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Abbeys

Altenburg Abbey in Altenburg

Altenburg Abbey in Altenburg, Austria

This Baroque abbey still offers the remains of a medieval monastery in its basement, one can reach by an elevator. The complex also includes a theme garden dedicated to the different world religions located not far away from the monastery.

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Monuments

Monument to Franz Grillparzer

Monument to Franz Grillparzer at Volksgarten in ViennaThe monument to the Austrian writer Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872) was built in 1889 and displays scenes from his works. It is located in a public park of Vienna named Volksgarten, which is worth a visit, especially during the heyday of roses.

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Cemeteries Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sebastian Cemetery

Sebastian Cemetery in Salzburg, City, AustriaThe Sebastian Cemetery (Sebastiansfriedhof) was built in the style of an Italian Campo Santo at the end of 16th century. You find here the graves of Mozart’s widow and Paracelsus, founder of the discipline of toxicology.

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Castles

Karmel Mayerling in Alland

Schloss Mayerling in Alland, Austria

The estate in the Vienna Woods was first mentioned in the 13th century. In 1887, the Austrian Crown Prince Rudolf converted the facility into a hunting lodge (Mayerling Castle). On January 30, 1889, Rudolf and his mistress Baroness Mary Vetsera died here under circumstances that were not completely solved.

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Castles Museums

Bruck Castle in Lienz

Bruck Castle in Lienz, Austria

The Counts of Gorizia built Bruck Castle (Schloss Bruck) in the 13th century. In the chapel, the frescoes of late Gothic artist Simon von Taisten are worth seeing. The castle museum displays a collection of works by the local painter Albin Egger-Lienz.

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Sculptures

A pair of griffins in Vienna

A pair of griffins in Vienna, Austria

A pair of griffins seen at a bollard in the historicist Vienna Ring Road (Wiener Ringstraße). Though I don’t believe in fabulous creatures I always love to come across depictions of them on my urban walks. In Rostock, you can even see them on manhole covers.

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Abbeys Sundials

Sundial at Seitenstetten Abbey

Sundial at a chimney of Seitenstetten Abbey

The inscription “Ora et Labora” refers to the motto of the Benedictines. It translates into “Pray and Work”. The depiction is located on a chimney of Seitenstetten Abbey (Stift Seitenstetten). This is a large Benedictine monastery in the Austrian region of Mostviertel.

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Castles Museums

Wels Castle in Wels

Wels Castle in Wels, Austria

The castle in Wels is generally known as the Castle (Die Burg) or as the Wels Castle (Die Welser Burg). It was first mentioned in 776. At that time, the site was just a wooden building with palisades. The construction in stone took place in the 12th or 13th century.

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Sundials

Sundial in Tamsweg

Sundial on the parish church in Tamsweg, Austria

This sundial on the parish church of Tamsweg was created in 1741. It shows James, son of Zebedee (Jakobus, Sohn des Zebedäus) The saint is also known as James the Great (Jakobus, der Ältere). The depiction of this structure refers to the fact that James is the patron of the church.

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Accommodations Castles Railviews

Finstergrün Castle

Finstergrün Castle in Ramingstein, Austria

Finstergrün Castle (Burg Finstergrün) rises high over Ramingstein. This is a place in Lungau, a region in the Austrian state of Salzburg. The castle was first mentioned in the 12th century. Today it houses a hostel. I took this pic on a rail trip with a local train of the Styrian Railway (STB).

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Sundials

Sundial in Bruck an der Mur

Sundial in Bruck an der Mur, Austria

This sundial on a residential building shows two depictions of the Styrian city of Bruck an der Mur. In the upper part, you can see Landskron Castle and parts of the former city walls. In the lower part, several residential buildings represent the modern Bruck an der Mur. At the bottom right, the city arms complete the presentation.

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Sundials

Sundial in Salzburg

Sundial at the old university of Salzburg

This fresco with a sundial is located on a wall of the old university at the Max-Reinhard-Platz. It was created by Georg Jung (1899-1957). The depictions refer to the four faculties of that university which was founded by Prince Archbishop Paris von Lodron in 1622.