This artwork by Hans Hollein stood in front of the Neue Galerie in Graz for several weeks. The former tank wagon for petroleum is named “The Golden Calf”. I guess this refers to the golden calf in the bible and the importance of oil for mankind.
This house sign in a lane in Graz depicts a star and crescent combination. If you look carefully, you’ll see the moon is showing a face. You find this sign on a 17th-century portal at the address Schmiedgasse 20 in Graz.
A bridge with a view! The footbridge dates back to 1902 and spans the river Schwarza in Reichenau an der Rax. Near the bridge, you find a station of the museum railway Payerbach-Hirschwang, also known as Höllentalbahn.
The Loos House (Looshaus) is considered a central work of the Wiener Moderne. The building designed by Adolf Loos saw its completion in 1910. Can you imagine why Viennese people call it “The House without Eyebrows”?
This monument commemorates Franz Wirer von Rettenbach. He is considered the founder of the first Austrian saline water health spa in Bad Ischl. You find his sculpture in the spa park of Bad Ischl.
You find this sundial in a yard of St Peter’s Archabbey (Erzabtei St. Peter) in Salzburg. While looking at this fresco, two questions arise: Who is the bearded man, and what do the keys mean? The answer lies in the history of the abbey.
Even though Graz is an Austrian city, several parts look pretty Italian. An example of this impression is the Mausoleum of Ferdinand II. Its architect was the Italian Giovanni Pietro de Pomis.
Ludwig van Beethoven stayed in Baden bei Wien several times. For example, he composed parts of his famous 9th symphony in this house. Today, this building accommodates a museum with the name Beethovenhaus Baden.
In Austria, White Baroque Donkeys are called Österreichisch-Ungarischer Weißer Barockesel. You find them in the National Park Neusiedler See-Seewinkel. They are a special breed dating back to the monarchy when white animals were en vogue.
Ambras Castle (Schloss Ambras) offers a chamber of art and curiosities. In this museum, you see a portrait of Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, who is supposed to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s novel ‘Dracula’.
This clock shows a different historical figure in Austrian history every hour. You find the Ankeruhr in a skyway between two buildings at the “Hoher Markt” Square (1. District).
There are only two windmills still working in Austria. One of them stands in the city of Retz. You find his place in the wine-growing area of Weinviertel.