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20 centuries of Tulln

Winter in the 1st century AD: Roman troops have stationed along the Danube. Armed horsemen control the northern border of the Roman Empire. High time to build a defense system that provides protection. The right place is soon found. Castello Comagena grows out of the ground. And with him the first foundation of Tulln. A city with a 2000-year history.

The fact that Tulln is one of the oldest cities in Austria is due to its exposed position directly on the banks of the Danube. Even the Romans saw this as a clear advantage: until the 4th century the cavalry troops stationed in the Comagena fortress protected the Norwegian limes, controlled the militarily important ford, and watched the fertile Tullnerfeld. From the Late Antiquity Comagena was even the naval base of the Donauflotte. In the last years of the Roman rule, a visit of Sts. Severin and the wonderful salvation of the city before the barbarians.

Already 791 is called Tulln as urban settlement. In 985/991, the nobles of the young mar- ketry came together to raise Austria's baptism. Also the land and court days were held in Tulln for centuries. From the 11th century, however, Tulln moved to the center of the world's events. The ruling class of the Babenbergs made the city his residence. Tulln flourished as a trading place and even found mention in the Nibelungenlied, which was built around the year 1200. The meeting of the Hunt King Etzel with Kriemhild, the widow of Siegfried, sings in Tulln. From here the couple traveled together to Vienna for their wedding. From the 14th century onwards Turks, floods and the Thirty Years War of the city increased. It was only with the construction of the Franz-Josefs-Bahn and a bridge over the Danube in the 1870s that Tulln experienced a new upswing.

From the past centuries, Tulln has saved numerous witnesses of great times into the present - from the Romanesque Karner to the town parish church to the intact ensemble of Gothic and Baroque houses in the city center. The town owes its integrity to the traditions and citizenship of its inhabitants, who are actively involved in new projects and at the same time are committed to the preservation of the old. For example, Tulln's "living room", the newly designed, historic main square, presents itself as an exciting mixture of tradition and modernity.

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