Steyr Local Customs

  • Watching a nice musical.
    Watching a nice musical.
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    Talko to someone who knows ...

    by Jerelis Written Nov 26, 2013

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    I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.

    However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that you should be aware of and prepared for to make sure that the trip is as easy and enjoyable as possible. We always try to see everything once we're there, but this is not always an act of responsible travelling. We always talk to the locals and we know that they have the information about just the right spots to visit and how to undertake them. It will not only enhance your experiences but also avoid any unnecessary hassles.

    For me the travel tips I have written down in this section made the most of mine travel experience and I came home in the same happy, healthy state that I left.

    Watching a nice musical.
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    TAKE A SHORT CUT

    by balhannah Written Jun 29, 2012

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    I was at the Parish church which is located in a high position above the old town, wondering where to find a road that would take me to the bottom. I started walking and came across quite a narrow walkway. In no time, I was in the Stadplatz!

    The lane I walked down
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    Voltage, frequency and plug ins.

    by Jerelis Written May 14, 2012

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    Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in Austria is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Austria with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.

    There are three main types of voltage converter. Resistor-network converters will usually be advertised as supporting something like 50-1600 Watts. They are light-weight and support high-wattage electrical appliances like hair dryers and irons. However, they can only be used for short periods of time and are not ideal for digital devices. Some companies sell combination converters that include both a resistor network and a transformer in the same package. This kind of converter will usually come with a switch that switches between the two modes. If you absolutely need both types of converter, then this is the type to buy.

    Outlets in Austria generally accept 1 type of plug: Two round pins (see the picture). If your appliances plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter. Depending on how much you plan to travel in the future, it may be worthwhile to get a combination voltage converter and plug adapter.

    Two round pins system.
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    Christkindl - Postamt in Steyr - Christkindl

    by globetrott Updated Mar 31, 2007

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    Christkindl is a small village at the edge of Steyr and Christkindl is also the austrian expression for baby-boy Jesus in the cradle and Christkindl will also bring all of the great presents at dec 24th.
    During christmas-time there will be a post-office, with a special post-mark, it became a well-known collectors item and at some times it is really crowded there.
    Therefore there is also a seperate Christkindl-post-box at Stadtplatz of Steyr and all mail you throw in there, will be taken to Christkindl and gets the special mark without queuing up for it. That box is in front of Marienkirche, where the vintage STEYR-bus is leaving for tours to Christkindl.

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    "Dine Around" - sightseeing & dining

    by globetrott Updated Mar 31, 2007

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    "Dine Around" is a nice idea to get acquaited with a small medieval town like Steyr ! You will take a walk with a "Nachtwächter" / night-watchman and get a hot or cold welcome-drink, a soup, a maincourse and a desert - all at different stations and restaurants in Steyr .
    The menu of these Dine Around-events is always a bit different and one of the best stations of the tour might be the spire of the gothic Stadtpfarrkirche, where you will have the very best view over the town and will be served a glass of Sekt / sparkling wine.
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    You will start stepping up the 228 steps to the top of Stadtpfarrkirche
    The appetizer will be served in "Steyer kripperl"
    with a short performance (10 minutes)
    Then you take the soup in Steyrdorf in an old vault
    dating back to the 15th century
    the main course & desert is at different restaurants
    The price for single persons is 55 euros
    reserve at least 1 week in advance !!
    dates are always on fridays :
    in 2007 : Jan 19th, Feb. 16th, March 16th, April 20th,
    May 18th, June 15th, july 20th, aug 17th, sept 21st,
    oct 19th, nov 16th, Nov 30th,
    Dec 07th + 14th + 21st + 26th + 31st
    for the dates in 2008 etc. see the link below !!

