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    Stadtpfarrkirche

    by globetrott Updated Mar 30, 2007

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    Stadtpfarrkirche is the only gothic church of Steyr. You may see it even from a big distance, high above the old city of Steyr and it is really worth to take a closer look. First of all you will see the medieval tomb-stones and the old cobbled stones in the entrance-hall of the church. The entrance to the church is at the backside and inside the church you may see a lovely altar and great windows of colorfull stained-glass.

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    Pfarrhaus

    by pollon Written Oct 14, 2004

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    The composer Anton Bruckner wrote his 8th and 9th symphony during one of his frequent visit of Steyr and he is said to like to play the Chrisman organ at the parish church. And in front of this church, you can find a memorial to him. Then I read he also stayed in the neighbouring sacristan house, the sacristan house of my pic.

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    The Steyr River

    by seamandrew Written Nov 27, 2004

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    Equally as important as the Enns, the Steyr River has served the city enormously and continues to do so as well. Steyr is the point where the Steyr River Meets the Enns River and as such, the city depended upon both rivers during its most prosperous times for things like transport, power, ironworks and more. Today, the river still supports the city with hydroelectric power and also in other ways. The Steyr River begins in the Totes Gebirge mountain range just south of Steyr and runs north almost all the way until it turns east just before Christkindl and Steyr. In Steyr, it meets the Enns River which carries it's waters northward and into the Danube River.

    The Steyr River just before meeting the Enns.
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    Josef Wernld

    by pollon Written Oct 14, 2004

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    Josef Wernld took over, after his father's death, the family factory which manufactured weapon parts, which to be honest, I don't like very much but my personal guide said to me that he cared about his employees much more than was usual at that time: he built modern housing estates for his workers to give them the possibility of modern and cheap living.
    Then he made Steyr the first European city with electric street lighting which his company produced and installed.
    So a particular of his memorial was worth a pic ;-)...

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Bummerlhaus - the oldest building of Steyr

    by globetrott Updated Mar 29, 2007

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    Bummerlhaus is the eldest house on the main-square and the fassade is still made of sandstone. It got its name by a small golden lion that is on the guild-sign of the house. There is a bank inside that building nowadays, and every evening you might take a look from outside when the wooden ceiling on the 1st floor is lighted and you may see the great woodcarvings of the ceiling !

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    The River Enns

    by seamandrew Written Nov 27, 2004

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    The River Enns is certainly worth admiring because without it, one can argue Steyr would never had seen its periods of prosperity. Along with the Steyr River, the Enns was vital to the economy of the city and today still serves the city in many ways. The Enns River starts in the Radstäter Tauern mountain range in Salzburg province (part of the larger Niedere Tauern Mountain group) and flows east through Styria province before heading north past the city of Steyr and in ending into the Danube River.

    The Enns River with Ennsdorf on the opposite side.
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    Rathaus

    by pollon Written Oct 14, 2004

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    The Town Hall is a Rococo building of the 18th century and the four figures on it rapresent: Justitia with its sword and scales, Criminal Law with its iron chain and ball fastened to the ankles, Church Patronage with its incense bowl and Roman Law with its the code of law.

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    Stalzerhaus - and a Concert by Franz Schubert

    by globetrott Updated Mar 29, 2007

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    Stalzerhaus is the name of the yellow building on the right of my 1st picture. The building once belonged to a rich merchant, who was the father of Franz Schubert's big but unfulfilled love...
    Her father was against the marriage of his daughter with an almost unknown musician.
    Schubert often used to be a guest of the family and he played the piano on the 1st floor.
    (these rooms on 1st floor are nowadays the rooms that you may rent in Hotel Mader, who has rented a big part of this house for the hotel !)
    I once met someone, who told me that he still keeps letters from his grand-grand-grand-mother, and they are the loveletters written by Franz Schubert to the young lady in Stalzerhof...
    So you may think of Franz Schubert, when walking by this yellow building.
    You may as well get inside that big entrance-gate, WITHOUT having to fear to be arrested , and will see one of the beautiful innercourts of town !

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    Mesnerhaus

    by globetrott Updated Mar 31, 2007

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    Mesnerhaus dates back to the year 1399 and it was built in the typical style of that time, with the stairs covered by arcades. Mesnerhaus and Stadtpfarrkirche will also be 2 of the highlights of the Nachtwaechtertour, because you will step up the spire of that gothic church and will have a great view over the city of Steyr. You will also be served a glass of sparkling wine...

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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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    Rathaus - the baroque townhall of Steyr

    by globetrott Updated Mar 30, 2007

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    The Rathaus / townhall of Steyr is considdered the most beautiful baroque townhall in Austria and in fact it is the most impressive building of the Stadtplatz / town-square. Inside the townhall you will also find the tourist-information and a computer-screen giving you informations about the tourist-activities of the region and you may get a telephone-connection there to all major hotels in Steyr.
    The townhall is also the meeting-point for the guided tours like Nachtwaechter-Tour and Dine-Around - read more about it in my local customs-tips !

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