerding.at SMALL HISTORIC TOWNS

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****Hotel-Restaurant Minichmayr Fam. Viertler-SchĂźrz A-4400 Steyr HaratzmĂźllerstraĂ&#x;e 1–3 Phone +43/(0)7252/53410 Fax +43/(0)7252/48202 office@hotel-minichmayr.at www.hotel-minichmayr.at SCHLAFGUTHABEN

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On the most beautiful square in Steyr, where the rivers meet, with a unique panoramic view. Top restaurant, ‘FlĂśĂ&#x;erstube’, romantic rooms, business centre, spa area, private parking. Number of rooms: 45 SR N/B DR N/B HB surcharge

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****Stadthotel Styria A-4400 Steyr ¡ Stadtplatz 40–42 Phone +43/(0)7252/51551 Fax +43/(0)7252/51551-51 info@styriahotel.at www.styriahotel.at

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2 1 Christkindl pilgrimage church in winter 2 Nightwatchmen – at the Stadtpfarrkirchturm 3 Conuence of the rivers Enns and Steyr 4 Bummerlhaus

TOWN TIP Musikfestival Steyr 20 July to 14 August 2013 This year, the spell-binding Lamberg Castle forms the backdrop for a journey through time into 1930s Argentina. The classic musical “Evita� by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice tells the story of Argentinian president’s wife Eva Peron and is directed by the Steyr-born Hannes Rossacher. To kick off the festival, the Stadtkapelle Steyr is celebrating with an anniversary concert. For younger theatre-goers there is a drama workshop and a fairy tale at the Altes Theater. www.musikfestivalsteyr.at

4HENEW HOTEL#HRISTKINDLWIRT conveys a palpable romantic feeling. Comfortable rooms and suites, Felsen-Vital-Oase (spa area), private hot tub lounge, new panoramic restaurant, 3 seminar rooms. Number of rooms: 30

DR N/B â‚Ź 50,00 p.p. HB surcharge â‚Ź 27,00 p.p.

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1000 years of romance, day after day

STEYR AM NATIONALPARK

It’s good to know that the Romantic Route from Salzburg to Vienna passes directly by Steyr, a veritable treasure trove of delights boasting one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, the Bummerlhaus as a famous landmark, small farmers’ markets and fashionable shops; culinary delights from Upper Austria and the sense of joie de vivre that comes with it.

It’s also good to know that this treasure chest is open to visitors. The confluence of the rivers Enns and Steyr can be seen to symbolise the fusion of different style periods such as Gothic, Renaissance and Rococo. The picturesque private town houses lining the historic town square tell a fascinating story – a story that dates back over 1,000 years, with the first recorded mention appearing in 980 A.D. Steyr is an important town that was granted a town charter and comprehensive trading rights by Duke Albrecht I in 1287. After the settlement and its castle fell victim to flames in 1727, the Counts of Lamberg rebuilt Lamberg Castle in the Baroque style - and so it can be seen today.

Post Office (only during Advent) and manger show, as well as meeting the Christ Child of Steyr. In general, though, the sights are well worth your time. The Stadtmuseum (town museum) with its amazing collection of art and cultural history is just as worth seeing as the 15th century Dunklhof. The Gothic Bummerlhaus is still the emblem of the town, even if you’d never guess as much from its history. The name comes from the heraldic animal of the former “Gasthaus zum Goldenen Löwen” (Golden Lion Inn), which guests nicknamed the ‘Bummerl’ (‘plump little dog’) because this small and far-from-powerful lion instead looked like a cross between a dachshund and a poodle.

Economic crises came on the heels of a turbulent history (including fires sweeping the town), but ended with a bang, so to speak, in 1864, when mass production of Josef Werndl’s Hinterlader rifles brought prosperity to the town and turned Steyr into the “armourer of Europe”. And so the course was set for vehicle development and production. Today, Steyr is a lively centre that blends modern life, tradition, design, and both trendy and traditional cuisine. Its pubs and cafés get the town’s pulse racing, while a shopping spree of any description is just as popular as visiting the Christkindl pilgrimage village with its Christmas

The Rathaus is one of Austria’s most significant Rococo architectural monuments. The Arbeitswelt Museum, a museum of industry located in the moat, Eisenuhrenmuseum with clock/watchmaker workshop and the 1st Austrian Christmas Museum with believe it or not - 18,200 Christmas tree decoration exhibits from 1800–1945 introduce visitors of all ages to the most varied of worlds. The Nightwatchman Tours breathe a bit of mystery into the town: “night-time tours” or culture by day. Whatever your appetite, there are excellent opportunities to satisfy it, for example at the Grün- und Bauernmarkt (farmers’

market) held at the Stadtplatz on Thursday and Saturday mornings. You should definitely try the Most and Mostsekt (cider), or Steyrer truffles and Steyr Torte (cake) from the Schmidt confectioner, Steyrdorf Dachschindeln – delights by the Fröhlich Bakery – as well as some schnapps specialities made by Purkhart. If that sounds like too much of a good thing, then the untamed beauty of the Kalkalpen National Park lies outside the town gates, ready for any kind of activity. Hikers, cyclists and horse riders will find all sorts of trails and destinations around Steyr, such as the Ennstal- and Steyrtalradweg cycling trail. Those who prefer to conserve their strength can take the oldest narrow gauge railway in Europe, the Steyrtalbahn, for a romantic trip into the countryside, or perhaps explore the protected area in the Steyr floodplains by Segway. If the countryside offers too little diversity for you, then the Steyrer Wassererlebnisse (water adventures) may offer you something a little more adventurous or placid depending on your taste: a trip on a city jet boat, a reservoir tour, a river trip by canoe or a visit to the Steyrer Wasserfrau (fortune-teller).

