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    Schloss Artstetten

    by globetrott Written Mar 29, 2015

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    Schloss Artstetten was the private residence of Kronprinz Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of the Austrian Empire, who was shot 1914 in Sarajewo. Therefor this palace has a great museum now about the life of this family, you will learn a lot about the assassination and you will also see a replica of the car of Sarajevo (while the original car is shown in Vienna in the Heeresgeschichtliche Museum)

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    Schloss Artstetten is open for visitors:
    April 1st till November 1st
    daily from 09.00am - 05.30pm
    last entry at 05.00pm !

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    Schloss Rosenburg

    by globetrott Written Mar 29, 2015

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    Schloss Rosenburg dates back to the 12th century and was rebuilt in Renaissance style lateron. Nowadays it is one of the main tourist-attractions of the area north of Krems, they will have falconry shows there in summertime,and medieval days. There is a museum and all sorts of activities for the whole family.
    Rosenburg is certainly a great daytrip from Vienna: In July and August there will be a summertheatre there, in September they have a festival of Farytales and there will be a christmasmarket as well in December.
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    Rosenburg is open for visitors in 2015:
    March 28th till October 25th
    Wednesdays - Sundays from 10.00am till 05.00pm
    BUT in October only from FRIDAY-SUNDAY !!!

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    Schloss Schönbühel

    by globetrott Written Mar 29, 2015

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    Schloss Schönbühel is a castle or rather a small palace along the Danube not far from Melk. It was built on top of a rock and fortyfied with strong walls. It is privately owned and you cannot visit it as a tourist and still it is one of the most impressive buildings that you will see when you make a cruise in the Wachau, that is the Danube-valley between Melk and Krems.
    Another significant thing of Schloss Schönbühel is also the fact that the passage for ships is quite narrow at Schönbühel, as there is a giant rock right in the middle of the river.

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    Duernstein

    by globetrott Written Mar 28, 2015

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    Duernstein is one of the highlights of any cruise through the Wachau ( the Danube valley between Krems and Melk ).
    This is the wellknown spire of the monestary in Dürnstein, as you see it when cruising the Danube. Dont miss to take a look inside the monastery as well and walk through the old streets of this village full of great architecture, the old part of town is also off-limits for car-trafic, so walking there is very easy. Take a walk to the castle and taste the local white wine and the famous apricots. Apricot-brandy is another speciality of the Wachau.
    The old ruins high above the village are worth seeing only when you care for the panorama and when you have some extra time.

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    Spitz an der Donau

    by globetrott Written Mar 28, 2015

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    Spitz an der Donau is in a distance of about 5 Km from Dürnstein.
    The village offers plenty of hotels and restaurants and is also famous for it's wonderful church.
    The church dates back to the 14th century and has plenty of great paintings and sculptures, BUT the artists are unknown, as during one of the many wars in the medieval times all documents have disappeared.

    In Spitz you also have the possibility to cross the Danube on a car-ferry .

    Spitz has its own train-station ( www.oebb.at )

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    Rax: the Alpengarten

    by globetrott Written Mar 28, 2015

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    Alpengarten at Rax was my favorite place to be because it was there where I saw my first real Edelweiss in the free nature and it was not only a single one, but hundreds of them togeather with lots of other alpine flowers!
    When hiking you hardly ever see Edelweiss, simply because animals like chamois / Gemse love to eat it for desert, but at Alpengarten they obviously cant jump across the fence and so these lovely flowers can survive.
    Edelweiss are under strict protection and picking them as a souvenir is a serious crime. I am quite sure 98% of all customs-officers in the world know them and might fine you and take away the Edelweiss anyway, so leave it where it is and take just photographs home with you !

    b.t.w.:my VT Passport-pic was also taken there !

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    Semmering: Zauberberg

    by globetrott Written Mar 28, 2015

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    Zauberberg (Magic mountain) is the name of a peak in the village of Semmering, where you can go up in a cablecar in summer and in winter. the skiing-slopes are rather for good skiers, beeing able to race down over steep and narrow slopes. There is a seperate track for tobaggoning as well and at certain times the slopes will be lighted in wintertime, so you can go skiing also at night.
    Snow-cannons make sure you will have enough snow for skiing, even when the rest of the mountain is without any snow !
    In summertime plenty of people go up there for the view or for a hike downwards. You can also rent a "Monster"-scooter in order to drive down or take the mountainbike - track downwards.

    Holders of the NÖ-Card can go this cablecar
    up and down 1x free of charge each year !

    In my personal opinion you dont miss a lot, when you skip this mountain and the cablecar in summer !

