The Hubertussee, a gift for the people
Favorite thing: The sea lies in Walstern, not far from Mariazell, at the border of Low Austria and Styria.
Dozens brooks lead into the always crystal-clear lake, that was positioned in 1906, as storage lake.
The sea and its influx, the Walster are flying fishery waters of world reputation.
A whole network of footpaths lies around the lake.
The water of the lake glistens like an amethyst from the forest sea between Türnitz, Annaberg, St.Aegyd, and Mariazell.
The dark-green pine on the mellow hill around the Hubertussee mirrors itself in the crystal clear water of the lake.
The big-industrialist Arthur Krupp possesses in these surroundings a precinct of 5200 hectares.
There, he had a wooden hunt palace.
In the year 1906, his wife, Margarete Krupp, let's built a wall of twelve meters height, that dams the whites Walster and gave the Hubertussee to her husband, to the 25th wedding anniversary.
- Hiking and Walking
- Jungle and Rain Forest
Hauptplatz - a somewhat distorted view
Fondest memory: I don't normally go in for 'creative' photography. Here is the exception. This shot of Mariazell Hauptplatz is the reflection from one of those street mirrors that assists motorists when vision is obscured.
Fondest memory: While sitting in Der Goldener Löwe one day enjoying a cake and coffee I noticed a picture frame full of old postcards on the wall next to my table. It was then that I realised Hauptplatz had been renamed - I guess around 1945.
One of the postcards showed the square and its former name - Adolf Hitler Platz! I was quite amused but then again I do have a perverse sense of humour.
Would you want to work here?
Fondest memory: My mission in Mariazellerland was to investigate a job. The product the company plans to manufacture looks quite exciting and could generate a lot of success. Despite all this I could not actually see myself living in such a quiet place. I am used to fairly busy places and got bored here extremely quickly. Ironically the company have received job applications from people purely because they want to work in this location. It just goes to show that we are all different and what suits some doesn't suit others.
Fondest memory: Mariazell is cold. The first morning I was there it was -15 degrees and had probably been down to -20 overnight. The temperature can dip to -30. What made things worse was that less than a week before arriving I had been in Bangkok where the temperature was 35!
The picture, believe it or not, is of a lake. It is completely frozen over and covered with snow.
Mariazell is a great place if you like lots of snow and lots of nothing.
- Skiing and Boarding
View across the rooftops
Fondest memory: The view across the rooftops of Mariazell showing the Basilica (covered up for maintenance unfortunately) and the mountains in the background.
View from the office
Fondest memory: This is the view from the office of the company I was talking to about a job. It looks great but there is absolutely nothing happening in the area.
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