Wels Sports & Outdoors

  • Iris walking from the Minoritengasse to Burg Wels.
    Iris walking from the Minoritengasse to...
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  • Walking the Minoritengasse.
    Walking the Minoritengasse.
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  • The beautiful Schloss Polheim.
    The beautiful Schloss Polheim.
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    Hiking – Take a few short-cuts.

    by Jerelis Written May 7, 2012

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    But don’t sweat it … Wels 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 Wels is easy to get around, and the ideal place to explore on foot. Wels is Austria, and yet it is a culture unto itself. The area of Wels has been settled since the Neolithic era and gained importance in Roman times because of its location. The name Wels is first documented in a deed from the year 120 when it received Roman city rights. 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 Wels 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 30 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 (1736), the water tower (1577) and the Burg Wels (1519). 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.

    Just a nice passage in the old town. Haus de Salome near Burg Wels. Do visit the townhall of 1736.
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    Hiking – Game plan strategy.

    by Jerelis Written May 7, 2012

    Most people try to rush Wels on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing Wels properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before getting out. Before we visited Wels we saw on a city map that the village of Wels 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 Stadtplatz where we parked the car, made our way to Stadtpfarrkirche and finally hiked way over the main square into the beautiful Lederer Turm and ended up at the hidden gem the Minoritengasse. While most tour guides don't recommend getting lost in the alley´s, this part of Wels 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 Haus de Salome (old and beautiful building with amazing views at the gardens of the Burg Wels), and mazes of hilly backstreets and deserted gardens. The real Wels?

    Walking the Minoritengasse. The water tower of 1557. Just some nice alleys to hike.
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    Hiking – Take time to meander.

    by Jerelis Written May 7, 2012

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    Take time to meander - losing yourself in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes is one of Wels 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 Wels 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 Wels) 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!

    Iris walking from the Minoritengasse to Burg Wels. The beautiful Schloss Polheim.
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