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Attractions in Vienna

Vienna Attractions

In this post, I’d like to show you several attractions in Vienna off the beaten track. Let’s start with this sculpture. The owl is a decoration created by the Swiss artist and architect Bruno Weber. You’ll find it on the wall of the Vienna University of Technology Library.

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Sundials

Sundials in Austria

Sundial in Mistelbach, Austria

After leaving the railway station Mistelbach/Stadt I came across one of my first sundials in Austria. The piece placed on a private home in Lower Austria shows local agricultural products like corn and grapes. The German phrase ‘’Nuetz die Zeit!’ reminds people to use their time carefully.

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House signs

Crescent with a face in Graz

A house sign with moon showing a face

This house sign in a lane in Graz depicts a bird as well as a star and crescent combination. If you look carefully you’ll see the moon is showing a face. This sign is located on a 17th-century portal at the address Schmiedgasse 20 in Graz.

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Accommodations Castles Railviews

Finstergrün Castle in Lungau

Finstergrün Castle in Ramingstein, Austria

On a trip with the Styrian railway in the Lungau we pass this castle high above the town Ramingstein. It looks medieval but well preserved. We wonder if it is still inhabited?

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Sundials

Sundial in Tamsweg

Sundial at the parish church of Tamsweg, Austria

This sundial, located at the parish church of Tamsweg depicts James, son of Zebedee (Jakobus der Ältere) who is the patron of this church. Tamsweg is the largest town of the Lungau region in the Austrian state of Salzburg.

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Signs

Sator square in Golling

Sator square in Golling an der Salzach, Austria

A sator square seen on a facade in Golling an der Salzach. The sator square, also known as rotas square, is a word square containing a five-word Latin palindrome. The oldest datable representation of a sator square was found in Pompeii.

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Coat of Arms

Coat of arms of Fuschl am See

Coat of arms of Fuschl am See, Austria

The coat of arms of the Fuschl am See displays two trees and a fish. The place in the Austrian region of Flachau is known for a lake which provided the court of the Archbishops in Salzburg with fresh fish. This pic was taken on board of a Zille, a special type of boat, which is in operation on this lake.

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Sundials Universities

Sundial in Salzburg

Sundial at the old university of Salzburg

This fresco with a sundial is located on a wall of the old university at the Max-Reinhard-Platz. It was created by Georg Jung (1899-1957). The depictions refer to the four faculties of that university which was founded by Prince Archbishop Paris von Lodron in 1622.

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Public Clocks

Public clock in Salzburg

Public clock next to the Franciscan monasery in Salzburg, Austria

This public clock, reflected in a simple window, is located on top of a walk way connecting the Franciscan monastery with the Franciscan church in Salzburg.

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Museums

Schell Collection in Graz

Renaissance figurine at the Schell Collection

At the Schell Collection, also known as Museum of Keys (Schlüsselmuseum), you can learn a lot about keys, locks, chests and jewellery boxes. Another focus is on decorative ironwork used for house signs, grave crosses, windows and doors.

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Pharmacies Signs

Pharmacy house sign in Knittelfeld

Two lions in a pharmacy house sign

This house sign was created by two Italian migrant workers and renewed in 1957 by Alfred Kala. You can see it at the town pharmacy in Knittelfeld. I love the combination of lions with a mortar and pestle. The lions look a bit weird anyway. The lions, however, do not look particularly trustworthy for their job as a pharmacist.

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Sundials

Sundial in Aigen-Schlägl

Sundial in Aigen-Schlägl, Austria

This sundial is located at a building generally known as Hofrichterstöckl. The 17th-century edifice is covered with a hip roof and offers an early Baroque entrance portal labelled with the year of construction in 1640.