The monument to the Lindwurm, the Klagenfurt dragon, was sculpted centuries ago in 1590 from a single piece of chlorite slate, but its history goes back much further than that. The first mention of it is in legends dating from before the city was built. The city itself never existed before the 13th century, consisting only of a few settlements on a small hill, safe from the floodings that plagued the swampland below. Many people died in the treacherous swamps, and the flooding destroyed bridges and buildings. Many of these disasters were blamed on the mythical dragon Lindwurm.
Legend has it that in the swamps the Lindwurm stalked the local people, and that to help protect the people of the region, the Duke of Carinthia built a great tower in the swamps guarded by courageous knights. These knights laid a trap for the creature, baiting it with a bull tied to barbed chain. The Lindwurm swallowed the bull, and was caught on the chain like a fish on a hook. Struggling to free itself, the Knights slew the creature, and the people were free. The swamps were then drained, and a castle built in their stead.
After the city was founded, an excavation near the city, at a gravel pit named Lindwurmgrube, uncovered the "dragon's skull" in 1353. This skull was preserved in the town hall until 1840 when palaeontologist Franz Unger determined that it wasn't a dragon's head at all, but instead the skull of a prehistoric woolly rhinoceros. The skull was then exhibited in the town's newly founded Naturhistorisches Landesmuseum.
Not only are there buildings on display, but Train stations and Trains running on tracks around the complex. There were even canals, and canal boats for the cities that have these.
I saw a gold-miners village, and even a space-ship launch pad. There were oil wells and other industries, and of course, the Eiffel Tower.
IN the park is a childrens playground, and plenty of water fountains, you may get thirsty on a hot day.
We had a wonderful time here, and if you like this type of tourist attraction, DON'T MISS IT!
It ties for 1st place with Cockington Green in Canberra, Australia, that's with me as the judge!
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Castles and Palaces, plenty of these to see too!
What I liked is how they are done in miniature, and how the surroundings are made so real!
One Castle was located high on a Mountain, and it must be surrounded with dense forest, as this is what is surrounding it in the display.
Another with a moat, another with a Lake, others with beautiful gardens, just as we had seen previously for real, all painted in the correct colours, what a picture these were!
I can always decide which ones I wish to go and see in the future!
Moving on from the Harbour, I came across in miniature, the Sagrada familia Cathedral. We had seen this at Barcelona a month before-hand, so it was interesting to see how well done it was in miniature.
Another beautiful building, was the St. Sophia Cathedral, the real one is in Kiev in the Ukraine.
There are so many, including St. Mark's Cathedral - Venice, Church of Heiligenblut - Austria, Suleiman Mosque - Turkey, St. Kevin's Church - Ireland, Abbey Church - Arges - Romania, and many, many more, all very well done.
We looked at the giant Globe, and then started our tour of the park.
Located behind the globe, was a harbour full of Ships from around the World.
It was wow! If this is a sign of what is to come, then it will be excellent!
There in the middle of the harbour, taking pride of place, was the "Statue of Liberty," and sailing past was the "Queen Mary." Some other ships were nearby, the Steamboat "Natchez" was on the move, steam was coming out the funnel, and the ferry "Konstanz" was loaded with cars, trucks and passengers and was on the move.
The Sailing ship, the "St. Gabriel" from Portugal, was sitting in the water near the Italian "Castle Miramare," an imposing Castle that made me think would be nice to see in full size!
A little Tugboat was standing by incase the Frigate "Novara' needed help navigating around Lake Bled and the island. It all was happening in the water & boat display!
Working Models and a wonderful start!
Minimundus is the WORLDS FAMOUS BUILDINGS IN MINIATURE.
We came here by car, found it very easily, and parked our Car in one of the 450 car parks. It was a wet day, so there weren't many cars here.
We then walked to the Admission gate, bought our tickets, and were given an excellent map of the area, which included a list of the 150 places that I would see in miniature in the park.
