History of Bad Kleinkirchheim in the Nockberge Mountain region of Austria
Bad Kleinkirchheim – an Alpine spa since 500 BC
Health and wellbeing have played an important role in the history of Bad Kleinkirchheim since ancient times: the treasures of the Alps such as healing thermal springs and the precious Alpine valerian plant brought people to the heart of the Austrian Alps from the dawn of history.
Your friendly spa resort was not yet founded in the times of the Romans. But Caesar’s lover, the beautiful Cleopatra, imported some of her beauty products from the Nockberge Mountain region. Alpine valerian was extremely popular in the countries of the Orient. Documents exist that prove a lively trade of the precious plant as early as 500 BC. As someone who was very intimate with the secrets of beauty, Cleopatra was (unsurprisingly) unwilling to forgo the beneficial effects of Alpine valerian. The first settlement of the region surrounding Bad Kleinkirchheim of today occurred after the collapse of the Roman Empire. The first settlers from Bavaria and Franconia came to Carinthia in the 8th century.
The history of the town of Bad Kleinkirchheim in Austria
The first written document mentioning Bad Kleinkirchheim dates back to July 5th 1166. Eleven years later the town in Carinthia makes an appearance in a document written by Pope Alexander III that is today in the possession of the Public Record Office in Vienna. The municipality of Bad Kleinkirchheim was founded several centuries later in 1850. Bad Kleinkirchheim was granted the title ‘Bad’ – German for spa resort – in 1935. Ever since, your picturesque holiday resort in Carinthia has attracted holidaymakers from all over the world.
The first ski lift in Bad Kleinkirchheim in Carinthia
In 1956 the first ski lift took skiers to the fun in the snow on the mountains. At 620 metres this very ski lift was the longest of its time in Carinthia. In the 1960s, construction work on the thermal baths in Bad Kleinkirchheim began. In 1969 the thermal baths opened their doors to spa enthusiasts. Why not learn more about the spa history of Bad Kleinkirchheim, your friendly holiday resort in the south of Austria?
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