Austrian Sights

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    There are places near me worth a visit. Perhaps I can show a few of them in this thread.


    On a hot day like yesterday, you'll rarely find people in an open air village museum. A good opportunity to take pictures, so I decided to go to Mönchhof, a few km from my village. The museum there shows old buildings, furniture, professions from 1890 - 1960.

    First of all, you'll have to look for it, in case you weren't there before. It's "hidden" near the train station.
    Here's the entrance:


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    The museum has a website where a "map" can be downloaded, in English as well.
    Just to show it's location (not from the website):


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    Maps
    The buildings there were mostly made by the founder himself, he also collected many of the things exhibited there.
    As soon as you enter the museum, this will catch your eye:


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    A toll house with barrier next to an old Trabant. This should remind of 1989 (see number on car), when many people left the former GDR and crossed the Austrian border next to Klingenbach.

    There's an old cinema


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    On rare occasions, old movies are shown. In winter, this place is used as stage.
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    Looks like a very nice place to visit!

    Thank you for posting!
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    Thank you, leelai!

    It certainly is. I took quite a few pictures there. I'll be posting some of them later.
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    I wish that was a few kilometers from my house. Would love to have a museum to visit on my walk. I only have a Village Mall and a University that is about 2 miles from my house that I can visit!

    Nice pics! Wonderful weather you had!
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    Thank you!

    It's too far to walk there (~ 18 km), I went by car.
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    Oh yes...that distance, scooter or car for sure!
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    The museum looks interesting. It's amazing what one person can do. Are the museum collections being developed by others?

    Thanks for sharing Johanna. :)

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    Thank you, Richard!

    I can't answer your question exactly. I know that at a time students from the university (Vienna) catalogued the items there, that was some years ago; this museum is always changing. The founder himself is maintining it mostly and always looking for new things to add, afaik.
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    Viticulture is common here, many things you'll find in the museum are related to that topic.



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    Different kinds of wine presses


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    A wine cellar


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    There's a vineyard in the museum.

    The buildings there were originally built somewhere else and rebuilt by the founder in the museum.


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    Inn, still in use.


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    A service station with pumps


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    Most interesting for a teacher: an old school



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    Teacher's place, pupils' desks, blackboard with old scripts (I learned to write the way it's shown below, my grandmother was taught the script above).

    An old post office


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    The original sign


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    Telephones, a telephone cabin



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    The fire brigade


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    Old bikes, a cash desk, a typewriter

    This is just a small part of the buildings (more than 30) and things to see there. It's allowed to enter most of the houses.
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    It's getting better and better Johanna :)

    I do like to see artefacts from my youth. The schoolroom reminds me of the display in the museum at Fort Saskatchewan in Alberta - about a 1 hour drive from Edmonton.

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    Thank you, Richard! :)

    The whole museum is a huge exhibition. My pictures are just a small part of what can be seen there. For someone like me, who is interested in history, it's always worth a visit. I was there four times since it's been opened (mostly with my students), and there was something new to detect each time. :)
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    Surely that scooter ski, and that helmet with the holes for the ears?
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    Great photos Johanna and very entertaining museum shots. Thanks.
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    Fascinating. Always interesting to have a place to see the march of time.

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    Thank you both. :)
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    Yesterday, the journey went to Eisenstadt, Burgenland's capital. It's about 60 km from home. This time I was accompanied by my son.

    Here's a map of the locations we visited:


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    Maps

    1 - walk to the wall and palace park
    2 - Palace Esterházy
    3 - Gloriette

    Again, it was a very hot day.
    When you come to the pedestrian zone next to Palace Esterhazy, this is your welcoming committee:


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    Of course the castle can't escape your notice. You'll also see this:


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    What we did first was to head towards the old city wall. There are parts of it still here.


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    The last picture is a view from the wall down to the street.
    Buildings in Eisenstadt:


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    Here's the townhall:


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    Someone was working there in front of it, it was impossible to take a better picture.

    Palace Esterházy is a baroque castle. The most famous room in it is the Haydnsaal.


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    From the front


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    From behind


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    Inner yard
    Some details:


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    Eisenstadt's Hungarian name is Kismarton (Little Martin).
    Translation of the table (right side: Joseph Haydn's famous quote "My language is understood all over the world.")

    Something very interesting in the middle of a town:


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    Burgenland observatory

    This belongs to the palace, although it's far away, in the middle of Leitha Mountains:


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    The Gloriette
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    A definite must on the cut-outs for the helmet to accommodate for my ears!! LOL! ;)

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    Our walk through the park

    Again, a map with important locations


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    Maps

    It was very hot that day. Prove:


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    A playground without children
    Also:


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    My son taking pictures of the ducks near the machinery pond. The wet "spot" on his back was caused by the rucksack he's usually wearing with photo equipment in it.
    The machinery pond, also unpopulated:


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    Many people were bathing.


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    The entrance to the baths is to the left of this building.


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    Here's the Orangery:


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    It was a greenhouse, also events were taking place here.


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    Now the place I like the most:


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    Leopoldine Temple and Leopoldine pond
    It's allowed to step on the grass in this park. When I was studying, 30 years ago, my colleagues and I often took a walk in this park. We were living near it. Also, when we had to learn for exams, we did so lying on the grass, enjoying the nature and the silence, although the street is not far away.

    In Eisenstadt, there's also Haydn house, Haydn church with Haydn's mausoleum, which we didn't visit this time.
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    A very interesting travelogue, Johanna, displayed in an entertaining way to show us where and how people live in other parts of the world. Hot weather, but beautiful blue sky in your photos:) Thanks.
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