Right from the very start it was amazing. This display is in miniature, but it's a larger size than I had seen anywhere else, and I quite liked it being slightly bigger. The gardens are done to size too, really, the whole area is all done to scale. What a lot of work must have gone into this!
There are plenty of pathways, and these have arrows which I followed, this made it very easy not to miss anything, plus I had views in all directions.
Toilets are located inside, as is a Restaurant/Cafe area.
It isn't a display just for children, plenty of adults were here, and I just love viewing Model villages too!
Throughout the year various events are held in Minimundus.
OPEN...March, April, October 9 - 6PM, May, June & September 9-7pm
July, August, 9-8pm, Wednesday to 11pm.
CLOSED DURING THE WINTER MONTHS.
ADMISSION in 2012.....Adult 13 euros Child 8 euros
ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME 2-3hours.
This monument was built in 1927, dedicated to the artillery and the First World War and for the men killed in the Carinthian defense artillery battles.
A Lion stands astride the top of a hunk of granite, with its left paw holding a bronze oak wreath, including a bronze sign:-
" In the world wars and freedom struggles in the Carinthian Artillery 1914-1919 The Federation fallen comrades."
At its feet lay a small canon, and some spring water coming out of a shell hole.
As I was walking Lidmanskygasse, I came across a large glass display box, alongside a park.
Looking into the box, I could see that it was a model made out of bronze, of what Klagenfurt looked like in the medieval times.
The Kiki Kogelnik Fountain, I thought was rather unusual. Modern, the water was spurting out of masks situated around the fountain.
It is situated in the Park infront of the Landhaus
Kiki Kogelnik was an Austrian artist who died February 1 1997 in Vienna.
The cathedral belongs to the Roman Catholic parish churches of the city of Klagenfurt.
The Church has been used for many things, including a flour and bread warehouse.
Since then, the Church has been renovated, and now is beautiful inside. There is much gold, 23 stucco framed murals on the walls and the vaults, the Bishop's Throne, beautiful ceiling frescoes and Altars.
If you like Church interiors, then don't miss this one!
The Landhaus was built between 1574-1594, on the site of an earlier moated Castle. This beautiful building has two onion dome Towers in which staircases are located, and a two storied arcaded courtyard.
It is still the seat of the Carinthian parliament.
The Emblem Hall at the Landhaus, with the “Fürstenstein” and the 665 emblems is one of the most important tourist attractions in Klagenfurt.
Josef Ferdinand Fromiller, the best known Carinthian baroque painter, designed the emblems in baroque opulence for many princes and aristocratic families and has created one of the most beautiful halls of Carinthia.
OPEN....01/04-31/10, Mon-Sat 9am-5pm
ALLOW 30 min for a FREE GUIDED TOUR.
The Dragon is the symbol of Klagenfurt, so what did I find everywhere, but Dragons!
I have already told you about the "big" Dragon, so I will tell you to seek, and you shall find.
I found a cute sign with a shoe being put into a Dragon's mouth, this was advertising a clothing/shoe shop.
Then I saw some sitting above an entrance door, they just kept popping up everywhere!
The Holy Spirit Church and Ursuline Convent is located in Holy Spirit Square.
Built in 1355, it was used as a Protestant Church, and then in 1630, as a Catholic Church. In 1674, the Ursuline convent was built.
Inside the Church, the ceiling was covered with many frescoes, there was nice woodwork, and all together, I thought it to be quite nice.
The beautiful Stauder House was built in 1907, and is what you first see when entering Klagenfurt from the western entrance. The architecture is beautiful, it looks a bit like a castle with its turrets and towers. An example of a german style home, it looks extra nice because of the pretty flower garden and statue in the middle of the road.
Originally, the house was named the "Golden Stag." When Mary Stauder died in 1861, she bequeathed to the city 60 000 guilders for needy citizens, so the house was re-named after her.
The Puttibrunnen is a lovely fountain of two cherubs [two, small naked boys] and a fish, created in the 20th century.
There are many garden seats surrounding the pond where it's located. In Winter, the sculptures are protected by a glass surround.