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Tourismusverband Steyr am Nationalpark | Stadtplatz 27 | A-4400 Steyr Phone +43/(0)7252/53229-0 | Fax +43/(0)7252/53229-15 | info@steyr.info | www.steyr.info

Eight services included such as a trip on the Steyrtal railway, adventure walks, museum visits, admission to the National Park visitor centre in Ennstal, one hour of e-biking and much more. Up to 25% discount at 10 premium partners. Valid for 1 year from the date of issue, price: € 19

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****Schlosshotel Freisitz Roith A-4810 Gmunden TraunsteinstraĂ&#x;e 87 Phone +43/(0)7612/64905 Fax +43/(0)7612/64905-17 info@freisitzroith.at www.freisitzroith.at

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The only castle hotel with an award-winning gourmet restaurant (2 ‘Hauben’) and a panoramic lake view of the Salzkammergut region. Number of rooms: 23 DR N/B SR N/B

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TOWN TIP Hafenfest Traunsee and Allianz Traunsee Sailing week 09 - 12 May 2013

On the eastern shore, the sunny side of Lake Traunsee.

After two highly successful Traunsee Harbour Festivals, this year the mega show is celebrating its third birthday. Enjoy a bigger and even more spectacular Traunsee Harbour Festival, which will be launched together with the AllianzTraunsee Sailing Week for the ďŹ rst time this year. Thousands of visitors will be offered great show acts, musical highlights and of course the ďŹ nest top-level sport in the future too. In musical terms, guests can once again expect the tried-and-tested mix of classical sounds and ďŹ rst-class rock & pop.

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GMUNDEN

A fairy tale can be told or read, heard or written, but in Gmunden a fairy tale can be experienced first-hand. Every good fairy tale needs fabled mountain ranges that watch over legends and stories as if they were treasure, and characters that triumph over evil. Above all, however, one needs time to enjoy it.

Romance and joie de vivre, the charm of history and the vibrancy of the here and now, are present with every ripple of Lake Traunsee. To every visitor, Gmunden reads like a book of fairy tales. Already an important settlement in the Celtic period, over the centuries Gmunden also became an important trading centre for the salt trade that flourished here at that time. In the 19th century, Emperor Franz Josef regularly sojourned at the Hannoverian Royal House, which other European nobles also visited, before his summer visits to Bad Ischl. Many artists such as Brahms, Schubert, Strauss, Lenau and Hebbel also stayed in Gmunden. Its monuments and castles today bear witness to the illustrious period that was the start of tourism in Gmunden. The historical portrait is of course far more detailed, but the current appearance of the SMALL HISTORIC TOWN of Gmunden reflects its eventful past. Particularly distinctive is the Rathausplatz (town hall square), which is the only one in Austria to be situated directly by the lake. The 16th century Renaissance Town Hall attracts plenty of visitors with its ceramic glockenspiel made especially in the ‘ceramics town’ of Meissen, frequently leaving them spellbound for a few minutes as they listen to the bells. The Old Town

is beautiful to see with its Late Gothic houses and numerous small courtyards. Last but not least, the Seeschloss Ort, first appearing in written records in 909 as “Veste Ort”, is a particular draw when strolling along the shore promenade. It is likely that you will spot the Gisela out on the lake, the oldest paddle steamer still in operation in the world, built in 1871. Gmunden is a town of ceramics – its world-famous reputation is owed mainly to Gmundner Keramik, one of the oldest manufacturers in Central Europe. The “grüngeflammte” design (specially treated surface) is widely known around the world. There are two more art ceramic workshops in the Old Town, while the K-Hof (Kammerhof Museen Gmunden) presents the history of Gmunden and Lake Traunsee over an area spanning 2,000 m²; ceramic is a recurrent theme throughout the exhibitions. Rounding off this trip into the world of ceramic art is the Schloss Weyer Gallery with the Meissen Porcelain Museum. The Puppen- und Spielzeugmuseum (puppet and toy museum) is also a popular destination for the whole family. Those of a nostalgic frame of mind can take a ride on the world’s smallest and steepest tramway, whose antique yet well-maintained cars run on special occasions. With all these attractions, you are likely to work up an appetite,

