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Accommodations Hotels

Conference hotel SPES in Schlierbach

Seminar Hotel SPES in Schlierbach, Austria

The conference hotel SPES (Seminarhotel SPES) is situated on a plateau overlooking the Upper Krems Valley (Oberes Kremstal). It is near the centre of Schlierbach but also next to a forest. It offers rooms in a modern building opened in 2009 but also in a eco-holiday resort at the foot of the plateau.

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Experiences

Landmatura in Schlierbach

Mr. Weingartner as reaper in Schlierbach, Austria

At the farm house of Mr. Weingartner in Schlierbach I took a lesson in cutting hay with a traditional scythe. Interested people can also take a class learning about some facts regarding agriculture. Though this is mainly an offer just for fun the lessons are pretty informative.

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Animals

Shropshire sheep in Schlierbach

Shropshire sheep in Schlierbach, Austria

In Schlierbach I met the Shropshire sheep the first time. This sheep are known for loving grass but not nibbling at trees. So they are ideal for keeping grass short in fruit farms and in Christmas tree plantations. Best lawnmower ever.

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Animals

Free running piglets in Schlierbach

Free running piglets in Schlierbach, Austria

In Schlierbach I had the chance to speak with the founder of SPES which is also a local organic farmer. While visiting his farm next to my hotel I came across these free running piglets. Well, the operative word is running! As you can see it was pretty difficult to get my camera ready on time.

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Railway Stations

The abandoned railway station of Schlierbach

The abandoned railway station of Schlierbach, Austria

On my way to Schlierbach Abbey I came across the abandoned railway station of Schlierbach. Austrian railway stations dating back to he monarchy are very typical. One can recognizes them even after 100 year. More…

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Abbeys

Schlierbach Abbey in winter

Schlierbach Abbey in winter

Photo of Schlierbach Abbey taken during a train ride from Graz to Linz. Some months later I had the chance to visit the famous cheese factory of the abbey. More…