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    The Schloss Leopoldskron Palace

    by traveldave Updated Aug 5, 2012

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    The Schloss Leopoldskron Palace is a privately owned villa located on the outskirts of Salzburg. Anyone familiar with the movie, The Sound of Music, will recognize it as the setting for the von Trapp home.

    The Schloss Leopoldskron Palace was built in the early 1700s in the Rococo style of architecture by Prince-Archbishop Leopold Anton Firmian as his private residence. It was designed by Bavarian architect Pater Bernhard Stuart, a Benedictine monk from Regensburg and professor of mathematics at Salzburg University. The building has three floors and an octagonal tower in its center. The intricate stucco work was done by Johan Kleber.

    After the First World War, the villa was purchased by Max Reinhardt, a co-founder of the Salzburg Festival. During the 1930s, the Schloss Leopoldskron Palace was a center of the Salzburg social scene. Because Max Reinhardt was a Jew, he fled Austria in 1938 after the Nazi take-over of the country. After the Second World War, the property was bought by the Salzburg Seminar, an organization founded by Harvard graduates.

    Nowadays, the Schloss Leopoldskron Palace is closed to the public. However, companies that offer day trips to the sites where scenes from The Sound of Music were filmed, take participants to a place where the villa can be seen from across the Leopoldskroner Weiher (the lake in the foreground).

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    Sigmund-Klamm

    by globetrott Updated Apr 4, 2012

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    Sigmund-Klamm is an interesting sight that you really should not miss when coming to Kaprun and Zell am See. It is an easy walk and you have to pay some small entrance-fee before you will be able to walk over and along a fresh mountain-stream making its way through the rocks. At the end of the Sigmund-Klamm you can decide, whether you go back all the way that you came through the Klamm or you might take another path through the woods as well.
    The total walkingtime from the carpark through the Klamm and back will be around 1,5 hours.
    Sigmundklamm is open for visitors:
    from end of May till end of September
    daily from 09.00am-05.0pm
    entrancefee was 3,30 euros in 2009

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    There is a great vintage-car-museum in Kaprun

    by globetrott Updated Apr 4, 2012

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    Vötter's Fahrzeugmuseum Kaprun is an interesting vintage-carmuseum inside the hotel Sport-Kristall in Kaprun & that is just a few km from Zell am See. The museum shows about 150 cars and even the smallest space of the museum-halls are crammed with a car. You will find a lot of cars that you might remember from a long time ago, and most of them are are not "shining" like in other museums, but they rather look like to be in a private garage, waiting to be repaired or so.
    I really enjoyed this place, it is just a pity that some of the most precious cars you almost cannot take a photo of, because they are hidden behind many other cars.
    The museum is open daily
    10.00am - 06.00pm

    It is not easy to find this museum, except that you drive through the village of Kaprun in direction to the castle and stop at the Hotel Sport-Kristall, that also has an ancient train of the emperor standing in its frontyard.

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    Ehrenhausen

    by croisbeauty Updated Jan 23, 2012

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    Ehrenhausen in Southern Austria, near town of Leibnitz, is too cute to be missed.
    This idyllic small village is surrounded with green hills and beautiful nature that offers ultimate tranquillity.
    Historic Ehrenhausen has many cultural sights, like the mausoleum of Ruprecht, baron of Eggenberg, the Baroque parish and pilgrimage church with its remarkable organ, or the Schloss Ehrenhausen castle.

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    Roiten - Hundertwasser-museum & his hut

    by globetrott Written Oct 11, 2011

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    Rointen is a small village in the north-west of Vienna (drivingtime there is about 1,5 hours by car). The famous painter Friedensreich Hundertwasser used to live there in a tiny hut without running water, right in the middle of the giant woods there. (The name of this hut is "Hahnsäge" , see it in my 1st and in my last picture).
    In Roiten you will see a village-museum decorated by F. Hundertwasser and next to it a small museum about his works and life, some prints of his paintings, lots of photos, his pyjama and his Velo-Solex-moped (my 4th picture) !
    Read more about it in my Roiten-page !

