Radstadt – urban experience, city of experience
(Radstadt – close to nature, rooted in culture)
It is always a surprise to behold how much variety nature has provided Radstadt and its environs. Amidst the Radstädter Tauern range, on the sunny terrace of the Ennstal valley, the medieval town welcomes its visitors. A colloquy of the joy of living, expressing conviviality and tradition, cosiness and culture set in a background of the fascinating mountain world, to enhance your pleasure and the yearning for a vacation.
Between the attraction of the city and the contemplation of nature, worlds open up for vacationers and families seeking carefree holidays and relaxation. Off the beaten tracks, Radstadt opens the gate to unique trips of discovery. Barely an hour away from the city of Mozart by car via the Tauern highway, Radstadt unfolds its unrivalled charm of a cheerful atmosphere and living tradition.
Nestled in the Tauern range
To the north, the Dachstein range. To the south, the Radstädter Tauern range. Here an impressive mountain world delights its visitors. Peering down on the medieval city are 2000 m high, serrated chains of rock ridges and lush alpine meadows for hiking. There is nothing more invigorating than a day in the mountains around Radstadt with their scent of wild flowers, the tinkling of cow bells, the murmurs of the creeks. Those who climb the nearly 1800 metre high Rossbrand – which can also be reached easily by car – have a panoramic view of more than 150 alpine summits. From Radstadt a network develops of well-kept and clearly marked hiking trails. Home-made cuisine is served in snack bars and rustic alpine lodges.
Radstadt is a meeting point for excursions to fascinating natural monuments such as the gorge called Liechtensteinklamm, the ice cave called Eisriesenwelt or the Dachstein glacier.
A leap into history
Those who visit Radstadt will stroll in the tracks of history. Streets, squares, and buildings – witnesses of many years of tradition – are to be found anywhere. The history of the city, which has now reached a population of 5000, started in the fourth century B.C. with the settlement of the Celts. The city charter was granted 700 years ago because of its strategically favourable location. Radstadt was a trade metropolis. The late Roman city parish church, the gothic light column, the well-preserved city wall and its round towers as well as the Capuchin tomb are part of Radstadt’s historic treasures. In the Schloss Lerchen folk museum documents from the Roman period, middle ages, ecclesiastic life and farming culture can be found.
Old city – new life
Here hospitality is nurtured and old traditions kept alive, such as dumpling parties, and arts and crafts fairs where 80 craftsmen present their trade, and illusionists and jugglers enchant the little ones, a social get-together in the morning, mountain Mass, market square concerts, guided historical city excursions, folklore evenings, Radstadt’s farmers’ autumn, and summer and tent celebrations. All these invite the visitors for a socializing leap into history.
Cooling down after an active day
Water enthusiasts and hiking fans will find a great selection of offers. In addition to hiking, biking and golf, Radstadt has an adequate answer to every other sports desire: lots of bathing fun is provided by the heated alpine outdoor swimming pool with its 40 meter long giant slide. Nine tennis courts, a tennis pavilion, two riding stables with indoor riding arenas and tracks, minigolf, asphalt curling and archery make it clear to everyone: it is in Radstadt that a perfect end of everyday hectics begins.