The Mineral Museum is housed in a modern-looking building in a quiet district of Bad Hofgastein. The collector of the pieces is often present and then likes to tell the story of the pieces he has collected. [German]
The Knappenwelt (Pitmen’s World) is a compilation of structural evidence of late medieval gold and silver smelting in Pongau. The reconstructed plant shows a roasting furnace, a smelting furnace and a cupellation furnace as they were in operation from 1490 to 1520. During guided tours, the water-powered stamp battery is demonstrated. [German]
This mural in Bischofshofen was created by Ferdinand Kubitschek in 1967. Besides the big scale of the mural I was also impressed by the beautiful decorated soffit you can see in the upper right corner of this picture.
Höch Castle (Schloss Höch), first mentioned in 11th century, offers a nice view over the Flachau area. Inside there is a big salon with a splendid decoration made of wood. Owned by a shareholder of a pit (‘Gewerke’) for a long time it serves as venue for cultural events now.
While walking along the venues of the festival Natura.Kreativ in Altenmarkt I came across a class in creative sculpture ran by artist Walter Puchmayr. Participants were told how to create artworks by combining driftwood, stones and metal in a creative way.
Sundial at the Dechantskirche in Altenmarkt. The figure represents a Madonna for which the church is famous for. One can see a copy of this statue at one of the side altars in the church.
My first visit to the festival Natura.Kreativ led me to the Reitlehenalm, an alpine pasture near Altenmarkt im Pongau. Right in the middle of the hills, a class in voice training took place ran by Annelie Leuthäuser, an experienced theatre and concert singer.
Before I arrived at Villa Excelsior in Bad Gastein I had already read about one of its most famous guests: Sigmund Freud. He spent several summer holidays here. The audio guide talking about sights in Bad Gastein also told me it was here where Mr. Freud was putting down his thoughts about Eros and Thanatos.
Big surprise. The hotel which was used as a home for prelates in earlier times offers a chapel on one of its floors. I was very impressed by the light inside the chapel which was determined by the design of the windows.