Austrian Sights

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  1. J. A.

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    The bridge itself was a narrow wooden bridge that lead over the Einserkanal (Einser Canal). The Hungarians used it to cross the border from October 23rd 1956, when the Hungarian Revolution started. From November 4th the same year, refugees crossed the border at that point in crowds. The bridge was destroyed by the Russians on November 21, 1956. The border was watched closely by Russians and Hungarians. This didn't stop people fleeing to Austria, though. It's estimated that 70.000 to 80.000 Hungarians crossed the border that year.

    There's no picture of the old bridge. The new one was built up after the fall of the Iron Curtain, in 1992.

    This is what it looks like from the Austrian side:
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    Hungarian side, view to Austria:
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    Einser Canal:
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    Memorial in Hungary:
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    Tower in Austria:
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    Some years ago, part of a movie was made here. (Der Bockerer III - The Bridge at Andau). This border fence was used for a few scenes of the film:
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    Thank you!

    I don't want you to get a wrong impression: if I had enough time, I'd go there by bike. Andau is 20 km from here, and then there are 10 km to the border.
    Yet, today I had to "kill time" while waiting for Judith: 90 minutes, so I decided to take a look at the (for us) famous bridge, using her car. :oops:
     
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    Hi J.A.,

    Thanks for sharing all those great pictures. Austria, an absolute beautiful country with extraordinary history. Please continue to share whenever you can. Thanks

    Btw, I tried, unsuccessfully, to search for Lucius' House to understand its history. :(
     
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    Vila Vita Pannonia - Mile of Fame

    About 80 km from Vienna, and approximately 5 - 7 km from my village, there's a "village", sponsored by a German hotel group, and built after 1993. First, only a hotel was opened, offering meeting venues. When you visit it now, you'll find the hotel
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    This picture was taken after X-mas

    Seewinkelhalle (place of events)

    Pannonia Tower:
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    A small chapel which can be used for marriages, e.g. - Martinskapelle:
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    as well as lots of small houses, organized into "villages" - one of them Schilfdorf (reed village) e.g. These are bungalows where you can spend your holidays.


    Various activities are offered, such as miniature golf, swimming and bathing, picnics, nature trails, carriage rides, ...

    Among the outdoor activities, there's the Mile of Fame. That's a shock-absorbent mulch track that should be easy on the joints.

    It's starting point is here:
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    When you take a closer look, you'll find winners of past foot races engraved on the badges:
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    That's not the reason why it's called "Mile of Fame", though. The reason for it's name is that many known persons from sports, politics and business have mastered the route (it's not really long) and left their handprints.

    They can be found along the route. It looks like this:
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    A closer look will reveal the name of the "celebrity" (the people are - in any case - known in Austria and Germany):
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    This is the hand print of Austria's first (and only) astronaut:
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    Mile of Fame - continued

    There are also fitness stations with instructions:
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    There are benches, inviting to rest:
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    Or not so inviting:
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    This is what the path looks like:
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    You pass a beautiful pond:
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    And a high rope course
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    Wonderful pictures, Johanna! It must be nice to live close enough to such an area to enjoy it on occasion.
     
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    Thank you, Robert!

    The route is beautiful and quiet, and in summer it's great to walk in the shadow of the trees when it's hot.
     
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    It's really interesting that they made hand prints and stationed them on the path.

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