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    Vienna : Dont miss Palais Liechtenstein

    by globetrott Updated Oct 8, 2011

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    This is one of the most beautiful palaces that you will be able to see in Vienna and it also shows the most beautiful royal carriage in Vienna, dont miss it !
    Palais Liechtenstein in Vienna is a lot larger than the royal palace of the family in Vaduz/Liechtenstein and here in Vienna you will also see most of the treasures of this ancient noble austrian family von Liechtenstein.
    Inside the entrancehall you are allowed to take photos but upstairs it is forbidden. The golden carriage in my main photo is standing in that entrancehall and it was used for a diplomatic mission, when Prince Johann Adam Andreas traveled with it to Paris.
    In my last 2 photos : the library
    The museum in Palais Liechtenstein is open :
    daily from Friday till Tuesday 10.am-05.pm
    Wednesday & Thursday are always closed !
    the entrancefee is 10,- euros
    The Address is: A-1090 Wien / Fürstengasse 1
    Take tram D or the bus 40A and get out at station "Bauernfeldplatz"

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    Kufstein: where the sewingmachine was invented

    by globetrott Updated Oct 8, 2011

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    Did you know that the modern type of sewing-machines was invented by Josef Madersperger , an Austrian who was born in Kufstein ?
    Madersperger Museum of sewing machines is a small museum with free entry built inside the house, where Josef Madersperger was born in October 6th, 1786. He is the inventor of the modern sewing-machines, dating back to the year 1814. The modern sewingmachines have different inventors, but one of Maderspergers Ideas is still be used nowadays: it was him who had the idea of putting the eye of the needle not on top but at the other side of the needle. In the Technical museum of Vienna you can see the 1st real sewingmachine built by J. Madersperger.
    There is a slide-show and a lot of different sewingmachines, some of them fixed upside down like you can see them in my photos.


    This museum is open daily from 10.00am till 05.00pm
    no entrancefee, but donations are welcome !

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    Vienna: exotic butterflies in the Hofburg

    by globetrott Updated Oct 8, 2011

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    This might be a great place to spend an afternoon on a rainy day and a lot of fun for the whole family:The Schmetterlingshaus next to the Palm-house in the Hofburg-garden in Vienna (house of Butterflies). This great tropical garden is inside the right wing of Palmenhaus/Orangerie of the Hofburg and it is open all of the year ! It is not made like a zoo, where you watch butterflies humming around behind a fine fence, BUT you actually walk inside the palmhouse with great tropical plants and will be able to watch the butterflies from a short distance. Many of them might decide to sit on your hand or shoulder and sometimes they wait patiently, untill you have made your photo...
    Palmenhaus is open April-October : Monday-Friday :10.00a.m.-04.45p.m.
    saturday, sunday & holidays it closes at 06.15p.m.
    November - March: daily 10.00a.m. - 03.45p.m.
    entrance-fee is 5 Euros / with Wien-card 4 Euros

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    Graz : "the friendly alien"

    by globetrott Written Oct 7, 2011

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    This is the most modern building in Graz : the Grazer Kunsthaus and it also called a "friendly Alien" ! This museum of modern art was built in 2003 by the architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier ! Somehow it looks funny and interesting, and so I took my picture from the Schlossberg ! Grazer Kunsthaus is close to Suedtirolerplatz and Hauptbrücke and about 200 meters from the Murinsel.
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    Grazer Kunsthaus is open for visitors :
    Tuesday till Sunday : 10.00a.m. - 06.00p.m
    Thurdays it closes at 08.00p.m. !
    The Kunsthaus is closed on December 24th + 25th !!
    Guided tours in german : daily at 11.00a.m.+04.00p.m. !
    Guided tour in English : Saturday at 02.00p.m.