which does not present any real problem thanks to Gmunden’s range of delicacies. Gmunden is particularly well-known for its excellent fish specialities fresh from Lake Traunsee, while sweet temptations such as the “Schloss Ort Kugeln” chocolates or “Schloss Ort truffles”, as well as “Schwaneneier” (swan’s eggs) only go to prove the confectioners’ skill. Not forgetting the cheese and dairy products from the “Gmundner Milch” dairy for your delectation. Sports enthusiasts will love the varied hiking and mountain biking region of Grünberg. There are also water sports of every description, as well as golf, tennis, horse riding and much more – at Lake Traunsee you can be as active as you like. Anglers too will find true paradise at the end of their hook with the fishing grounds at the River Traun and Lake Traunsee, while nature lovers can simply set off into the wilds of the Kaltenbach or head for the crystalline Lake Laudachsee to the rear of the Traunstein. And if you still haven’t seen Erla the Giant or the Water Nix at Lake Laudachsee, then perhaps you should linger for a few more days and open your heart and mind to the fairy tale world of Gmunden …

Ferienregion Traunsee – Tourismusbüro Gmunden | Rathausplatz 1| A-4810 Gmunden Phone +43/(0)7612/65752 | Fax +43/(0)7612/71410 | info@traunsee.at | www.traunsee.at SMALL HISTORIC TOWNS

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****EurothermenResort Bad Ischl – Hotel Royal A-4820 Bad Ischl ¡ VoglhuberstraĂ&#x;e 10 Phone +43/(0)6132/204-0 ¡ Fax +43/(0)6132/204-2666 royal@eurothermen.at ¡ www.eurothermen.at %NJOY THE %UROTHERMEN2ESORT AND THE 2ELAXHOTEL 2OYAL

IN THE centre of Bad Ischl; relax in the Salzkammergut thermal spa with sauna world and benefit from the health treatments offered in the Physikarium. Included: Admission to thermal spa and saunas, underground car park, pamper half-board, bathing area on Lake Wolfgangsee (summer). DR Classic/Superior ₏ 114,00–158,00 p.p./day SR surcharge: ₏ 15,00 p.p./day/N DR de luxe Classic/Superior/Kristall ₏ 126,00–186,00 p.p./day Panorama-Suites, Kristall-Suite ₏ 142,00–204,00 p.p./day K.F.J.-Suite, Sisi- u. Royal-Suite: ₏ 447,00–700,00 (Price for up to 4 people max.)

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****Hotel Goldenes Schiff A-4820 Bad Ischl ¡ Adalbert-Stifter-Kai 3 Phone +43/(0)6132/24241 ¡ Fax +43/(0)6132/24241-58 hotel@goldenes-schiff.at ¡ www.goldenes-schiff.at At the heart of the imperial town of Bad Ischl, between thermal water and the sweet delights offered by the Konditorei Zauner, the modern 4-star hotel “Goldenes Schiffâ€? lies right by the banks of the River Traun. Spacious lobby with cosy lounge area, sauna, marble steam bath and massage area ensure rest and relaxation. The restaurant with outdoor dining area by the Traun is one of the best in the Salzkammergut. Modern rooms, free Wi-Fi, discounts for the nearby Salzkammergut thermal spas and green fee at the Golfclub Salzkammergut (7 km). New: suites spanning 80 and 130 m², roof terrace, private sauna, kitchen and several bedrooms. Number of rooms: 56 SR N/B from â‚Ź 64,00 p.p. DR N/B from â‚Ź 45,00 p.p. PARTNER

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Alles Kaiser! Oder?? 11. – 18. August 2013 In August, Bad Ischl focuses on the birthday of Emperor Franz Joseph I and celebrates Imperial Week at the k.u.k. Schirmbar with the Kaiserfest (Emperor’s Festival) of the Bßrgerkapelle band, Kaiserzug (Emperor’s parade), Kaiserbummel (Emperor’s stroll), Kaisermesse (Emperor’s Mass) and Kaiser Golf Turnier (golf tournament). The highlights are the Kaisernacht (Emperor’s Night) and the 10th Kaiser-Franz meeting.

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The Trinkhalle – ‘Haus des Gastes’ (guesthouse) and event centre The Ischler Trinkhalle was built from 1829 to 1831. The original architecture was characterised mainly by classical forms such as the peristyle and a cube-shaped frieze along the cornice. From 1851 to 1853, two heavily glazed side wings were added. The building was refurbished on account of the National Exhibition in 2008.

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Imperial and eventful It’s no wonder that it was in Bad Ischl and the Salzkammergut region that the imperial story played out in the summer season. To spend the finest days of the year in this wonderful area with its excellent climate, its mountains, alpine pastures, forests and lakes all around is simply rather special.

