Categories
Fountains

Geese girl fountain in Vienna

Geese girl fountain in Vienna

The geese girl fountain (Gänsemädchenbrunnen) displays a girl with three geese. Its creator was the Czech sculptor Antonín Pavel Wagner. The fowls refer to the first site of the fountain which was the former poultry market of the city.

Categories
Public Art Sculptures

‘Gherkins’ by Erwin Wurm

'Gherkins' by Erwin Wurm in Salzburg

Salzburg is a very traditional city. Even though you see a lot of contemporary art in the streets. E.g. these ‘Gherkins’ created by the Austrian artist Erwin Wurm. I like this piece of public art as the pickles seem to have some personality.

Categories
Architecture

Michaelertor in Vienna

Michaelertor in ViennaOn your walks through the historic district, you will almost inevitably pass through it: the Michaelertor in Vienna. The baroque portal frames the shortest path from the Heldenplatz to the expensive shopping streets near the Wiener Graben.

Categories
Museums

Theseus Temple in Vienna

Theseus Tempel in Vienna, Austria

It is not visible from the Wiener Ringstraße. Only those who enter the public park named Volksgarten suddenly find themselves facing a piece of Greek antiquity. Of course, it isn’t ancient. The Theseus Temple is a classicistic building from the years 1819/23.

Categories
Fountains Monuments

Wild Man Fountain in Salzburg

Wild man fountain in Salzburg

The Wild Man Fountain (Wilder-Mann-Brunnen) exists since the beginning of the 17th century. His water basins helped to keep the fish fresh on different fish markets in Salzburg. Today the fountain stands near the Furtwänglerpark opposite the Great Festival Hall.

Categories
Railviews Railway Stations Railways

Diesel railcar ÖBB 5144

Diesel rail car ÖBB 5144 in Semmering, Austria

A hike over the Semmering Pass regularly ends for me in front of the railcar ÖBB 5144. This piece dating from 1951 stands on a museum track next to the building of the Semmering station. Unfortunately, it is inaccessible. So you can only enjoy the interior by a peek through its windows.

Categories
Coat of arms

Commandantenhus Stralsund

Coat of arms on the Commandantenhus in Stralsund

The Commandantenhus was built as the administrative seat of the Swedish garrison commander in the years 1748-1751. Together with other historical buildings, it adorns the Alte Markt (Old Market Square) of Stralsund. A striking allusion to its former function is the large coat of arms in its gable field.

Categories
Castles World Heritage Sites

Kamerlengo Fortress in Trogir

Kamerlengo Fortress in Trogir, Croatia

The fortress of Kamerlengo (Tvrđava Kamerlengo) was built by the Venetians in the 15th century as an extension of existing structures. The old town of Trogir has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1997.

Categories
Churches

Church of Sveti Nikola in Nin

Church of Sveti Nikola in Nin, Croatia

The church of Sveti Nikola was built in the 11th century. During the Ottoman Wars the dome of the church has been converted into a crenelated tower. Situated on top of a small hill this church offers a remarkable view for visitors of Nin.

Categories
Roman Empire

Roman forum in Zadar

Roman forum in Zadar, Croatia

During Roman period Zadar was known as Iader or Colonia Iulia Iader. The remnants of the Roman forum are near the Archaeological Museum of Zadar, where one can see a collection of ancient Roman pieces.

Categories
Churches

Frauenkirche in Munich

Frauenkirche in Munich, Germany

The Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady (Frauenkirche), also known as Münchner Dom, is the largest church in Munich, the capital city of Bavaria. I took this view after climbing up the tower of another church called St. Peter.

Categories
Museums

Silent Night Museum in Hallein

Silent NIght Museum in Hallein

In August 2006, I went to the Silent Night Museum (Stille-Nacht-Museum) in Hallein. It primarily deals with Franz Xaver Gruber who is considered the composer of the famous Christmas carol Silent Night (Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht).