Manhole cover in Mistelbach

The manhole cover of Mistelbach shows a sprig of mistletoe, which is also depicted in the city arms. The term ‘Mistel‘ in the city name is actually the german term for a mistletoe.

MAMUZ Archaeological Park in Asparn/Zaya

The archaeological open-air site next to Asparn Castle (Schloss Asparn) belongs to the MAMUZ Museum of Prehistory in the Austrian region of Weinviertel.. Covering an area of 19,000 m2 reconstructed buildings dating from the Palaeolithic Age up to the Iron Age are displayed. [German]

Distillery museum Heger in Poysdorf

The distillery museum located in the vineyard estate and distillery Heger (Weingut & Destillerie Heger) in Poysdorf focuses on explaining the differences between small distilleries and industrial distilleries regarding the quality of their products. The pic above shows pieces generally used in smaller stillhouses.

Parish church of Poysdorf

View of the parish church of Poysdorf (Pfarrkirche Poysdorf) taken from a nearby vineyard. I took this photo while joining a guided hiking tour through the vineyards of Poysdorf.

Cellar cat in Poysdorf

In the Austrian region of Weinviertel you often see a symbol of a cat. This symbol is known as ‘cellar cat’ (Kellerkatze). Some people believe the cat living in a wine vault will always rest on the barrel with the best wine. So vintners started to put the sculpture of a cat on top of the casks with…

Tractor tours through Poysdorf

A fun way to explore the wine cellar lanes in Poysdorf and the vineyards in the surroundings is to join a guided tour on board of historical trailers drawn by classic farm tractors. On this pic, I just headed down a wine cellar lane (Kellergasse) named Rösselberg.

Wine cellar lane Rösselberg in Poysdorf

This lane is one of several wine cellar lanes (Kellergassen) in Poysdorf. It is actually a hollow-way with a couple of rooms built into a loess layer. These rooms have only a front façade, but no brick walls or a timbered roof.

Yellow brick road in Poysdorf

Once upon a time some parts of Austrian lanes were paved with clinker bricks produced in Schattau, the Czech Šatov of today. In Poysdorf and surroundings there are still such lanes with these typically yellow bricks (Schattauer Pflaster).

Eisenhuthaus in Poysdorf

A very special accommodation in Poysdorf: The Eisenhuthaus, a building dating back to 1540, is not only the oldest building of the city but also offers some rooms for staying there.

Wine estate Taubenschuss in Poysdorf

The wine estate Taubenschuss (Weingut Taubenschuss) offers not only wine tastings but also guided tours through a compilation of contemporary art. Most impressive detail: The gallery of doves, where each exhibited artist created something creative with a given shape of a dove.

Gallery of Doves in Poysdorf

The gallery of doves is a clever art project displayed at the vineyard estate Taubenschuss  (Weingut Taubenschuss) in Poysdorf. The owner of the estate asked a couple of artists to paint a given shape of a dove in the typical style of the artist. So you can learn a lot about many local artist by just…