Diesel railcar ÖBB 5144

Diesel rail car ÖBB 5144 in Semmering, Austria

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.

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.

Footbridge in Reichenau/Rax

Footbridge in Reichenau an der Rax, Austria

On the way to the railway station Reichenau I cross the Schwarza on a pedestrian bridge with filigree iron construction. The view of the nearby mountains makes me want to go climbing. The lanterns on the bridge remind me, however, that I am still in a valley on the grounds of a famous spa town in the era of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Monument to Marcus Aurelius

Equestrian statue of Roman emperor Marc Aurel in Tulln, Austria

This equestrian statue of emperor Marcus Aurelius is a replica of that one which used to be on Capitols Square (Piazza del Campidoglio) in Rome until 1979. The statue in Tulln is reminiscent of the fact that this place is situated on the site of a former Roman camp named Comagena.

Prugg Castle in Bruck/Leitha

Garden side of Prugg Castle in Bruck an der Leitha, Austria

Whereas Prugg Castle (Schloss Prugg) is privately owned and can not be visited, the former castle garden is open for public. From there I took this photo of the castle’s garden side. In 18th century it was rebuilt by architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt. In 19th century British architect Edward Buckton Lamb added the Tudor style.

Sundial at a former monastery

Sundial at the former Augustinian monastery in Bruck/Leitha, Austria

A sundial displaying an equestrian seen at the former Augustinian monastery (Augustinereremitenkloster) in Bruck an der Leitha,