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  • The chapel at Mayerling.....
    The chapel at Mayerling.....
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  • The altar marks the site of the shootings....
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  • Reproduction of a room in the hunting lodge.....
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    Cistercian Monastery Church.....

    by Maryimelda Updated Mar 1, 2013

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    The interior of the monastery is fascinating to say the least. In the Church there are three Romanesque aisles, a Neo-Gothic altar , a Gothic chancel and Baroque Choir Stalls.
    The pews are finished with inlaid ends each different from the next. The organ and high altar are nothing less than magnificent. I love this church.

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    Seegrotte mine and underground lake.....

    by Maryimelda Updated Dec 1, 2009

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    Seegrotte is the site of the largest subterranean lake in Europe. The lake was caused by a blast in the gypsum mine under which it is now situated, in about 1914 (?) which caused the mine to be shut down. The mine site has had many uses since then, but is probably most famous for being the place where the Nazis (probably using prison camp labour, manufactured parts for a German jet fighter plane in WWII. It was also used as a setting for parts of the "Three Musketeers" movie of the 1990's.
    The guided tour is very interesting and includes a boat trip on the lake. Be warned that to get to the boat, there are 80 steps each way to be negotiated. Also, the tour is not for the claustrophobic as it is obviously, quite dark inside with long narrow tunnels. The temperature is a constant 9 deg C. There are some interesting displays to be seen along the way to the lake. All in all a very worthwhile activity.

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    The Cistercian Monastery Complex......

    by Maryimelda Written Nov 26, 2009

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    The extensive complex also houses the "Fountain House" a Gothic structure with a Renaissance lead fountain with layers of limestone deposits. 14th century plate glass windows depict various members of the Babenberg family who were the original residents of the building.
    The Chapter Hall features a late Romanesque/Gothic vault; a 19th century rose window, and Baroque frescoes portraying the history of the Babenbergs. the tomb of the last Babenberg duke, Frederick II, who was killed in battle with the Hungarians in 1246 has place of honour in the centre of the main aisle. This monastery has history and features that are never ending.

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    Cistercian Monastery (Exterior).....

    by Maryimelda Written Nov 26, 2009

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    Cistercian Monastery at Heiligenkreuz.....
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    The monastery is situated in Heiligenkreuz (Holy Cross) and was founded in the first half of the 12th century. The setting of course, is beautiful with lovely manicured lawns and gardens and the Baroque Trinity Column, which was added in the 18th century very visible on the western side outside the Romanesque monastery church. Today the monastery is home to about 70 monks.

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    Baden Spa town

    by Maryimelda Updated Nov 26, 2009

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    Lanner Strauss Memorial........

    Baden is a truly beautiful town that deserves to be wandered at length. Here Beethoven composed some of his famous 9th Symphony and it was not too far away in Hoeldrichsmuehle that Franz Schubert wrote the "Linden Tree." Lanner and Strauss (Snr) were lauded here as the waltz kings.

    The history of Baden dates back to Roman times. It is well known for its many thermal spas and thus is host to many health/wellness resorts. There are 120 vineyards in the area and about 70 Heurigen. To my mind however, it is just a beautiful, beautiful place which I would love to have the time to walk around for hours. My visit there was all too brief.

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    Mayerling...

    by Maryimelda Written Nov 26, 2009

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    Mayerling is of course famous or infamous, depends which way you look at it, for being the site of the alleged double suicide by Crown Prince Rudolph and his young mistress Baroness Mary Vetsera in 1889.
    That part of the hunting lodge where the deaths occurred was subsequently demolished and a memorial chapel was built in its place when the building was given to the Carmelite Nuns who still live there in seclusion today. It is said that the altar inthe chapel marks the exact site of the shootings.
    The chapel and a few adjoining rooms containing memorabilia from the old hunting lodge as well as two coffins in which Mary Vetsera was buried and which were both later dug up for various reasons, are open to the public. Mary was finally laid to rest at the town cemetery in Heiligenkreuz not far from Mayerling.

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    The Seegrotte

    by call_me_rhia Written Jun 4, 2007

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    The Seegrotte means the Lake cave and its a lake found in a gypsum cave, which can be visited on a guided tour and, for a small stretch, navigated. The cave, originally, did not have this large lake: it formed in 1912 after a blast - water flooded in, the mine had to be shut down - but a great natural monument had formed.

    While you visit this cave, before coming to the place where you take the boat, you will seem something really unexpected: some nazi memorabilia. The cave, in fact, was used by the nazis as an underground factory, with over 2000 people working there (force labourers, of course). After that, there's the boat trip on the lake, to admire the rock formations and, at times, the green pools of water.

