Coat of arms of Neunkirchen

City arms of Neunkirchen at the local city hall

The coat of arms of Neunkirchen displays nine churches which refer to the meaning of the current city name (“Nine Churches”). Even though these city arms are a great example for canting arms the place was never known for nine churches. Actually the name origins from “new church”, a description which was used in the first mention of the place in 1094.

Sundial at the main square of Neunkirchen

Sundial at the main square of Neunkirchen, Austria

This sundial is placed on the facade of a 16th-century building located at the main square of Neunkirchen. The city is the capital of the district of Neunkirchen in the Austrian state of Lower Austria.

Manhole cover in Mistelbach

Manhole cover in Mistelbach, Austria

The manhole cover of Mistelbach shows a sprig of mistletoe, which is also depicted in the city arms. The term ‘Mistel‘ in the city name is actually the german term for a mistletoe.

‘Roman bridge’ in Scheibbs

16th century stone bridge in Scheibbs, Austria

This stone bridge was built in 1554 by Valentin Staudinger. The bridge using a rock in the middle of the river is considered to be the oldest still existing bridge crossing the Erlauf river. The name ‘Roman Bridge’ (Römerbrücke) for a 16th century bridge is odd but there is an assumption that the Romans used the same rock as base for their bridge.