Tales from bygone times
Of “Turkish” lords and Serbian kings
Count Ladislaus Koscielsky, also referred to as Sefer Pasha, was probably one of the most colourful figures of the Bad Gleichenberg scene. Having attained high honours in Turkey, the Sultan awarded him the title of pasha, which he kept even after his return to Austria. He, too, took a liking to the area around the “similar hills”, as the name reveals, and the vibrant spa town.
Thus he bought the manor Bertholdstein near Fehring and had the route to Gleichenberg extended as to get there faster. Even today this road bears the name of its constructor, the “Paschastraße” (pasha road). The extravagant celebrations in his pompous castle attracted visitors from all over the world.
Along with Sefer Pasha many illustrious guests came to Bad Gleichenberg.
Apart from the European aristocracy all Austrian archdukes, Russian grand dukes, high-ranking diplomats and military officers, the upper class as well as renowned artists came to the spa in Bad Gleichenberg. King Milan of Serbia’s visits were legendary, especially his night-time jaunts. One of his favourite trips was to the “Bauernhansl” tavern for a hearty snack.
But he also loved hunting and therefore had myriad pheasants released in the surroundings of Gleichenberg.