Sundial in Maria Saal

This sundial is located on an outer wall of St Mary’s Church in Maria Saal. The church is also known under the name Propstei- und Wallfahrtskirche Mariae Himmelfahrt or Maria Saaler Dom. Worth seeing are also several Roman tombstones, which are installed in the outer wall of the church.

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.

View from a tower in Althofen

From a tower named Hornturm located nearly on top of the mountain settlement Althofen you have this great view of the nearby mountain ranges. The big tower in this picture is named Annenturm and was part of the former town fortifications. Althofen is one of the oldest still inhabited mountain settlements in Austria.

Auer von Welsbach Museum in Althofen

The museum tells about the life and achievements of Carl Auer von Welsbach who formed the Treibacher Chemische Werke GesmbH near this place. He is particularly well known for his work on rare earth elements, the gas mantle and for the development of the metal filament light bulb.

Sound gorge trail in Millstatt

Along a gorge next to Millstatt there is a fun trail (Klangschlucht Millstatt) which invites hikers to listen to the sounds of the gorge and the water. At this waterfall I was impressed to hear two completely different sounds: The roar of the waterfall and the gurgle of the brook named Riegenbach at the same…

Path of villas in Millstatt

At the end of 19th century Millstatt became famous as the Austrian Nice. Many people from Vienna and abroad – even from Russia – loved to stay for a summer vacation at the Millstatt Lake. From this time a lot of villas are still to see. A path of villas (Villenweg) shows the most impressive…

Coat of arms of Millstatt

The emblem of Millstatt seen at the ‘Hall of Coat of Arms’ (Wappenstüberl) at the family hotel Post in Millstatt. The emblem reminds of the legend that Domitian of Carantania throw 1.000 pagan idols into the Millstatt Lake. At the emblem you can see three idols representing a goat, a lion and a donkey.

Domitian statue in Millstatt

After a short hiking trip in the mountains around Millstatt Lake (Millstättersee) I came across this sculpture showing Domitian throwing an idol into the lake. There is a legend that the name of Millstatt origins from one thousand statues (mille statuae) of pagan gods and goddesses thrown by Domitian into the lake.

Sculptures in Millstatt

According to a legend Domitian of Caratania throw 1.000 pagan sculptures into Millstatt Lake. I guess people of Millstatt would love to get them back. Especially along the lake there are a lot of modern sculptures often created by artists who stayed in Millstatt for a while.

Diving platform in Millstatt

An interesting architectural building of Millstatt is this diving plattform built in the 1930s by Christof Benedikt.