Monument to Franz Wirer

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

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

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.

Sundial in Hallstatt

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.

Steam locomotive Z11 of the Schafberg Railway

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

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.

Christmas crib in Sankt Wolfgang

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…

Christmas market in Sankt Wolfgang

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.