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Manhole Covers

Manhole Cover in Mistelbach, Austria

Manhole cover in Mistelbach, Austria

The manhole cover of Mistelbach shows a sprig of mistletoe, which is also the emblem of the city. The part ‘Mistel’ in the city name is actually the german term for a mistletoe.

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Plaques Sculptures

Sculpture of a Reblaus in Gumpoldskirchen

Memorial plaque to Hans Moser in Gumpoldskirchen, Austria

This fun sculpture is placed next to a memorial plaque to the Austrian actor Hans Moser. Both are standing in Gumpoldskirchen, a centre of wineries south of Vienna. Besides his movies and plays Hans Moser got famous for singing a song about the ‘Reblaus’ (‘Pyhlloxera’). The Reblaus is a pest for grapevines.

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Photos

‘1. Wiener Wasserleitungsweg’ in Wienerwald

Sign of the 1. Wiener Wasserleitungsweg

A pretty special hiking trail in Austria is the 1. Wiener Wasserleitungsweg which leads along the water supply line from the mountains of Lower Austria down to Vienna. So one can learn about the sources of Vienna’s water just by following a path.

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Sundials

Sundial at Stift Klosterneuburg

Sundial at Stift Klosterneuburg, Austria

This sundial dated with the year 1570 is shown at the Leopoldihof (St Leopold’s Courtyard) of Stift Klosterneuburg (Klosterneuburg Abbey).

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Cuisine

Genussmeile at the Thermenregion Wienerwald

Church of Sooß, Austria

The Genussmeile is an event which takes place every fall in the Thermenregion Wienerwald, an area south of Vienna. On that event one can walk along a wining and dining trail right in the vineyards between Mödling and Bad Vöslau.

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Castles

Schloss Mayerling in Alland

Schloss Mayerling in Alland, Austria

Until 1889 Schloss Mayerling served as a hunting lodge. After the death of the heir to the Austrian throne Rudolf and his mistress, the building turned into a monastery (Karmel Mayerling). On that place where the couple had died the church depicted above has been erected.

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Bridges

Footbridge in Reichenau an der Rax

Footbridge in Reichenau an der Rax, Austria

A bridge with an amazing view! This footbridge was built in 1902 and spans the river Schwarza in Reichenau an der Rax. Next to this bridge, there is a railway station of the museum railway Payerbach-Hirschwang, also known as Höllentalbahn.

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Bridges

Parksteg in Payerbach

Parksteg in Payerbach, Austria

This footbridge in Payerbach, generally known as Parksteg, was built in 1903. It is a combination of concrete and a railing in the style of Jugendstil. I was especially impressed by the idea to create the ornaments by using cast concrete.

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Gorges Trails

Hiking along the Mendlingtal

Gorge at the Mendlingtal, Austria

The trail along the Mendlingtal is a path of about 3 kilometres. It leads from a theme park about logging up to a former Hammerherrenhaus (Home of the owner of a hammer mill). The scenery is changing several times. Sometimes one walk along a tame creek, sometimes one walk along footbridges high over a stream in full spate.

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Traditions

Log driving at Mendlingtal

Log driving at Mendlingtal, Austria

At the theme park Mendlingtal Valley there is a chance to watch log drivers at work. At the photo above some workers are trying to put the logs through the last weir before the logs will arrive the timber mill.

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Industrial Heritage

Timber mill at Mendlingtal

Venetian saw at Mendlingtal, Austria

Everybody knows the scenery of American Old West. Can we see anything similar in good old Austria too? Sure! The photo shown above was taken at a theme park in Mendlingtal Valley in Mostviertel. The park is all about logging in earlier times. The building in the background is housing a Venetian saw dating back to 1907.

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Museums

Schmiedegesellenhaus at Mendlingtal

Schmiedegesellenhaus at the Mendlingtal, Austria

At the theme park Mendlingtal they former building for the young blacksmiths (Schmiedegesellen) serves as museum now. Inside one can learn about the life of the blacksmiths, woodcutters and the owners of the hammer mills named Hammerherren. More…