Snow globes in Mariazell

Snow globes, a typical souvenir of Mariazell, Austria

A typical souvenir of Mariazell is a snow globe featuring a miniature of the basilica. More than 100 years ago a producer of surgical instruments in Vienna named Erwin Perzy tried to develop an extra bright lightsource for use as a surgical lamp. As a side effect he figured out a new method to produce snow globes and actually the first piece used in these globes was a model of the basilica.


Museum tramway in Mariazell

At the depot of the museum tramway in Mariazell, Austria

I took this pic inside the depot of the museum tramway in Mariazell. The private association provides not only a museum tramway connecting the railway station of Mariazell with the nearby Erlauf Lake (Erlaufsee) but also consists of a fine selection of Austrian tramcars built before WW II. The depicted tramcar was designed by Austrian architect Otto Wagner.


Archduke John Tower in Mariazell

Archduke John Tower on top of the Bürgeralpe in Mariazell, Austria

The Archduke John Tower (Erzherzog-Johann-Warte) is named after Archduke John of Austria (Erzherzog Johann von Österreich) who he is remembered as a great modernizer in the Austrian state of Styria. The tower on top of the Bürgeralpe was built in 1908 and is a great look-out for the hills and mountains around Mariazell.


Mariazell Basilica in Styria

Mariazell Basilica in Styria, Austria

The Marian basilica located in the Styrian place of Mariazell is the most important pilgrimage destination in Austria and one of the most visited shrines in Europe. In front of the church you can see the typical stalls for pilgrimage places selling pilgrimage souvenirs (Wallfahrtswaren)


Museum of local history in Mariazell

Museum of local history in Mariazell, Austria

The museum of pilgrimage and local history (Wallfahrts- und Heimatmuseum) generally also known as Mariazeller Heimathaus is housed in a former asylum of the 17th century and tells about the life of local people, industries and the Mariazell Railway. It houses also the collection of a nature and hunting museum (Natur- und Jagdmuseum)