The Mercedes Bridge is described as "The most disgusting representation of corporate power since the invention of copyright.!"
I must admit, I found it rather peculiar to see a bridge made into the Mercedes Benz emblem!
Built in 2005 at the confluence of Grundlseer and Altausseertraun footbridges in the form of a Mercedes-star, this bridge has a diameter of 27 meters, making it one of the world's largest Mercedes stars.
Not my taste, and for a lot of the Towns people, not their taste either!
The Ausseerland is known as “Island of Traditional Costumes of Austria”.
Bad Aussee is unique within Austria as its inhabitants wear Tracht, or traditional dress, on a daily basis. For women, this consists of a Dirndl, a type of dress with a fitted bodice and full skirt.
Many women choose to wear an Ausseerdirndl, which has a green bodice, a rose-colored skirt and a purple apron. Walking around the shopping area of Town, I did come across a few shops selling this kind of traditional dress.
Walking Bad Aussee, I came across this monument to Archduke Johann. I wondered who this important person was, and since have found out about the love story involving him and Anna Plochl, the postmaster’s daughter of Bad Aussee.
The Archduke fell in love with a "peasant" woman, a woman he badly wanted to make his wife, but couldn't get consent to.
After a very long time, Emperor Franz II, the brother of Archduke Johann, officially gave his consent to this marriage in 1829.
So it was on the night of February 18, 1829, the wedding took place in the chapel at Brandhof near Mariazell.
In 1834 Anna Plochl became Baroness of Brandhofen and in 1844 she received the title Countess of Merano. The Countess of Merano died in her birth house in Bad Aussee in 1885, and its there, where a commemorative plaque is located.
ON the listed website, is a town walk you can do. It gives a detailed description of all you will see.
I would imagine, the Tourist Info centre would have the map too!
There is a lot more to see than what I had time for. I did see more monuments, one of them was the Plague Column, which was built in 1679.
There are many old buildings dating back to 1300, old Churches, Stone Mill, Toll house, Fountains and much more.
Five lakes are in the area, making Bad Aussee a nice Town to spend some time.
The Kurpark is where the Kurhaus is located. This park is on historic ground, as in the 14th century, the Brewhouse, salt pans and salt mine were located here. It was not until 1860, when the salt works were relocated, that the gardens were created.
I thought this a lovely area. Obviously, the people in this Town love flowers, and these were everywhere, even coloumns of flowers in containers. Located in the centre, is a nice mosaic Fountain of a Fish surrounded once again by flowers. This was built by Viennese artist Carlo Wimmer in 1959.
There is lawn and plenty of seating, and Cafes surrounding the Park.
Are you interested in either of these, I am, and here in the old town, I found plenty of frescoes, and different wooden architecture in the form of Balconies.
It is known as "typical Aussee wooden architecture," so I assume, it is not found everywhere in Austria.
The Traun river runs through Bad Aussee and is a delightful area to walk alongside.
It seems to be a popular area, and I can see why. I saw nice homes on either side of the river, a weir, and many flowers were in baskets hanging on the fence by the River. The water was probably coming from the Mountains, it certainly looked so fresh and clear as it was rushing downstream.
There were plenty of Bridges too, Pedestrian and for traffic, so easy to get back to the other side.
What a shame we missed the Narzissenfest!
I would have loved to been here to see the massive floral sculptures made from daffodil blossoms in their full glory!
The Daffodils grow wild, and turn the mountain landscape into a sea of flowers.
The Festival is Austria’s biggest flower festival, which takes place for the 53rd time from May 17-20th, in 2012. It's always held the last week of May.
There is a car parade through Bad Aussee and a boat parade at Lake Grundlsee on May 20.
Well, I was lucky that the floral sculptures were still on display. Even though the flowers were dead, they still looked good!
When I first saw this building, I thought it was old, and sure enough, it was built in 1395. Even though it has been rebuilt several times, most of the original building still stands today.
Up until 1926, the Kammerhof was the salt office building. Now, its a Museum, with the Imperial Hall of note, as this is where Emperor Maximilian once stayed. Now there is a stone coat of arms with the imperial eagle on the front door as a reminder of it.
Frescoes from the period 1740 to 1756, adorn the ceiling and walls.
MAY TO OCTOBER.....Friday, Sundays & Holidays from 10 -12 & 4-6pm
JUNE TO SEPT 30th.... 10 - 12 & 3- 6pm
NOt the best of hours for visiting.
ADMISSION IN 2012.....ADULTS 4 EUROS.... CHILDREN 2 EUROS.