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    Melk - a monastery & more

    by globetrott Written Mar 28, 2015

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    Melk in the Danube-valley is a place that you really should not miss, when travelling through Austria. Its most important sights are :
    1) The benedictinian monastery :Take a tour in order to see the famous marble-room and the library with frescoes by Paul Trooger and the great baroque staircases. In summer you can walk through the museum also on your own, in wintertime you have to take one of the guided tours.
    2) The baroque pavillon and gardens : leave some time to that as well, the frescos inside the pavillon are really great !
    3) The village of Melk is also worth seeing, there are some interesting houses, the old pharmacy and a house built on a rock
    4) The K&K Postoffice
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    Melk is conveniently situated just 1 Km off the Highway A1 Linz-Vienna and it is also a train-station, where plenty of trains will stop on a regular basis.
    Melk is also the startingpoint for the Wachau-cruises through the Danube-valley to Duernstein and Krems and in Vienna you can get combination-tickets for the train to Melk plus the ship to Krems and back to Vienna by train again.
    Vienna-Sightseeingtours offer this as a daytrip as well in summertime !

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    Stift Goettweig

    by globetrott Updated Mar 24, 2015

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    Stift Goettweig is also called the "Montecassino of Austria" and when you make a cruise or drive by car through the Danube-valley between Krems and Melk you will see this impressive monastery on top of a hill in some distance.When you drive up that hill you will find a monastery with the size of a whole village and there enough to see and explore for half a day !

    Stift Goettweig was founded in the year 1083 by the bishop of Passau, holy Altmann - he is buried in the krypta under the basilica.At that time Passau was the largest diocese in the area and it included also towns like Vienna, and the bishop of Passau was also the bishop of Vienna.
    Stift Goettweig - the way it looks today - dates back to the year 1739, when it was rebuilt after a fire by the famous architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrand.
    The highlights of architecture in Goettweig are the Kaisertrakt, Kaiserstiege with frescos by Paul Troger, the chambers of the emperor and the basilica.
    Goettweig is famous for Paul Troger-paintings: Paul Trooger made this fresco in 1739. You will see it on top of the big entrance-hall and when you take a closer look you will see god Helios-Apoll in his sun-wagon, and he shows the face of the austrian emperor Karl VI. One of the other goddesses has the face of Maria-Theresia (daughter of Karl VI).
    Normally the frescos of Paul Trooger are a lot more colorfull any you may see them in many monasteries in Austria.
    This fresco can only be seen, when you pay the entrance-fee for the museum:

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    Petronell-Carnuntum:The Heidentor

    by globetrott Written Mar 22, 2015

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    Heidentor (pagan-gate) is the name of one of the most popular Roman remains in Austria, and it is a bit outside of the town of Petronell-Carnunthum. The giant arch that is still visible today is just one of 4 arches that were built under emperor Constantinus as a triumph-gate with inscriptions reminding the population of the great achievements and victories of Constantinus. Carnunthum had about 50.000 inhabitants during the roman times and was the capital of the province upper-pannonia.
    On my last picture you will see a small-scale-model of the monument as well and may get an idea, what it looked like in Roman times.

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    Petronell-Carnunthum

    by globetrott Written Mar 22, 2015

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    Petronell-Carnunthum is a great daytrip from Vienna and maybe 10km from the border to Hungary.It is well known for its remains of the Roman empire, including several amphi-theatres, excarvations of a roman village and a great museum, showing reconstructions of the limes, the artificial wall that was built around almost all borderlines of the Roman empire - see my last picture ! Most of the sights can be entered free of charge, only at the excarvation-area with the open-air-museum you have to pay a small entrance-fee.
    This museum is open for visitors:
    March 21st till November 2015
    Guided tours of Open Air Museum Petronell:
    Sat, Sun, public holidays 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
    Museum Carnuntinum : Sat, Sun, public holidays 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
    Duration of tour: approx. 1 hour

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    Bad Fischau: the Hundertwasser-restaurant

    by globetrott Written Mar 18, 2015

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    Bad Fischau is another place in Austria, where you will be able to see some interesting architecture by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Bad Fischau is a small spa and also a restaurant on a carparking of the highway A2, south of Vienna. There once used to be an ugly restaurant and Friedensreich Hundertwasser was asked to decorate it a bit in his very own style. And that is what happened here: The ugly building with large windows and a lot of naked concrete dating back to the early 1950s looks nice and interesting all of a sudden thanks to Hundertwassers architecture.
    In the basement of the restaurant you will find the restrooms and they are also a part of Hundertwasser's architecture. There are some funny ideas, colorfull tiles and even a puppet sitting in front of the toilet.
    Hundertwasser created also his own german word for his kind of architecture : "behübschen", thats a word that did not exist before, although everybody understands it right away. Hübsch is "pretty" and behübschen is making something more pretty, more beautiful.
    And of course Hundertwasser was not an architect, but a painter who had studied painting at the academy for only 3 months, before he left, finding his own style

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    Grafenegg castle - 60km west of Vienna

    by globetrott Written Mar 17, 2015

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    Grafenegg castle is a great day-excursion and you will find it in a distance of about 60km west of Vienna. Grafenegg castle , the way you see it today, was built in the 17th century and used to be a water-castle in former times. Today the moat is dried out, but still there are just 2 bridges to enter the castle. In the 19th century Graf August Ferdinand Breuner had the castle rebuilt in neo-gothic style , similar to english castles that he had seen during his travels there.
    In my childhood I lived 5 years in Grafenwörth am Kamp - just 4 Km from Grafenegg, and this castle was the very first castle I saw in reality, OUTside of fairytale-books....
    It looked very sad, but still romantic for me from the distance, as it was not possible to enter at that time and plenty of windows were just broken and people told me, that all the interior was stolen after WW II and the russian occupants even threw the precious wooden decorations and parquets into the ovens to heat the rooms.

