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Austrian Sights

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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
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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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    They already had to. This year, there's the possibility to post-nominate, but it's not certain that these people are allowed to start, because of capacity limit.
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    Yesterday, I went back even more in history than before, to the times when Roman emperor Marc Aurel was in this region. I visited archaeological park Carnuntum (Lower Austria, Petronell), about an hour's drive from home.

    My parents had visited it with my sister and me when I was in kindergarten. It's not interesting for a 5 year old to walk through sights like this:


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    I took this picture yesterday. They're building up a new house there.

    Since then, many things have changed. In the meantime, I've visited Carnuntum 3 or 4 times afterwards, each time detecting something new.
    You'll also recognize a distinct change between the first picture above and the pictures to follow.

    You notice the archaeological park from afar:


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    Here's the entrance.
    As soon as you've left the building: you'll see a model of the Roman city in 3 D.


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    This is just a small part of it. It shows what Carnuntum has looked like ~ 1600 years ago.

    Then you enter the area. This monument will catch your eye:


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    Emperors' conference
    There's also a restaurant:


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    The first few things you'll see are ruins like these:


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    When I was a child, we weren't allowed to walk through them. There was a path where we had to go, and look down at the walls. Now you may go almost everywhere.
    And then there's the first building:


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    Lucius' house

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    All the houses were rebuilt like they could have looked in former days, there are gardens and furniture.

    Villa urbana and thermae from different angles:


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    This belongs to villa urbana:


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    The last two pictures are main hall from outside and inside.
    The entrance to the public baths:


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    The first rooms to the left are called thermopolium, a catering establishment:


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    You can also see a Roman toilet (I didn't take a picture).
    The rooms of the bath:


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    Basilika thermarum - a central assembly room


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    Frigidarium


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    Tepidarium


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    This is the entrance to


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    Caldarium (the water there is really hot, and it feels like in a sauna in this room.)
    You can also see the structure of a heating system:


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    There are two amphitheatres near this park. Here are a few pictures of the larger one:



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    It didn't change much since my childhood.

    There's an exhibition (new):


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    As souvenir, you can buy things like this:


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    Your posts about Carnuntum with the photographs are fascinating Johanna. The bath house interiors are very much like those discovered in Pompeii.

    Thank you for sharing. I'm off to look up the site on the Maps app. :)

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    Thank you! :)
    Carnuntum is fascinating, imho. It's history brought to life. My son hasn't seen the park like it's now. He was excited when we entered the buildings.
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    I love seeing your pictures, Johanna.
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    Today I decided to end my holidays with a visit to Halbturn, 20 km from Apetlon, with it's baroque castle. The buildings were hunting and summer residence for the Imperial family in former times.

    There's an exhibition since April, up to October 27: "Gold of the North - Amber". I was allowed to take pictures there, so here are a few of them:


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    As visible, not only amber was there, but also the history of my region, beginning with primeval times.

    There also was a replica of the famous Amber Room:


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    That's just one part of the three in that room.
    The next three days, there also will be a gardening exhibition. I saw some of the preparations:


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    The castle itself and the buildings that belong to it:



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    The last picture shows part of a restaurant there.

    I was teacher in Halbturn for over a year, before I came to my village. When the weather was fine, and we had gym lessons, we often visited the park around the castle. It's not really huge, but beautiful, and a good place to let children run around.


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    There was no possibility to take many pictures. The ways were mostly closed because of the gardening exhibition.
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