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Museums

Summer house of Eggenwald

Eggenwaldsches Gartenhaus in Leoben, Austria In this summer house formerly owned by Josef von Eggenwald (Eggenwaldsches Gartenhaus), the Peace Treaty of Leoben was signed between the Holy Roman Empire and the First French Republic on April 18th, 1797. This was an important event at the end of the ‘War of the First Coalition’. Today it houses a branch of the museum for local history.

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Locomotives Promotions

Austrian locomotive promoting EKO Cobra

Austrian locomotive promoting EKO Cobra, Austria’s primary counter-terrorism unit

Locomotives of the Austrian Federal Railways (OBB) offer advertising space for companies and organisations. This locomotive seen in Leoben promotes EKO Cobra,  Austria’s primary counter-terrorism unit. Mind the friendly snake in the front part of the loco!

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Castles

Maßenburg Castle in Leoben

Maßenburg in Leoben, Austria

The Maßenburg is a castle ruin on a hill high over Leoben. It was probably first built in 13th century. Today hikers have there a great view of Leoben from a viewing tower built on the ruins of a former watch tower.

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Railways

How to transport a railway switch

Transport of a railway switch

Today I came across a train that transported railway switches. It was interesting to see what kind of specialized carriages are used for this extra-wide cargo.

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Traditions

Parade of miners wearing an ‘Arschleder’

Miners wearing an 'Arschleder' at the central place of Leoben

An interesting detail seen at a celebration for miners in Leoben. The miners are wearing a so called ‘Arschleder’ (German), also known as breech leather or miner’s apron. It served to keep the seat of the trousers from wearing out when sliding down to the tunnels as well as keeping out the cold and moisture when sitting.

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Towers

Schwammerlturm in Leoben

Schwammerlturm in Leoben, Austria

The tower was built in 1615 by Peter Carlone. Originally named Mautturm (toll tower), its colloquial name changed to Schwammerlturm (mushroom tower) after getting its new domed roof in 1794.