Leopold-Werndl-Str. 25, Steyr, 4400, Austria
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One centre of the car industry
Steyr is not only a beautiful town, it is also a very important industrial town in Austria.
Steyr was and is the centre of car production in Austria, next to Graz. There were produced cars, trucks and tracs here at Steyr-Daimler-Puch, but now the company was sold. But even nowadays cars are produced, BMWs for example .... some types are produced completely in Austria.
So when driving a BMW it could be that it is car which was made 100 % in Austria...
This is one of the reasons, why Austria is such a wealthy country. We have no big brands, but Austria´s economy consists of many small and medium sized companies which produce in niche-markets, such as cable cars, railway constructing machines, wine glasses .....
They are exported world wide....
Steyr - along the river front
The town Steyr is laid out along two major axis of the rivers Enns and the Steyr that you see here in the pic. Michael explained that the city was once known for the importance in the trading of iron along this route to the river Danube.
The town square
I know several town in Austria, which old town square consists only of old houses, but I know less towns where can be found such magnificant buildings Steyr got rich and weatlhy in the times after 1500 AD, when only the hammerworks of Steyr had the priviledge to use the iron of the Erzberg (iron mountain) in Styria..... and this explains the wonderful buildings
Steyr - house art details
So many of the homes and buildings that we saw, private or municipal were intricately decorated, this work looks to have been painted on over a plaster base in a charcoal color and then the "crest" or house emblem added in color later.
Steyr - narrow streets
We toured around narrow streets as you can see here and these are not "pedestrian" streets only, you would sometimes have to flatten yourself to let cars pass. I guess the term "up against the wall" might come from here.. Zohara and Tal could not figure out why all the streets lead UP and not DOWN, there must be a rule of physics there somewhere, an axiom that says "Whenever you tour all roads will lead up, regardless of direction!!".