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    Nachtwaechter - Tour

    by globetrott Updated Mar 30, 2007

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    Nachtwaechter - Tour is a sightseeing - tour and your tourguide is dressed like the old watch-man in medieval times, carrying a helebarde and a lantern and telling you old stories about Steyr, sometimes singing the nightwatch-man song and in many cases the Nachtwaechters of today are women.
    Groups of people may book such a tour any day in advance !
    Single travellers may join public tours each Thursday
    It starts at 09.00p.m. from April till September
    and at 06.00p.m. from October till March
    The Thursday-tours are normally ONLY in German !!
    8 euros for adults, children under 15 are free !
    Make a reservation untill 04.00p.m. in the Tourist-info !!
    for 2,90 extra you may get a lantern to take home !
    meet at the townhall
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    For groups up to 30 guests you get a special price :
    65 euros + 20% VAT - see their webpage below !
    languages available : English, french, italian, spanish and german

    alltours step up this spire !
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    Steyrer Kripperl - a traditional puppet-theatre

    by globetrott Updated Mar 30, 2007

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    Steyrer Kripperl is a traditional puppet-theatre that has its performances mainly around christmas, BUT it has in fact mainly other subjects than the nativity - scenes that the german name would imply (Kripperl = cradle / nativity scene for christmas).
    These performances are ment for children and for tourists young at heart, AND able to understand the local dialect of Steyr ( I sometimes have problems myself with this kind of dialect !!)
    This kind of puppet-theatre used to travel from one place to the other and it dates back to the time of 1850.
    One of the highlights of Steyrer Kripperl is a scenery of the old town-square of Steyr, a scenery, where various puppets and machineries are moving and you see old traditional handworkers (in miniature-size and everything is moving), a race of horse-dran sledges etc.
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    Steyrer Kripperl has its performances mainly
    at the 4 weekend before christmas
    Get your ticket in time, they are sold out quickly !
    Queue up and rush to the best places,
    its benches only and a few standing places
    Prices are 4 euros for adults and 2 euros for children !

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    Great Architecture

    by seamandrew Written Nov 27, 2004

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    Here's just another example of the great architectural feats that await the visitor. The artwork, the carvings, and even the building designs make each of the structures so unique and worth admiring. Steyr is fortunate to have retained so many of its historical buildings despite WWII bombings (which I hear missed the Stadtplatz).

    Beautiful achitecture in Steyr.
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    The fabulous façades

    by seamandrew Written Nov 27, 2004

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    As you make your way through the Stadtplatz pay close attention to the numerous ornate façades. Many of the buildings on the Stadtplatz, and several on side streets, have very unique artwork painted or special carvings on the building's façades. For those of you who are artistically inclined, I'd suggest taking the time to admire these. You may find several of them to your liking.

    One of many highly decorated fa��ades in Steyr.
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    clocks and knifes...

    by pollon Written Oct 15, 2004

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    Already in the early 17th century "goldsmiths and clockmakers" were well known words as skilful and elaborate iron clocks were produced in Steyr and among the most famous clockmakers of this time is "Johann Mayr of Steyr".

    But my skilled guide told me that also "serrated knifes" were invented in Steyr.

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    Almdudler

    by Martin_S. Written Oct 27, 2003

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    There is a traditional Austrian drink that is non-alcholoic called Almdudler.
    The meaning of the name comes from
    Alm = Alpine meadow
    Dudler = There is an Austrian musical instrument similiar to the bagpipe, the person who plays this is called a "dudler".
    We tried this drink when Michael took us to a small outdoor bar/pub/cafe in Steyr. We almost did not get our drinks..... I asked Michael how to pronounce the name of this famous drink and then I proceeded to order one for myself. After several tries the waiter finally realized what I wanted and then broke into a fit of laughter. I ask you, is my Austrian accent really THAT BAD ^O^. But we did get our drinks and we also learned that the waitress working there had visited Israel so everyone said "Shalom" (hello in Hebrew)...

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    canine or vane?...

    by pollon Updated Oct 15, 2004

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    Is it a local custom or a custom of local dentists or just the idea of one dentist with humor to use the shape of a canine as a vane?... lol...

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