Sphaera by Stephan Balkenhol

Male part of the Sphaera at the Kapitelplatz in Salzburg

Memories! Years ago, I used to play chess with local people on the board depicted above. I am glad to see the public chessboard is still in use. By the way, the man on the sphere is a sculpture created by Stephan Balkenhol. The official name is ‘Sphaera’, but people call it ‘Mozartkugel’.

Krampus procession in Gnigl

Krampus procession in Gnigl, Austria

The Krampus procession (Krampuslauf) is a tradition generally performed on a certain day from the beginning of the advent season up to the first half of January. People organised in groups named Pass run in costumes created by themselves through the streets and try to frighten the spectators.

Steingasse in Salzburg

Impression of the Steingasse in Salzburg, Austria

The Steingasse in the city of SaIzburg is a pretty old street. During ancient Roman times it was a trade road connecting Iuvavum (Salzburg) with the south of the Roman Empire. The buildings on the left side are attached directly  to the rocks of the Kapuzinerberg Hill which creates some fascinating views along the street.

Shop for Easter eggs in Salzburg

Shop for Easter eggs in Salzburg, Austria

Many people travel from far away to buy something traditional from Austria. Unfortunately some traditions last for only a few days in the year. Nethertheless you can buy Easter eggs all year round in a shop in the city of Salzburg. This shop is situated in the Judengasse 11.

Sundial at Ankerhaus in Salzburg

Huge sundial at Ankerhaus in Salzburg, Austria

Huge sundial seen at the Ankerhaus in the city of Salzburg. The house is named after the insurence company DER ANKER (engl. the anchor). In earlier times the building housed the hotel ‘Erzherzog Karl’ where famous persons like the Austrian Empress Elisabeth of Austria (‘Sisi’) or the German Minister President Otto von Bismarck used to stay.

Panorama Museum in Salzburg

Panorama Museum in Salzburg, Austria

Once upon a time when movies and photos haven’t invented yet there was a different method to learn something new about the world. Landscapists created huge paintings of cities and sceneries. Inside this museum you can see such a panorama of the city of Salzburg as it looked like in 1829.