In the old lists of Bad Gleichenberg one can find as famous names such as Emerich Prince of of Thurn and Taxis, who built his villa here, the writer Peter Rosegger, who held readings in the club’s theatre, and even heir to the throne Franz Ferdinand and Emperor Franz Josef I.
Flirting has a long tradition in Bad Gleichenberg. As early as in the 19th century great relationships were made here. To this day, this region is a popular place to “tie the knot”.
Apart from being a tourist destination Bad Gleichenberg is also home to internationally renowned educational institutions in the area of tourism and leisure industry.
Walk hand in hand and discover one of the most beautiful regions in Styria. A place, history-charged and rich in tradition while at the same time modern and futureoriented, and a diversified and smoothly rolling landscape await to be discovered.
The Region Bad Gleichenberg is a place steeped in history. Archaeological traces indicate that human settlement already existed here 6000 years ago. Even the Romans made use of the healing power of the surrounding springs. In 1834 began the story of a spa town that leads up to today.
The Styrian regional poet Peter Rosegger had already fallen in love with this landscape when he wrote in 1906: “Gleichenberg is a soft sedan entwined by flowers, where one can well indulge for a few weeks in sweet idleness and nonentity.” We would like to follow this invitation.
Since 2012 we boast a new slogan: Region Bad Gleichenberg – the love of my life. It is easy to fall in love with this country, as it has indeed plenty to offer. In the present magazine we try to show you the many different faces of the region. Tradition, health, peace, nature and culinary pleasure reflect the diverse facets of this unique cultural landscape and are included as topics and guideposts in this issue.
We hope you will enjoy visiting Bad Gleichenberg, so that it may become the “love of your life”!
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.
Soon after the foundation of the spa town Bad Gleichenberg became one of the most popular destinations in the Habsburg monarchy. Guests from all the corners of the extensive empire came for a treatment in South-Eastern Styria.
Numerous, even high-profile visitors crowded the streets of the rapidly growing town during the spa season. The guest lists from that time are testament to the high number of noble, also internationally highly esteemed guests. The lists were displayed and publicly available. Those who wanted to marry well studied the spa lists and booked their stay at a health spa precisely in Bad Gleichenberg.
Coincidental encounters at the morning drinking of the waters and further conversations at spa concerts turned into a veritable marriage market. Many a lieutenant of good family but with slender means found his rich countess here in the beautiful, venerable Bad Gleichenberg. Public guest lists may no longer exist, but even today many bonds for life are made in this popular wedding region. Be it in the gorgeous Malaind hall in Bad Gleichenberg or in the Trauteum at the church square, the region offers plenty of places to make the promise of eternal love – to the partner or maybe even to the Region Bad Gleichenberg, “the love of my life”, as the slogan says.