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    THE TOWN HALL

    by balhannah Written Jun 28, 2012

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    The Town Hall, rated among Austria's most important buildings of the Rococo era, is in my opinion, outstanding!

    It's very ornate! Take a look at the four female figures on the baroque balustrade, these represent
    Justice (sword and scales), criminal law (iron chain and ball fastened to the ankles), church patronage (incense bowl) and Roman law (holding the code of law).
    Painted a light grey, it's the most beautiful building in the Stadplatz.

    Steyr Town Hall
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    THE BUMMERLHAUS

    by balhannah Written Jun 28, 2012

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    The Bummerlhaus is the best preserved late Gothic mansion in Steyr. The oldest part of the building dates from the 13th century, and it is first mentioned in documents dating from 1450.
    What I first noticed about this house, was the very steep, hipped roof. This is a typical Steyr design. The house had richly decorated facade's facing the square.

    The name of the house (Bummerl -"plump little dog") stems from its one time seal from its days as an inn. It contained a lion the people of Steyr jokingly said looked like a dog.

    Bummerlhaus
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    Marienkirche - A must visit!

    by Jerelis Written May 18, 2012

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    It really doesn't matter how you travel towards Steyr. Whether you come by car or by bike you will finally arrive at a parking lot just outside the village center. When you're at that particular parking lot and you look towards the city center of Steyr you can't miss the Marienkirche. Although we immediately said to ourselves that we wanted to visit this impressive church we first walked our way up to the Stadtplatz (main square) to see the sights out there. We hiked our way up to Schloss Lamberg (Lamberg Castle - 980), went back to the picturesque alley Eisengasse which winds down to the Enns. It's therefore very funny to notice that after strolling through some beautiful small streets we finally ended up at the backside of the Marienkirche. The site we definately wanted to see when we first arrived. Right now it was at the end of the afternoon and we where thrilled to see the Marienkirche as a highlight at the end of the beautiful day. The church was still open for visitors, so off we went!

    Once inside we immediately saw the altar which is the center of the interior design. It's made of a marble top. The lavishly decorated interior mainly represents the Rococo style with fragments of rich Baroque features. There are two chapels on the church´s forecourt that boast noticeable statues depicting Christ on the Mount of Olives and the Crucifixion. We walked around a bit and can honestly say that this church is a must visit!

    Beautiful and rich interior of the Marienkirche. Inside the Marienkirche of Steyr.
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    Marienkirche - Lighting a candle.

    by Jerelis Written May 14, 2012

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    Although we were quite early when we first arrived at the Marienkirche in Steyr we were already allowed to enter it. A huge advantage of our early arrival was the fact that there were almost no tourists inside. Either the bus / coach did not arrive yet or everybody was having their breakfast in the hotels. Whenever we visit a church the kids always want to burn a candle, it has become a bit of a tradition. The Sight of burning votive candles - real or electronic - is common in most Catholic churches. The candles are usually placed before statues of saints or at shrines. But how did this tradition get its start?

    According to A Handbook of Catholic Sacramentals, by Ann Ball, the practice of lighting candles in order to obtain some favor probably has its origins in the custom of burning lights at the tombs of the martyrs in the catacombs. The lights burned as a sign of solidarity with Christians still on earth. Because the lights continually burned as a silent vigil, they became known as vigil lights. Vigil Lights (from the Latin vigilia, which means "waiting" or "watching") are traditionally accompanied by prayers of attention or waiting. Another common type of candle offering is the votive light. Such an offering is indicative of seeking some favor from the Lord or the saint before which the votive is placed. So for us lighting a candle is a way of extending our prayer and showing solidarity with the person on whose behalf our prayer is offered.

    Sam and Iris are lighting a candle. Beautiful interior of the Marienkirche in Steyr.
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    Marienkirche - Former Dominican St Mary's Church.

    by Jerelis Written May 14, 2012

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    In the summer of 2009 I stayed with my two kids in the small village of Hinterstoder. On a heavily cloudy day I decided to go the city of Steyr, and I was not sorry for that. The origin of the village of Steyr can be traced from as long ago as the year 1000BC, turning it into one of the most ancient spots of the region. Steyr is famous for its historic town centre built around the "Stadtplatz" (town square), which has been very well preserved for several hundred years. Funny thing was that at the moment we entered the city the sky opened up and the sun did arrive! Time for us to explore the village.

    We parked the car and walked our way up to the city center, the Stadtplatz (main square) of Steyr and one of the buildings which stroked the eye immediately was the Late Baroque Church: Marienkirche. There has been a church on this location ever since the late 15th century when a Dominican community was founded on the site. We learned that in the 16th century the building was destroyed by a flood and a fire. As a result the convent church was completely rebuilt in early Baroque style by the middle of the 17th century.

    The front facade of the church Detail of the front facade.
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    Museum Arbeitswelt

    by globetrott Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Museum Arbeitswelt was built into an old hammer-work and still today you may see the river Steyr flowing through the entrance-hall. In fact it is made in a great way giving you the feeling to be inside an old factory, while showing processes of work , history of labour and various exhibitions.
    Museum Arbeitswelt is open daily except Mondays :
    March 6th - December 20th : 09.00a.m. - 05.00p.m.
    adults pay 5 euros, children 3 euros
    families pay 9 euros !
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    There is a large parking next to the museum, BUT you have to pay 1 euro per hour like in the rest of the town. in order to get to this parking you have to drive through the tunnel, and when coming from the old town, you turn right after the 2nd crossing of the river Steyr. (there is a trafic-light at this place !)

