By far, Steyr's rich architecture and strategic location at the confluence of the Steyr and Enns River makes it a must vist place for any visitor to this area. Plus, paying a visit to everybody's good friend Michael (globetrott) is always a plus!
Fondest memory: As night descended on Steyr, we were crossing the river over a small foot bridge and I looked towards the Michaelerkirche and to my surprise, I could see the reflection of the church against the Steyr River. I immediately pulled out my camera and took the best shot I could considering the lack of light and overcast conditions. Admiring this view was one of my fondest memories of Steyr.
Fondest memory: Michael aka globetrott for VT, aka an untiring touristic guide, my private guide and the reason of this planned detour to his hometown on my way to Prague, aka an excellent cook of Winerschnitzel, aka a very kind and thoughtful friend...
Well Michael will probably never talk to me again, because I forgot the name of this building, but Michael if you can send me the name ......
Still just to wander the main street of Steyr and enjoy seeing the grand architecture in all its glory, well even if you can't remember the name of the building it will have been time well spent.
Okay, so I can now make an update, Michael kindly wrote me a letter and "reminded" me that this was the Sternhaus. So once again Michael I need to thank you for a tour of Steyr.
Favorite thing: The altar area, from the lifesize or larger statues on the upper level, to the candles and crosses, from the table to the floor itself, details, hundreds of small details. You sort of need to stand back and slow down to be able to absorb all that you are seeing. I can well believe when an uneducated person, 100 years ago, who was let into the "presence" of this over abundance of wealth and riches would fee that he or she was overpowered by the influence of their god.
Favorite thing: Here you can see the amount of detail that was put into even the simplest of things. This is not the altar or anything signifigant, just a corner somewhere in the Cathedral, but take a look at all the small and large details.
Favorite thing: Michael took us first to see the Garsten Monastery. Yes, this is the one with a secret. We could not photograph it because of the surveillence cameras, but the grounds of the monastery have been divided. One half is the monastery, the other half is a jail, yes, a jail. It starts just off to the right hand side of where this picture stops, amazing.
Favorite thing: Now this place we would never have see because it is a courtyard and you would have to be an insider like Michael to know it is there, so thanks go once again to you. This is the courtyard of the Dunklhof family and well worth taking the time to examine all the colums of both the lower and upper floors. Each and every colum has a distinct design. Try to imagine sitting at your leisure in this courtyard on a hot summer day.
Favorite thing: This is a restored water wheel for producing power and was used in the iron mill. Today the wheel is enclosed in a perspex structure to protect it but from the walkway surrounding it you can see it still working away today.
Favorite thing: We toured around narrow streets as you can see here and these are not "pedestrian" streets only, you would sometimes have to flatten yourself to let cars pass. I guess the term "up against the wall" might come from here.. Zohara and Tal could not figure out why all the streets lead UP and not DOWN, there must be a rule of physics there somewhere, an axiom that says "Whenever you tour all roads will lead up, regardless of direction!!".
Favorite thing: Well it sure does not do to go to a place that cannot serve you a great glass of wine. Well Michael took us to "sample" the wine cellar in the hotel Mader and they were very well stocked. I can still imagine having something like this at home, it would not stay full for very long with a little help from our friends ;O)))
Favorite thing: Michael took us to explore a little in the Hotel Mader and this was one of the sights that we got to see. This is one of the interior courtyards of the hotel and it is almost impossible to discern here, but each and every one of the colums is worked differently and each floor has its own design along the wall.
Favorite thing: So many of the homes and buildings that we saw, private or municipal were intricately decorated, this work looks to have been painted on over a plaster base in a charcoal color and then the "crest" or house emblem added in color later.
Favorite thing: Michael showed us this old water pump, but you would have to be very astute to see it without help, it is "hidden" away under a building and off to the side in a sort of alleyway. This is actually used as a side entrance into the Hotel Mader.
Favorite thing: Many establishments have their "neon" signs hanging out for all to see, but here in Steyr, possibly because of their history in the iron trade, have them in iron. This is just an example of a few of the signs all along the street.
Favorite thing: This is the main street of downtown Steyr and on the right the angled street that leads into the Lamberg castle. You can see the tiny street that is Stadplatz, the main street. From here you walk only a few hundred yards through old beautifuly preserved buildings to the center of town where the steet suddenly widens into the plaza.