The oldest town in Austria – PART 1

The story of Enns involves the story of us two. Enns is a town where our little and charming flat takes its place. I remember when I first came here, only as a tourist. I remember how impressed I was with the architecture, with all those cute houses standing in those narrow streets, whispering the history of the town and the whole Austria, as well. Enns happens to be the oldest town in Austria. In the 9th century it was only a fortress but later it turned out into an important trade center and that was when it became a town.  You can still walk by the old great walls that were part of the fortress and those walks will bring you back to medieval times.

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Enns is a very popular destination for the cyclists because  it lies at the intersection of the great Upper Austrian cycling routes. When the Sun comes out and push away rainy days and clouds, you can see bikes on every corner of the Enns.

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People here are crazy about icecream! (Okay, who’s not!) Whenever there’s a ray of Sun outthere, people take their bikes and ride to the Hauptplatz for an icecream. At Hauptplatz (the old city center) you can find the best icecream but it is a big trouble to find a parking place. Here are also restaurants, pubs, museum Lauriacum, hotels and basically everything. Everything  that happens in Enns, happens at Hauptplatz.

At the bare hearth of Hauptplatz you can find the landmark of Enns – the Stadtturm. It is a clock tower that reaches around 60 meters in high and it rings on every half hour. You can walk up in the tower attic and there you can enjoy one of the best views in Enns and its surroundings. There you can see, among a lot of old buildings, the castle Ennsegg and the city hall.

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Enns is a little town but here you have everything a town needs. You have the urban city center, you have a lot of parks and nature, you have a river Enns where you can enjoy long walks. There are some pretty cool pubs like Hofcaffe, and there is a very romantic restaurant hidden in the walls of the castle Ennsegg.

People here are very friendly and communicative. Enns is a very multicultural town, it is a home for a lot of people from Balkan and also from Turkey. Life in Enns is very peaceful, very quite. Enns is a part of „Cita Slow“ movement, but I’ll write about it in the other Enns-post, where we’ll be interviewing a „true Ennser“.

That’s all for this post, in the next one we’ll give you some more informations about Enns and life here. Take a look at our galery in section „Pictures“ – all the cool photos are there 😊

Prague

A walk through Steyr

Dear readers, we’d like to start this post with an apology. We apologize for not posting for quite a long time. So many things has happened to us during this time, and we have a bit neglected our blog. So, we’re sorry about that and, from now on, we’ll try to do better 😊

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We haven’t really had any chances to go on some longer trips but we’ve managed to calm our restless travel spirit by going on a nearby short trips. For this post we’ve decided to write a few words about Steyr – a beautiful, old town in Upper Austria.

Steyr is located only 40 km away from the capital of Upper Austria – Linz. This is a town that has over one thousand years long history. Everything started with „Stirapurch“ – today Lamberg palace. It was built in the year 980 and now it is a beautiful castle where one of the biggest library in Austria is situated.

 

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The city center and its architecture is absolutely stunning. The center is surrounded with several houses originally built in Gothic period but afterwords some of them were rebuilt in the Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo periods. This mixure of styles makes this center really special. Most of these houses have their own stories, but there is one that is really special for Steyr. This house is called „Bummerlhaus“. In the 15th century it belonged to a rich family and there was an inn named „Zum goldenen Löwen“. On the entrance there was, of course, a statue of a lion but it looked like a dog, a basset dog. In the Austrian dialect this kind of dog is called Bummerl – so that is why this house is called Bummerlhause. Today there is a bank in this house also named Bummerl-Bank.

Steyr is placed at the confluence of two rivers – Enns and Steyr. There is a beautfull small square between the Enns and Steyr bridge where walks are almost magical. There’s a beautifull Baroque facades and a Gothic archway that leads you to the Lamberg castle. In this castle there’s a big trench and it is a home for mountain goats. There’s also a big park and a small wood with castle restaurant and art galery.

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The city of Steyr is known all over the Europe for its industry – metal, gun, maschines etc. The citizents of Steyr has Josef Werndl to thanks to for it. He started a gun industry that was very powerfull in the World War times.

Steyr has also a very distinguished cultural scene. They have open air music festivals, jazz festival, theater at the river etc. Only 30 minutes away from Steyr there is a nacional park „Kalkalpen“ – so Steyr has so many things to offer for nature and sport lovers.

This town has its magic, it has so many romantic, small and hidden places that can bring you back to some medieval gothic times.

Exploring the „Oberösterreich“

Hello, we meet again!

This is our second post since we started this blog and we’ve been more than satisfied with the support that we’ve gain. Thanks, a lot you guys!

Our new destination is Austria. The next few posts will be placed in this country but in different towns. This post is about Upper Austria and its capital city Linz. Continue reading “Exploring the „Oberösterreich“”

Our Prague Story

Hello guys!

You’re about to read our first travel story. We’ve been meaning to start our own blog months ago and finally we did it. You know how they say, you need to write your own Prague story – well, we decided to do it. And it was wonderful. We’ve visited Prague in July this year. First, we had to find a place to stay. So, we started looking for some apartments on Airbnb, Booking.com, Trivago. Finally,  we’ve found some cute place in part of Prague called Andel, which translated to English means angel. It was named after a historic pub Golden Angel which had a statue of angel in front. Andel is a very busy part of Prague, it has a huge metro station. Metro in Prague is huge and very cheap. You can easily and fast come to any part of the city. You can get the metro map anywhere, we even got one in our apartment. All in all it is very easy to get by in Prague by using metro.

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People in Prague are very pleasant and friendly. Also, most of them speak English, so it’s really easy to communicate with them. Andel has one of the biggest Prague shopping malls. We went there every morning for breakfast at Pauls. Paul is a French chain of bakeries that evolved in cafe restaurants. Everything you eat or drink there is extremely good and also it’s not expensive.

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When you walk in Prague supermarkets you can find several products with Krtek – a mole that is very popular cartoon character in Czech.

We had a vision to explore the heart of Prague by using our foots. And that idea turned out to be great ’cause we had a chance to get to know Prague for real. We walked about 10 miles per day, our legs were killing us – but it was worth of it. We’ve seen some classic tourist attractions like the Charles Bridge (Karlov most), St. Vitus chatedral (Katedrala Svatehovita) – but, we also managed to see some cute little places, stores, houses, shop windows beautifully decorated, restaurants and, most important, we had a chance to interract with people who live in Prague.

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We would definitely recommend you to visit the beer museums. There you can taste some of the greatest czech beers such as Staropramen, Pilsner or Kozel. We went there and even got the chance to meet some cool guys from Germany, and one of them came to Prague to celebrate his bachelour party.

When you walk that much as we did, you get hungry, so for that kind of situation you can try traditional czech cookie (sort of), named Trdelnik. It’s sweet and tasty.

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