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This open air museum shows plenty of old farmhouses, watermills, sheds, agricultural machines and a lot more.
Stadt Haag is just 5 km off the highway A1 from Salzburg - Linz - Vienna.
Take the exit "Stadt Haag" bewteen Amstetten and Enns, it is at highway-km 140.
There is NO entrance fee and you can enter the museum any time you want - only if you want to go inside any of the buildings and see the great interior of the old farmhouses, you have to stick to certain times, when a guard is around - and it is still free of charge !
Bernkastel-Kues by globetrott
Bernkastel-Kues is one of the most important and most beautiful places along the valley of the river Mosel / Moselle.
Bernkastel is in fact just about 30 km off Frankfurt/Hahn, the airport of Ryanair, that might have given you the feeling to fly to Frankfurt am Main (but THAT is about 150km away...)
Walk up the castle or hike through the vinyards, drink some wine and explore the village with great and lovely half-timbered houses.
In my last picture: one of the most narrow houses I have ever seen !
For more infos and more than 50 pics, simply click on my link below !!
Hluboka castle my selfmade-postcard
Hluboka castle is one of the most beautiful palaces in Europe ! This great castle was built on a small hill overlooking the plain and the lakes in the area north of Ceske Budejovice ( Budweis )
An excursion to Hluboka might take the whole day, when you want to explore all the different guided tours through the castle, the old castle kitchen, the appartments of the Schwarzenberg family, the armoury chamber, the wintergarden and riding-school, the large park...
So take your time - a part of the castle was also turned into a modern hotel !
Click on my link below and read more about this great castle / palace in Czech Republic !
Plitvice Lakes and National Park are my best memory of a vacation in my childhood. These lakes on different levels are combined with each other by lots of small or large waterfalls and a long path is leading through the national park, taking you to all the important places, including a large cave that once gave the background to an old western movie. You will find a camping-site and a hotel directely at the lake, its a paradise for children with flat and clear water. All of these old photographs were taken in 1967 by myself or any of brothers.
For more pics and infos - click on my link below and have a look on my Plitvice-page !
after the Balkan-conflicts some years ago !!!
Abensberg / Bavaria: the Hundertwasserturm
Abensberg is a small town between Regensburg and Ingolstadt in Bavaria / Germany and its most interesting sight might be a tower that was built by the austrian painter Friedensreich Hundertwasser next to a local brewery. The Hundertwasser - Turm / Hundertwasser - tower is only about 35 meters high, although the plans of the architects had been first a tower 70 meters high. But then bureaucacy started to fight against it, because the churchtower was just 50 meters high and so on and so forth...
The only way to step up that tower is by a guided tour through the brewery that ends at the tower and will include also a glass of beer and a Brezel, that you can enjoy in the beergarden right under the tower.
The rest of the town is interesting as well, when you like to see baroque houses and some remains of the medieval townwalls.
Click on my link below and read more about it in my Abensberg-page !
Potsdam - Sanssouci
Potsdam is a small town right in the outskirts of BERLIN / Germany ! You can take the subway to get to one of the most beautiful palaces in Europe that way !
"Sans souci" is the french expression for " without trouble / sorrows" and this name was choosen by King Friedrich the Great for his summerpalace in Potsdam, because he was trying to get a palace, far away from busy Berlin and far away from "his job" as a king.
Friedrich the Great was rather a pilosopher, composer and flutist than a king or a strategist.
He wanted to build a palace , where he could meet friends, play the flute, discuss about philosphy and have a simple, peaceful life umong his friends and visitors from all over Europe.
This castle was ment to be an equivalent for Versailles...
Friedrich the Great was also called "the old Fritz" by the local people and the old Fritz was also famous for travelling with his carriage through his country in order to teach his farmers, how to plant and harvest potatoes...
For more infos and pics - please have a look on my Potsdam-page !
Cochem in the Mosel-valley
The river Mosel / Moselle originates from France and will finally flow into the river Rhine in Koblenz. The part of the Mosel-valley between Berncastel / Kues and Koblenz can be seen by cruise-ships. Watch out for some really great castles like Cochem and Burg Eltz ( not directely in the Mosel-valley, but 3km from there - see it in my 3rd picture ) and lots of lovely half-timbered houses in Berncastel and many more of the small villages in the valley, also well known for its great Mosel-wines !
The easiest way to drive through the Mosel-valley is from Koblenz and it will take a full day to explore all of the most beautiful sights of the Mosel-valley, when you have a car !
On the link below: my Bernkastel-page !
Traunkirchen & Traunstein in Austria
in this picture you will see Traunkirchen, a lovely small village on Traunsee in Austria - and the big mountain in the background is called 'Traunstein'. On the road it will be a distance of maybe 15 Km from Hallstatt or from Gmunden - and you can also take the train to go there.
Don't miss the great church with the famous "Fischer-Kanzel", a pulpit made in the design of a fisherboat ! "fishing for souls" seems to have been the idea of that architect - see it in my 2nd picture !
Traunkirchen is also a great daytrip from Salzburg, in combination with Hallstatt, Gmunden and St. Gilgen or Bad Ischl.
In Berggasse 19 ( close to Univerity and Votivirche ) you can visit Dr.Sigmund Freud's medical practice.
Dr.Freud left Vienna in 1938 and went to London, where he died.
In 1971 the rooms of the former practice were turned into a museum and Anna Freud gave plenty of private belongings,pictures and furniture to the museum as a donation.
So you can see Freud's famous Sofa and other personal belongings, you will see a video of
20 minutes about the founder of the psychoanalysis
the museum is open daily 09.00 a.m. - 05.00 p.m.
(and July till september even till 06.00 p.m.)
5 Euro entrance-fee and you will get a big booklet
with infos in German,English,French,Italian and Spanish
and Audioguides in German and English
When standing on the Ringstraße in front of Votivkirche -
take " Währingerstraße " on the right of Votivkirche
Berggasse will be the 5th street to the right
Ireland -Kilmore Quai and Tacumshane windmill
Kilmore Quai is a small village, 10 Km south of Wexford in Ireland.
A very small road will take you there and most of the houses will be straw-thatched and some even have Palmtrees in their garden, that comes because of the warm Golf-stream passing by here.
There is a great sandy beach, a museum of shipping and plenty of the houses may be rented by tourists.
Tacumshane is a small village nearby and it shows this nice windmill.
It is privately owned - you enter the ground and there is a small window, where to buy a ticket for 1-2 € and may also see the mill from inside.
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