Steyr Off The Beaten Path

  • Beautiful painted arch at the Berggasse.
    Beautiful painted arch at the Berggasse.
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  • What is this ibex doing here?
    What is this ibex doing here?
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  • Several capricorns living here ...
    Several capricorns living here ...
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    CHURCH @ SEITENSTETTEN ABBEY

    by balhannah Updated Jul 19, 2012

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    The Collegiate Church at Abbey Seitenstetten if FREE for the public to view.

    Walking into the interior courtyard, and through the massive door, I could see the beautiful inside of this Gothic Church. It was different inside because of the Arches, these were painted and lovely!
    Huge paintings lined the walls, stucco work with a clock in the centre of the ceiling, beautiful altars, for me this is a MUST VISIT when at the Abbey.

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    VISIT SEITENSTETTEN

    by balhannah Updated Jul 1, 2012

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    The town of Seitenstetten is set in a very pretty area, only 20kms from Steyr. Around here, they grow Apples and Pears.
    The Town itself had very nice public gardens and some beautifully decorated buildings.
    There is a large square Abbey which surrounds a beautiful gothic collegiate Church, built in 1112 during the Baroque period.
    It was free to walk into the courtyard and to view the beautiful Fountain and the historic gothic Church.

    If you wish to see the inside of the Abbey, then....

    ADMISSION.....Adults 6.50 euro's.
    OPEN......GUIDED VISITS ARE AVAILABLE FROM...Easter Monday to end Oct: 10am and 3pm.

    From Steyr, travel Route 122 for 20kms and you will arrive at Seitenstetten

    Seitenstetten Abbey Seitenstetten Abbey Seitenstetten Fountain in Abbey Courtyard Abbey Courtyard
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    Schloss Lamberg – Book in advance, be aware!

    by Jerelis Written Jun 11, 2012

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    We continued our lovely hike and went for a look for the well know library. This castle library, one of the biggest private libraries in Austria, contains more than 11,000 books some dating back to the 16th century and we would love to have a look at it. Off course we were not surprised that you are only allowed to visit the library with its old and precious books with a guide. But it was such a shame to hear that this day there was no guide available and therefore we were not able to see it. So, here is an important tip for those who wants to see it: book the guide in advance, it is a part of the guided city tour.

    But anyway, we did not sat down under it and kept on walking and exploring. We ended up at some incredible arcades with a view at another inner-court. Right here a group of people was rehearsing the opera Carmen, off course we stayed for a while and watched and listened to the performance. Finally we walked our way to the western edge of Schloss Lamberg and stayed for some time in the castle park and left this amazing and historical place via a nice promenade which lies around the castle and above the river.

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    Berggasse 2, A-4400 Steyr

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    The castle towers high above Steyr, once in the city you simply can’t miss it.

    The inner-court with its opera Carmen. Iris and Sam are watching Carmen. The promenade around Schloss Lamberg. Front facade of Schloss Lamberg. Another entrance of the castle.
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    Schloss Lamberg – Lavish baroque style.

    by Jerelis Written Jun 11, 2012

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    Schloss Lamberg, the castle of Steyr is a big triangular late medieval castle on a hill above the confluence of the rivers Steyr and Enns. It is called Schloss Lamberg, because it belonged to the family Lamberg for more than 3 centuries (17 - 20 century) and their coat of arms can be seen over the main portal to the castle. The building is, however much older than the family – it was built in the early medieval centuries. In the small moat there are several capricorns living, probably this is some old tradition (like the bears in Bern or Cesky Krumlov).

    We also witnessed another tradition at Schloss Lamberg, because in the former Castle Chapel, the Steyr Register Office lends a special festive atmosphere to weddings. When we entered the main square we just saw a nice couple being so happy, because the just got married and intended to leave the chapel with a beautiful carriage. We had a look around at the inner courtyard, which was very nice and has a nice fountain, some statues and precious sandstone figures. Just by walking around we learned some things about Schloss Lamberg, like the following: the castle was partly destroyed by a huge fire in 1727 and the part we walked was rebuild in 1731 and the result was that the castle got its lavish baroque style done by the counts of Lamberg.

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    Berggasse 2, A-4400 Steyr

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    The castle towers high above Steyr, once in the city you simply can’t miss it.

