WALK THE HISTORIC CENTRE
Walking is the best way to see Horn. The historic centre is quite compact, and has three Churches of varying ages. The Town square has some nice buildings, one with sgraffito and statues on the top of the building. I found a fountain, a plague column and shops to browse. The town also has town walls, ancient towers and three gates.
Quite a pleasant town to spend an hour or two!
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Quite a nice looking Schloss that can only be seen by peering through the fence, as it is privately owned and lived in. It was built in the 16th century.
Outside the gates, two Lion statues are on guard.
Located in the historic centre of Horn
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ST. GEORGE CHURCH
Located in the main square of Horn, is St. George Church, built in 1593 as a Protestant church.
I wasn't able to go inside this Church, but I didn't mind. On the outside, this Church has a most beautiful Spire that was built in the 1800's. They call it a "late-romantic" Spire!
This is one of the largest Protestant churches in the whole of Austria. If you are able to go inside, take note of the wooden Rococo pulpit built in 1772, which is decorated with gilded and silvered ornamentation
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The Hobarth or Mader Museum is housed in a former hospital. Here you can find exhibitions on prehistory, early history, local people and town history as well as the famous Grasel collection in honour of Georg Grasel (1790-1818) and an agricultural collection. This museum and park marks the gateway to the natural and cultural area called the "Kamptal".
A-3580 Horn, Stadtgemeinde, Rathausplatz 4, Tel. 02982- 2656
PARISH CHURCH OF ST. GEORGE
I like this church which is in the heart of the town and dedicated to my country's patron saint. This church is located in the main square and was built as a protestant church in 1593. The tower was finalized in a late romantic style at the end of the 18th century. The stone doors near the tower date back to the renaissance period and the south outer wall and the chancellory are in a rococco style. The "Taufbecken" is late renaissance. The church is decorated with two pictures - the Black Madonna by Alt-Brünn and St. Thekla by Martin Johann Schmidt, also known as "Kremser Schmidt".
A-3580 Horn, Hauptplatz; Pfarramt: Thurnhofgasse 19, Tel. 02982-23 12
This building has been around since the late 16th century. It was once a convent and a grammar school and is now an arts centre with seminar rooms, galleries and some accommodation.
the Kunsthaus is the headquarters of the Austrian Chamber Music Festival called "Allegro Vivo" and is also a summer academy for the festival. The concerts take place in the inner courtyard (which has renaissance arcades from 1591) as well as in the library and the small gallery.
To find out more about the music festival see www.allegro-vivo.music.at
HISTORICAL HORN - OLD SHOPS
In an area steeped in history its not surprising that some of the local business go back centuries. I liked this old pharmacy sign on the corner of the main square.
HISTORICAL HORN - OLD BUILDINGS
Apart from the Sgraffito house you will find many old buildings as you walk around the streets of Horn. I found this old sign on one of the buildings behind the Parish church.
Take the pedestrian walkway from Wienerstrasse and you will find yourself walking over a bridge with a great view of the river, castle and kunsthaus.
The small main square leads into a cobbled stoned shopping area. There are a few benches round the fountain where you can sit and observe the centre of town from.
RELAXING IN THE MUSEUM PARK
In front of the museum is a small park with some historical artifacts, a map of the region and works by local artists. I particularly liked this stone rocking chair!!
You will find this painted house on Wienerstrasse opposite the parish church. It was restored in the 20th century.
WHAT ELSE TO SEE...
If you have more time in the town, especially during the music festival - there is also the townhall in Florianigasse, Vereinshaus on Hamerlingstrasse and St. Stephan's Church on Pragerstrasse.