From whichever direction you approach the town – from Lake Wolfgangsee, Lake Traunsee or Lake Hallstätter - visitors are immediately enchanted by Bad Ischl with its picturesque townscape and numerous buildings that are steeped in history. Even today it seems to be the perfect place for an imperial summer retreat. This royal, imperial atmosphere can be felt everywhere, and that’s a reflection of its history. For 60 years, the Habsburg Emperor Franz Joseph I would come to Bad Ischl every year for his summer vacation. And in doing so he established a tradition that is still followed in Bad Ischl today and which suits the town just like the beard suited Emperor Franz Joseph. Peace, relaxation, rest; the chance to unwind and pamper yourself. In Bad Ischl, the opportunities for indulgence are first-class; after all, the concept of health spa treatments was “born” here. The oldest saltwater spa in Austria emerged in 1823, and just four years later Princess Sophie made a trip to the town for a salt water cure. Over the next few years, four “salt princes” came into the world, one of whom was Franz Joseph, who first visited Bad Ischl as emperor in 1849 and later became engaged to Sisi here. The imperial town was busy and bustling, and for 175 years or so it enjoyed an unbroken tradition as a health resort for the respiratory, heart/circulation and mus-

culoskeletal systems. Bad Ischl was also home to many great names from the world of politics, nobility, art and culture. One of the most significant citizens was opera composer Franz Lehár, who wrote 24 operettas here. The Lehárvilla, which has been a therapeutic spa since 1929, can still be visited today. Bad Ischl was founded 749 years ago, but its heyday came in the mid 19th century with the construction of beautiful buildings in the historicist and Wilhelminian style. These include in particular the idyllic Kaiservilla (Imperial Mansion), which was the summer residence of the Habsburgs, and the park, where you can still go for a stroll. The Marmorschlössl (‘little marble palace’) was once the Empress’s tea house; today it houses a photography museum. Don’t miss the Museum der Stadt (town museum), where Franz Joseph and Sisi celebrated their engagement, or the Lehárvilla, in which the eponymous composer spent almost every summer until his death in 1948. Anyone interested in an acoustic lesson in history should attend a Lehár Operetta. Lehár himself, incidentally, was buried in the Bad Ischl cemetery, which remains the final resting place of many aristocrats and famous personages from bygone days. The biggest Congress Centre & Theatre House in the Salzkammergut region, which has capacity for up to 1,200 visitors, is set amid the beautiful spa

resort grounds and is proof that a place of tradition such as Bad Ischl is also professional in its approach to holding modern events. The town’s culinary art is also steeped in imperial history. This is perhaps best reflected in the Zaunerstollen, a speciality made by former royal purveyor to the court, the Konditorei Zauner (pastry shop and café), which has supplied pastries since 1832. Today it offers around 200 varieties daily. In terms of textiles, Schauer costumes (since 1895) and Bittner hats (since 1862) are wonderful contemporary witnesses to the fact that tradition and precious handicrafts are always in fashion. Those who explore the surroundings of Bad Ischl will never forget the majestic mountain scenery, above all Ischl’s landmark mountain “Katrin” (1,542 m), which provides breathtaking views of three valleys and six lakes of the Salzkammergut. At a height of 2,995 m, the magnificent Hohe Dachstein is definitely the crowning glory here. Plus, over 100 km of hiking trails in the mountains and valley, 1,200 km of cycling and mountain biking trails, a golf course, cross-country skiing centre, tennis hall, heated park pool and the Salzkammergut Thermal Spa offer plenty of diversion for almost every taste.

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Oenology and philosophy come together in the ‘Buschenschenken’ (wine taverns) and wine cellars, the outdoor restaurants and vineyards, to make the rich blend of conviviality that is so typical of the Austrian wine regions. And wherever the glass is usually half full, rarely half empty, that’s where you may lay your hat... Our tour takes us from Judenburg via Bad Radkersburg and Rust to Baden. It is worth noting that we are travelling through three federal states Styria, Burgenland and Lower Austria – lands of culture whose significance go far beyond their borders. We start off in Judenburg, where we were wined and dined so divinely the evening before (the Brettljause (cold cut platter) and roast venison will remain a fond memory; not forgetting the Styrian white and Swiss pine schnapps that rounded it off). We greet the historic town tower before heading south-east towards Bad Radkersburg on the Slovenian border. This town is the starting point for the Klöcher Weinstraße (wine road), which is best known for its Traminer and Welschriesling wines. The

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route undulates gently over rolling hills that are a feast for the eyes and more often than not prove a tempting place to linger. The Schilcher Weinstraße, South Styrian Weinstraße, Thermenland Weinstraße, East Styrian Römerweinstraße – to name but a few – are vast gardens of pleasure, and the mild climate plays a big part in their beauty.

Gentle hills, exquisite wine The vineyards bid us welcome from all around, giving us the sneaking suspicion that everything we need to live can be found right here. The people work hard and unflinchingly to make sure it stays that way, too. It also quickly becomes apparent that the region’s thermal spas simply couldn’t find a better location, because this is where peace goes hand-in-hand with happiness every second of the day. Continuing north in the direction of Rust, i.e. from the Styrian wine-growing


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The climate in the Pannonian lowlands is ideal for wine, white storks as well as people. A mild night draws in; the vines are swallowed up by darkness, the moon’s reflection plays on the lake and all is at rest. Tomorrow we’ll be on our way to Baden bei Wien. We are up and about nice and early and head out once again to the lake shore. The vast watery surface reflects the morning sun more intensely and warms the grapes a little earlier than elsewhere. Boosted by the sun’s energy, we continue northward towards Baden bei Wien, where the vineyards and taverns await us with a treat of Rotgipfler or Zierfandler. In the town that served as the imperial court’s summer residence from 1803 to 1834, gardens were designed for relaxation, to be easy on the eye and close to nature.