    The wedding chapel. Bystanders watching the lovely couple. Iris at a beautiful arcade in Schloss Lamberg. Several capricorns living here ...
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    Schloss Lamberg – The mighty castle.

    by Jerelis Written Jun 11, 2012

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    The historic architecture and the thousand years of history make Steyr a perfect place for a day’s visit. When I was young I visited this beautiful city with my parents and I do remember that it was one of my dad’s favorite Austrian cities. Now it was time to spread some of his enthusiasm amongst my two children. We started my tour at one of the most beautiful downtown squares in Europe, the Stadtplatz. Right here Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo meet each other in harmony. In the middle is the town's emblem - the lovely "Bummerlhaus", a jewel of late-Gothic architecture. The one thing Iris and Sam noticed immediately was the mighty Lamberg Castle, which towers high above Steyr on the foundations of the Styriaburg. So, time for a visit I guess :)

    I knew that this is the very castle to which the town owes its founding back in the year 980 AD and that makes it a unique place to visit. The best way to go to Schloss Lamberg is via the Berggasse at the end of the northern end of the Stadplatz. This way you will walk under a very beautiful painted arch which immediately gives you the feeling of visiting a historical spot. The hike is short, but steep and the entrance to the castle itself is just a rather small door opening, so be ware that you don’t pass it by.

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    Berggasse 2, A-4400 Steyr

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    The castle towers high above Steyr, once in the city you simply can’t miss it.

    Beautiful painted arch at the Berggasse. The rather small door is the main entrance. A nice statue in the garden of Schloss Lamberg. What is this ibex doing here?
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    The romantic road

    by MEdelmann Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Steyr is a town located on the romantic road, which connects Vienna and Salzburg. But it is not the fastest way, but definitely the most beautiful. There are many places along this route, which are "must-sees" in my opinion, such as Klosterneuburg with its wonderful monastery, Krems, the Wachau valley, Melk, Seitenstetten (another wonderful monastery), STEYR and Gmunden.... to name only some of them....

    I will check this route and post it here.

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    Christkindl - a pilgrim-church close to Steyr

    by globetrott Written Apr 1, 2007

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    Christkindl is a small pilgrim-church close to Steyr. About the year 1695 a musician from Steyr called Ferdinand Sertl got a small wax-figure from a monastery in Garsten - He put this small figure into a hole in a tree and came there every day in order to pray to get healing from his epileptic attacs and after a certain time the illness was completely over.
    And the rumor was spread about the " miracle " done by the small puppet in the tree.
    In Christkindl you may see :
    1) Klauda-Krippe
    This crib is put into a former stable - and you may sit there like in a small theatre and watch the figures of the crib move through the artificial landscape, 300 figures, all carved in wood by Karl Klaude (*1895-1977) Klauda was working for more than 40 years on this crib, constructed everything by himself and all these figures are MOVING their head, hands and tools
    2) Pöttmesser-crib
    In the same building, but one floor up you will find Pöttmesser-crib, one of the biggest existing cribs in the world with 58 square meters and it consists of 778 figures, carved in wood and fully dressed
    The biggest figures are about 30 cm high
    The museum with both cribs is open daily
    from Nov.29th till Jan.6th - 09.00a.m. til 05.00p.m.
    BUT: Dec.25th and Jan 1st 01.00-05.00p.m.
    and Dec.31st - 09.00a.m.-01.00p.m.
    Entry 2,50 € (1,-€)

    Klauda - Krippe in Christkindl Poettmesser-Krippe in Christkindl
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    St. Florian - a great monastery closby Steyr

    by globetrott Written Apr 1, 2007

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    St. Florian is a great place for a stop-over on your way from Steyr to Linz. It is mainly famous for its benedictinian monastery with a large staircase by Jakob Prantauer.
    At first a small pilgrim-church was built around the grave of St. Florian, later it became a monastery and the foundations of today's Basilika date back to the 4th century.
    In 1667-1689 the monastary was rebuilt completely in Baroque style - the way you see it today.
    St. Florian was a pilgrim-church for more than 1700 years and in order to be able to accomodate the Austrian emperors, when they came to St. Florian, 13 rooms of the monastery were made for the emperor and his ministers ...
    Last time these rooms were used in 1782, when pope Pius VI was in St. Florian.
    These rooms may be seen as well during the guided tour !
    The main organ is named after the famous organist and composer Anton Bruckner, who is also buried under his organ - in a vault, that might be visited in the guided tour.
    Have a look at these great ornaments, stucco-works and sclptures around the organ !!
    From May 16th till Oct. 17th 2004 there will be a live ogan-concert of 20 minutes at 02.30 p.m.
    Entry fee is 2,50 euro
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    St. Florian is about 15 km north of Steyr
    go there by car or by public bus

    St. Florian - a great monastery closby Steyr St. Florian - a great monastery closby Steyr St. Florian - a great monastery closby Steyr Bruckner-Orgel in St.Florian my selfmade postcard of St.Florian
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    Quenghof

    by globetrott Updated Apr 1, 2007

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    Quenghof is a former manor-farm dating back to the year 1289 ! Nowadays it is used as a restaurant and for flee-markets etc. by the local Lions Club.
    You may also rent Quenghof for your private festivities - see the webpage and telephone-number below ! The best about Quenghof is the great facade that was restored recently and has so many great details and the innercourt .
    You will pass by Quenghof, when you drive by car from the centre of Steyr to Christkindl : At first you will turn to the left, instead of entering the tunnel, then you follow the main road to Christkindl and after a turn to the right, you will see Quenghof at the right. There is a large parking as well.

