Austrian Sights

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  1. J. A.

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    Roman Palace Complex, Bruckneudorf


    Located next to a highway, there's a Roman Palace Complex in my district. The visible part is small, compared to Carnuntum (it's just one building), but it's worth visiting.

    You can detect the first signpost between Parndorf and Bruckneudorf, and it's easy to find the location. A cycle way runs next to it, but it's also possible to get there by car.
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    Here's a screenshot from Apple Maps, showing where you're coming from(1):
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    From a distance, it looks like this:
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    A view from different angles:
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    What looks like door frames, is the location where doors have been, but it also contains the description and information about the rooms you're looking at. It's only written in German, though.
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    This one shows the heating system during three periods.

    You can see what the floors looked like when the complex was found, and the mosaics are described exactly. Most of the mosaic floors are in a museum now.
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    There have been four different periods for this building: a wooden building was erected here about 50 - 90 AD. About a hundred years later, a half-timbered building took it's place. About 200 AD, it was replaced by a stone building. The palace was built after an earthquake, in the 4th century. It used some of the walls of the stone building.

    It's allowed to walk around there, and take pictures. I needed about 50 minutes for walking around there, reading and taking pictures. I've seen others, writing 30 minutes are enough. So if you're searching for a location where you don't have to spend a lot of time, I'd recommend the palace complex.
     
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    That would have been a fabulous place in its day. Are there pictures at the site showing what it looked like when it was occupied.
     
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    There are images showing what it could have looked like, but they are from other places (Carnuntum, e.g.).

    Here's an example:
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    1 is from Carnuntum
    2 is a mural painting from Pompeii
     
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    I was near Klagenfurt this week, so I visited Minimundus again. There were quite a few changes since my last visit. You can find an Indoor area, with several activities for children (and perhaps adults as well)

    A few examples:
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    There are plush toys, representing the real animals in the bubbles hanging from this "tree". If you press a button, the bubble with the toy will come down, and a short film will show information about the animal.

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    An interactive globe - press a button on this globe, and a video of an animal will be displayed on the screen.

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    Turn back time - using a watch next to it, turn back time to show what this area looked like in former times.

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    Here's a video, showing how the buildings were made.

    Statue of Liberty indoors (there's another one outdoors)
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    Gorch Fock, training ship earned by the German Navy
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    View from above - parts of the area
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    We had sunshine when I visited Minimundus, so the park was quite crowded, and taking a picture without people was kind of a waiting game, or even impossible.

    Outdoor area, with more than 150 buildings/sights. This includes ships, such as the Queen Mary
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    They are fixed, so they don't move.

    Various trains, e.g. Wuppertal Suspension Railway (moving)
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    A station
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    The train in the middle was moving when I was there (see the smoke)

    Buildings
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    Parthenon
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    El Castillo Pyramid (Mexico)
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    Sydney's Opera House
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    Neuschwanstein Castle
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    Suleiman Mosque
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    St. Peter's Basilica
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    Belvedere Palace
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    The Louvre
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    Tower of London
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    White House
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    The Alamo
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    You can visit Hollywood
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    Abu Simbel
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    Petra
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    watch a Space Shuttle launching
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    or watch Vienna's Riesenrad
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    And these are just a few of the attractions.

    A few more views of the park:
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    There's so much to see that you'd probably need several days to see everything without rushing.
     
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    That's true. Most of the people need about 2 hours for a visit.

    I forgot to mention: it's not allowed to touch any of the attractions outside, except for the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
     
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    There are a few other sights near Minimundus, so if there's enough time, you can also visit Planetarium Klagenfurt, the reptile zoo next to it, or Europapark:
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    I was at an evening show in the planetarium.
    It's also visible from Minimundus, and there's also a entrance from the park. I was coming from a different direction, though. Here it is:
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    Inside, you can find a model of the ISS, e.g.
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    Entrance to the room with the cupola:
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    And here's one of the devices used in there:
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    Visible above: Earth.

    There are differents shows, also for children. There's "The secret of trees" for children aged 4 and older (35 minutes), or "Billions of suns" from 12 years onwards, just to name two of them.

    The one I saw, was "To Space and Back", which lasted 30 minutes. We had an Astronomy show afterwards, which extended my stay to 75 very interesting minutes, where we could ask questions, if necessary.

    Hint: you're sitting, leaning against the backrest, looking upwards the whole time, so a ponytail is a disadvantage, as I had to notice.
     
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    Europapark

    It's a beautiful place to spend your time, it doesn't cost any money, and it's located next to a few other attractions. I was there for about 90 minutes. Here are some of my pictures, and where to find the locations:
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    Google Maps (Apple Maps shows an image of the area in winter :D)

    1 - rose garden
    With beautiful flowers, not only roses
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    And a sundial
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    2 - the reason why it's called Europapark, I guess
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    3 - farmer's garden
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    5 - pond with fountain
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    7 - playground
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    You can also find various rocks and read about their origin
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    I was there before noon, at a time when people were working at the garden, taking care of the flowers, e.g. So it wasn't possible to see everything.

    It's also allowed to ride your bicycle in the park.
     
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