Enjoying, being A walk through wonderfully nostalgic gardens or experiencing the 30,000 blooming roses in the Rosarium will certainly bring you closer to nature. And in the evening, when the journey is over and you reflect on all your experiences over a glass of wine, why not take a leaf out of the great Ludwig van Beethoven’s book, who dedicated himself not only to composing the 9th Symphony in Baden bei Wien, but also to the relaxation afforded by the town – as is clearly expressed in his words: “I would never have believed in my life that I could be as carefree as I am here.”

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area to the gentle hills of Rust that glide down to the shores of Lake Neusiedler, we travel through fields and forests, up slight slopes and over charming valleys, until once again we catch the scent of lake water in the north-westerly wind. Rust isn’t far now, and after about 200 km of travelling, the thought of the wine taverns with their enchanting courtyards is just as inviting as the thought of a stroll through the lovingly renovated, historic Old Town – one of three towns in Austria noted for the preservation of its monuments. Rust has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001, and thus attracts many tourists every year.

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Pine-scented history The mix of Styrian lifestyle, Mediterranean influence, Venetian atmosphere and the best of Swiss pine sounds rather unusual at first. But they make a perfect match and offer a variety that is so typical, so cosy and so special that it could only be found in Judenburg. What you take with you is the wonderful feeling of having experienced something special with friends.

Judenburg has been a merchant town since 1224; its 500-year-old town tower proudly stands 75 m tall and has been the site of some interesting stories. Inside is the most state-of-the-art Small Planetarium in Europe; the glass-bottomed lift takes visitors comfortably up to lofty heights, mere centimetres past the imposing bells. After a few more steps, the viewing gallery (42 m tall) reveals a beautiful view of the entire Aichfeld region. The next floor leads directly to the cosmos, which seems close enough to touch thanks to some spectacular dome projections. As an important trade town between Venice and Vienna, Judenburg still oozes Mediterranean charm and has inspired many artists to create some unforgettable works. At the Stadtpfarrkirche (parish church), a Baroque pillar church with side chapels and a rich variety of stucco work, you will find the Judenburg Madonna,a life-size limestone statue from 1420. The Jesuit Monastery and Jesuit Church date back to 1364 and have a spacious Baroque four-winged structure as well as a Gothic hall church. The church of St. Magdalena is of great significance with its frescoes

and stained glass. Far more profane, yet of enormous importance to the region and Austria as a whole, is the Puch Museum, which brings to life the history of vehicle development and is a great experience for the whole family. The Körblerhaus is a private town house with a round arch and a charming courtyard, while the Stadtmuseum Judenburg displays a number of exhibits relating to the town and its history of art. Modernity and tradition coexist beautifully in Judenburg – this can be seen on one hand in its folk culture, customs, farmers’ market and the hustle and bustle of the town, as well as in the Beisl (pub) scene on the other. Judenburg is a SMALL HISTORIC TOWN worth living and loving that knows how to bring artistic activities, festivals and market life into harmony with the unspoiled nature of the Zirbenland region. Amongst the culinary delights, the Swiss pine dominates the menu. It features anything and everything that can be made from and with Swiss pine: schnapps, syrup (non-alcoholic variety), vinegar, aspic, Zirbenkugeln (chocolate truffles with a shot of Swiss pine schnapps), and Swiss pine cake. The finest

venison from the region’s forests, award-winning Murtaler Steirerkäs' cheese and hearty Brettljausn (cold cut platter) are of course part of the selection, too. Thus fortified, you can set off into the Zirbitzkogel region for example and admire the radiant red hues of the lush mountain pastures – because in May and June the Alpine roses are in full bloom in the Seetal Alps. The slopes of the 2,396 m high Zirbitzkogel feature glassy mountain lakes as well as unspoiled scenery in which the Swiss pine flourishes like nowhere else in Austria: you will encounter this “Queen of the Alps” at every step. Rise to the challenge at the highest treetop walking trail near Knittelfeld, where 700 steps, 29 towers and 3 viewing platforms provide a fantastic view of the Seetal and Seckauer Alps. The Aqualux Thermal Spa in Fohnsdorf, Red Bull “Spielring” in Spielberg, the fairy tale forest in St. Georgen and the world’s biggest gemstone fountain at the Krampl gemstone grinding shop in Weißkirchen are also special treats for old and young alike.

