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Museums

Technology collection Breyer

Technology collection Breyer in Bad Hofgastein

For many years, the Gastein collector Hans Breyer (1927-1997) collected gramophones, radios and cameras. The Schinderhaus houses this collection (Technische Sammlung Hans Breyer), making it accessible to visitors to Bad Hofgastein.

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Museums

Mineral museum in Bad Hofgastein

Mineral museum in Bad Hofgastein

The Mineral Museum is housed in a modern-looking building in a quiet district of Bad Hofgastein. The collector of the pieces is often present and then likes to tell the story of the pieces he has collected.

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Industrial Heritage

Gold panning in Angertal

Gold panning site in Angertal near Bad Hofgastein

Children can try their luck at panning for gold at this special place on a creek in Angertal. Display boards explain under which circumstances gold can be found in water courses. In a hut rubber boots and pans are available for the gold panning adventure.

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Industrial Heritage Museums

Knappenwelt in Angertal

Furnace at the pitmen's world in Angertal

The Knappenwelt (Pitmen’s World) is a compilation of structural evidence of late medieval gold and silver smelting in Pongau. The reconstructed plant shows a roasting furnace, a smelting furnace and a cupellation furnace as they were in operation from 1490 to 1520. During guided tours, the water-powered stamp battery is demonstrated.

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Murals

Mural by Ferdinand Kubitschek in Bischofshofen

Mural by Ferdinand Kubitschek in Bischofshofen, Österreich

This mural in Bischofshofen was created by Ferdinand Kubitschek in 1967. Besides the big scale of the mural I was also impressed by the beautiful decorated soffit you can see in the upper right corner of this picture.

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Castles

Höch Castle in Flachau

Schloss Höch in Flachau, Austria

Höch Castle (Schloss Höch), first mentioned in 11th century, offers a nice view over the Flachau area. Inside there is a big salon with a splendid decoration made of wood. Owned by a shareholder of a pit (‘Gewerke’) for a long time it serves as venue for cultural events now.

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Experiences

Creative Sculpture in Altenmarkt/Pongau

Creative sculpture in Altenmarkt im Pongau, Austria

While walking along the venues of the festival Natura.Kreativ in Altenmarkt I came across a class in creative sculpture ran by artist Walter Puchmayr. Participants were told how to create artworks by combining driftwood, stones and metal in a creative way.

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Sundials

Sundial in Altenmarkt/Pongau

Sundial in Altenmarkt im Pongau, Austria

Sundial at the Dechantskirche in Altenmarkt. The figure represents a Madonna for which the church is famous for. One can see a copy of this statue at one of the side altars in the church.

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Events

Voice training at the Reitlehenalm

Voice training at the Reitlehenalm, Austria

My first visit to the Natura.Kreativ led me to the Reitlehenalm, an alpine pasture near Altenmarkt im Pongau. Right in the middle of the hills, a class in voice training took place. The teacher was Annelie Leuthäuser, an experienced theatre and concert singer.

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Accommodations Hotels

Sigmund Freud and room N°18

Room N° 18 at Villa Excelsior, Bad Gastein

Before I arrived at Villa Excelsior in Bad Gastein I had already read about one of its most famous guests: Sigmund Freud. He spent several summer holidays here. The audio guide talking about sights in Bad Gastein also told me it was here where Mr. Freud was putting down his thoughts about Eros and Thanatos.

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Accommodations Churches Hotels

Villa Excelsior in Bad Gastein

Chapel at Villa Excelsior in Bad Gastein, Austria

The Villa Excelsior was built in the years 1895-1897 as a hotel. For a long time, the building served as a spa for priests. The chapel of the hotel dates back to this time and is still available to guests today. On bright days, the stained glass windows immerse the room in a special light.

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Accommodations Hotels

Villa Excelsior in Bad Gastein

Villa Excelsior in Bad Gastein, Austria

Villa Excelsior has already hosted famous guests. For example Sigmund Freud spent several summer holidays here. My tour guide told me it was here where the Austrian neurologist was thinking about the concept of Eros and Thanatos.