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.more
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,...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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)-...more
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 KLOSTERNEUBURGmore
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...more
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 !more
There are trains and buses etc that will take you to various set points in the Wienerwald, however to get around to see many of the sights, you will need a car or a tour bus. I had to settle for a tour bus, which to me was not the ideal, but at the very least, they didn't drop us off at ceramic and pottery factories or the like, which does happen so often on day tours. It was a half day tour which I found to be quite comprehensive, but I must confess to having gone past many a town or castle or photo opportunity, that I would love to have been able to stop at. It is for this reason, that I will certainly lash out and hire a car next time.
The tour can be organised through your hotel and the company sends a mini bus to pick you up. After picking up several others at various hotels, we were then taken to the Vienna State Opera where we were put on a bigger bus and taken to the depot of Vienna Sightseeing Tours in the area of Sudbahnhof. We were then transferred yet again on to the bus that would take us on the tour. It seemed like a lot of messing around to me, but that was the way it was done. I felt fortunate to have an excellent guide who spoke several languaes fluently and seemed to know his history and other necessary info very well. After the tour, we were dropped off at the State Opera and not back at the hotel as I would have thought.
As it happened, this suited me as I just spent the afternoon wandering around my city of dreams.
This is a souvenir/gift shop on the grand scale. The shop is large, nicely set out with plenty of merchandise on offer. For the most part, the stock is of a religious nature, but they also have a lovely selection of local wines at very reasonable prices.
What to buy: The wine I bought was superb, so if I ever get back there I will buy more and that's for sure. They also had a lovely range of stained glass and venetian type glass crosses in all shapes and sizes and of course all the colours of the rainbow. It's also a good place to pick up a chocolate bar or a snack to munch on the bus.
What to pay: Depends what you buy.
If you want to explore this area, walking shoes is a must. Jogging, walking, cycling in this area of Wienerwald.
Photo Equipment: Yes, bring a camera. You will never know what you might see & thinking that not many people could capture the green sceneries around Vienna.
If you go on a day tour to the Wienerwald, you will be picked up at around 8am and will not get back to Vienna till about 2pm. There are no food stops along the way. You may need to pop a few snacks and at least a bottle of water into your bag to have with you. You can buy snack type food in the gift shop at the Cistercian Abbey, but your choices...more
The Wienerwald is the Vienna Woods, an area of pre-alpine woodland just off Vienna, with plenty of places of interest, both historical and natural. It more or less covers the area bounded by the rivers Triesting, Gölsen, Traisen and Danube. it's a pristine, relaxing green area with beeches, oaks, hornbeams, pines and firs. There are pretty relaxed...more