But don't sweat it … Steyr also has hundreds of years of history; and nowhere is this more evident than at the city center and its alleys and narrow streets. The compact town of Steyr is easy to get around, and the ideal place to explore on foot. Steyr is Austria, and yet it is a culture unto itself. Steyr marked its 1,000th anniversary in 1980, after undergoing extensive restoration of its historic architecture which has made it one of the best preserved old towns in Austria. Its beautiful legacy of monuments can be admired in the streets to this day. Time to explore it!
We can honestly state that the best way to explore Steyr is by foot and the second best way is also by foot! Besides giving you the opportunity to roam the narrow streets and the cozy squares, it is the quickest way too. If you really want to, you can cross the city in approximately 40 minutes. Remember that sometimes it might be quicker (and nicer!) to take a few short-cuts into picturesque alleys and see some amazing arcades, instead of following the masses of tourists. Maybe this is easy for us to say as we stayed for a longer period of time and not like most of the tourists only for one day. But even when your stay is rather short, do try to get away from the crowds and just have a 'look around'. Do visit the townhall (1765), the Marienkirche (15th century) and the castle "Lamberg" (980). The Altstadt (old town) – despite its name – not the oldest part of the city, is simply a perfect place to walk for a few hours and pretending to know where you are.
Most people try to rush Steyr on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Steyr properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before getting out. Before we visited Steyr we saw on a city map that the village of Steyr is divided into three areas - the historical Stadtplatz, the area in and around the Altstadt and the more residential area in the alleys and winding streets. After that we visited the city and we hiked our way through all three of the areas.
Our hikes were beautiful in the Altstadt, where the village is one huge ancient site in which we could walk for quite some time. It was quite strenuous sometimes, but definitely worth while! For example we started at the shopping center City Point where we parked the car, made our way to Stadtpfarrkirche and finally hiked way over the main square into the beautiful Bummerlhaus and ended up at the hidden gem the Berggasse with its amazing Schloss Lamberg. While most tour guides don't recommend getting lost in the alley's, this part of Steyr is the place to get hopelessly lost for some time. We wondered off through mysterious and steep alleyways leading us away from the crowds. We ended up at the Schlosspark (beautiful located park west of the castle with amazing views at the gardens of the Schloss Lamberg), and mazes of hilly backstreets and deserted inner courts. The real Steyr?
Take time to meander - losing yourself in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes is one of Steyr old town's principal pleasures. The streets wind and wander with no discernible order or object. After our stroll we rewarded ourselves with a cool glass of beer or wine for our effort! We learned that you won't do justice to the entire city of Steyr whenever you won't visit other parts than just the main sights. So ... do meander, because the cluster of sights around the Stadtplatz (the famous main square of Steyr) are truly beautiful, but the more secret pleasures of the hushed backstreets are just entrancing.
When strolling through the heart of the city, one can literally sense its history. The lanes of the Altstadt (old town), which lies directly connected to the Stadtplatz communicate the feeling of past ages. Splendid town residences and chapter houses are worthy of closer scrutiny, as are the many inner courtyards hidden discretely behind arched gates. Moreover, the spacious, baroque main square with its lively hustle and bustle is never far away. All this may seem very though as finding your way in Wels might be difficult, but in really distances are short and the signs will help you in getting around. Enjoy!