Austrian Sights

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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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    Also, thank you from me. I've enjoyed your travelogue Johanna. :)

    You studied in an interesting, historical part of Europe. It's an area which I knew very little of.

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    Thank you! I'm glad you're enjoying it. :)
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    People who like nature and are fond of moving under their own power, will certainly decide to try the bikeway around Lake Neusiedl (B 10). There's more than one possibility to do so. You can just go the Austrian route (95 km), or the Hungarian, or both together (~ 133 km).

    The way is almost flat and not really difficult, the only thing you have to keep in mind is the wind, that can make it physically demanding when having to fight against it the whole time.

    Although the bikeway also runs through Apetlon, I'll start the journey in Illmitz.
    Signs like this will be found around the lake in every harbor:


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    The lake itself isn't deep, but it can get dangerous. Waves may rise up to 3 m.
    On this special board there's also the bikeway around the lake included.


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    (The Austrian part of it.)

    In Illmitz, you could perhaps give the water of this mineral spring a go. But be careful! Most of the people (except people from Illmitz, of course) don't like it's taste.


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    Bartholomäusquelle Illmitz

    On the way to Podersdorf am See, you pass the Nationalpark Infocenter near Illmitz:


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    And also this:


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    In Podersdorf, there's the possibility to make a quick side-trip to the windmill.


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    Afaik there are guided tours as well.
    You'll also see a lighthouse:


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    This weekend, there'll be a triathlon.


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    Preparations already started.
    This means to people near Podersdorf, that some streets will be blocked most of the day. (Apetlon is included.)
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    In Winden am See, there's an outdoor museum. The artist who manufactured the abstracts is Wander Bertoni.



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    Winden has a cultural path.
    In Breitenbrunn, there's this tower:


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    It's a museum, not a church. In former times it was built because of Turks.

    The next interesting point is Rust. The old part of the town:


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    Buildings


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    War memorial


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    Townhall


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    Rust calls itself "city of storks". There's a stork's nest on top of almost every house.


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    This church has a sundial.


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    There's also an arts-house and a museum.
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    The last station on the Austrian side of the bikeway is Mörbisch. Usually, the beach is very crowded in summer. It was cold and wet yesterday.



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    No crowds, just a few people there.
    The lake stage is famous. This year, Millöcker's "The Beggar Student" is performed (an operetta). I could only take pictures from outside. The area was closed.


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    The entrance (next year: Anatevka)


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    From both sides
    Scenery:


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    A part of the auditorium:


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    To get back to Illmitz (other side of the lake), there's the possibility to take a ferry.
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    I like your photos and descriptions of the Lake Neusiedl area. The triathlon should be quite a spectacle. Have you any idea of how many have entered the event?

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    Another marvellous set of pictures Johanna, thank you. You make "armchair travel" a pleasant experience.
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    Thank you, Richard!

    I can't find a definite number, just a sign that this year there's a new record of starters.
    This is the 26th triathlon in Podersdorf. 24 years ago, 300 people were participating. The number has been increasing since then.
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    Thank you! :)
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    With well organised events the word spreads quickly ant the numbers of entries multiply quickly each year. After 4 or 5 years the organisers may have to set a limit on numbers to keep things safe and to keep within the terms of their permits to run the event

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