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    Fûcking : a funny name without a meaning here

    by globetrott Written Oct 7, 2011

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    This might be a great and funny excursion from salzburg for all people with a good sense of humor : You will find a village called Fûcking north of Salzburg and all you need to get there is a car and a few hours to spare !
    It is certainly no big loss when you dont go there, BUT some people love to take a photo there this is why I mention it here !
    Fûcking is absolutely NO Bad expression in German !!!
    This word has ABSOLUTELY NO meaning at all in German and so it was chosen already plenty of hundred years ago as a name of a group of houses of the village "Tarsdorf" - ( at halfway from Salzburg to Braunau ).
    In the last few years some people tried to change that name into something "less interesting for english-speaking tourists", BUT the name was left unchanged because the majority of the people living there did not want to have that name changed just because of a few crazy tourists...
    Take a look at the lovely panorama hat you will see in a distance, especially in winter and in spring, when the mountains around Salzburg are still covered with snow.
    When driving through Fûcking in direction of Tarsdorf there is a small side-street to the left, about 300 meters behind the end of the village, take that street and you will see this great panorama.
    The mountains that you see there in a distance are south and west of Salzburg and Berchtesgaden.
    -------HOW TO GET TO FÛCKING-------
    There is absolutely NO public bus service to Fúcking available.
    The next station of a public bus is Tarsdorf, about 6Km north of Fûcking and you have to walk the rest.
    You may check here for public transportation to TARSDORF !
    So you will need your own car, bike or motorbike - the distance to Salzburg is just about 40km, but because of the many small roads of the area it will take about 1-2 hours to get to Fûcking.

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    Salzburg: the Red-Bull-museum in Hangar7

    by globetrott Written Oct 7, 2011

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    This is a place that you really should not miss, when you travel to Salzburg and love modern racingcars and helicopters, airplaines etc.:
    Hangar7 - the private collection of Mr. Red Bull , yes its a drink from Austria, did you know that ?
    All exhibits in that museum are well arranged inside a hyper-modern hall that was constructed next to the airport of Salzburg and it even has its own exit into the airfields of the airport, just in case that someone would like to use one of these great airplanes.
    Red Bull is sponsor to many formular1 racing-cars and they even bought 2 complete formular1-teams recently, so it is no wonder that you will see a fine collection of these cars arranged around the flying objects of the museum of Hangar 7 !
    I am not really an expert about these kinds of racing-cars, but it is nice and interesting to look at them, all of them are spotlessly clean and polished like they came out of the factury just a few days ago. In fact these are the original cars that were used of the racing-seasons and with all of them you may read at the explanations, what driver used to race with them.
    this museum is free of charge and there is
    a great restaurant and a special bar inside as well,
    read more about them in my restaurant-tips !

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    Oberndorf: where "Silent night" was composed

    by globetrott Updated Oct 7, 2011

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    When you are travelling to Salzburg and have half a day to spare: Why dont you just take an excursion to Oberndorf bei Salzburg, where the famous Christmas-song was composed and performed for the first time in the so-called "Silent-Night-chapel"
    The original church does not exist anymore, it was damaged by high floods of the river Salzach and was replaced by a small chapel, that you may visit freely and without restrictions during the day. Opposite of that chapel you will see the town-museum that shows also lots of interesting facts and exhibits about the rafting on the river Salzach, that was a priviledge for the town of Oberndorf for several centuries : nobody else was allowed to take the precious salt down the river Salzach.
    Across the river there is Lauffen, in Germany, a different village, although it looks like another part of Oberndorf
    There is a Silent Night-museum and of course the main exhibits in this museum are dedicated to the famous song, that was translated into lots of different languages and you could also hear many samples there, you will see the different disc-labels etc.
    Another very important and interesting part of the museum is dedicated to the transportation of the salt, that was precious like gold in medieval times.
    This museum is open for visitors
    daily from 09.00am till 04.00pm
    the last 4 weeks before Christmas untill 06.00pm
    It is closed all of February !!
    entrance-fee is 2,50 euros p.p. 1,50 for children
    5,80 is a family-card
    This museum is free for holders of SALZBURG-CARD !