    The experience is really great, but it would have been even better if, rather than a miner/guide one could have listened to some classical music... it would have suited the surrounding perfectly. A word of warning: inside the cave the temperature is 9C - hence bring some warm clothes with you. Alternatively you can rent blankets for 50 cents.

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    The Liechtenstein Castle

    by call_me_rhia Written Jun 4, 2007

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    The Liechtenstein Castle

    The Liechtenstein Castle is an amazing castle in the Vienna woods, near the village of Maria Enzersdorf. it was originally built during the 12th century by the Liechtenstein family before they chose Vaduz (in Liechtenstein) as their seat. Liechtenstein means "bright/light stone" and the castle, surrounded by woods and fields, seems to glare in the distance.

    While it is no longer inhabited, the castle has not been left to ruin. Today it is used as the setting for the Nestroy Theatre Festival, which takes place every year in the summer months.

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    the old town of Baden

    by call_me_rhia Written Jun 4, 2007

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    Baden is an old town in the Viennese Woods, famous for (as the name suggests) its baths. It's origin dates back to the Romans, who came here to enjoy the town's sulphur's springs and called it "Aquae" (waters). Many people have enjoyrd these waters, incuding the Austrian emperor Franz I, who had his summer residence here for 20 years; you can still go to the same baths he used to frequent.

    Today Baden is a satellite town of Vienna, since it's only 26 kilometres away, but it's a world apart: no traffic, plenty of parks and gardens, Biedermeir houses outdoor cafès and a relaxed way of life. A perfect place to recharge your batteries while on the road.

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    Mayerling hunting lodge

    by call_me_rhia Written Jun 4, 2007

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    In the Mayerling hunting lodge, you can visit the memorial chapel where the Crown Prince Rudolph killed himself on 30 January 1889. The Prince was the son of Emperor Franz Joseph I. With him died his lover, the young Baroness Vetsera, who was killed by the hand of the Prince in mysterious circumstances. Next to the hunting lodge a church and convent has been built, and the Carmelite nuns who live there now pray for the soul of the Prince.

    In the church, look for the statue of the Madonna and the cross in the Lady Chapel. The place where the cross is, apparently, is where the bed of the two lovers was located, and where they were found dead.

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    The Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz

    by call_me_rhia Written Jun 4, 2007

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    Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz (Holy Cross) is a nice abbey that was founded in 1133. In a chapel there is supposed to be a fragment of the cross on which Jesus died. The abbey, however, is well-known for two other reasons

    - it's where the last member of the Babenberger family is buried. The Babenberg were the ruling family before the Habsburg)
    - it's the second oldest continuously inhabited Cistercian monastery in the world.

    Heiligenkreuz used to be, and is, an important centre for learning, in fact it now hosts on its grounds a large institute for philosophical and theological studies.

    The most important parts to visit are the innercourt and the old cloister. The Innercourt's central piece is a beautiful baroque column, the Holy Trinity column, which was designed by the Italian Giovanni Giuliani. The old cloister is in romanesque style and its quite austere: there's many medieval pieces of art inside and... an amazing more recent window by Swarowski.

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    Danube Valley Excursion...

    by coceng Updated Apr 26, 2004

    This is a serie of photos, taken by me, of my day excursion around THE DANUBE VALLEY with Matthias & Axel (in his car).
    Starting in Wienerwald...
    This is my lovely 2 chums ! Axel & Matthias...who helped me in so many ways in making my stay around Vienna a blast !We then drove to KLOSTERNEUBURG

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    Danube Valley Excursion...

    by coceng Written Apr 26, 2004

    This is a serie of photos, taken by me, of my day excursion around THE DANUBE VALLEY with Matthias & Axel (in his car).
    Starting in Wienerwald...
    This is a photo of me ! So chubby there ! Wait till the end of the journey, this 2nd trip to Europe, you'll see a new version of me !
    Look at the building behind me ! Could be a villa...

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    Danube Valley Excursion...

    by coceng Updated Apr 26, 2004

    This is a serie of photos, taken by me, of my day excursion around THE DANUBE VALLEY with Matthias & Axel (in his car).
    Starting in Wienerwald...
    Another photo...You can see the vineyards on this photo ! The sun was shining just brightly but you could see the silhuette of Vienna there on the background !

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    Danube Valley Excursion...

    by coceng Updated Apr 26, 2004

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    This is a serie of photos, taken by me, of my day excursion around THE DANUBE VALLEY with Matthias & Axel (in his car).
    Starting in Wienerwald...
    This was the first photo ! Overlooking Vienna, it was so amazing ! The vineyards...& green trees surrounding this area !

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