Diesel railcar ÖBB 5144

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.

Pfalzgrafenstein Castle in Kaub

On a train journey along the Rhine Valley from Mainz to Koblenz I took this photo of Burg Pfalzgrafenstein. The building situated on a tiny island served as toll station until 1866.

Finstergrün Castle

Finstergrün Castle rises high over Ramingstein. This is a place in Lungau, a region in the Austrian state of Salzburg. The first mention of the castle was in the 12th century. Today it houses a youth hostel.

Niederfalkenstein Castle

Niederfalkenstein Castle (Burg Niederfalkenstein) is situated high over the municipality Obervellach in the Austrian state of Carinthia. This photo was taken from a train while passing the railway bridge Falkensteinbrücke.

Wiesberg Castle in Tobadill

The castle above the mouth of the Paznaun in the Stanzer valley, was built in the 13th century. Many of today’s visible elements were created during a renovation at the beginning of the 20th century. In May 1945, parts of the German Wehrmacht surrendered to American troops after negotiations in this castle.

Pilgrimage church of Maria Taferl in Austria

The pilgrimage church of Maria Taferl (Wallfahrtsbasilika Maria Taferl) is after the pilgrimage church of Mariazell the second most import pilgrimage church of Austria. Since 1947 the church has been granted the title basilica minor.

Steam locomotive ‘Brünn’ (1896) in Schwechat

Nice railview while passing the railway museum Schwechat (Eisenbahnmuseum Schwechat) by train. The steam locomotive ‘Brünn’, which was built in 1896 in Linz, got obviously prepared for a small ride.

Selke Valley Railway in Harz

The Selke Valley Railway (Selketalbahn) connects the places Quedlingburg and Hasselfelde/Eisfelder Talmühle with a branch to Harzgerode. It is part of the Harz Narrow Gauge Railways (Harzer Schmalspurbahnen), the largest narrow gauge network in Germany. At my first visit I took a ride from Alexisbad to Gernrode.

Lambach Abbey in Upper Austria

View of Lambach Abbey taken on a train journey from Salzburg to Linz. The abbey is a Benedictine monastery. The Baroque theater inside the building is considered as the oldest still in use theater in Austria. [German]

Rhine Falls in Switzerland

Near Schaffhausen, there is a vast waterfall called the Rhine Falls (Rheinfall). The view above one can have using the Eglisau-Neuhausen Railway Line. Another chance to see this waterfall by train is taking the railroad Winterthur-Schaffhausen (Rheinfallbahn) which is crossing the Rhine via that bridge on the left.

Dürnstein Castle in Styria

Burgruine Dürnstein (Durnstein Castle) was first mentioned as castrum Dierenstein in 1144. The castle is placed right at the border between Styria and Carinthia. I took this photo while on a train ride between Friesach and Unzmarkt. One can see the catenary of the railroad at the left side of the picture.

Walpurgiskirche in Sankt Michael

This photo was taken on a train journey from Leoben to Knittelfeld in the Austrian state of Styria. The church is sanctified to Saint Walpurga and houses one of the earliest Gothic works in Styria.