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Baden (Austria)

Well-known wine-growing community in the Lower Austrian wine-growing region Thermenregion on the edge of the Pannonian lowlands in one of the sunniest zones of Austria. The first "spa guests" in today's town of Baden with its ancient, healing springs were the Romans, who planted Italian vines here under Emperor Probus (232-282) (a Probusgasse reminds us of this). Baden viticulture was first mentioned in 1113, when the monastery Klosterneuburg came into possession of five vineyards by donation. The oldest right to a Buschenschank (see also under Leitgeben) dates from 1459. Kara Mustapha (~1630-1683) was one of the "most prominent visitors". When the Turkish commander-in-chief fell ill during the second siege of Vienna in 1683, he travelled to Baden and recovered very quickly thanks to the healing springs. He is also said to have violated the Islamic ban on alcohol in the process.

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