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    Kollertor

    by globetrott Updated Apr 1, 2007

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    Kollertor is another one of the many towngates that is left from the medieval townwall of the city of Steyr. In the 15th century Steyr was the only place that was granted the right by the austrian empire to produce iron goods, knives, scyths, rifles etc. by the iron that was won at Erzberg. The iron was taken to Steyr by rafts on the river Enns. The river Steyr was used for the hammer-works and so Steyr became rich and wealthy and it had to be protected by so many towngates.
    In the year 1500 Steyr was the 2nd largest town of Austria, after Vienna of course...
    My last 2 pics show another great building close to Kollertor.

    Kollertor Kollertor Kollertor a great building close to Kollertor
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    Schnallentor

    by globetrott Updated Apr 1, 2007

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    Schnallentor dates back to the year 1613 and it was built in Renaissance-style and decorated with great Sgrafitto-decorations. "Schnalle" is an old expression for the taxes, that merchants had to pay, when they wanted to pass this town-gate, and this was also the main purpose of this town-gate, far away from the main fortification of medieval Steyr.
    Nowadays the tower is privately owned, with appartments right on top of the street.

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    Josef Werndl

    by globetrott Updated Apr 1, 2007

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    Josef Werndl (1831 - 1869) invented the modern kind of rifles (Hinterlader) and he made his father's small manufacture of weapon-parts into one of the most modern and successfull weapon factories in the whole World.
    Josef Werndl was not only an inventor and entrepreneur, he also cared a lot for his employees, built hundreds of appartments for them, a hospital etc. The rows of houses still exist and Werndl got this great monument close to Schloss Vogelsang, where he used to have his palace at the Promenade, high above the Stadtplatz. (see the Villa Vogelsang in my 5th picture !)

    Villa Vogelsang was his private home
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    Berggasse & a special building with a history

    by globetrott Updated Mar 31, 2007

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    Berggasse is a narrow street about 50 meters above the Town-square and also parallell to it. This street is a pedestrian area and you will see plenty of nice buildings there as well. Like the house on the left - it was the home of that person - I am not sure about the word : HENKER - the one in charge of the "Gouillotine" in medieval times. Nowadays this house is part of Stadthotel Styria and you may rent it, it has a total of 4 levels and when you want to go from the livingroom to the toilet, you have to step up 2 floors, for the kitchen 1 floor down etc.
    It is a funny idea to use this old house that way, the price per day is about 200 euros.

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    Europes 1st electric water-powerplant

    by globetrott Updated Mar 31, 2007

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    Steyr was the first town in Europe to get street-lights powered with electricity in Europe and here you may see this first electricity-plant in Steyr (it is not in use any more - but looks even more romantic that way...). Josef Werndl heared about this new kind of power at a world-exhibition and wanted to try it out himself at home.

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    Schmollgruberhaus

    by globetrott Updated Mar 31, 2007

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    Schmollgruberhaus is at the end of Stadtplatz and the name Schmollgruber stands for great watches and clocks, old traditional ones and exotic and expensive new ones as well. This family owns several shops for clocks and watches in Austria (the most famous one is situated in the "smallest house in Vienna")
    In Schmollgruberhaus you may see a great collection of old clock-works and clocks made by great artists, it is partly a museum, partly you may buy them as well, take a look at my pics, they were all taken in Schmollgruberhaus some time ago !

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    Innerberger Stadel - the townmuseum of Steyr

    by globetrott Updated Mar 31, 2007

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    Innerberger Stadel is the name of the building that dates back to the year 1611. Nowadays it is used for the Stadt-museum Steyr with many exhibits of the history of the town, a large collection of knives, rifes of the production of Josef Werndl and Poettmesserkrippe. In the backside of the building is the Steyrer Kripperl (read more about it under local customs)
    Stadtmuseum Steyr is FREE OF CHARGE !!
    it is open april-October :
    daily except Mon 10.00a.m. - 04.00p.m.
    November-March daily except Monday & Tuesday 10.00a.m. - 04.00p.m
    Dec. 1st till Jan 6th : DAILY 10.00a.m. - 04.00p.m
    Dec 24th and 31st : 10.00a.m. - 02.00p.m.
    Guided tours upon appointment only !

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    See an Ibex in the moat of Schloss Lamberg

    by globetrott Updated Mar 31, 2007

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    inside the old moat of Schloss Lamberg you may watch some of the rare ibexes, they used to be found frequently in the higher mountains, but only a few are left over in the free nature, so this would be your chance to watch them from the bridge at the end of the Promenade.

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    Lebzelterhaus

    by globetrott Updated Mar 31, 2007

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    Lebzelterhaus is the name of this lovely building. Lebzelten is the old expression for Gingerbread and in fact the facade of that building has similar decorations. Lebzelterhaus was built on a tiny piece of land, directely at a street-crossing : one street is leading uphill to Schnallntor, the other one is going down to the area of Wehrgraben, one of the most scenic areas of Steyr.

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