Bad Waltersdorf

The rural charm and the spa landscape set the tone in this area.

Bad Waltersdorf is located at 290 m above sea level with 2,023 inhabitants in the gentle hills of the Thermen- & Vulkanland Styria.
The town is easily and quickly accessible via the A2 motorway (65 km from Graz and 120 km from Vienna).

History

The area around Bad Waltersdorf was already settled and cultivated by the Celts about 2,500 years ago. Even today Celtic and Roman excavations can be found here. Bad Waltersdorf has been elevated to a market town in 1928 because of its significant history and its rise in agriculture and trade.
After the oil drilling in 1975 Waltersdorf has seized the opportunity and initiated the use of the healing spring. It began in 1981 with the first Austrian geothermal heating of schools, the kindergarden, the outdoor pool and some private houses. Finally, in 1984, the public spa was put into operation. From this point on there was a well-managed tourist development of the place. For this reason, the market town was renamed in 1989 to the spa town of BAD WALTERSDORF.

Why is the place called WALTERSDORF?

At the beginning of the 12th century Walther von der Traisen moved through Eastern Styria. The forests were cleared and a village founded - "Walthers-Dorf" was born. In his honor is located in the center of Bad Waltersdorf the "Walther Fountain".

Another unique cultural jewel in Bad Waltersdorf is the 14th-century "Waltersdorf Wheel of Fortune", which was discovered during restoration work in 1990 in the parish church. The village Walthersdorf had in the Middle Ages three fountains, which were particularly protected - already at that time they knew to appreciate the special water of the region.

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"Most Beautiful Market"

As a small town Bad Waltersdorf has endeavored to preserve its village character. Peace and friendliness, which have shaped the landscape, can also be found in the people you meet here.
The flowers are in full bloom in Bad Waltersdorf and have given the spa town its scent for years. The colorful flowers and venerable trees line the streets and public spaces of the community.

And this joy in the flowers is also rewarded: in 2002 and 2007, Bad Waltersdorf received the 1st place in the state flower decoration competition in the category "most beautiful market" and in 2003 it was named the most beautiful flower village in Europe by the "Entente Florale". And in 2014, Bad Waltersdorf can again look forward to the achievement of 5 Floras in the category "Most Beautiful Markets in Styria".

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