Monument to Franz Wirer

Monument to Franz Wirer in Bad Ischl, Austria

This monument in the spa gardens (Kurpark) of Bad Ischl is reminiscent of Franz Wirer von Rettenbach, who is considered the founder of the first Austrian saline water health spa in this place. Remarkable in the design of the memorial, I find the extraordinary size of the bust.


Wooden staircase (Bronze Age) in Hallstatt

Replica of a wooden staircase (Bronze Age) in Hallstatt, Austria

This replica of a wooden staircase in front of the Museum Hallstatt reminds of the fact that such a staircase dating back to the Bronze Age was found in the nearby salt mines.


Fun traffic sign in Hallstatt

Fun traffic sign in Hallstatt, Austria

This fun fake traffic sign I saw in Hallstatt next to the famous Hallstatt Lake. Obviously it should people make aware of waiters crossing the street while serving their guests sitting on the other side of the lane.

Sundials World Heritage Sites

Sundial in Hallstatt

Sundial at the Hallstatt Museum in Hallstatt, Austria

Sundial seen at the walls of Museum Hallstatt located in Hallstatt, a world heritage site in Austria. The museum presents the 2nd largest collection of pieces related to the Iron Age Hallstatt culture in Austria.

Accommodations Hotels

Event resort Scalaria at lake Wolfgangsee in Austria

Lake view from a room of the Scalaria in Sankt Wolfgang, Austria

Scalaria is a hotel as well as an event location located next to lake Wolfgangsee in Austria. Ready for hosting and entertaining Iarge companies with their staff or clients. For tourists it is open during several summer weeks and Advent season. I was invited by the resort to stay there for a night and to learn about the best moments the place has to offer.

Locomotives Railways

Steam locomotive Z11 of the Schafberg Railway

Steam locomotive Z11 in full steam

This ‘old’ steam locomotive Z11 was actually built in 1992 as part of the class 999.2. It is operated by the Schafberg Railway (Schafbergbahn) which is leading from Sankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut up to the Schafberg. This metre gauge cog railway is pretty steep, at a total lenght of 5.85 km it gains about 1,200 m height difference.


Painter’s Steep in Sankt Wolfgang

The painter's steep in Sankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut, Austria

High over Sankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut a hiking trail named The Painter’s Steep (Malersteig) leading up to the Kalvarienberg Hill offers a fine view of Sankt Wolfgang and lake Wolfgangsee. The name origins from the fact that many famous landscapists used to paint their works standing on those meadows.


Shop for colonial goods in Sankt Wolfgang

Shop for colonial goods in Sankt Wolfgang, Austria

A shop sign I haven’t seen for ages: In former times a shop for colonial goods (Kolonialwaren) sold goods generally delivered from far away. E.g. coffee, tobacco, cacao, spices, tea and so on. Today there is no need for such specialized shops so I was glad to see such an old inscripiton while walking through Sankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut.

Christmas Christmas Markets

Christmas crib in Sankt Wolfgang

Christmas crib in Sankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut, Austria

An interesting detail of the Christmas market in Sankt Wolfgang (Wolfgangseer Advent) is a Christmas crib created by the wood carver Matthäus Mayrhauser. The crib consists of about 40 life-size sculptures scattered over a larger area. Everybody is invited to walk betCeen the figures so in the evening it is difficult to decide who is a real person and what is a wooden figure.

Aviation Events

Scalaria Air Challenge at lake Wolfgangsee

Scalaria air challenge above Wolfgangsee in Salzkammergut, Austria

While staying at the event location Scalaria I often came across photos and posters of this great water plane, a Dornier DO24 TT. It reminded me of the fact,  that every year an air show takes place above the nearby lake Wolfgangsee. An interesting continuation: In the 1920s there was a connection between Vienna and lake Wolfgangsee by water planes!

Christmas Christmas Markets

Christmas market in Sankt Wolfgang

Christmas market in Sankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut, Austria

The Christmas market of Sankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut is part of three markets (Wolfgangseer Advent) which are located around lake Wolfgangsee. So people can move from market to market by crossing the lake by boat.

Coat of arms

Coat of arms of Sankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut

Emblem of Sankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut, Austria

The emblem of Sankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut, seen at an old building in the centre of the place. It was awarded by Holy Roman Emperor Maximillian II in 1567. The emblem shows a flat-bottomed boat named Zille, which was not only a traditional boat type of this region but also an important means of transport for people and goods.