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Maria Saal/Austria

Introducing Maria Saal

Maria Saal, a small town perched on a fortified hill 10km north of Klagenfurt, is easily visited on an excursion from Klagenfurt or St Veit. Its Pilgrimage Church was built in the early 15th century from volcanic stone, some of it filched from a nearby Roman ruin. The exterior south wall is embedded with relief panels and ancient gravestones.

The tourist office is just off Hauptplatz.

There are no left-luggage facilities in the small train station, but if you’re just passing through on the way somewhere else, the ticket clerk might watch your bags. Regional trains run from St Veit (€3.60, nine minutes, every one to two hours) and Klagenfurt (€2.90, nine minutes, every one to two hours).