    Quenghof in Steyr Quenghof in Steyr Quenghof in Steyr Quenghof - on the road to Christkindl Quenghof in Steyr
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    Kefermarkter Altar - 87 km from Steyr

    by globetrott Updated Apr 1, 2007

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    Kefermarkt is in a distance of 87 Km north of Steyr, but in fact it is worth a daytrip from Steyr when you are a fan of old architecture and geat woodcarvings dating back to medieval times. Kefermarkt is just a small village and you would never expect such a special work of art there. "Kefermarkter Altar" is considdered one of the best wooden altars of Europe and a daytrip there may be combined with Linz and Poestlingberg, or even better with Freistadt and the Pferdeeisenbahn in Kerschbaum.
    The train takes about 2-3 hours one way from Steyr to Kefermarkt
    31 euros is the ordinary return-ticket by train
    By car it is less than 2 hours, when you use the highway
    click here in order to see my Kefermarkt-page!
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    click here in order to see my Kerschbaum-page

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    Losenstein Ruins

    by turnip2000 Written Aug 22, 2006

    Jump on the train and make a day trip to Losenstein. The ruins of this castle which was first mentioned in 1156 are great! You will have it all to yourself. It is very small, but there are many things to do here:

    Special Highlights ...
    * Nagelschmiedeweg Trail and Museum
    * Climbing and hiking trails
    * Riding stables
    * Indoor pool, steam bath
    * Sauna, tanning beds
    * Losenstein Castle Ruins ***
    * Marked mountainbike trails
    * Hohe Dirn ski area, mountain refugee
    * Klausgraben Nature Preserve
    * Gorge trail, canyoneering
    * Nixlucke stalactite cave

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    Ride to Christkindl

    by PetraG Written Aug 4, 2006

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    A ride in a vintage train will take you to nearby Christkindl (Christ Child).

    Many Austrian children believe that the Christ-child (Christkind) lives in their immediate vicinity, namely in Upper Austria in the district of ‘Below Heaven in Christkindl city near Steyr’ – and this for a good reason! There it resides, cast in wax, in the pilgrimage church of “Zum gnadenreichen Christkindl im Baum unterm Himml” [‘To the gracious Christ-child in the tree below heaven]. And has been since the end of the 16th century! The then deeply religious Ferdinad Sertl, a bandmaster plagued by epilepsy, bought an infant Jesus formed out of wax and hid it by the banks of the river Steyr in a cavity of a spruce. Sertl’s fits soon ceased completely, and he prescribed this miraculous cure to the waxen image. Word spread quickly about this and soon the city around the spruce received more and more visits from the sick and poorly coming in from everywhere. The abbot Anselm Angerer set up a chapel around the tree in 1708. The original trunk of the spruce still forms the centre of the altar.

    Ever since, Christkindl has been a renowned place of pilgrimage. There has been a special post office next to the chapel since 1950, which is open every year between the first Advent Sunday and the 6th January. Mail sent via this post office has a special stamp and Christkindl postage stamp – internationally seemingly a very popular service, as over the past fifty years more than 72 million postage stamps have been counted in this “heavenly workshop” of the Austrian mail service.

    Church of Chritstkindl Christkindl post-office

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    Christkindl

    by pollon Written Oct 14, 2004

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    The Church of Christkindl dues its fame to a legend, according to which Ferdinand Sertl, who suffered from epilepsy, when visited the area at the end of 17th century, placed a small statue of the Christ Child he carried with him in a niche in a pine tree and prayed for relief from his illness. His health improved and the area became a place of pilgrimage and at the beginning of in 18th was built the present church. Nowdays it's famous among children for its Christmas Post Office.

    note: I have put this under off the beaten path in spite I'm sure it's not underated but because you need a mean of transport to reach it...

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    A town located not on tourist paths .....

    by MEdelmann Updated Jun 19, 2003

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    In my opinion the whole town is located off the beaten path .... but everything in Austria except Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruck is off the beaten path.

    Its a wonderful town and if you are on the way from Vienna to Salzburg (or Salzburg to Vienna), take some time and visit it. You won´t regret it!

    Signs on the Stadtplatz
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    Narrow roads

    by PetraG Written Aug 4, 2006

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    A walk through the town often leads you through these little narrow roads with ancient architecture. Strolling along I felt like being pushed into another century.

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