    The next trainstation is "Wagram / Grafenegg" or Wagram am Wagram , in a distance of about 2 km from the castle. The trains from Vienna will take around 50 minutes !
    When you get out of the train, you will see Schloss Grafenegg in the distance and have to walk a straight allee with almost no car-trafic in order to get there. The trains are leaving from Wien Nordbahnhof = Wien Franz Josephs Bhf. click here in order to check the train-schedules !

    From Vienna you might need about 50 minutes, when you take the road via Stockerau.
    Taking the highway A1 is not a good idea, when arriving from Vienna !
    When arriving on the A1 from Salzburg and Linz it might be the best to leave A1 in St.Pölten and follow the signs for Krems.
    My favorite way to get there is the highway A1, leaving it in Melk and follow the Wachau along the Danube. Melk to Grafenegg through the Wachau will need around 2 hours.
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    Today it is fully restored again and you can visit it on a regular basis !
    Opening times will vary a bit each year !
    In 2010 it is
    April 24th - October 31st
    Wednesday - Sunday 10.00a.m. - 05.00p.m.

    Guided tours only upon reservations at the
    e-mail-adress, shown below !
    Entry to the castle including the various
    special exhibitions :
    adults : 5,- Euros
    Family-card 7,50 Euro
    Holders of NÖ-Card get a free entrance !

    MY SELFmade postcard of Grafenegg
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    Burg Kreuzenstein - north of Vienna

    by globetrott Updated Mar 17, 2015

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    Burg Kreuzenstein is an interesting castle 20km north of Vienna. It looks much older that it is in reality : It was built between 1874 and 1906 at the same place, where a castle was built already in the 12th century, but that castle was detroyed during the 30-year-war and only a few parts of that castle were used to build the castle that you will see nowadays.
    When you click on this link you will be able to click through lots of pics of the interesting architecture of that castle.
    When you like to go from Vienna to Burg Kreuzenstein by public transportation your only choice is the Schnellbahn. "Schnellbahn or S-bahn" is the name of the trains that come from outside of Vienna and go through the centre, so you can catch them at many places. From Wien-Mitte / Landstrasse (that is where the CAT starts) it takes 32 minutes by S3 or S4 to the station Leobendorf-Kreuzenstein
    Plenty of trains will run all day long : take a look at their web-page below !
    From the station Leobendorf-Kreuzenstein you still have to do an easy walk of 30 minutes in order to get to the castle !
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    You can visit the castle only by guided tour !
    Kreuzenstein castle is open for visitors
    daily from 10.00a.m. till 04.00p.m.
    plus at sundays during "official summertime" (amtl. Sommerzeit)
    it is open untill 05.00p.m.
    (thats the time after the clock was changed in spring)
    Adults pay 8 Euros / children 6-16 pay 4,50 euros

    Fotography and Video are forbidden inside !

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    Driving by car from Vienna to Burg Kreuzenstein is quite convenient and it makes sense mainly, when you plan to explore other places around Vienna as well, and of course you dont have to walk uphill, but will find a large parking-area close to the castle and handicapped people can even drive directely to the castle. Parking of your car is totally free of charge, it might even be a good place to spend the night in your motorhome.
    Take the road or the highway (Schnellstrasse) at the left bank of the river Danube towards the north of Vienna and get out at "Korneuburg".
    From there you follow the sign-posts for Burg Kreuzenstein and from many places you will also see it in a distance, built high above the villages.

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    Ruine Aggstein in the Wachau / Danube-valley

    by globetrott Updated Mar 17, 2015

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    Ruine Aggstein is a medieval castle of robber-barons in the Danube-valley between Melk and Krems. A steep and rather small one-way-track leads up the hill, where you have a tremendous view over the valley - the old knights really knew where to build their castles and from their castle they had a great place to watch out for victims who would have to pay high tolls for the transport of their goods on the river Danube.
    You have to pay a small entry-fee of about 3,- € for the ruins and can walk around on your own - and you also have a nice self-service-restaurant with local food inside the ruin .
    The castle and the restaurant is open until sundown. There is a small rock with just a wooden fence around it now, that once was called "rosary" - a tiny garden high up on the hill.
    This "garden" was used to get rid of enemies and prisoners, in a brutal and very direct way:
    In the old times it had NO FENCE at all and enemies, who were prisoners on Aggstein had the choice between starving to death or make an end by jumping down that rock.
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    Aggstein is situated on the right bank of the Danube.To go there with public transportation, you have to leave the train in Melk and take the bus to the village Aggstein, from where you will start a walk of about 45 min up a steep road to the castle
    By car it is a lot more easy and you can drive up directely to the castle, there is a large carpark as well !

    my SELFmade postcard of Aggstein
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