City Walls History

Ungartor in Friedberg

Ungartor in Friedberg, Austria

The walls of Friedberg were built with money from the ransom for Richard I of England (‘Richard the Lionheart’). The gate depicted above is a reconstruction and is known as ‘Ungartor’.


Bäckertauche in Friesach

Bäckertauche in Friesach, Austria

While walking along the city walls of Friesach I came across this installation which is called Bäckertauche. I was told this used to be a tool for punishment in earlier times. Baker (Bäcker) who had cheated were locked into this cage and immersed (tauchen) into the water several times.

Castles History

Zámek Slavkov in Slavkov u Brna

Zamek Slavkov in Moravia, Czech Republic

Zámek Slavkov (Slavkov Castle) got famous for being the site where the armistice between Austria and France was signed on Dec 6th, 1805. At that time the place and the mansion was known by the name Austerlitz. Taking a guided tour I had the chance to see not only the interior of the Baroque building but also the room where the armistice was signed.

Churches History

Capuchin Church in Vienna

Kapuzinergruft in Vienna, Austria

Below this unimposing walls of the Capuchin Church the bodies of 12 emperors and 18 empresses are laid to rest inside the Imperial Crypt (Kaisergruft). In Vienna this silent place is generally known as Capuchin Crypt (Kapuzinergruft)


Sunflowers at Heldenplatz in Vienna

Sunflowers in front of Archduke Charles

In 2005 many events marked the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. One of the most impressive ones: The Heldenplatz, a central square in Vienna, was covered with vegetables and sunflowers. A strong reminder of the fact, that around 1945 the citizen of Vienna used every free space for producing food.