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**** Superior Hotel im Park A-8490 Bad Radkersburg KurhausstraĂ&#x;e 5 Phone +43/(0)3476/2571 Fax +43/(0)3476/2085-45 res@kip.or.at www.hotel-im-park.at The best place to enjoy feelgood holidays – a hotel with a personal touch, individual style and ambience in the middle of a 100-year old park with a view of the old town of Bad Radkersburg. The hotel’s spacious thermal spa and sauna facilities, an exquisite beauty and therapy centre, and the superb cuisine make this hotel one of the leading Styrian health hotels. Number of rooms: 96 DR N/B SR N/B

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Now that’s the way to live! The 4-star Hotel zur Alten Sporgasse, situated in the heart of the Old Town, combines historic atmosphere with contemporary comfort in a unique way. Individually furnished comfy rooms reflect the history of the building. Rooms with open fireplace in the oldest part of the building with Gothic vaults, romantic inner courtyard with fountain and flower garden, and much more. Each room features a WC, shower and hairdryer, Internet access and flat screen TV with satellite channels. Number of rooms: 13 DR N/B â‚Ź 53,00 p.p. â‚Ź 46,00 p.p. > h SR N/B Museum im alten Zeughaus (museum at the old armoury) A-8490 Bad Radkersburg EmmenstraĂ&#x;e 9 Phone +43/(0)3476/3500 103 00 museum@badradkersburg.at www.badradkersburg.at/museum The “Museum im alten Zeughausâ€? – winner of the prestigious award â€œĂ–sterreichisches MuseumsgĂźtesiegelâ€? (Austrian Museum Quality Seal) offers a tour through the history of the town and region. The museum has an extensive range of exhibits, some of which are very valuable. For example, it houses one of Europe’s most comprehensive guild chest collections.

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TOWN TIP Evocative auditory pleasure Bad Radkersburg Summer of Culture in July & August The historic Old Town is an idyllic setting for summertime cultural experiences. The narrow streets and tranquil courtyards of this romantic 700-year-old Old Town become a stage for delightful concert evenings featuring ragtime, brass and classical music. When jazz & big band melodies ring out in July, the cosy cafĂŠs and outdoor restaurants are an inviting place to stop and listen – accompanied by delights such as ďŹ ne wines and typical Styrian treats.

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Cycling paradise Bad Radkersburg “Anradeln� – Styria’s RADopening – 20 and 21 April 2013 Tour de Mur – 30 May–1 June 2013 Wildoner cycling marathon – 1 September 2013 On two wheels, cyclists can enjoy gorgeous panoramic views of the gentle hills, cosy wine taverns, vineyards and remote trails through the Murauen (wetland along the River Mur) to Slovenia. The varied routes can be found in the RAD-Entdeckungskarten (a map showing the cycling trails). Alternatively, a cycling guide will reveal the most beautiful spots in and around Bad Radkersburg. Boundless cycling is possible by e-bike, even for cyclists that are less physically fit.

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BAD RADKERSBURG

Wines, guilds and culture Everyone knows the saying “A useful trade is a mine in gold.” But it’s only when you get to Bad Radkersburg that it dawns on you - a useful trade is what makes a town great. Bad Radkersburg is a case in point what artisan skill, courage and willpower can achieve; what an idea can produce and what a community can create.

In fact, it is a town that proves beyond doubt that craftsmanship is the basis for economic and cultural life. The town on the River Mur has always played a significant role in history. Today it takes the main role of SMALL HISTORIC TOWN in its very own play. We first find Bad Radkersburg in official records in 1182 A.D. It has enjoyed town status since 1299 and developed into an important stronghold against Hungary. Flourishing as a trade hub, the town secured valuable privileges such as the “Niederlagsrecht” (staple right) or the “Weinvorkaufsrecht” (preemptive right for wine). In the 16th century, northern Italian master builders supervised works to expand the fortifications against the Ottomans. One of the most important among them was Domenico dell Allio, a daring fortress builder and highly talented architect, under whose leadership the master builders, masons and stonecutters expanded the fort and created the town as we know it today. When the monarchy collapsed and the borders were redefined, Bad Radkersburg lost half of its municipal area. Today the town lives up to its history and significance in every corner. The uniform townscape with the self-contained Renaissance Ensemble and Herberstorff Renaissance Palais greets us with a beautiful arcaded courtyard of Italian origin and a medieval tower linked to the town fortification, clearly illustrating the need for protection

in those times. The town’s landmark, however, is the Late Gothic Town Hall tower at the main square. The Mariensäule (St Mary’s column) commemorates the plague of 1680. The Gothic parish church with its triple-naved basilica and elaborate sandstone portal reveals a beautiful play of light inside thanks to the light glass panes. The tombstones inside and on the external walls bear witness to an old cemetery. More remains of bygone days can be found at the Museum situated in the old armoury. Passing the town houses and the medieval town wall, you suddenly feel old street cobbles under your feet. All at once you find yourself in the Murgasse street, which is cobbled with the typical “Murnockerln” (literally: ‘Mur dumplings’). Then it’s on to the Frauenplatz square, Frauentor gate and Frauenkirche church, which emerged in the Late Baroque period. The Capuchin Monastery church, on the other hand, dates from the 14th century. The southern character of Bad Radkersburg perfectly fits the Styrian wine-growing region, which enjoys a favourable climate. However, that was not the only reason why the town was the only one in Austria to win the European Gold Medal for monument preservation in 1978. As mentioned previously, the artisanry and the guilds– 17 guild chests reflect the high degree of handicraft culture – laid the foundation for the wonderful atmosphere that can be soaked up while taking a walk

or going on a shopping spree. Bad Radkersburg springs to life during the Pannonian Town Festival, when people from the town and the surrounding area gather together and music is played everywhere. With the most mineral-rich spa water, Bad Radkersburg enjoys a privileged location in Styria’s thermal springs region. The Parktherme was re-launched in 2013. Those interested in culture can happily indulge in the culinary arts, which here consist of wonderful Styrian Backhendl (coated, fried chicken), pumpkin seed oil and Vulcano ham. To complement this there are prize-winning wines from the surrounding wine-growing region. The local wine taverns provide a typical evening out; they are easy to find on one of the signposted themed cycle paths. The Murradweg and the Thermenland Radweg are also popular cycling routes. Hikers will equally appreciate the Traminerweg, the ‘sensory wine route’, or the TAU Weg. Extensive tours lead into the Klöcher Weinstraße (wine road) and neighbouring Slovenia. But all of them also lead back to Bad Radkersburg - to the guilds, to the culture and to a hospitality that is so characteristic of the local people.

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Rust – Always worth a trip! The historic town centre fascinates visitors not only because of its architectural beauty, but above all because of its enchanting atmosphere. Every single house is a jewel in itself. Those who visit our ‘model city of monument preservation’ are bound to marvel at the medieval Fischerkirche, too. From the down-to-earth ‘Buschenschank’ to award-winning restaurants, from cosy private rooms to exclusive 4-star hotels, in Rust nothing is left to be desired.

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Fischerkirche – Fishermen's Church The former small fortified church is tucked away between the Baroque buildings of the historic centre and stands out with its medieval walls and elements from nearly all architectural styles and medieval frescoes. »Konzerte in der Fischerkirche«, a series of classical concerts, are held each summer between June and September in this church that offers not only a suitable backdrop but also a unique listening experience thanks to the simple but highly effective »acoustic system«, clay pots bricked into the vaults of the buttresses.

1 Storc camera – Panorama camera In 2010, two cameras were installed on the tower of the Catholic church. One serves as a panoramic camera across the lake, providing views of the lake and the weather – this can also be viewed online. The other observes the family of storks in their nest at the Römerzeche – up close and around the clock. Images from the stork camera can be seen online as well as on a screen in the entrance to the town hall (Conradplatz 1). www.rust.at

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TOWN TIP Sound of the City, 15 June 2013 Jazz – Rock – Pop – Vocal

Nordic Walking Panorama Park Rust and the neighbouring towns of Oggau and Mörbisch founded the Lake Neusiedl Nordic Walking Panorama Park in 2006. A 50 km network of trails, 15 signposted tours - some of which take walkers over hills - provide everything Nordic Walkers could ever dream of. Whether you take walking or running as a serious sport or just enjoy a gentle stroll, there is something for everyone with trails leading through vineyards and heathland with views of Lake Neusiedl. The tourist office (Tourismusverband) provides complimentary maps and provides sticks for rent.

1 Ticket – 1 town – 4 Rust town houses, 4 concerts – numerous wine tastings Experience the town and its ambience with all your senses – that’s the aim of the “Sound of the City” event! Concerts from all sorts of genres take place in the idyllic courtyards belonging to four of Rust’s town houses. Absolutely not to be missed is the wine, which is closely linked to Rust’s past and present development. Information: Tourismusverband Rust

The run-up to Christmas in Rust 29th Nov. – 22nd Dec 2013 Exquisite Christmas markets can be found in the quaint town houses. Enjoy the pre-Christmas mood in this atmospheric environment, which will tempt you into buying presents.

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The free city of Rust is known as a “town of storks and fine wines”. With its lovingly maintained bourgeois town houses boasting colourful Baroque and Renaissance façades, the town is an absolute gem. Rust’s Old Town is home to the biggest stork colony in the Burgenland, with lots of stork’s nests on the chimneys, which are generally thought to bring good luck.

Rust is also “the town of fine wines”, which win recognition and big international awards year after year. Bordered by the Rust Hügelland, which encircles the marshes like an amphitheatre, the vineyards on the south-east slopes all lean towards Lake Neusiedler. The resulting microclimate ensures the ideal conditions for the “Rust trilogy”, which comprises dry white, fullbodied red and sweet wines. Rust wines – especially the famous Ruster Ausbruch, an excellent sweet wine – come from the approx. 500 hectare vineyard area. Consider yourself lucky if you are present for the Goldene Weinwoche (Golden Wine Week) and thus able to sample the wide variety of Rust wines in an enchanting atmosphere. A whole host of winemakers’ and idyllic Buschenschenken (wine taverns) provide the perfect setting for a cosy gathering over a firstclass tipple. In the Burgenland’s town of Rust, you will experience lots of joie de vivre and hospitality. Rust first appears in the records in 1317 under the name “Ceel”, the Hungarian word for elm tree, and has borne its current name since 1385. The distinct “R” dates back to 1524, when Queen Maria of Hungary granted the people of Rust the right to brand a 'crowned R' on their barrels. As a result, the town gained significant customs privileges. In 1681, Rust purchased the right to be a free town and is therefore Austria’s smallest Statutarstadt (statutory city). The fact that this kind of vital, historic Old Town was instrumental in

