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Architecture Renaissance

Freihaus of Christoph Weiß in Wels

Freihaus of Christoph Weiß in Wels, Austria

The Freihaus of Christoph Weiß was built at the end of the 16th century. The Renaissance building is especially known for its window frames made of diamond-shaped bossages.

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Renaissance

Water tower in Wels

Frontside of the water tower in Wels, Austria

This water tower in Wels was built in 1577/1579 by Wolfgang Khranlachner. Inside the tower, there is a pump designed by the watchmaker Clement Rench. The colourful façade painting was done by the artist Niclas Linkh.

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Renaissance

Hoffmannsches Freihaus in Wels

Hoffmannsches Freihaus in Wels, Austria

This building generally known as ‘Hoffmannsches Freihaus’ or ‘Haus der Salome Alt’ was first mentioned in 1464. The name Freihaus (‘Free House’) refers to the fact that the residents of this building were outside the jurisdiction of the city court and were exempt from municipal taxes. More…

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Traditions

The 10th beer is paid by the mayor

The 10th beer is paid by the mayor

This is an interesting sign I saw at a  restaurant in Wels, Austria. It says that the 10th glass of beer is paid by the mayor. Noot sure if this is a joke or a promise. More…

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Castles Museums

Burg in Wels

Gardenside of the Burg in Wels, Austria

It was in this castle in the middle of Wels where Maximilian I of Habsburg, often referred as the ‘Last Knight’, died in 1519. Today this peaceful place houses several museums. Visitors can not only visit a collection about the town’s history but also the death chamber of the emperor.

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Public Art

Light bulbs at railway station Wels

Light bulbs at the railway station of Wels, Austria

In front of the railway station of Wels, I discovered this artwork. Powered by solar panels and fixed on flexible poles, the lights started to shake as soon as there was a breeze in the street.

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Coat of Arms

Heraldic device of Principality of Auersperg

Heraldic device of Principality of Auersperg

At a building in Wels I found this beautiful as well as huge coat of arms. It belongs to the noble family of Auersperg. More…