Altenburg Abbey in Altenburg

This Baroque abbey still offers the remains of a medieval monastery in its basement, one can reach by an elevator. The complex also includes a theme garden dedicated to the different world religions located not far away from the monastery.

Locomotive ÖBB 1040.09 in Sigmundsherberg

This electric locomotive ÖBB 1040.09, built in 1951, is located as an exhibit at the Waldviertel railway museum (Waldviertler Eisenbahnmuseum) in Sigmundsherberg. In addition to material about Austrian railways, you can also see an exhibition about the Sigmundsherberg POW camp from World War I. [German]

Dragon at Altenburg Abbey

At the church of Altenburg Abbey (Stift Altenburg) the frescoes were created by Paul Troger. I was really surprised to see one of his frescoes includes a dragon.

The golden stove of Altenburg Abbey

On my walk through the basement vaults of Altenburg Abbey I came across this reconstruction of a Gothic tower stove. While unearthing the old monastery the workers discovered 62 tiles showing Bible stories, saints, emblems and symbols. They were probably created in the years between 1480 and 1510.

Sundial at Geras Abbey

Next to the room where I took a workshop in creating hand-made paper I came across this sundial. It is placed at the court of Geras Abbey (Stift Geras). I wonder which castle is shown at that sundial?

View of Geras Abbey

View from my hotel room in Geras. I stayed on the first floor of a former ‘Schüttkasten‘. A Schüttkasten is a building which was used for the storage of corn in earlier times. From my room, I had this view of Geras Abbey (Stift Geras). Inside the building on the left side, I took a…