its elevation to UNESCO World Heritage site (together with the region of Fertö Neusiedler See) almost says it all. Or perhaps this is the very reason to reveal more about the town… The free town of Rust, however, has good reason to talk and be talked about. The extremely picturesque Old Town has been under the protection of the Haager Convention since 1954 and joins Salzburg and Krems in the select few Austrian towns that have been designated ‘model towns for monument preservation’ by the Council of Europe. A particular highlight is the Fischerkirche church – built between the 12th and 16th century - in which Burgenland’s oldest frescoes can be seen. In the summer months, concerts are also held here. The old town gate and town walls were originally built of wood in 1512 and later rebuilt in stone after their destruction by the Turks in 1612. The wall still surrounds practically the entire old town. The Pulverturm was formerly used as an observation tower. The Seehof as well as the Kremayrhaus, which houses the town museum and temporary exhibitions, serve as a very unusual venue for events and as a communication centre. The Austrian Wine Academy, a renowned educational centre for wines, is also based here.

hikers and cyclists can take advantage of all kinds of opportunities to enjoy the scenery on tours through the Neusiedler See National Park. Excursions to Eisenstadt, Halbturn Castle, Forchtenstein Castle, Römersteinbruch (Roman quarry) or simply to the Storchenwiese (stork field) provide a pleasant diversion for each and every day.

Rust’s vineyards are ideally suited for long walks and hikes. After small exertions you are rewarded by a stunning view of the lake, which changes its appearance according to the time of day. Moreover,

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The magic of the rose “I would never have believed in my life that I could be as carefree as I am here.” This surprising quotation comes from a man known to be a master of Viennese classical music and a trendsetter for the Romantic period; a man famous above all for his many works: Ludwig van Beethoven. He composed his 9th Symphony in Baden bei Wien and apparently derived much benefit from relaxation.

Beethoven, Mozart, Strauss… they all spent some time in Baden bei Wien, the summer residence of the imperial court from 1803 to 1834. The presence of sulphurous water, or ‘yellow gold’, was known as far back as Roman times and brought renown and prosperity to Baden, which was granted town status by Kaiser Friedrich III in 1480. “Padun” is first mentioned in records in 869 A.D. After attacks by the Turks and devastating fires, the heart of the town was totally demolished and rebuilt in the Biedermeier style. Its architecture, art, and distinct garden culture can still be experienced up close, while the town’s air of nostalgia is an ever-present companion in a place that still offers entertainment, pleasure and a zest for life. What the architects – including Carl von Moreau, Josef Kornhäusel and Otto Wagner – achieved here in the form of grand town houses, splendid palaces and impressive squares are possibly the most outstanding examples of cultural history in Europe: the inviting main square with Town Hall, Kaiserhaus and the Trinity Column, followed by the Josefsplatz with Frauenbad and Josefsbad, the Florastöckl and the Rosarium in the Doblhoffpark containing 30,000 roses that bloom twice a year.

Baden’s Museums, such as the Kaiser Franz Joseph Museum, Rollett museum, Puppet and Toy Museum and Beethoven house, combine history and exhibits from various Baden times. The historic Kurpark is a beautiful place to take a break from the rat race of modern life. Wellness for body and soul is offered by the Roman spa, which presents a Caribbean atmosphere over 900 m²under Europe’s biggest glass roof. Alternatively, the Thermalstrandbad (lido) with its huge sandy beach provides visitors with the ambience of an old Adriatic spa. All these sights make Baden bei Wien a one-of-a-kind and precious gem in this day and age. It simply does you good to wander around the town, past the town theatre and the Stephanskirche church, to stop off at the Lumpentürl (small passage) or the Hauervinothek (wine bar). Today, Baden bei Wien is a stylish modern town, a hub of life and a wellness destination; the ideal place for pleasure, relaxation and well-being. It’s an operetta metropolis boasting the biggest Casino – formerly a spa salon – in Central Europe.

including of course some modern, contemporary art by Arnulf Rainer. It goes without saying that Baden bei Wien also welcomes visitors with wonderful gastronomic delights, starting with the “Badener Zuckerl” and continuing with the Schratt Gugelhupf (Bundt cake), Viennese coffee house culture and traditional Austrian pastries. Wines such as Rotgipfler or Zierfandler can only be found here in the thermal springs region, either at one of the fine restaurants or Heurigen (wine taverns). Whatever you decide, at some point you will see that “just being a bit lazier” can do you a world of good. Be that as it may, you can also set out to explore Baden’s hinterland in the Wienerwald or Biosphere Park with countless hiking and cycling routes, investigate the 600 km of hiking paths or go horse riding on Habsburg trails. In the “Golf-Arena” Baden, there are also 8 golf courses available within a radius of 5 to 45 km, and the Wachau valley, Vienna or Lake Neusiedler make for beautiful day trips.

This is a town in which wine, culture, roses, health, golf, fun and conferences enjoy a wonderful coexistence. It has a wide variety of options to suit every taste,

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