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Imposing grey-stone walls, ruined fortifications towering over the town and a moat which sorrounds the centre are the first impressions that would catch the eye when entering Friesach, the oldest town of Carinthia. Yes, Friesach is the oldest town in Austria and the only one which is still sorrounded by a moat. A moat? Well, a " moat" means a deep, wide ditch that is usually filled with water and that goes around the walls of place like a castle to protect it from being attacked. There are four medieval fortress in Villach; Burg Geyersberg, Virgilienberg, Rotturm and Petersberg. The Berwanderweg which connects these four offers then visitors a view of the bucolic landscaper of Friesach. It was said that the Carolngian King Ludwig the German donated the "Court of Friesach" to Archbishop Adelwin of Salzburg in 860. Friesach grew into a principal market town and commercial centre owing to its geographical location. It is located along an important trade route from Vienna to Venice. The town flourished Archbishop Eberhard ll of Regensberg made Friesach the second largest city in the Archdiocese of Salzburg and the most important town in Carinthia. It even minted its own currence called Friesacher Pfennig or Frizatik. Enough of history. The weather was glorious when we were in Friesach. The looming rain changed its mind and the sun shone instead. We all had time at our own disposal and met later infront of the 16th century Renaissance fountain.
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