    --------------HOW TO GET THERE-----------------
    Salzburger Lokalbahn LB is the small side-trainline to Oberndorf, it starts at Salzburg Lokalbahnhof, a side-part of Hauptbahnhof and within 25 minutes you will get to Oberndorf easily and the train will take you to the centre of the village, maybe 300 meters to walk to the famous Stille-Nacht-chapel.
    S1 & S11 are the numbers of the trains and the stations are called :
    Salzburg Lokalbahn - Bergheim - Anthering - Oberndorf
    I dont know the price of the ticket, but it cant be much, in any case the ticket will be included in Interrail- Eurail and other pre-paid-traintickets for Austria !

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    Trains are leaving every full and half hour from Salzburg!
    and always at 20 and 50 min after the full hour
    from Oberndorf

    Of course it is easy and convenient to get to Oberndorf by car from Salzburg or other places closeby. Especially, when you like to do it in a daytrip combined with other destinations in the area like Burghausen (largest castle in Europe), Tittmoning , Fûcking etc.
    As soon as you are in Oberndorf, you simply have to watch out for "Bauernbrau" in order to find the right place where to leave the mainroad through the town and take the side-street to Stille-Nacht-Platz.
    There you will find a large parking-area (free of charge, but restricted to 1,5 hours parking)

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    Schloss Prielau

    by globetrott Written Oct 7, 2011

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    Schloss Prielau

    Schloss Prielau in the north of Zell am See
    When you have a car and explore the area around Zell am See and the Zellersee, this might be a great place for a stop for a few minutes, or even longer, when you are hungry and are looking for a great cafe and restaurant:
    Schloss Prielau is a lovely castle in the north of Zell am See and it is mainly used as a hotel and restaurant nowadays. I went there and had a look around, also the interior is very interesting and the garden-restaurant is a great place to relax far away from the trafic noises.
    In the backyard of that hotel there is also an interesting,old church, see it in my last 2 photos.
    It was interesting for me to learn that this palace is owned by the Porsche-family and the hotelguests can use the hotel's own Porsche Cayenne in wintertime and a Porsche Boxter in summertime !

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    Kaprun: Vötter's Fahrzeugmuseum

    by globetrott Written Oct 7, 2011

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    Vötter's Fahrzeugmuseum Kaprun is a great place to visit, when you like museums with lots of old vintagecars. This museum is inside the hotel Sport-Kristall in Kaprun & that is just a few km from Zell am See. The museum shows about 150 cars and lots of bikes and mopeds. Even the smallest space of the museum-halls is crammed with cars. You will find a lot of cars that you might remember from a long time ago, and most of them are are not "shining" like in other museums, but they rather look like to be in a private garage, waiting to be repaired or so.
    I really enjoyed this place, it is just a pity that some of the most precious cars you almost cannot take a photo of, because they are hidden behind many other cars.
    The museum is open daily
    10.00am - 06.00pm

    It is not easy to find this museum, except that you drive through the village of Kaprun in direction to the castle and stop at the Hotel Sport-Kristall, that also has an ancient train of the emperor standing in its frontyard.

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    Kaprun: dont miss the Sigmundklamm

    by globetrott Updated Oct 7, 2011

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    This is an interesting hike in the area around of Zell am see and Kaprun: Sigmund-Klamm !
    It is an easy walk and you have to pay some small entrance-fee before you will be able to walk over and along a fresh mountain-stream making its way through the rocks. At the end of the Sigmund-Klamm you can decide, whether you go back all the way that you came through the Klamm or you might take another path through the woods as well.
    The total walkingtime from the carpark through the Klamm and back will be around 1,5 hours.
    Sigmundklamm is open for visitors:
    from end of May till end of September
    daily from 09.00am-05.0pm
    entrancefee was 3,30 euros in 2009

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